Food for thought‘[...] do not think that good design can make a poor product good, whether the product be a machine, a building, a promotional brochure or a business man. But [...] good design can materially help make a good product reach its full potential. In short, [...] good design is good business.’
Thomas J. Watson Jr., IBM CEO

Shadowing the invisible — art by Kumi Yamashita

March 13, 2010, 10:39 AM

Last year I had the pleasure of visiting both Tate Modern in London and The Pompidou Centre in Paris. The overall feeling that I got was that most of the modern art is born out neglecting the classic art, by going against it, breaking ‘the others” rules. Only few of the modern artists have come up with new, different takes on art. The rest are tied to the context, many times their art being nothing more than unestethic junk unless you know the artist’s historic background.

Such an artist is Kumi Yamashita, from Earth’s sister planet, Japan. Her work impresses through the gentleness of the subjects and especially through the maddening techniques used. Playing with light and shadows, thread, paper and many other materials, her installations manage to surprise, to awe the viewers. Take a look yourself:

Light, Aluminum, Shadow Permanent display at the 2nd floor of Nanba Parks Tower, Osaka, Japan.

Light, Aluminum, Shadow Permanent display at the entrance hall of Takikawa Hall, Hokkaido, Japan.


Constellation (Boy), 2007
Brads and Thread on Board
(the child is a young Muhammad Ali, all made from one uncut thread!)

Pathway, 2007

Clouds,2005
Light, Aluminum, Shadow
Permanent display at the 3rd floor of Stellar Place Sapporo JR Tower

Lovers, 1998
aluminum sheet, light, cast shadow

You can see more works on her website. There is also a japanese show (hosted by Takeshi Kitano :P) that had her as a guest, you can see it here, on Youtube.

And here’s a wonderful detail of “City view”:

(via Alecs Stan & booooooom.com)

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Wolverine's 35th anniversary art

December 18, 2009, 7:01 PM

This year, Wolverine celebrated his 35th anniversary — even though he is famed to be a lot older than that, he fought in the first world war, remember? Anyway, Marvel pulled a nice one, producing a lot of covers with Wolverine as if he were drawn by some of the most fameous artists in history: Van Gogh, Klimt, Utamaro, Dali and many more. Read more about it here: Wolverine Art Appreciation Month.

Here are some of my favourites:
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Enchanting minimalism — Jun's paintings

October 25, 2009, 12:11 AM

I can’t help but feel envy each time I see an asian artist that manages to express so well and so differently the light’s glow and its playfulness, nature’s vast array of colours, the shadows in their multitude of tints and shades, the feel of tranquility while looking around on a simple, normal day. All I know is her name, Jun, from the blog ii-ne-kore. Her website is in japanese, and sadly, in spite of the tons of anime that I’ve watched to this day, I still can’t read or speak the language :) But little does that matter, all you have to do is admire her work—no words are necessary.

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(via ii-ne-kore, thanks Simona)

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S.K. Thoth — The power of prayformance

July 23, 2009, 2:50 PM

Soul-stirring art by a free individual: S.K. Thoth‘s street performance (“prayformance”, as he likes to call it, and for good reasons) is out of this world (both literally and metaphorically). Weird and intriguing at first, resembling native american dances combined with countertenor-voice and an ambidextrous violin, it grips you shortly after, taking you to the magical lands of his imagination. The short documentary on his life and performance won an Academy Award in 2002. After watching it you easily understand the depths of his craft, the sincerity of his art. He definitely has a touch of genius (for more information check out his site, his MySpace or Wikipedia—you can buy the dvd on Amazon)

You can watch the full documentary on Youtube (42 min). Make sure you’re watching and listening in HD:

Thank you Cinty, very much!

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Father & Daughter — a touching animation

June 20, 2009, 3:31 PM

Eye-watering…

It was made by Michael Dudok de Wit and won Oscar in 2001 (and several other awards). It’s a wonderful piece of art.

(via portocala mecanica)

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Mickey's Wave To Hokusai—by Jaybo

January 27, 2009, 1:14 PM

A very interesting—and funny—take on Hokusai’sThe Great Wave of Kanagawa“, made by Jaybo—aka Monk, a french graffiti artist who recently exposed his works as projections on the Berliner Dom.

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You can read an interview here. And if you’re interested, you can see some other Hokusai’s Wave interpretations here.

(sources: digesting design, iconiconic, style mag)

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Polish Titus

September 28, 2008, 11:21 PM

Poland’s poster design never ceases to blow me away:

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Poster made by Tomasz Boguslawski, a Chicago International Poster Biennial finalist. Read the article on Design Observer.

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Conversations with Paul Rand

September 2, 2008, 11:14 AM

Always inspiring. Still hard to understand. But, God’s permit, we’ll have a lifetime ahead of re-reading and re-watching until we’ll come to understand Mr. Rand. Dying trying is not that bad either. After all, there’s more than just one way to reach Rome, right?

Description from YouTube: A short film by Preston McLanahan interviewing Paul Rand, the great American Modernist designer. Filmed in 1996, shortly before his death he talks about his process, art, aesthetics, and design in general. A very inspirational video and soon to be released on DVD.

Here is the link, embedding has been disabled, unfortunately:
http://youtu.be/7ZzVyL_OpSI

(via Swiss Legacy)

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Inside Bob Dylan's brain

May 4, 2008, 12:22 PM

Great typographic take on Milton Glaser’s Bob Dylan poster (you can view the large image here):

Inside Bob Dylan's mind

(via Kottke)

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Pascal Blanchet – masterful illustrations

April 17, 2008, 1:53 PM

Mr. Pascal Blanchet‘s illustrations left me speechless. Rarely have I seen such beautiful colours and expressive hand-made typography (at many times interacting with the illustration). Reminding of Chuck Jones and Les Goldman’s animations or american modernism, Pascal Blanchet’s style manages to seem perfect for book covers, record covers, advertising, social posters or even product packaging.

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(via grain edit)

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