Tag Archives: Graphic Design

A Bunch Of Crock: Politicians, Pundits & Minorities

15 Sep

“A Bunch of Crock is an art exhibit about the absurdities of political campaigns and the unfortunate role of minorities. Filtering through various political messages in any election year, the common thread seems to be this: 1) politicians and pundits think the general population is too stupid to tell fact from fiction and 2) promoting fear of minorities is good politics.
Using satire and good old-fashioned profanity, this exhibit attempts to bypass the bullshit and tell the audience what the politicians and pundits actually mean, and how they portray minorities to promote fear and manufacture outrage.”

This extremely smart exhibit was started by Safwat Saleem as a result of frustration with politicians and the current political landscape in the US. However, it’s something that people from all over the world can definitely relate to. It’s straight to the point and done with a lot of wit and humor. Take for example this series of 12 posters: sarcastic and quite scathing, Saleem does not mince his words. And it’s well designed! Make sure to check the whole series here.

Television

Nearly one-in-five (18%) Americans say President Barack Obama is a Muslim.
Source: Pew Research Center / What were those 18% doing when the Reverend Jeremiah Wright controversy was on TV 24/7?

Colored People

‘’I want to be able to say what’s on my mind and in my heart and what I think is helpful and useful.’’ – Laura Schlessinger, 63, radio host, announcing her decision to quit her show following complaints over her use of the word “nigger” 11 times during an on-air phone call
Source: Time magazine / And here’s a tweet by Sarah Palin in support of Laura Schlessinger and her vocabulary: “Dr.Laura:don’t retreat…reload! (Steps aside bc her 1st Amend.rights ceased 2exist thx 2activists trying 2silence”isn’t American,not fair”).

Earth

‘’It’s a flat-out lie. I read my Bible. He made this earth for us to utilize.’’ – Norman Dennison, electrician and founder of the Corydon (Indiana) Tea Party, speaking about climate change – ‘’Being a strong Christian, I cannot help but believe the Lord placed a lot of minerals in our country and it’s not there to destroy us.’’ – Lisa Deaton, small business owner and founder of WeThePeopleIndiana.org
Source: New York Times

Tea Party

‘’Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas… it is a part of earth’s life cycle. And yet we are being told that we have to reduce this natural substance and reduce the American standard of living.’’ – Rep. Michele Bachmann on the House floor on Earth Day, 2009
Source: CSPAN / Picking a batshit crazy quote by other Tea Party favorites like Sarah Palin, Christine O’Donnell or Sharon Angle seemed too easy, so I went with Michele Bachmann. There are many other delusional gems ranging from Tea Partyers believing in “death panels” to people who are convinced that the Obama administration raised taxes for the middle class

Muslims on a Plane

‘’When I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb… I get worried. I get nervous.” – Juan Williams, former NPR news analyst
Source: O’Reilly Factor on Fox News / Juan Williams was fired by NPR following these comments. A day later, he was offered a multiyear, $2 million contract by Fox News. Well played, Juan!

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A Brief History of the Title Sequence

9 Sep

Jurjen Versteeg is responsible for this nicely executed graduation film. The idea is bright because of its simplicity: it’s designed as a title sequence for an imagined potential documentary on the history of title sequences. It goes over the main heroes who revolutionized title sequences, referencing their signature styles or innovations in the field of movie titles:

“The names of the title designers all refer to specific characteristics of the revolutionary titles that they designed.
This film refers to elements such as the cut and shifted characters of Saul Bass’ Psycho title, the colored circles of Maurice Binder’s design for Dr. No and the contemporary designs of Kyle Cooper and Danny Yount.
This title sequence refers to the following designers and their titles:
Georges Méliès – Un Voyage Dans La Lune, Saul Bass – Psycho, Maurice Binder – Dr. No, Stephen Frankfurt – To Kill A Mockingbird, Pablo Ferro – Dr. Strangelove, Richard Greenberg – Alien, Kyle Cooper – Seven, Danny Yount – Kiss Kiss Bang Bang / Sherlock Holmes”

(via Dangerous Minds)

Amazing beer packaging

5 Sep

Notcot took a stroll in the beer aisle in Whole Foods and posted a collection of beautiful beer packaging that stood out. These labels are truly a delight to the eyes! They display a vast array of illustration styles and different approaches to the branding of beer. We see that the neutral, more subdued pastel-ish colors are predominant but at the same time, there are some fun pops of color. Quite interesting to go through those fascinating designs.

(via Notcot)

Keep our secrets: new kids book

11 Aug

Jordan Crane’s upcoming kids book (that you can pre-order here) features some beautiful illustrations and it also makes use of thermochromatic ink: the heat-sensitive ink will change color when rubbed and reveal hidden illustrations on each page. It’s a nice concept that will definitely be engaging and entertaining for kids and adults alike.

“Two young children tour their noisy house with fresh eyes, discovering along the way that all is not as it seems. Featuring heat-sensitive, color-changing ink on every page, this book contains dozens of delightful surprises. Among them: a giant dog slumbering in a piano, a wishing puddle full of dimes, a raccoon that is actually a robot, and a camera that is secretly made of cheese.”

Brian McMullen, the art director, and his son give a preview of the book in the sweet video below.
(via Notcot)

Aled Knows Best, and does nice illustrations too

6 Aug

Aled Knows Best is the site of designer and illustrator Aled Lewis. His drawings display an interesting use of colors and textures, but mostly his pieces are very witty and funny and make sharp references to popular culture and games. Besides his tee-shirt designs for Threadless, he does his own work and I cannot get enough of his Toy Stories series. It’s just hilarious, and it is really well executed. Find some of his work below, but make sure to check his site for more.

Vintage ads

14 Jul

The Vintage Madison Ave. tumblr displays a nice collection of vintage ads with their dates. I have always had a fascination with all things vintage, especially images, there’s something about the colors and the feel of the pics that I find extremely beautiful. These ads are no exception, it’s really fun to go through them, and some of them are actually very interesting visually.

Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus

3 Jul

Impressive animation and extremely beautiful designs in this infographic-driven video about the computer virus Stuxnet, directed by Patrick Clair. Not only does the animation look great and flow nicely, it also delivers information about a complex virus very effectively. You’ll want to watch this more than once!

“An infographic dissecting the nature and ramifications of Stuxnet, the first weapon made entirely out of code. This was produced for Australian TV program HungryBeast on Australia’s ABC1”

(via Notcot)