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An art, design, and visual culture blog.
Digital artist and illustrator Florian Nicolle (previously here and here) blends layers of newsprint, watercolor, pencil, and digital painting to create rich, frenetic portraits that seem to fly off the canvas. Over the past few years, Nicolle has been tapped by some of the world’s largest brands including Nike, Adobe, Warner Brothers, and ESPN, but still finds time for personal work. You can explore more on Behance and on his website.

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nanoART 2015 - Nanosciences Purpose of the Contest The contest supports the atmosphere of discovery and wonder that nanoscience and nanotechnology research represent. The first objective of this competition is for participants to have fun. The second objective is to promote the public interest and acceptance of nanos: people new to the subject really begin to understand it when they see compelling pictures. Many of the illustrations, models and nanoscopic images produced in researching nanoscale science are very artistic in nature, transcending basic illustration. For nRai®, OCSiAl® and the Nanosciences Foundation, this contest is important to reward the hard work of non-Faculty researchers.

Contemporist Fieldwork Design & Architecture have collaborated with the Nike Workplace Brand Design group to design some feature walls for the NIKE expansion buildings. The wall is constructed of salvaged maple gym flooring, and creates a branded, meaningful statement of arrival at the office in Beaverton, Oregon. Continue Reading » Experimental Animated GIFs by RRRRRRRROLL Wow these are great! Back in May a couple of friends in Japan started a new project called rrrrrrrroll, using photography to explore beautifully minimalist animations based on objects and people turning on a single axis. According to twitter the group makes roughly two animations a week (there’s 34 already), so it’s probably worth your time to tune in. Mark Jenkins // Glazed Paradise Besançon Rome Rio de Janeiro Tudela London Dublin

Hello World - Hack Design Objectified: A documentary for design This film is absolutely crucial to setting the groundwork for you in this course. As you're watching, think about what they're saying and how it would apply to your own work. FULL MOVIE: The film is available anywhere in the world for $3.99 from the Objectified website. It's also available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and iTunes. Outsider art The term outsider art was coined by art critic Roger Cardinal in 1972 as an English synonym for art brut (French: [aʁ bʁyt], "raw art" or "rough art"), a label created by French artist Jean Dubuffet to describe art created outside the boundaries of official culture; Dubuffet focused particularly on art by those on the outside of the established art scene, such as psychiatric hospital patients and children.[1][2] While Dubuffet's term is quite specific, the English term "outsider art" is often applied more broadly, to include certain self-taught or naïve art makers who were never institutionalized. Typically, those labeled as outsider artists have little or no contact with the mainstream art world or art institutions. In many cases, their work is discovered only after their deaths. Often, outsider art illustrates extreme mental states, unconventional ideas, or elaborate fantasy worlds.

archdaily The design of the new Swiss Embassy in Yaoundé, designed by Matteo Cainer Architects, pays tribute to its renewed presence in the Cameroon and a respect for the uniqueness of the site. The resulting proposal is an elegant ensemble that encapsulates the identity and self-image of the Swiss people and their values. The calm external simplicity of the proposal conceals an inner complexity while achieving a sustainable design, which was another key in the process. More images and architects’ description after the break. You'll love these beautiful vector animal logos Animals are often the inspiration for a vector graphic or two; we've seen gorgeous geometric vector animals as well as 3D-effect vector portraits. These are the kind of projects that inspire many creatives to get started with vector design in the first place and this latest offering is just as brilliant. Lincoln-based designer Tom Atkins Watkins has created a set of beautiful vector animal portraits. From the initial sketch to the final offering, they're packed full of colour and beautiful shape that allows the project to really shine. "It's a predominantly personal project, exploring ways in which logos can be formed using only basic shapes and minimalist techniques," explains Watkins.

viktor hertz - official website & portfolio Client: Ray-BanBrief: Create artworks that somehow depict iconic people and famous characters that have been wearing Ray-Ban Aviators. The portraits were to be displayed in the Sunglass Hut store in Covent Garden, London, from March to April 2014. Artworks by Viktor Hertz © 2014 Photos by Ray-Ban © 2014Advertising, Graphic Design, Illustration2014 An idea for a series with honest logos, revealing the actual content of the company, what they really should be called. Some are cheap, some might be a bit funny, some will maybe be brilliant.

Beautiful web type — the best typefaces from the Google web fonts directory Among the numerous faults of those who pass their lives recklessly and without due reflexion, my good friend Liberalis, I should say that there is hardly any one so hurtful to society as this, that we neither know how to bestow or how to receive a benefit. It follows from this that benefits are badly invested, and become bad debts: in these cases it is too late to complain of their not being returned, for they were thrown away when we bestowed them. Nor need we wonder that while the greatest vices are common, none is more common than ingratitude: for this I see is brought about by various causes. The first of these is, that we do not choose worthy persons upon whom to bestow our bounty, but although when we are about to lend money we first make a careful enquiry into the means and habits of life of our debtor, and avoid sowing seed in a worn-out or unfruitful soil, yet without any discrimination we scatter our benefits at random rather than bestow them.

48 great examples of doodle art Doodling is a great, fun way of expressing yourself. But it's often underrated as an art form. Yet doodle art can help you learn how to draw and make a great addition to your design portfolio – as highlighted by these brilliant examples. Combining child-like doodles with expressive illustrations, they show how doodling can be used to create beautiful and arresting designs. Dezeen UK designers David Ben Grünberg and Daniel Woolfson have devised a concept for a shape-shifting house that morphs to deal with changing times of day, seasons and weather conditions (+ movie). Woolfson and Grünberg launched The D*Haus Company to develop the concept for the experimental house, which would fold into different configurations so that it can take on up to eight different shapes. The house was first conceived as part of Grünberg's graduation project.

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