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

Street Art In Japan

February 3, 2008, 6:25 PM

A very interesting Flickr set about street art in Japan.

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(via PingMag)

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Corto Maltese – Esprit Sauvage

November 20, 2007, 4:13 AM

This ad almost made me buy Christian Dior’s Eau Sauvage. What better way to portray the idea of a “sauvage” perfume?

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Corto Maltese is the image of the strong, solitary, misterious and yet melancholic man. I think Corto Maltese is one of the least explored great characters, I wonder how come Hollywood (and US entertainment machine) hasn’t grasped it yet. I’d surely preffer a Corto Maltese movie to any Superman, Hulk, Spider Man and so on (would’ve included Batman too, if he hasn’t been played by Bale lately :) ). Collin Farrel might make a good Corto if he’d be more “classy” (can’t think of a better “rugged” actor for this – Bale or Pitt are “too blonde” :)) ).

Anyway, if you want some great stories, mind-blowing watercolors (Hugo Pratt, Corto’s father, is a true master) and some of the same coolness of Cowboy Bebop, that oozes from every page, definitely get Corto Maltese. Too bad it’s so hard to find, only Amazon.fr has some of the novels and dvds, so if you know french well enough, you’re in for a treat :)

And about Dior’s Eau Sauvage, well, you have to test it to see how well it suits Corto :) Bold, rough, then whiskey-old, melancholic, classy. One minor complain, I don’t think Corto would be caught doing that gesture, it’s not manly enough :)), but then again, none of us really is, we’re just good at pretending sometimes.

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Later update:
Hehe, I did order Eau Sauvage eventually, so the ad did it’s job very well :)

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Beautiful typo on Esquire's almost cover-of-the-year

November 18, 2007, 1:54 AM

One of the two finalists for the best cover of the year, this Esquire cover featuring George Clooney is a real typo treat (penciled by illustrator Marion Deuchars – check her site for some beautiful work):

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You can bet it ain’t easy drawing typo that seems bad, sloppy, but looks so good. Talk about “ugly design“.

Too bad the romanian first issue changed the drawn letters with normal fonts (i know, drawing them in romanian wouldn’t have been the same, but at least they could’ve tried, because that was the concept, showing Clooney with the pencil in his hand – you can see the romanian cover here).

(via Kit, via Design Observer)

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Ghostco updates

October 21, 2007, 4:43 PM

Mathew Woodson (aka Ghostco) updated his site with a few more great looking illustrations, as well as some inside info on his blog. He’s also featured on Juxtapoz.
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Tekkon Kinkreet – the savage beauty of innocent life

October 13, 2007, 3:50 AM

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Listening to the beautiful soundtrack, made by Plaid, I would’ve liked to write about the sensations Tekkon Kinkreet gives you. But I can’t, and I really shouldn’t. Because Tekkon Kinkreet does what movies should do (at least in theory): it touches you. I really felt the movie gave me in the end a small part of what Shiro was talking about, “Anshin! Anshin!” – meaning peace of mind, happiness.

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I highly recommend it to anyone who likes to “feel” while watching a movie. And even if the story will fail to touch you, the visuals will surely blow you away with their insanely detailed city scapes, streets, buildings, and with its wonderful colors.

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There are also the wonderful main charachters, Shiro (meaning white), contrasting with his “aniki” (older brother, but not necessarily by blood), Kuro (meaning black), both full of life in thei own way, complex, completeing each other.

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Pingmag writes about the visuals, Catsuka posts some nice hi-q screens, SuperHeroType interviews the director (non-japanese, if you can believe) and highly talented Audrey Kawasaki shows us scans from Tekkon Kinkreet Art Book, just pure eyecandy, if you needed any more proof that Japan is ages in front of everybody else when it comes to animation.

later edit:
Some time ago I was reading about Paprika and Tekkon, and reviews said that Satoshi Kon’s Paprika is better, making Tekkon look like something incomplete, with only great visuals, but little substance. How wrong they were… While Kon’s Paprika is beautiful, raising many questions about human’s psyche and dreams, Tekkon is way ahead, dealing with human emotions, and not in a rational way, like Paprika, but in a personal, introspective, i-feel-it kind of way.

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Ninjas all over the place

September 30, 2007, 2:13 AM

Loads of ninjas doing all sorts of stuff, from fighting, killing, training to cooking, floating and dancing, all in Scott Campbell‘s wall “scroll”. I’d definitely hang this on my wall (too bad it’s 150$ :(, but I guess art is worth paying for) – click for larger version:

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It’s part of an exihibition called “Ninja Show: Revenge Of The Ninja 2”
Here are some delightfull close-ups:

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Isocity – home of the pixel artists

September 20, 2007, 11:31 PM

What greater way of showing everybody’s talent than building an entire pixel-art-city, allowing you to see each artist’s “crib” :)

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Popeye's Last Supper

September 1, 2007, 1:51 AM

Hilarious remake after Da Vinci’s Last Supper. Made by ATLbladerunner (click for larger image) on Deviantart (size – 24 x 48 inches, acrylic on canvas).

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Some day I will too…

August 31, 2007, 2:04 PM

You know when you find some great drawings and you wish you were able to draw like that ? These guys are frustratingly good:

Bengal
(a long time favourite, always loved the way he draws light and shadows, simply superb):
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Enrique Fernandez (nice to see how french BD evolves, influenced by anime and comics at the same time, but keeping it’s artistic roots, always present in french illustrations – by the way, Bengal is also french):
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Justin Sweet (insane watercolours)
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And last but not least Matthew Woodson (check out his blog too)
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Where the wild things are…

August 21, 2007, 3:52 PM

Today I received my package from Amazon with four books, 3 design books and a story one: Where the wild things are (wiki).

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I wasn’t very sure about it when I ordered, but after reading it I must say that I’m glad I did. It’s wonderfuly illustrated, it’s a great story and it manages to make you feel “the magic” of a child’s world. It’s actually a classic, and it seems Hollywood are making a movie inspired by it. Hope it turns out allright (Burton’s Big Fish is a great movie that has a similar feel to “Where the wild..”)

I also posted some weeks ago this Hulk comic cover, which as you can see is a tribute to “Where the wild things are”:
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