Posts from February, 2010

February 26, 2010


When I was a kid I wanted to save dolphins, the rainforest, women’s rights and professional baseball (I had tremendous foresight). Then I grew up and landed in Advertising. Then I got sad at my desk, thinking, maybe I should have been a cop, a doctor, a civil liberties lawyer because all I do all day is push pixels and rearrange words to sound more “saleable.” Well guess what. WORDS ARE FUCKING POWERFUL. So are Pixels. And if your eyes are squinting from the big f-bombs – boom. Point made. Honestly, I believe in Advertising, Design, Marketing, Websites, Twitter, et al. If you don’t, at least arm yourself with some good arguments by watching Art & Copy.

Yes, this is kinda old news, but hey – I just had an epiphany today when my friend linked me to his mother’s foundation for HIV/AIDS MPH Educational fund. All I could think was, this amazing woman doing amazing work in a shit town that still has a lot to learn about HIV/AIDS and how can I help? Well they don’t need a trial lawyer but they might need a logo.

Also, side note, director Doug Pray is the same dude who made the film Scratch. AMAZING.

List of screenings here.
So how are you gonna save the world?


February 25, 2010

Layer Tennis is back

If you don’t know, then you’re missing out.  Layer Tennis is back up for the 2010 season.  Over the course of an afternoon, two talented pixel-pushers duke it out on a single photoshop document that is passed back and forth in 15 minute intervals.  Sometimes it’s all friendly and something beautiful is built, and sometimes, someone loses an eye.

Last week master of the stats Nicholas Felton and master of the grid Khoi Vinh ‘shopped it up in the first exhibition match of the year.  Tomorrow afternoon, a type-tastic treat is in store, with type designers Peter Bruhn and Mark Simonson going at it on the 900 px field.

For nostalgia’s purposes, here are a few of my all-time favorite volleys.

First up, Phineas X. Jones’ eye gouging volley #5 against Dan Grzeca in the all analog match (pencil, paper, and sticker maker).

Greg Hubacek’s third volley against Aaron Draplin essentially cemented his spot in the finals (from my perspective), showing he can hang with the DDC style, and beating him at his own game.

Finally, in perhaps the greatest match of Layer Tennis ever played, Chris Glass and Aaron Draplin showed what it means to play together, essentially building up a brand guideline for the International Design Workers Union right in front of our eyes.  It was hard to pick a favorite from the bunch, considering the beauty of the whole match, but putting the logo on the 70′s era union card was fantastic.

What are your favorites?  Let us know in the comments and tune in tomorrow for the next match.

And if any of you Layer Tennis overlords are reading, I wanna play!  *call me*


February 25, 2010


Remember Haik Avanian? Remember how I mentioned his mom will recycle your old sweaters by knitting them into something new for you? Last night, on my ride home from work, NPR did a story about Haik and his mother Gayane. Sounds like their little Reknit operation is really blowing up. Listen to the interview below or read the story here!

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February 24, 2010

helen gotlib

Helen Gotlib is an artist from Michigan with roots in scientific illustration and printmaking. I love the dream-like quality of her botanical and figure drawings. Her Etsy shop is full of wonderful prints and illustrations, it’s definitely worth checking out!

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February 24, 2010

Mc Bess

Matthieu Bessudo aka Mc Bess, is a talented French born Musician, Illustrator & Art Director currently working at The Mill in London England. His unique style is a mix of influences such as Fleischer Studios‘ old (think Mickey Mouse on the tugboat) cartoons he builds upon by using contemporary shapes, symbols and hand-made types. Mc Bess drawings are a mix of cutesy, psychedelic and just awesome. Mc Bess himself is often at the center of the surrealist world filled with food and musical references.

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February 22, 2010

Page Tsou.



Page Tsou is a ridiculously talented UK-based illustrator who never ceases to amaze with the level of detail he puts forth in his worlds. And of course, his delightfully eerie subject matter.

In his own words: born in Taiwan, raised in an industrial mechanic manufacturing family.

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February 19, 2010



Before I get into the plain and simple fact that THIS SHIT IS AMAZING – let me preface by saying that I found this treasure of history and art at my public library. That’s right. You remember those places don’t you? Where they have those things called BOOKS. I recommend both books and libraries.

Ok, so, I found this book on Eskimo printmaking and was shocked to found out that though Inuit sculpture is older than time, printmaking is a relatively new means of art for these people. In fact, it’s as late as 20th century – 1957 to be exact. Apparently a Canadian dude (James Houston) saw an Inuit man comparing logos on his cigarette boxes, showed him what a print was by rubbing ink on a tusk and transfering onto a piece of toilet paper (for real) whereby the Inuit man rightly said, “We can do that.” Amazing. And after the jump are just a few of the hardcore images that some of the wildest and toughest (kinda Canadian) people on Earth came up with:

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