After taking a short year and a half break from NYC and living in Boulder, Colorado, I’m happy to say I’m back and ready to re-engage with the city. When I lived in Williamsburg, I used to watch graffiti artist Greg Lamarche work on a mural outside my building. He is now being featured by J.Crew on a collaboration for their Williamsburg store launch. Love Lamarche in Brooklyn, but how do we feel about J.Crew coming into the hood? (click below to watch “Over and Over Again”.)
As a graphic designer, we’re always working within certain restrictions. Usually, it comes in the form of a “brief.” Oh…the brief! Here, Marian Bantjes creates a new category of how to think of design, illustration, and typography. I thought many of you would get a lot out of this. Would love to hear your thoughts. (cick to play)
I’m not someone who’s naturally inclined to be drawn to mother nature…but if it has to do with cutout illustrations like these, I may just be into that. Lorenzo Durán has found his passion as an artist and more specifically, a cutout artist of leaves. He uses nature as an inspiration and believes that all natural objects or living beings are exhibiting its purest essence. (via Colossal)
Whew….its only Wednesday and I’m dragging this week. I think this is a call for a little sense of humor and fun. Take a look at this “birth video” of Mon Shu – the new mascot of Karl Lagerfeld and Shu Uemura’s new cosmetic line, “Noël 2012”. With animations blending the styles of Japanese pop and European chic coupled with a great soundtrack, I think this might do the trick!
Sara Fanelli has published a beautiful interactive, die-cut children’s book called “The Onion’s Great Escape.” Exploring simple questions that children often ask, Fanelli has designed this book to further explore fun questions like, “If you think of an elephant, how big is your thought?” Pushing boundaries of philosophic questions for children, Fanelli has managed to do it all in a fun and exciting way. Click here to purchase.
France based creative agency, Zim & Zou have been doing some amazing work I thought worth a mention. Working mostly out of paper, this agency has brought paper arts to the world of advertising, made social commentaries about recycling and technology as well as started an exploration of typography with the use of colored strings. With a collection of both personal and professional jobs, the range of work they display is not only inspiring, but nice to see that there is still a place for craftsmen & paper lovers out there.