Thursday, January 31, 2008

Design Studio: MK12

MK12 is talent responsible for the graphics on Stranger than Fiction, among others. CLICK HERE to see more of their motion graphics and print work as well.

My Appologies

There are two things I need to address. First, some strange things are going on with this blog. I'm not sure what it is, but I'll be re-setting the code soon so you don't have to keep looking at this awful design.
Second, I will be discontinuing Friday Film Festival. It's difficult to find the movie sequences (on the web) that I really want to show. But I will be coming up something soon to fill the void.

Thanks for reading. I hope you are finding some good resources for your design needs —as well as visual inspiration—and information on other artists and designers. If you find anything you would like to share, please let me know about it at largerthanink@yahoo.com. In the subject line please post: largerthanink blog so your email doesn't go to my junk box.

Esty: SoSofties

Every designer wants a screen printing/graphic tee business on the side. (I am included in that statement)—so I like finding fun new ideas others have come up with as well. CLICK HERE to view SoSoftie's store.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Etsy: SeaSpray

Affordable artwork by Seaspray. CLICK HERE to view.

Obsession: Wedding Cakes

I don't know why, but I am obsessing over wedding cakes. Something in me wants to give decorating try. Who wouldn't want the opportunity to create something so beautiful? I finally decided to look up Wendy Kromer, cake artist for several of Martha Stewart cakes. CLICK HERE to see some samples of her work.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Pottery: Frances Palmer

I ran across this site yesterday, thought I'd pass it along. This is handmade pottery by Frances Palmer. I enjoy the off kilter look of some of her things, it's rather whimsical and fun. CLICK HERE to view.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Fashion Illustration

I've always liked fashion illustration. CLICK HERE to view illustrations by Eduard Erlikh.

Illustrator: Takeshi Ohgushi

Nice work, good for advertising. CLICK HERE.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Space NK: Video

Parts of this were visually charming. CLICK HERE to view.

Illustrator: Catalina Estrada

Influenced by Manga, illustrator Catalina Estrada was featured in the latest Communication Arts magazine and has received a lot of attention as of late. CLICK HERE to view more of her work.

Illustrator: Christopher Gibbs

I had a little fun browsing through Gibbs portfolio. CLICK HERE

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Resource

Need cases or books for your portfolio? Try kenknight.com. You'll find screw post portfolio books, brushed metal cases, and more.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Free: Wrapping Paper at Image Source

To create your own free wrapping paper CLICK HERE.

Artist/Design: Anahatakatkin

How's this for visual stimuli? CLICK HERE for more.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Pop Ink: Shopping

Here's a fun little place for eye candy and light shopping. CLICK HERE

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Wacko

This blog is experiencing technicall difficulties (as am I) and will be fixed and back to posting as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Kids: Lunch boxes

Aren't these fun? You can find them online at BUILT.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Do Schools Today Kill Creativity?

Ken Robinson speaks for 20 minutes on kids and creativity. CLICK HERE to view.

Interview: Typography

Michael Beirut, from Pentagram speaks about type. (Yes, kind of nerdy but that's what designers are when it comes to type).CLICK HERE to view

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Resource: Behance Network

Behance is a place for creative portfolios, projects, and creations. CLICK HERE for inspiration.

Photographer: Jim Rickson

CLICK HERE to view Jim Rickson's portfolio.

Exibit: Moma

Sketchbooks and drawings from Georges Seurat can be found HERE. And if this famous artist peaks your interest I would suggest watching the musical, Sunday in the Park with George, staring Mandy Patinkin (Seurat) and Burnadette Peters (the woman he paints). You'll like it.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Etsy Birds

I've been doing a little research for bird art on Etsy for a project I'm working on and here are my finds. Reading from left to right starting at the top (click image to view larger): Bird Nerd Groovy Inclinations Matte Art The Mincing Mockingbird Milk Art The Yumi Yumi Shop Sugar Loop Studio Lyon Pequenio Craft Studio Lyon

Friday, January 11, 2008

Friday Film Festival: Sequence

This is the closing sequence from "Lemony Snickets and a Series of Unfortunate Events." It's fantastic. CLICK HERE to view.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Fonts From Cape Arcona

CLICK HERE to find fonts. There are a few free ones as well.

Illustrator: Sam Weber

Interesting work, Sam has recieved a lot of attention as of late. See his portfolio HERE.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Blog: Style Sightings

This blog is rather fun. The name says it all. CLICK HERE for more.

Illustrator: Luciano Lozano

Ran into this illustrator's BLOG the other day. It's really great stuff. I love his choice of color and texture.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Esty: Lush Bella

Charming prints by LUSH BELLA. What a nice idea.


Blog: The Serif

The name says it all. This blog links to design studios, designers, artists etc. CLICK HERE to view this blog.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Color Trends

Curious as to what color schemes popular magazines use? Do you like to find color inspiration in everyday life, or want to keep a thumb on the latest color trends? This site, CLOURLOVERS, is great. You will also find free downloads, videos, and interviews with designers as well.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Friday Film Festival: Casino Royal

This sequence is fun, although I know I'm not the only one who thought NOT including the girls was a mistake—love how graphic it is though. CLICK HERE to view.

Blog: Style Me Pretty

I hate posting anything that is too girly, but for those of you who are girls or just simply love styling, check out Style Me Pretty, a blog I just added to my bloglist. I love how it shows the whole "campaign" or rather "Brand" of the wedding—so many ideas for more than just weddings! Don't forget to look in her archives.

Photography: Corey Arnold

From Debbie Millman

I am going over my notes from the AIGA Design Conference this year and ran into a few resources recommended by Debbie Millman during our round-table discussion.

First, we can see what we don't understand. This is true of anything—of scripture, a new idea etc. We don't understand it until someone has explained it. In the movie What the Bleep Do We Know? a tribal leader sees an irregularity on the ocean but doesn't understand what it is. He stares at it for days until finally he can see the ship that is causing the ripples in the water. As soon as he describes it to the rest of his people, they can all see the ship.

This is the same for "new" design. As designers we are responsible to teach the client how to see. (Anyone remember this from Adrian? His goal was to teach us how to see.) This means we have to change the way our clients think, and in order to do that, we have to understand how they think. What are their ideas, beliefs, or feelings about a certain topic? Brand leaders in today's world know that it's about how brand is going to feel, not about the product itself.

Unfortunately designers don't learn enough about selling, or being able to speak well while they are in college. There simply isn't enough time. So, here is a recommended reading list from Debbie Millman:

Pattern Recognition by William Bibson
Selling the Invisible by Harry Beckwith
Ziglar on Selling
by Zig Ziglar
Swim with the Sharks without being Eaten Alive by harvey B. Mackay
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie







If you want to know more about Debbie Millman's research visit her BLOG. You may have to do some searching.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Flickr Photoset

CLICK HERE to view vintage photosets from LilyoftheValley.


Shopping: See Jane Work

CLICK HERE for fun, designy, office supplies from See Jane Work.