A video explaining internet advertising to kids doesn't sound like it would make for engaging viewing. But get illustrator Dominic Owen and animator Will Samuel together and they create something rather special. With fast cuts, bright colours and an good voiceover the end result makes for a fun 2 minutes.
Matt | Wednesday, March 05th, 2014
Leblox is an app that lets you build little minute pixelated models. Once built you can see how it will look using augmented reality, then click print to get your creation 3D printed! You can see a selection of creations on the Leblox instagram, current favourite is this Mario
Matt | Friday, February 28th, 2014
The .GIFYS is the fist ever awards honouring the animated GIF. The GIFs were picked by panelists from the likes of Buzzfeed and Mashable and then a winner for each category was picked from an internet vote.
Head on over to thegifys.com to see the winners.
Matt | Tuesday, February 04th, 2014
Forgotify is a service that links to Spotify and plays songs that have never been played. The service will randomly pick you a song, and once listened to it will be removed from Forgotify's list. My contribution was 'Never Grow Old' by Smokey Stover, go listen at forgotify.com
Matt | Monday, February 03rd, 2014
We're all big kids here in the studio, which means we like Lego (who doesn't?) Which means we are very eager to play with the virtual Lego in buildwithchrome.com.
Build to your hearts content, or peruse the world of creations from others, there is even a build academy which challenges your Lego building skills.
What are you waiting for? go build!
Matt | Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
A friend showed me these photos by photographer Murad Osmann a while ago, and I happened to stumble across them again this week and sat in awe all over again. Murad and his girlfriend have travelled all across the globe and chose to photograph the places they visit in an unconventional yet personalized way.
Instead of snapping photos of landscapes on their own, or perhaps the pair stood infront of a famous monument, he chooses to use his Instagram account, posting beautiful images of his girlfriend leading him, by the hand, through unforgetable landmarks from across the whole world. The photographs show him being led across the world including London, Singapore, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Bali, even a quick snap inside of an IKEA store. The theme is simple, "Follow Me", with the photos being shot with his iPhone.
He describes how "The first photo happened in Barcelona while we were on vacation. My girlfriend was a bit annoyed that I was always taking pictures of everything, so she grabbed my hand and tried to pull me forward. But it didn't stop me from doing photos, that's how it all started".
Osmann is an executive producer at Moscow-based Hype Production and his work regularly sees him jetting across the world to all these unforgetabe locations. The work takes him miles away from home "But after we finish shooting, I often ask my girlfriend to come for two or three days and we continue our project" he says.
Rozian Azaden | Thursday, November 21st, 2013
Are you the one?
How’re you going to win that promotion? It’s a competition, and you’re up against colleagues.
But with any luck, they’ll be going in with slide decks. You’ll be going in with a three-pronged strategy.
1. Make you the focus – don’t play second fiddle to the presentation material. Your human spark will ignite their interest…so don’t give a lecture. Have a conversation.
2. Draw an overview of what you think they’re looking for. A roadmap, all on one page, that shows you’ve thought it through. You can guide them through it, or just refer to key landmarks. Either way, you’re showing them the big picture.
3. Be ready with the one big reason they should pick you. Strategy is sacrifice and as Dave Trott asked, ‘if I throw nine balls at you, what’ll happen?’
The reason could be that you’re such a bloody good presenter.
Matt | Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Designers will happily hold up their pencils and admit that their biggest vice is coffee, and a lot of it. So when I cam across Johanna Basford's design concept for Starbuck's cup designs at Christmas I just had to share them with you.
Johanna is an illustrator who loves to work in ink, finding preference in pens and pencils as opposed to pixels. Her designs consist of intricate, hand drawn illustrations predominately, although not exclusively, in black and white. A lot of her inspiration stems from her life as a young child growing up on my parent's fish farm in rural Scotland, with connections to the flora and fauna that surrounded her.
Every one of her beautiful creations start as a simple pencil sketch, evolving into a rambling pen and ink design, usually spilling across several sheets of paper.
To see more of her coffee cup designs simply on Behance.
Rozian Azaden | Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
They say traveling broadens the mind, and I personally couldn't agree more. As a designer I feel that traveling not only influences you from a cultural element, but it also changes your perception. Seeing how other cities, countries and contents design opens your eyes to a whole new world from use of colour, layout, style...everything.
I was fortunate to visit the Big Apple last Year, and the experience left me greedy for more. Visiting the MOMA. seeing these great buildings towering above you, the bustle of a city that never sleeps. it leaves you striving to create great things.
I came across this short video this morning and just had to blog it, the images are beautiful, and I guess for those that can't just jet off on a plane half way across the world, it allows you to take a glimpse of what is out there.
Rozian Azaden | Monday, November 18th, 2013
I happened to stumble across Belgium-based ad agency Buzz in a Box's humorous ad for Pepsi for Halloween this year. It captured the brand's competitive relationship with Coca-Cola perfectly. The simple of the ad consisted of an image of a can of Pepsi wearing a red cape that is marked with Coca-Cola’s iconic logo, with a tagline reading: “We wish you a scary Halloween!”
I personally thought it was a fun ad, a little tongue in cheek that alluded Coke as being the 'scarier' soda of the two highly competitive soft drinks. However, this was until I saw Coke's response. Keeping everything that Pepsi had designed in tact, and changing just two elements, their logo in replace of Pepsi's and the tagline, to instead proclaim: "Because everyone wants to be a superhero". Priceless.
Rozian Azaden | Thursday, November 14th, 2013
I think it's safe to say that John Lewis always manage to create something magical when it comes to their Christmas advertisements, and needless to say, this year has been no exception.
I've always loved Christmas, but it's adverts like this, that somehow manage to provoke emotions we often shut down and forget we have- that's where the magic lays. I fell in love with the advert, as I do with everyone each year from John Lewis, but for me it was the making of the video that mesmerised me on another level.
Blinkink, a production company based in Soho, London, represents some of the world’s most visually inventive film makers and were the creators of this years tear jerking tale. They work on creating a fusion where animation and technique-driven live action meet to create beautiful compositions. You may recognize some of their previous work such as mobile network's 3 advertisement with 'the dancing pony' or perhaps their print work featured in the likes of Vogue and Creative Review. Either way, take a look at their work, you won't be disappointed.
Rozian Azaden | Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
Two artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn from Dutch studio Haas & Hahn have spent time exploring the slums of Rio since 2005. They've spent time painting larger and larger scale projects in Rio’s favelas. They have even taken the time to employ dozens of various young artists to help produce masses of colourful murals spanning as far as 34 houses in one continuous pattern.
The duo have recently launched a Kickstarter campaign with an aim to paint an entire favela in a singular non stop colourful patterned mural. They regard it as re branding a slum. To look past the aesthetic element, the pair are hoping to change the perception of “slums” into “a community”.
Looking to raise $100,000 on Kickstarter in order to fund their project pales in light of the estimated massive $14 billion that Rio is spending in preparation for the 2016 Olympics.
Rozian Azaden | Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
I've always fallen fast and hard for a good quote delivered in the form of beautiful typography, and Sean McCabe's work is no exception. Known for his hand lettered type designs, illustrations, music and a designer's cliche of love for coffee, Sean's designs are quite frankly fantastic.
All initially hand drawn, evolving from quick rough sketches and gradually built up to beautifully executed works of art within their own rights, they always leave you wanting more. To say I'm a fan would be, well putting it mildly.
To say I'm a fan would be, well putting it mildly. Not only is his blog a great read, it also gives a few hints and tips for all of you out there that like to indulge in creating your own typographic pieces. And if his work on a screen doesn't quite feed your hunger, check out his store. With a range of posters, coasters, t-shirts, stickers, mugs...well you'll be competing with my collection in no time.
Rozian Azaden | Thursday, November 07th, 2013
They say that every girl dreams of the perfect wedding, and that when it comes to planning that perfect day every aspect and element is examined and scrutinized to perfection, invites being no exception. But when the bride is a graphic designer you can be sure that the invites will not only be perfect, but within their own rights, a work of art.
Chase created the typographic design in Illustrator then laser cut/engraved the design onto thin pieces of wood and for the back she printed the design onto yellow paper.
Not only does she create beautiful designs, but her work forever exceeds the highest of quality in terms of production and final finish. Take a look for yourself here.
Rozian Azaden | Wednesday, November 06th, 2013
An idea from multidisciplinary designer Cristina Vanko, modern day snail mail consists of Cristina replying to text messages with hand written notes. It all started when Cristina resurrected her dad's old calligraphy pen, a simple idea that has produced wonderful results.
Read the full story and see the text messages on Cristina's website.
Matt | Wednesday, October 09th, 2013
I think it's safe to say I have an unhealthy addiction to Behance , but I feel it's completely justifiable when I discover beautiful illustrations or animated clips, right? Like this one from Patwerk , a graphic design and illustration studio from the Netherlands.
The company is made up of three good friends Ramon Avelino, Rogier Mulder and Lex van Tol who all have a love for bold graphics with a stong attention to detail. Founded in 2008 their work has maintained a playful and often colourful approach, incorporating hand drawn elements with quirky designs.
This short animated clip was designed for the 1% Club in order to explain what it is that the company does. The visuals were created using basic shapes of the company's existing logo as a base for the visual style of the characters and illustrations. Check out their website and behance page for more of their work...
Rozian Azaden | Thursday, September 26th, 2013
Kurzgesagt 'make videos to explain things' which you can see on their YouTube channel. This is one of their latest and explains what fracking is. Using simple icon-esque visuals works well to explain the topic, and provides a nice overview into the issues around fracking.
Matt | Thursday, September 05th, 2013
My current infatuation and love within design can be found somewhere between beautifully crafted vector illustrations mixed in with a touch of animation. Give me that and I'm sold, just like I was when I stumbled upon this piece by Emanuale Colombo .
Branding himself as a motion designer and video editor, it is also apparent that he is a genius when it comes to vector based illustration. He has worked for a range of prestigious clients ranging from the likes of MTV and Coca Cola, to the Discovery Channel Italia and Samsung.
I don't know what it is that I love most about this animation. Maybe it's the flow of each transition, or the illustration style, or maybe it's the beautiful detail... what's not to love?! Definitely a favorite of mine.
Rozian Azaden | Monday, September 02nd, 2013
This has to be my favorite story of the week. While taking a wander through tumblr I came across Stephen Wiltshire , an autistic artist who is renowned for being able to draw from memory. And I don't mean a single object, I mean full city landscapes.
Often described as the human camera, Stephen initially began these full city landscape illustrations from memory with Tokyo in 2005. Since then he has drawn Rome, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Madrid, Dubai, Jerusalem, London and New York on giant canvasses, and that's just to name but a few.
This 18ft picture of New York was drawn from memory after a 20-minute helicopter ride over the city. The accuracy is fascinating...
Rozian Azaden | Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
Matt | Thursday, August 15th, 2013
Everpix sounds like a great service to sort out all those photos taken on your smartphone. But what really piqued my interest was the landing page animation. The animation is by Fraser Davidson of Sweet Crude, I really love the subtle wobbly lines and slick transitions. Combined with good copy and voice over and the animation hits that sweet spot. Check out the other great works by Sweet Crude in their portfolio.
Matt | Monday, August 12th, 2013
Gigapixel panoramas are always an impressive sight to behold. There have been Paris and London versions, now it's the turn of Tokyo. It took photographer Jeffrey Martin two days to take the photos and four months to edit them all together. The level of zoom is simply staggering, have an explore and see what gems you can find.
Matt | Tuesday, August 06th, 2013
A gorgeous animated short from Scott Benson, reminding us that everything starts small. Great use of simple animation, characters and texture. See more of Scott's work on www.bombsfall.com
Matt | Monday, August 05th, 2013
We have blogged about Disney research before, previously is was about there small projector ' Hideout'.
This time it's about their Computational Design of Mechanical Characters. Watch the video to see what it's all about.
Matt | Thursday, August 01st, 2013
Great video from the Economist reviewing three new data visualisation books. The books are: 'Facts are Sacred' by Simon Rogers, 'The Infographic History of the World' by James Ball & Valentina D'Efilippo & 'Data Points: Visualization That Means Something' by Nathan Yau.
Matt | Wednesday, July 03rd, 2013