Singapore-based artist Keng Lye has an incredible sense of perspective (and excellent painting skills). This fantastic series of super-realistic paintings are created from little more than resin and acrylic paint (and the impeccable mastery of Lye, of course), and could no doubt be mistaken for the real thing. Lye takes it one step further by having these creations protrude from the surface for another level of dimension. One word: amazing!
French designers Romain Bourdieux and Thomas Pomarelle teamed up to create this killer series of posters. They work so well for many reasons… sense of color is fantastic, typography, composition, illustration are all really on-point. And as if the posters themselves aren’t enough, they took it to the next level with a “teaser trailer”, bringing the illustrations to life with motion. Enviable talent here… really well done.
As a compliment to a previous post, we had to share this excellent video that answers the question, “Why has Herman Miller thrived for 108 years?” Good design at its best, that’s why.
Swedish paper artist/illustrator/graphic designer Fideli Sundqvist has a superb style, and good eye for color. We particularly love her “Paint and Splash” series for its dynamic composition and inventive use of color. If her body of work is any indication, Sundqvist has a wide variety of interests and sources of inspiration. “I think you have to give yourself a varied life, expose yourself to different types of impressions. Mostly, I think it is the work itself that gives birth to new ideas. Desire drives the work forward, as I heard someone say on the radio, and that is so true.”
We must admit we have a soft spot for food sculptures (here, here and here). Romanian artist/photographer Dan Cretu’s impressive body of work consists of many such mini-sculptures. And even more impressive, his photographs aren’t digitally altered. From a citrus camera to a veggie boom box, Cretu takes particular care in working quickly due to the short shelf life of the food with which he works. Really imaginative work.
As designers, we have to retouch photos at least occasionally. But this retouching, by Portland, OR-based designer/photographer/Photoshop expert Daniel Kopton (AKA DanKlife), is truly awe-inspiring. Like a masterclass in photo retouching, this before-and-after look at Kopton’s work for Nike USA Basketball campaign is really enlightening… not only for the robust capabilities of modern computer software, but also the sheer talent of Kopton. Will definitely be looking at these every so often for a dose of inspiration.
San Francisco-based designer/illustrator Khoa Ho explores the past and present of some notable superheroes in this terrific series. The minimal, monochromatic style gives them some gravitas appropriate to the subject matter. In his own words, Ho says “I took a dive into the origins of these individuals and who they were before they became superheroes to remind us that despite the trials of our past, what we choose to do moving forward is much more important to us and the world we share.” Style-wise, this series is sort of reminiscent of work by Marko Manev.
When typography and photography converge, beautiful things can happen, as is evident from this amazing series of photos. Created by New York-based photographer Bela Borsodi, these remarkable photos for Rocawear feature everyday sort of objects arranged in such a way to reveal clear typographical forms. We love the level of accuracy in placing the objects just so. A lot of care and creativity was put into these, and it shows. We could stare at them all day….
A few years back Pilot advertised its line of extrafine pens in a particularly clever way. The campaign, by Barcelona advertising agency Grey, featured Lego mini-figures with highly detailed tattoos. Really clever. We love all things Lego (here and here and here)… this campaign definitely gets a thumbs-up from us!