Édouard Manet Biography Born into an upper class household with strong political connections, Manet rejected the future originally envisioned for him, and became engrossed in the world of painting. He married Suzanne Leenhoff in 1863. The last 20 years of Manet's life saw him form bonds with other great artists of the time, and develop his own style that would be heralded as innovative and serve as a major influence for future painters. Early life Édouard Manet was born in Paris on 23 January 1832, in the ancestral hôtel particulier (mansion) on the rue Bonaparte to an affluent and well-connected family. At his father's suggestion, in 1848 he sailed on a training vessel to Rio de Janeiro. From 1853 to 1856 he visited Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands, during which time he was influenced by the Dutch painter Frans Hals, and the Spanish artists Diego Velázquez and Francisco José de Goya. Music in the Tuileries Luncheon on the Grass (Le déjeuner sur l'herbe)
Impressive Celebrity Fan Art We see celebrities all the time. On television, in movies, or magazines, they are everywhere. When we think of Photoshop and celebrities, however, most of us probably think of how it is used to “air brush” them for magazine spreads or maybe how it has been used to create some embarrassing moments for them and their PR teams. In today’s round up, however we have decided to pull together some of our favorite celebrity fan art illustrations and showcase them for you all to enjoy. Included are: Megan Fox, Steve Carell, Robert Downey Jr., Lady Gaga, and more. Steve Carell by June Hardee We start this list off with an awesome digital painting of funny man Steve Carell. Michael C. Any fans of the show Dexter can easily recognize who was drawn in this uniquely colored digital painting. Robert Downey Jr. by Doormouse1960 Iron man himself is featured here in another sharp looking digital painting. Rihanna by Brian Golden Our first black and white painting shows off Rihanna perfectly.
hjalli.com – Hjálmar Gíslason feature shoot Five personal favourites I was recently contacted by Mark Sinclair at Creative Review to help with the logo-specific April 2011 issue. I was asked (along with a group of others who are listed below) to nominate five of my favourite logos, and the choices were tallied-up alongside some internal voting to represent CR’s “top 20 logos of all time.” Having read through the April issue (which is excellent) it’s clear that the top 20 consists mostly of designs that were created many years/decades ago. As stated within, “Affection and respect build over time.” I judged my selection a little differently, basing my choices purely on the idea of the isolated marks, as opposed to recognition or flexibility. Mother & Child An idea that once seen is hard to forget. Martin Newcombe Property Maintenance So simple it’ll make everyone think design is easy. Swan Songs There’s no mistaking it’s a musical swan. Guild of Food Writers They write about food. The Guild design did make an appearance on page 44 as a personal favourite. Mouse
Data Mining: Text Mining, Visualization and Social Media JazJaz - Pop Culture For The Masses 8 Fresh and Free High-Quality Fonts It’s been over a month since we’ve posted any freebies here on WDL, but hopefully now we can get back on our regular schedule of one “freebie” post per week. Over the past few days, I’ve been on the lookout for fonts, and I’ve managed to find some very good ones. So, here they are: 8 Fresh and Free High-Quality Fonts. Enjoy! Infinity Blox Tidal Banda Regular Pacifica Otama e.p. Creatica Broken Records About the Author Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. Related Posts 925 shares 10 Best New Free Fonts We’ve been on the prowl for some new free fonts to share with you. Read More 1138 shares 9 Free & Useful Fonts for your Designs Whether it’s PSD’s or icons, we love finding high quality free files and sharing them with our readers.
Cool Infographics - Blog design love fest Technical Web Typography: Guidelines and Techniques - Smashing Magazine Advertisement The Web is 95% typography, or so they say. I think this is a pretty accurate statement: we visit websites largely with the intention of reading. That’s what you’re doing now — reading. With this in mind, does it not stand to reason that your typography should be one of the most considered aspects of your designs? Unfortunately, for every person who is obsessed with even the tiniest details of typography, a dozen or so people seem to be indifferent. Creative and Technical Typography I’m not sure these two categories are recognized in the industry but, in my mind, the two main types of typography are creative and technical. Creative typography involves making design decisions such as which face to use, what mood the type should create, how it should be set, what tone it should have — for example, should it be airy, spacious and open (light) or condensed, bold and tight, with less white space (dark)? We’ll focus on technical type in this article. We’ll learn about: <! Beware! <!
Data Visualization and Infographics - Smashing Magazine Advertisement The main goal of data visualization is its ability to visualize data, communicating information clearly and effectivelty. It doesn’t mean that data visualization needs to look boring to be functional or extremely sophisticated to look beautiful. To convey ideas effectively, both aesthetic form and functionality need to go hand in hand, providing insights into a rather sparse and complex data set by communicating its key-aspects in a more intuitive way. Yet designers often tend to discard the balance between design and function, creating gorgeous data visualizations which fail to serve its main purpose — communicate information. In both print and web design infographics — visual representations of information, data or knowledge — are often used to support information, strengthen it and present it within a provoking and sensitive context, depending on designer’s creativity. Data Visualization and Infographics Virtual Water11Simple, clean, elegant and effective. George W.