Cardinal Sin by Banksy

Responding to the child abuse scandals in the Catholic church, Bansky says “I’m never sure who deserves to be put on a pedestal or crushed under one.”

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Ice Cube Celebrates The Eames

“They were doing mash-ups before mash-ups even existed.”

“My First Dave” – A Friendship That Never Existed

Overview:

I made this is a video remix with the intent to explore topics of random selection, online identity, privacy and access to personal information. The person, David Montoya was randomly selected via Facebook search and all the images, music and video are content that he has publicly shared on his Myspace, Facebook, and YouTube account.

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Anonymous Propaganda

The main message:

A casual tour of some modern schools or universities can make the observer wonder why any decent child or person would consent to stay in one today. Teachers and security guards beaten and killed, students glazed eyed with drugs draped across doorways and desks. It can be a desperate arena and the subjects taught are not subjects anymore but confusions.

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Product Placement

Individual Files:

 

Around 1967 when text was first digitized, the pixel rendering of text allowed for the combination of images and texts to merge. Prior to this, images could only be applied to the edges of text pages. Since then, images and text have been inextricably woven together with the same rendering technology.

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Stand for Change

With tears in my eyes, I watched this video and thought Macklemore was speaking directly to the essence of my spiritual pursuit.

Heliotropes

A beautiful and poetic short film about the parallel goals of man and nature, to simply stay in the light.

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Visual Assemblage of Art History

Birthed after the invention of paper, the process of collage persevered throughout every art movement and utilized nearly every type of medium. Ariel Chiesa, an Art Director from Argentina continues the tradition with skill and thoughtful consideration.

Her work reads as visual assemblages of art history constructed with pieces of Modernism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Pop Art and Postmodernism.

Ariel Chiesa on Flickr

©All Images are courtesy of Ariel Chiesa. All rights reserved by fotosdealmanaque

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Ian Evenstar @ The Downtown LA Artwalk

Join Ian Evenstar and fellow LA photographers on Thursday, Sept. 8th @ 8pm for a diverse look at Los Angeles.

The exhibit will be featured at The Art Walk Lounge located at 634 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013. Exhibiting photographers are: Hugh Siegman, Ian Evenstar, John Wood, Jung Kim, Robin Black, Joseph Colombo, Qathryn Brehm, Ysa Adams, Marguerite Garth, Ella Batalon, Ellen Cantor and Ron Talley.

Read the Examiner’s full article on the exhibit.

Dior Homme – Fashion Video

Fashion Video is an emerging genre of brand communication that advertises the product through an alternative story telling strategy.

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Masterpieces

‘Masterpieces’ by Georg Jensen featuring Alfredo Häberli captures a little bit of the magic that goes into the creative process. It also points to the fact that many people don’t have a true appreciation of the process, we just want to enjoy the finished gem.
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Lego Lust

In 2009, James Sherrett, on ADHACK wrote that he likes LEGO and doesn’t want to stop liking LEGO, but this campaign makes him feel creepy.

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The Obsolete Format of Media and Identity

Nick Gentry is part of a generation that grew up surrounded by obsolete media formats such as floppy disks, VHS tapes, polaroids and cassettes. Using these expired disk formats as the canvas for his portraits, Gentry helps the viewer identify with the consumable nature of culture, the recorded history of society and individuals, and at the very core, the impermanence of our identity.

A “Brand” vs. “Branding”

Do you know what a “Brand” is? Do you know what “Branding” is? Here’s a hint, one is a verb and one is a noun. A brand is often confused with a logo and branding is often equated to the process of creating a logo. I’ve heard many people and companies after creating a logo, exclaim, “I have a brand!”

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New Masters

 

Subliminal Projects Gallery (Los Angeles, CA) is presenting New Masters, a group exhibition of works on the classical figure by contemporary artists Mary Jane Ansell, Sean Cheetham, Ron English, Benjamin Bryce Kelley, Miles ‘Mac’ MacGregor, Ann Marshall, Stephen Wright, and Jonathan Yeo, on view May 7, through June 4, 2011.

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August "Aesthetics" Bradley

August Bradley grew up in his mom’s photo studio, which started his studio photography training at a very young age. After countless hours in the dark room in high school and college, it’s inevitable that August makes such refined work as this. But only through the balance between his technique and conceptual skills does his photography stand apart.

 

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Ageless Achievements

 

Dave Hobrecht is a master artist creating original artwork with obsessive detail and accuracy. Using his trademark technique – black&white charcoal painting – Hobrecht renders every polished detail with hand-crafted precision.

Hobrecht is pushing the limits of contemporary high-definition paintings and elevating his craft above the production value of photography. In each Hobrecht, the subject includes a historic (sporting) achievement. Hobrecht’s paintings enhances the viewer’s perception of the ageless perfection contained in “the moment.”

Hobrecht is passionate about art and his charismatic demeanor heightens the showmanship of his work.

Aerosol Amoeba

Pahln‘s Aerosol Amoeba is the outcome of shooting spray paint between two sheets of compressed acetate.

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Aerosol Amoeba ©Pahnl

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If life is a catwalk, run like a dog

Nowhere Near Here from Pahnl is a stop motion animation that uses projected light, graphic stencils and long exposure photography to tell the story of a fluorescent dog running around the city at night.

Another Dollar Down

“I keep a dollar in my pocket, with or without you still…”
Official video for Graham Knox – “DOLLAR” produced by ALEX GOOSE. Check out Knox’s blog for further inspiration.

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5 Of A Kind

Mother, Queen of Hearts, and Three Queens make this selection of Mark Sarmel’s work “5 Of A Kind.” His style, however, is one of a kind. Sarmel muses with portraits of futuristic women that quietly exude an ancestral lineage and are beautiful in every way and in every era. The Three Queens represent the queens from the three tribes of Azteca, but don headdresses with a technological design aesthetic. Beneath the surface beauty of the Three Queens is there an evil so deep that would allow the alleged human sacrifice, and cannibalism within the Aztec culture?

Sarmel values honesty, passion and a sense of humor and these virtues are evident in his work. Sarmel admits that he is a daydreamer, but stays up late and gets things done. His work has appeared in print and on-line in places such as Empty, Semi-Permanent, Faestehetic, and Society of Illustrators.

All images courtesy and copyrighted by  Mark Sarmel on Flickr

The "Right" to Wear it Proud!

Ever feel like your Constitutional rights are being stripped away slowly and surely? Well, now you can protest the new TSA X-ray scanners without opening your mouth or lifting a finger. There is clearly a “probable cause” to wear these 4th Amendment Metallic Ink printed undershirtsunderwear, and kidswear!

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Red, Yellow, Green

DJ Cheeba performs an exclusive live mix using Beck’s Vier beer taps to trigger audio samples and lighting effects across a grid of 600 LED-lit Beck’s bottles.

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Ratatat, What is That?

After watching these videos, I’m asking the same question.

"Ride" – Keep the Dream Alive

We are left standing atop a building, high above the urban sprawl of a faceless city. We see the flames of passion on his back and his words call out to us. “You have experiences, and the experiences you have in life are just lessons… Keep that dream in your mind alive.”

Watch this short film, “Ride” directed by Garth Davis, featuring pro skater Steve Berra and a band of his skate buddies as they light up the streets of Mexico city with fearless abandonment. If the sponsoring company Burn, a Coca-Cola energy drink continues making commercials with such artistic sensibility, that’s good news for our ad-assaulted brains and marketing-deadened eyes. “Artbranding” at its best.

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Back Up on the DeLorean

The coolest 500GB external hard drive on the market is presented by Flash Rods, a company known for encasing digital storage devices with the badest cars ever designed. This epic Flash Rods model is the vintage ride from the movie Back to the Future starring Michael J. Fox. The stainless steel construction of this car is complete with 50′s style Moon Discs, a Flux Capacitor and Mr. Fusion Reactor. The only real difference between this disguised Seagate 500GB hard drive and the original Back to the Future DeLorean is you won’t need banana peels and stray garbage to get this into warp speed and ready for future computer back ups.

Life Is

“Life is knowing ourselves through shared experiences and reaffirming our place in the continuum of darkness dancing in the light.” – Ian Evenstar

Great Minds

Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Desperate Glory

“To children ardent for some desperate glory, the old lie” – Wilfred Owen

First World War soldier, Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) was one of the leading poets and voices of the war. His poetry holds a sharp edge of realism forged with compassion and technical skill.

ANTHEM FOR DOOMED YOUTH

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?

Only the monstrous anger of the guns.

Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle

Can patter out their hasty orisons.

No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;

Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, –

The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;

And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

What candles maybe held to speed them all?

Not in the hands of boys but in their eyes

Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.

The pallor of girls’ brows shall be their pall;

Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,

And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.

September – October, 1917

Wilfred Owen - Draft of "Anthem for Doomed Youth"

Wilfred Owen - Draft of "Anthem for Doomed Youth"

The Light and the Dark

“Life is knowing ourselves through shared experiences and reaffirming our place in the continuum of darkness dancing in the light.” – Ian Evenstar

Cover of "Darkness over Tibet (Mystic Traveller Series)

Cover of "Darkness over Tibet (Mystic Traveller Series)

Darkness Over Tibet, by Theodore Illion is an allegoric story describing Illion’s travels in Tibet. Illion’s stories are clearly symbolic but many people debate if they have any basis or facts at all. Theodore Illion isn’t even a verifiable person and determining the accuracy of these stories is difficult. Illion’s tales are counterintuitive to the compassion and love that Eastern philosophies are attributed because Illion’s journey details Tibet’s “dark spirituality” infused with the black magik and mysticism of the lamas.

What is more important than the literal accuracy of Illion’s stories is the basic principles that they outline. Primarily, Illion discovers that life is darkness and light, and all beings move upwards or sink downwards.

Read Darkness Over Tibet on Google Books.

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The Bodhisatva’s Vow

So long as space remains, So long as sentient beings remain, I will remain, In order to help, In order to serve, In order to make my own contribution.

Pink Procreation

Charlie White interprets the teenage female transformation of budding sexuality.

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LOVE Backwards

“EVOL” is “LOVE” backwards, right? We’ve all heard this meme, but only a few of us have seen the street art created by the one who goes by EVOL. EVOL is a Berlin artist currently making work by pasting architectural photographs on banal urban surfaces. EVOL transforms electrical boxes, air conditioning units, planters, mailboxes and other geometric city forms into miniature buildings. EVOL often embellishes his structures with small characters peering out of the windows. EVOL’s work is now in different cities and he has been commissioned to do installations in galleries. EVOL has transformed entire blocks with miniature buildings and was featured in Berlin’s renowned ART magazine when it ran its first article on street art.

http://www.evoltaste.com/

Y now? Y not.

Jason Ryan Dorsey, The Gen-Y Guy, stepped to the mic and began his canned “lecture-performance.” With high energy and lively stories, Dorsey explains that understanding the main characteristics of each generation is crucial for effective communication. Dorsey furthers that there are proper methods of communicating based on the distinct ways each generation acts, feels, and thinks. Dorsey contends that each generation – Gen-Y, Gen-X, Baby Boomers, and Matures – have unique ways of interacting and communicating, and it is especially important in today’s age to understand and relate properly with Gen–Y. But Y now?

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“Nothing is more permanent than a temporary solution.”

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"Timefy" goes "Up and Down"

The essence of Jonathan Calugi is noodles of obsessed line design twisted with talent. Look for the title of each piece incorporated typographically.

About to forget

Multi-media artist, Berni Searle creates this work as a representation of the slippery moment when one is “about to forget.” This is also the moment in which one begins remembering the feelings and emotions that replace the specific event details of a memory as they fade away. Searle’s “About to forget” work examines the transitory space of memory where a sense of loss and a sense of return are simultaneously invoked.

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“About to forget.” Installation view, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, Australia, 2006. ©Berni Searle

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FromKeetra

FromKeetra (aka Keetra Dean Dixon) is a youthful, creative NYC designer and artist representing “the commercial” and “the pure.”

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Alphabattle and AAKKOSET

Inspired by the unique designs that the LetterCult’s “Alphabattles” contest is generating, I decided to make my initials using Doug Fuller’s representation of the letter “I” and “E.”

at the center

Ouroboros etching by Lucas Jennis

Ouroboros etching by Lucas Jennis

 

as he walks the earth

he sees things as they really are

infinitely reborn

like white dwarfs and red giants

dying stars show us

that we are not alone

we are the eternal return

salvation delivers the answer

destiny bears the key

he unlocks the secrets of perception

burning his eyes in the sun

as it sets

he writes words

lingering into the dusky nights

his paper soon finds ideas

enscribed upon it

he has learned how

to escape the impossibility

of immortality

- by Ian Evenstar

Music consumption on the new "Highway 61"

After hearing about the improved full-frame, cinched-up redesign of thesixtyone’s website, I stopped by for a look and a listen. If you are unfamiliar with thesixtyone’s concept and brand niche, here’s what the company says about itself, “On thesixtyone, new artists make music and listeners decide what’s good. We’re nurturing a growing ecosystem where talented folks can sell songs and merchandise directly to their fans.” Considering all the current ways artists can sell music directly to their fans (iTunes, SoundCloud, and CDBaby) this concept seems over-played. However, thesixtyone website creates an immersive listening, watching and learning experience that is more entertaining compared to similar business models. Perhaps it’s the best music retail experience on-line.

thesixtyone continues, “We’re named after Highway 61, a U.S. route that runs along the Mississippi River and marks the origin of American music culture. Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan and B.B. King rode the 61. Elvis grew up in the housing projects along it. Highway 61 was the road by which people left their homes to take their music to the world.” The thinking and articulation of the brand name is well produced, but only time will tell if thesixtyone will emerge as a popular and well-traveled highway for music consumption.

Screen shot of thesixtyone's website interface – http://www.thesixtyone.com/

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Patricia Piccinini

The experimental Australian artist, Patricia Piccinini creates a blend of science fiction and fine art giving us a look at a future (or alternate reality) with human and non-human cohabitation.

 

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Evil Villains and Super Heros

Agan Harahap claims that he is a wildlife photographer. There is very little known about him beyond this. He also claims that he loves history, which is evident in his “Super Hero” collection.

Shigeo Fukuda

Shigeo Fukuda / Fukuda San (1932 – 2009)

In the video below, Shigeo Fukuda’s sculpture appears as an assembled mass of welded forks, knives, and spoons. Eventually, the shadowy form of the intended work unveils itself and leaves a glimpse of Fukuda’s concept.

      “…Traditionally, Japanese designers looked to the West for innovative solutions. This is no longer the case. The winds are shifting toward an easterly direction. Shigeo Fukuda, Japan’s Houdini of Design, is a welcome part of the shifting breeze. His visual originality and deep dedication to worthwhile causes help keep the sun shining brightly over our ever changing, complex world.” — excerpt from biography by

The Art Directors Club

    (c. 1987)
    Shigeo Fukuda was a sculptor, designer and optical illusionist. He was also the first Japanese designer inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame.
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"I sell forms and colors for a living"

That’s what New York City based artist, designer and technologist, Joshua Davis says about himself on twitter. But he’s selling his bio a little short. Davis uses unprecedented techniques and creates work that is 100% original. Davis’ work is inconceivably intricate and unique. So much so, that a highly trained craftsman or programmer couldn’t re-engineer his designs no matter how hard they tried – Davis’ artwork is the digital equivalent of a snowflake.

In order to create work at this caliber, Davis pioneered an art making process known as “Dynamic Abstraction,” which generates artwork from Flash-based computer programs. Davis writes these computer programs based in Chaos Theory, which then execute random patterns of his hand drawn artwork. Davis calls this process, “Computational Design,” and he names his body of work “Tropism,” which is defined as the innate tendency of living organisms to move or grow without cognitive thought.

One of the biggest artistic influences for Davis is Jackson Pollock. Davis said, “I like Jackson Pollock. I don’t necessarily like his work, but I like Pollock as an idea.” The resonating idea is that Pollock’s paintings aren’t derived from a concept nor deliberate control of the paint or brush. Pollock (and Davis) initiate and “own” the finished work that they create, but the artists are only vehicles for the chance and movement that they cannot control.

“Tropism” at it’s best.

Following Pollock’s example, Davis loses control when he makes his art. In return, both artists make original, unrepeatable pieces. Davis’ computational design programs are randomized and unencumbered with very little restrictions, so the programs generate visual products of pure chance. Pollock’s fortuitous paintings are also produced by unplanned movements with limited controls such as the canvas frame, media, pigment color, and time duration.

When making artwork, Davis plays three roles – “the programmer, the designer, and the critic.” The critic, he says is the hard part because he’ll sometimes run a program 300-500 times before arriving at the result he wants. He mentioned running a program for 2 weeks before he saw the perfectly rendered design of his liking – a final result that “suspends chaos in a state of harmony… like waiting for that beautiful accident.”

Apple describes Davis as Infinitely Interesting and “abduzeedo’s blog” names him as a design legend. Follow Joshua Davis on

Twitter @joshuadavis or check him out on Flickr.

Archimedean Point

I.M. Pei-designed contemporary art museum, MUDAM has a new solo exhibit, dubbed “Archimedean Point” featuring Hungarian artist Attila Csörgö. Csörgö work explores the intersection of science and art, where experiments turn the immaterial and unimagined into physical forms. Archimedes would be proud of Attila’s “designs” which are innovative sculptures based in science, physics and mathematics. “Archimedean Point” is curated by Kati Simon (Ludwig Múzeum Budapest). Photos are courtesy of MUDAM and Attila Csörgö.

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Kinetic Typography

This video serves up a tasty dish of semantics by English writer, journalist, comedian and actor,  Stephen Fry. Although this work takes aim at pedants, they too will enjoy Fry’s savory prose. Rogers Creations animates Mr. Fry’s words through dynamic typography which gradually assembles into a single word.

I found Stephen Fry’s video from a blog post by the wildly talented DKNG. If you don’t know what good design is, take a look at DKNG (Dan Khulken / Nathan Goldman) for the paragon of leading design.

Modern Man, The American Dream and “The Crowd”

 

The Crowd

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The Crowd,” (USA, 1928, 98 minutes) directed by King Vidor is a timeless silent film that explores the pursuit of the American Dream in the early twentieth century. “The Crowd” begins on July 4th, 1900, which is noted as the 124th birthday of America as well as the birthday of the main character, “John Sims.”  The landscape of America is changing in this era – white-collar work is on the rise, diverse ethnic groups are beginning to co-mingle and more people are moving into urban environments and starting families. “The Crowd” has two central and matrimonially bonded characters. The male lead, “John” is played by actor, James Murray and the other main character, “Mary” is played by the King Vidor’s wife. These characters are a believable representation of a young married couple living in New York City. “John” represents a white-collar family man whose plight in the film still resonates with the patriarchal modern men of today.

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"Unplugged"

Excluding childhood and a recent experiment, I can’t remember the last time I completely “unplugged” from the stimulation of electronic devices for more than 24 hours.  The time I do remember being “unplugged” for a significant duration was when I was eight years old. I was living in a small town in rural West Virginia and I recall vowing that I would free myself of watching television. I believed that I didn’t need the empty programming of TV, which included the Saturday morning cartoons that were popular with so many other kids in my demographic.

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The "Beast" from Down Under

Sydney based artist, Brad Eastman, aka “Beastman” is one of Australia’s most widely recognized emerging artists. His distinct graphic aesthetic uses bold, saturated colors outlined with heavy black strokes. Beastman’s refined technique depict monstrous creatures reminiscent of a child’s imagination. Many of Beastman’s creatures stare back at the viewer with open eyes and razor-toothed mouths ready to devour.

What's the Point?

Dalton Ghetti has perfected his craft of micro-sculptures and generated a viral email campaign with his work. However, after you view his artwork and then perhaps paid it forward by writing a blog post, tweeted or forwarded it on to a friend, is there an answer to the quintessential question every artist faces… “What’s the point?”

In Dalton Ghetti’s situation, the answer might be hiding in the point of a #2 pencil, but after close inspection, I have yet to find any meaning beyond the tenor of those “artists” who can write your name on a grain of sand.

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The Most Awesomest Thing Ever

Big Spaceship digital creative agency presents the battle to find “The Most Awesomest Thing Ever!” And it is just a click away. Play now or just view daily and weekly lists of all things awesome.

PHOTON – Simple, Elegant Photography Template

For only $17, Photographers and Designers can implement a professional looking web portfolio to showcase their work.  If you haven’t explored the “PHOTON” WordPress template, click here for a live preview.

If you are looking for additional WordPress themes that are highly ranked, check out Mashable’s list of “8 of the Best Premium WordPress Themes.”

Summary of the "5 Hot Design Trends for Aspiring Bloggers"

According to Mashable’s Dev & Design blog, the “5 Hot Design Trends for Aspiring Bloggers” are:

  1. More Complex Layouts “… the magazine layout is the new hotness” Jason Santos examples
  2. Fonts Galore – “… our choices when it comes to lettering have ballooned” Typekit, Google Font API
  3. Lots of White Space – “… the most popular themes on Tumblr… are heavy on the white.” Popular Tumblr Themes
  4. Going Social - “… the more open realm of commenting is still extremely attractive to users,” Matt Mullenweg founding developer of WordPress
  5. Go easy on the Widgets – “… a whole lot of buttons and badges can detract not only from the cosmetic appearance of your blog, they can also confuse your readers.” Success of the Facebook “Like Button

This list is part of a larger series that Mashable is developing called, “Web Design Trends Series – News and Reviews” which has a lot of quality information, tips and analysis.

Women of a Different Age

At the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA, there are many bronze sculptures depicting women. These sculptures aren’t representative of a specific woman such as Mary Magdalene or Mother Teresa. Instead, the Norton Simon female sculptures offer specific viewpoints about the female form as a concept. When we investigate the concept of the female form, questions arise such as, What is femininity? What defines the female form? What is “woman”?

Graciously, the bronze female statues at the Norton Simon Museum offer various viewpoints to these questions.

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Web Open Font Format

For many years, designers and programmers were limited to using the standard fonts for web pages. But now with WOFF, aka “Web Open Font Format,” designers and programmers can use a wide array of customization and font design without the need of flattening custom text into an image. Below are some screenshots of websites that showcase the new possibilities of typography on the web. All the text you see is editable, transferable, searchable and unique.  Yay!

Images and sites are courtesy of Lost World’s Fairs.

El Dorado

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"Hyperphotos" by Jean Francois Rauzier

Below is a full frame image and a detailed snippet from one of  Jean Francois Rauzier’s ”hyperphotos.”  Jean Rauzier’s “hyperphotos” are comprised of “600-3,400 individual photos,” so at this size it doesn’t do the work much justice. However, if you continue on to Rauzier’s website you’ll be intrigued by the level of depth and detail in every image.

The completed photos are documents of real places. Based on Rauzier’s process of documenting a single location with multiple images, Rauzier’s work has been compared to David Hockney’s stitched photographic scenes, although the Rauzier’s finished product is a seamlessly tiled image with clean edges throughout the entire composition.

For more of his work, please visit Rauzier’s website.

Full frame of "Citadelle 2" by Jean Razier

Full frame of "Citadelle 2" by Jean Razier

detail of "Citadelle 2" by Jean Razier

detail of "Citadelle 2" by Jean Razier

David Hockney "Pearblossom Hwy., 11-18th April 1986, #2" getty.edu

David Hockney "Pearblossom Hwy., 11-18th April 1986, #2" getty.edu

Mask of Greed

We all wear “masks” and beneath the surface there are alternate faces and personalities lurking.

Surf “Survivor”

A video about a man’s struggle with the loss of his brother and the solace and comfort that surfing brings during his time of transition. He has survived the loss of his brother and remarks that it’s surfing that offers him a glimpse of peace and helps him deal with the “good days and the bad.”

LA Artist's Map: The Evan Holloway system

Artist, Evan Holloway enjoys “mapping.” In this piece, “Relative Frequency” made in ’08, Mr. Holloway mapped every letter of the alphabet based on the frequency that the letters are used in the English language. Around the circumference of an inner tube, Holloway placed the letters equidistant from each other and then suspended the inner tube around a vertical pole painted with 27 different colors. Based on the usage frequency of each letter there is a string tied from the letter to the corresponding color. The lines connect to the letter’s usage in language and the piece becomes a map of the alphabet.

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Special Moments

Feeling my way through the gusty gales of the cold fallen breeze now leaving. Bringing in the warm spring weather. Heading home as geese fly low this season.

Crying over broken hearts – I’m falling in love. Drinking from the same cup. Filled up. Pouring out the energy that is physically between – The world of the ancient and the land of the dream.

Dancing Beelzebub and deities. These shared experiences now called these special moments. They reaffirm our belief in the quantum loop and it is ours to call our own.

Dancing Beelzebub and deities. Finding courage to believe – that it’s possible. Anything. As long as it’s honest.

Eternally changing. All the good times and bad. Shedding tears that we had these special moments – to call our own.

- Ian Evenstar

It makes us see…

“Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.” – Paul Klee

It is essential…

“It is essential to feel our pain, if we are ever going to re-enter life.” - Je Rinpoche

"Will it Blend?" – #1 Viral Ad Campaign

Visible Measures and AdvertisingAge confirm that the #1 viral ad campaign on YouTube is an unknown hit.  The BlendtecWill it Blend?” series has surpassed all viral ad campaigns based on total views. Blendtec’sWill it Blend?” series grinds up the viral advertising effort of big name brands. Here are a few of its closest competitors – Dove’s Evolution, Evian’s Roller Babies, Old Spice‘s Odor Blocker, and Pepsi’s Rock You.

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"Meat" the Artist

Long before viewing Dimitri Tsykalov carnivorous creations, I decided that the vegetarian lifestyle was right for me. Whether or not you’ve resolved to alter your eating habits since being born into the predisposition of an omnivorous society, deciding if you want to consume Tsykalov’s artwork should be an easy conclusion.

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Brand Identity Mashups

The trend to hybridize and “mashup” elements found within society is an inseparable characteristic of our postmodern world. Mashups occur in nearly every form of media including music, art, videos, books, advertising and news. The playful and sometimes unexpected derivatives of these mashups question the basic premise of intellectual property and have opened the proverbial “can of worms” when it comes to protecting copyrighted material. But before we get lost in the rabbit hole of ownership in today’s global market, let’s enjoy a few brand identity mashups from London design consultancy, johnson banks.

Through the "Eye" of Paul Klee

"1914" - Paul Klee

I’ve always been inspired by my mom’s love of art and her endless pursuit to find work in the arts. After she found a job in New York as an art dealer for a small SoHo gallery, she took me to an art museum for the first time in my life. I was 10 years old and I didn’t realize it then, but the museum is one of the greatest in the world – the New York Museum of Modern Art. We spent hours that day roaming the cavernous halls of paintings, drawings and sculptures, but of all the work I saw, there was one artist that resonated with me deeply. Until this day, the images of this artist remain burned in the retina of my mind’s eye. This artist is the great Paul Klee.
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Dark Side Of The Lens

The Dark Side Of The Lens, is a short story manifested from the mysterious depths of renowned surf photographer Mickey Smith. As a “silent workhorse of the surfing world” he explains, “I never want to take this for granted, so I try to keep motivation simple, real, positive.” While watching and listening to The Dark Side Of The Lens, I feel a familiar echo that resonates succinctly with the vibration of artists across the sands of time and the oceans of existence.

Cole Rise

“Cole Rise has spent the better half of his life taking pleasure behind the lens; stalking cows and lying in the grass to capture the landscape. He can’t tell you how big the universe is, or why we’re really here, but his work sometimes flirts with the idea of knowing.”

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All images in this post are ©Cole Rise

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BERNI SEARLE

Below are obscure videos from South African artist, Berni Searle who states, “without providing any definite answers, I think my work raises questions about attitudes towards race and gender.” In response, I find that the videos aren’t specific enough to either race or gender. To me, Searle’s work speaks more generally about the cyclical and ephemeral nature of existence.

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All videos on this post are ©Berni Searle.

Pentagram's Luke Hayman on How Multimedia is Transforming Branding

“The design firm’s logo for the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art forecasts a novel approach to branding in the digital age.

The logo is animated. Its letters, in Monotype Grotesque, drift back and forth along a horizontal axis, sometimes bumping into each other, then overlapping, before splitting in opposite directions. SECCA is a newly renovated space in lush Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and it doesn’t have a permanent collection, which means that its galleries are constantly in flux. The logo is a clever expression of that identity. It also prompts the question: Is multimedia transforming branding?”

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Guillermo Bert is Branding America

This week’s featured LA Artist Guillermo Bert

From the series "Barcode"

Guillermo Bert – “Bar Code Series”

The work in the Bar Code Series is constructed by burning the images on wood, plastic or board surfaces with industrial techniques — digital technology, computer graphics and laser cutters —over which the artist applies a layer of gold-leaf or red, white and blue glossy candy enamel paints. The color palettes of red, white and blue reference American nationalism (secularism) and the gold-leaf process references the catholic or universal intent of religiosity (the sacred).

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Dance-Sport in the next Olympics?

Gatorade sponsors Fox’s hit show “So You Think You Can Dance” and for the first time in history recognizes dance as a professional sport. Will this recognition finally get “Dance-Sport” into the Olympics?

Celebrity choreographer’s Napoleon and Tabitha aka “Nappytabs” comment.

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Nowhere, Now Here

I went to the 10th floor for a sip of water and the building manager was nowhere to be found.

SYTYCD and Gatorade – "For that Deep Down Body Thirst"

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnI4TFnl2UQ] Gatorade has quenched yet another “deep down body thirst” and man does it taste good.  The recent SYTYCD business deal with Gatorade really hits the spot by marking a historic moment for dance. It’s plausible that the recent business venture between Gatorade and SYTYCD will propel contemporary dance into the World Olympics. Fingers crossed, professional dancers will leap over this historic hurdle and take the ranks among other great Olympians.

With the guidance and inspiration from my Journalism class, I’ve refined my thinking on this project into doing a “whimsical” sports piece. This slightly satirical piece will incorporate “skits” with the Dancer, the Doctor, the Star, and the Brass. The production will be “brought to you by” Gatorade.

Are dance-athletes ruining the art form of dance?

Or… Is the new breed of dance professionals on a relentless path to show how far they can push their bodies and the boundaries of the dance art and industry?

Recently I found out that I would be producing a multi-media story about the finale of Fox‘s hit TV show, “So You Think You Can Dance.” I’ll have access to these world-class dancers and choreographers and a coveted back-stage pass in order to produce this story.  I’m learning how important this art form is and how popular the show and the dancers are. I’m particularly interested in how Gatorade is in hot pursuit of the dancers and beginning to capitalize on this market for the first time in history.

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So You Think You Can Dance – “Is it In You?”

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Gatorade leverages a new breed of "dance-athletes" to sell more G2 Sports Drink

For the first time in history, Gatorade has recognized dance as a sport and backed its announcement by signing a deal with FOX’s hit show, So You Think You Can Dance. Show creator, Nigel Lythgoe announced that Gatorade will market the winning dancer as the first ever dancer-athlete. This historic honor will be granted to the winning dancer in addition to the normal prizes of $250,000 cash and a cover of Dance Spirit magazine.  The winner of the “America’s Favorite Dancer” title will be featured with Gatorade as a dancer-athlete in a move by Gatorade to establish dance as a professional sport. The historic honor of being named the first ever dancer-athlete signifies a turning point in dance and begins to blur the line even further between dance, sports and artistic performance. Continue Reading →

China’s Art Explosion vs. Political Poster Art

Earlier the summer, PBS Art Beat correspondent, Jeffery Brown published an interesting interview with Art Critic, Barbara Pollack.  The interview covered the main ideas in Barbara Pollock’s recent book, “The Wild, Wild East: An American Art Critic’s Adventures in China.”   In this book, Barbara details China’s booming art scene and the explosion of art creation and art consumption within a culture that westerners typically regard as a repressive society. Continue Reading →