Category Archives: inspiration

National Geographic Found unearths the beauty of the past

National Geographic Found

I just stumbled across this incredible site from National Geographic in celebration of their 125th year. It showcases photos from the archives (some never before published) as curated by National Geographic’s William Bonner.

There are some stunning photos unearthed that pay homage to the importance of photojournalism and the power of a well-crafted image.

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Also of particular interest to typophiles is the description on the About page regarding Ludwig Light, the typeface used in the “Found” logo, somewhat ironically ‘found’ by Nat Geo designer Roy Wilhelm. Worth a read as well.

What does Ewan McGregor know about The Bauhaus? Apparently enough to narrate a mini-series of six videos that give a brief history of some major design movements, out out by The Open University.

You can view all six videos from Gothic Revival to Postmodernism on youtube by clicking here. The videos are concise, the animation clean. They distill concepts a bit heavily and leave out significant elements (like distilling Modernism to a quote from Mies van der Rohe?) but for about two minutes of learning, it’s pretty excellent. All six segments are definitely worth the time to watch. Very cool stuff.

[via Co.Design]

A busy few weeks (OR to NYC to OR to SD and back)

It’s been a bit crazy lately. A week in New York with a group of 50 or so of the best and brightest from the UofO School of Journalism. Ad agency visits, sight seeing, portfolio stuff, great food(kimchi and blue cheese pocket from Momofuku Milk Bar? Amazing!), and lots of absorbing Manhattan.

Back to Eugene for two days of work, then a trip down to San Diego for a week. Busy, but just enough time to relax a bit and process the week in NYC.

La Jolla on flickr

So insights gleaned? I love visiting NYC, but I’d have to have a really compelling reason to end up there permanently. The advertising industry is shifting quickly in terms of channels and media possibilities, but there’s still a metric crapton of garbage being pushed through those channels. Don’t get me wrong – I think advertising today is brilliant and there are some pieces and people doing incredible work – but those pieces and people are few and far between in a sea of monotonous garbage. Times are changing, but many of the archaic problems still exist. ¬†Which just continues to make me want to help those people who can actually perpetuate positive change in the industry. And maybe that’s my biggest takeaway from the last few weeks – there’s tremendous opportunity to fix the problems of the world. The advertising world and the greater world as a whole.

The Uncluded: blending musical genres in the best ways with genius lyrics

What happens when legendary and groundbreaking hip-hop artist/producer Aesop Rock teams up with grammy winning, critically acclaimed singer songwriter Kimya Dawson? This:

Lyrics that are genius, beautiful, heart wrenching and smart. Melodies and beats that are dynamic and vibrant. The blending of genres, styles, and talents. This is music at its best. Self expression, coping, therapy, exploration, fear, adversity, and other fairly weighty subject matter. But it’s handled with a beautiful craft and a touch of humor that keeps it beautifully approachable.

The Current now has the entire album, Hokey Fright, available to stream now pre-release! The album releases on May 7th from Rhymesayers Entertainment.

 

Food, cityscapes, and photography: three things that don’t usually go together so well

I’m a fan of food. Not just eating it, but making it, crafting it, and yes, even photographing it. Which is why I find this so awesome:

Swedish art director Peter Johansson teamed up with Swedish food lab Atelier Food to create this amazing foodscape that comes shockingly close to resembling a city.

From Johansson’s website:

The Atelier Food still life is built on a grid. The still life
represents the work of Atelier Food and the connection between food and
society. It links the playfulness and creativity within the project with
the ambitious goals and long-term challenges. In the spirit of the
whole Atelier Food project it is also a creative co-operation between a
chef, one Art Director and one Photographer.

Photography by Henrik Petersson. More photos at Johansson’s website. Now I’m hungry.

[via Its Nice That]

Why does Australia have the craziest beer commercials?

So as some of you know, I had a short internship doing work for AB, i.e. Anheuser Busch… aka, Bud. I worked on some pretty extreme, pretty intense beer commercials. but I’m not sure that any really came close to this gem:

wow. The Aussies always have some good beer spots. but this spot for Hahn SuperDry might take the cake.

And an insider (and beer geek’s) tip: when a brewing company spends more on advertising than making the beer, I usually pass.

That being said, I’d love a ferret that could hand-cap my brews.

Sometimes headlines can actually be clever?

I’m not going to lie… I’m not a huge fan of The Oregonian. between some of their political viewpoints, public policy stances, and honestly mediocre writing, I barely glance at anymore. But that’s no reason not to point out the brilliance of this headline:

and the photo ain’t bad, either. In the doldrums of the winter-spring-greyness season, a bit of humor is difficult to muster up, let alone slap across the front page of the paper. I’m digging it.

Alex Trebek can certainly call the shots

Indeed, as many of you know, I graduated from the University of Oregon – thus I am a Duck. And I grew up idolizing George Alexander “Alex” Trebek. That being said, even if you hate the Ducks and aren’t a fan of the Trebek, this is still brilliantly amazing:

There are a lot of random videos, clips, mash-ups, etc. floating around, but there is something so genius about the timing, the pacing, and the tone of Trebek that makes this one stand apart. (And big thanks to krobb for pointing this one out!)

“Lapin”: proof that simplicity can still kick ass

Whoah. Action on Questioning Reality. I feel like I’ve entered another dimension. Or maybe a past one…

Either way, eight months is entirely too long for this blog to go un-tended. And while I can’t guarantee anything new will come of this revisitation, a career change, a location change, and a mentality change may be just what this blog needs to get back into the swing of things. And on that note, I present you with “Lapin” (which is french for “rabbit,” in case you were wondering):

I’ve been a longtime fan of Kuntzel+Deygas… and their footwear collaboration with Lacoste I wrote about eons ago blew me a way. They did the title sequence to Catch Me If You Can (yeah, the one with Leo), and there’s something about their visual dynamic, style, and simplicity that I’ve always been drawn to, hence my undying love for Caperino and Peperone.

There’s just something so simplistically enjoyable about this rabbit clip that I can’t quite put my finger on, but that’s okay, because I love it. And it’s proof that things don’t always have to be crazy. Yeah, a million bouncing balls or a giant King mask are cool, but a simple pencil and paper drawing can be even better.

 

Gulf Coast Relief Tee: Threadless “PeliCAN”

So it’s been a while since my last post. much longer than it should have been… life has been crazy (which I’m sure I can explain sometime…) but not just for me. In case you haven’t heard, it’s been a bit crazy in the Gulf of Mexico lately too. To lend a helping hand, t-shirt site Threadless.com has reached out to artist members Frederik Wepener and Ross Zietmaz to create this pretty impressive shirt, with 100% proceeds going to the fifteen-year-old Gulf Restoration Network. It’s intended to give a glimmer of hope to the situation in the Gulf, no matter how bleak it may seem. It’s a true collaboration concept to help the Gulf. The printing (water-based inks, of course) of the tee was donated by Threadless’ local friends Sharprint, and both designers have donated their standard designer payment to the cause as well. Pretty cool.

peliCAN - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Click on the image above (or Click here) to check it out over at Threadless.

And for more Gulf Restoration Network stuff, check out Healthygulf.org.