You might think that creative communicators spanning the fields of the visual arts and design are busy these days just trying to keep their heads above water. And while staying financially afloat amongst current economic conditions is admittedly a challenge, there is no shortage of creatives' attention being devoted to helping solve the problems of those less fortunate. Sometimes this falls within a corporate framework, such as the Sappi Ideas That Matter program, which has to date funded more than 500 design-driven programs, adding up to $12 million in support of causes supporting the social good — that quaint concept that refuses to die.
Each year Pantone reveals its Color of the Year, a prediction of which color it thinks will be particularly significant in the months to come. Last year it was Tangerine Tango, which I don't recall being particularly pervasive, while this year it's Emerald. So how does this oracular pronouncement come to be?
Sure, times are still tough and the forces of neoliberal capitalism continue to run roughshod over the planet. But is that any reason to despair? I should say not. After all, the good guys are still out there beavering away on projects of benefit to the common good. Case in point is The Noun Project, which is dedicated to "building a global visual language that everyone can understand."
A popular terrestrial TV channel / network here in the UK with a blunder of a rebrand. I'm not sure how this got the all clear for public consumption, but it did and it really does suck. I'm sure you'll agree. It reminds me of the rebrand of the 'Abbey' high street bank - which they actually u-turned on. I'll post examples if i can find them...
That's the question you might well ask yourself, after perusing the clip below. It provides a taste of what's on the DVD accompanying the latest issue of IdN magazine, which includes 96 minutes of work from 27 motion graphics practitioners. Compelling enough but the contents of this issue, devoted to the theme of Character Design, are also of interest, a few spreads of which are included below. The disc and magazine bundle can be purchased on the IdN site for $19.95.
We know Vincent Van Gogh pretty well, thanks to his many self-portraits, but actual photographs of him are rare. In fact, there seems to be just one (shown below) and it's not entirely authenticated. So Lithuanian photographer Tadao Cern's project to create a "what-might-have-been" portrait photo of Van Gogh is not without interest. He shows the process in the clip above.
It's hard to know at this point whether Adobe has just pulled off a brilliant viral marketing move or has simply screwed up. I'm speaking here of the current abillity to freely download the entire Creative Suite 2 from Adobe's site, which almost collapsed from the load once this became known. Admittedly, using software released in 2005 isn't everyone's idea of a good time and in fact you might have trouble running it at all, given the hardware and operating systems for which it was created. But still.
It's certainly an experience familiar to New Yorkers, who live in what serves as the setting for countless movies — that sense of suddenly feeling that your locale is familiar, without quite being able to place it. When in fact you've previously only experienced your current location within a movie. Christopher Moloney had the inspired idea to take photos of locales used in movies in New York and around the world. He then superimposed on them stills from the movies themselves, while right on location, as it were.