Holiday Interlude

If you need a break from Thanksgiving prep – take a look at Belgian artist Vincent Bal’s Instagram. This is just one example how he turns the shadows of every day objects into great illustrations…

Happy Thanksgiving!

2017-05-22T13:16:57+00:00 November 24th, 2016|Big Thinking, Design, Humor|Comments Off on Holiday Interlude

Dia De Los Muertos

The Day of the Dead is celebrated every year from November 1-2 by people of Mexican ancestry to honor their loved ones who have passed on. Offerings of flowers, candles, favorite foods and drinks on colorful altars are intended to help support their spiritual journey.

This beautifully animated short film about a girl who visits the land of the dead (where she learns the true meaning of the holiday) was produced by Ashley Graham, Kate Reynolds, and Lindsey St. Pierre at Ringling College of Art and Design as their senior thesis, and won the 2013 Student Academy Award Gold Medal.

2017-05-22T13:16:57+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|Videos|Comments Off on Dia De Los Muertos

“ABC Design” Reunion

"ABC Design" Reunion

…happened in the Poconos. Nice to spend some quality time with these ladies who once shared the design path with me.

2017-05-22T13:16:57+00:00 September 20th, 2016|Inspiration|Comments Off on “ABC Design” Reunion

Pumpkin Spice Economy 101

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With Labor Day behind us and September in full swing, the next thing to look forward to is fall with its crisp air and smell of falling leaves. While the weather outside might feel anything but autumn, retailers are trying to cash in on a ever growing fall tradition as early as possible … pumpkin spice anything.

According to Forbes the “Pumpkin Spice Economy” generates approximately $500 Million sales a season, with pumpkin flavored items having increased by 21% since 2012. Starbucks launched it’s iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte back in 2003 and these days we have seen anything from pumpkin spiced yogurt to cereal, even beer as early as August.

So if pumpkin spice is your cup of joe – savor the flavor during the brief time we get to enjoy this favorite season of the year, soon there will be holiday jingles playing throughout stores beckoning for your purchasing power.

Image by StarbucksNews via Twitter

2017-05-22T13:16:57+00:00 September 9th, 2016|Design|Comments Off on Pumpkin Spice Economy 101

Give Bl _ _ d / #MissingType

In their #MissingType campaign, London-based PR company Engine Group and NHS Blood & Transplant, tried to get people’s attention by eliminating the letters A, B and O from public landmarks and participating brands across the globe.

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Image by Sydney Opera House via Instagram

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Image by Iamsterdam via Twitter

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Image by Marmite via Twitter

The (missing) letters – A, B and O – are used to identify the main blood types. The campaign hoped to reverse a decline in new donors and encourage blood donations to meet the need for blood in the future.

According to an article on NPR the NHS said: “The shortage of new donors is a worldwide phenomenon… A survey of blood services participating in the Missing Type campaign found the number of first-time donors per year had dropped more than 27 percent between 2005 and 2015.”

2017-05-22T13:16:58+00:00 August 25th, 2016|Big Thinking, In The News|Comments Off on Give Bl _ _ d / #MissingType

Street Art: Mini Cityscapes

It’s been a while since we came across any interesting pieces of public or street art, so it was a nice surprise when we were introduced to Evol.

Using a layered stencil technique, the Berlin based street artist creates small cityscapes using everyday objects and transforms them into the outside of dull apartment buildings or Plattenbauten, reminiscent of the old East German housing projects, complete with balconies and satellite dishes, beckoning you to take another look.

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Lüneburg Interventions – 2009 – Lüneburg, Germany | © EVOL

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Hilversum Interventions – 2011 – Hilversum, The Netherlands | © EVOL

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Blocked Delivery – 2014 – Mixed Media – “Language of the Wall” exhibition – Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey | © EVOL

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Blast from the Past – 2015 – Cardboard | © EVOL

More at evoltaste.com

Images via evoltaste.com

2017-05-22T13:16:58+00:00 August 10th, 2016|Design|Comments Off on Street Art: Mini Cityscapes

Fly By Night

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This weekends we went to New York City to see artist Duke Riley’s largest public art project to date – Fly By Night. Presented by the nonprofit arts organization Creative Time at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a massive flock of 2,000 pigeons (fitted with tiny LED lights) illuminated the night sky above the East River, as Riley paid tribute to the largely forgotten culture of pigeon keeping.

 Duke Riley’s Fly By Night

Images via Byron Smith for The New York Times (Night Sky) & Creative Time (Birds)

2017-05-22T13:16:58+00:00 June 7th, 2016|Design|Comments Off on Fly By Night