Filed under: Inspiration | Tags: Art, artist, bacteria, glass, installation, light, live art, luke jerram, sculptor, sculpture, swine flu, UK, viruses
Luke Jerram, a UK-based installation artist and sculptor, was recently brought to my attention for for his glass sculptures replicating “famous” bacteria and viruses. THe set of these most recent works can be viewed here. Also worth taking some time to peruse is his website: LukeJerram.com
Filed under: Art | Tags: 1920's, abstract, Art, constructivism, design, geometric, propoganda, russia, shapes
Abduzeedo has a great collection of Russian Constructivist art/design work. I really love this style, expecially the angular and blocky typography associated with it. Check it out here. Happy Friday everybody and have a great holiday weekend.
Filed under: Art | Tags: armstrong, Art, figure drawing, figures, girl, ladies, paint, painting, pin up, pin up girl, pinup, rolf, woman
Rolf Armstrong was born in Bay City, Michigan on April 21, 1889 to Richard and Harriet (Scott) Armstrong. His father owned the Boy-Line Fire Boat Company, which included a line of passenger ships. Some were deployed in Chicago for use at the Chicago World’s Fair there in 1893. However, the father’s business and family were struggling, and the family homestead was lost to foreclosure. A few months later, the family moved to Detroit, Michigan.
Rolf’s father died in 1903, and a year he and his mother moved to Seattle, Washington, following the footstep of his oldest brother, William, who haved there a year earlier. By now Rolf’s artistic interests were emerging to more than a part-time pleasure.
During the 1920s and 1930s, his work appeared on many pieces of sheet music, as well as on the covers of many magazines. Many stars posed for his portraits, including Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo, and even Boris Karloff.
Armstrong’s work for the Pictorial Review was largely responsible for that magazine achieving a circulation of more than two million by 1926. A year later, he was the best selling calendar artist at Brown and Bigelow. In 1930, RCA hired him to paint pin-ups to advertise their products, and in 1933 the Thomas D. Murphy Company signed him to produce a series of paintings for their line.
Filed under: Art | Tags: Art, doodle, draw, drawing, heart, ink, inking, old, paper, personal, sketch, sketchbook, sword, wing, woman
From my personal sketchbook. Ink on paper circa 2005??
Filed under: branding | Tags: bible, branding, chosen instrument, gospel, hip hop, identity, logo, music, note, positive, productions, R & B, rap, uplifting, wing, youth
I recently completed the identity for Chosen Instrument Productions. The following is from the logo proposal I provided the client:
Chosen Instrument Productions is a youth-focused, not-for-profit music organization that is passionate about using music to convey a positive message. Through the creative and recording processes of Spoken Word, Hip-Hop, Rock and Gospel music, Chosen Instrument aims to foster a positive atmosphere that allows artists to express themselves in ways that serve to better themselves, their community, their region and beyond.
It was with this spirit and message in mind that the Chosen Instrument Productions logo was crafted. The logo is comprised of the Chosen Instrument Productions text and the “Winged Note” logo mark. The main text and mark were crafted in a graffiti-style that captures the energy and vibrancy of youth while maintaining professional sensibilities such as legibility. The overall appearance of the logo is edgy and yet accessible and is very much geared towards the youth demographic that Chosen Instrument is driven by.
The “Winged Note” icon was crafted to represent the idea of creating music that is upliftng. The “Winged Note” represents the power of music to “fly above” the typical negative stereotypes associated with hip-hop and rock music and reinforce the idea that Chosen Instrument creates music that is thematically and philosophically positive.
The Chosen Instrument Productions logo speaks to and reflects the ideals of the organization; it represents music as a powerful force through which creative and inspired youth may cultivate, create and record a unique, positive message.
Filed under: Logo Design | Tags: 2016, branding, chicago, concept, design, event branding, logo, Logo Design, madrid, olympics, summer
Today’s post on the Graphic Design Blog highlights the logos in contention for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The article reflects on the four logo concepts that are in the running for the shortlisted cities as well as taking a look at some of the cities that have already been eliminated from the running.
Event branding is something I personally am really interested in, having written about it here and here. The unique opportunity to wholly brand an event, especially an event like the Olympics wherein so much collateral material will be derived from the main brand, represents a both challenging and ultimately really rewarding experience for designers.
My personal take on the above logos is that they all work on really great concepts and are very nicely executed. Visually, and this is ignoring my national prejudice, I think the Chicago logo is the most striking. Conceptually, I love the Madrid logo and the subtle “m” formed by the hand print. Read the whole article here and draw your own conclusions.