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Thursday, December 28, 2006

100% Organic

Organic is not a word typically associated with web-design, but I really can't come up with a better way to describe Jonathan Yuen's site. There is a beauty in its minimal color scheme, the animations are seamless and it uses the restrictions of the browser window about as well as any site I've come across. This site is most definitely worth a look, if only for the outstanding navigational system.



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    Pimp Like Him

    The "powers that be", determined my existence would be vastly improved with the gift of Kevin Federline (or as he likes to put it, KFed). Anyway, I was given his CD "Playing With Fire", which is cliché, amateurish, and has a hint of terrible mixed in for good measure. However, all that was easily overlooked once I discovered the foldout poster insert. For some undeniable reason, I just really enjoy the back of the poster. It must be the combination of pastel-lighted block windows, poor image quality, lyrics and poses/expressions: 1) Hard KFed 2) Hip KFed 3) Sexy KFed 4) Irritated KFed 5) Silly KFed 6) Back-to-Hard KFed.

    I'll end this entry with some lyrics, "Dudes hate KFed, Girls love KFed. It don't matter to me cause KFed stay fed..." Indeed KFed, indeed.

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    Wednesday, December 20, 2006

    Old School

    If you're into original Nintendo Entertainment System games, then this is the place for you. The site offers 525 NES games that are programmed in Java (the operating system and Java requirements are fairly specific, so you may need to do a download or two). You could spend days playing classics like Super Mario Brothers, Donkey Kong, Karate Champ and the Legend of Zelda. The Java player size is rather small, and the key commands take a little getting used to (as opposed to the old NES controller), but on nostalgia alone, this site is a winner.



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    Thursday, December 14, 2006

    From The Studio Floor

    I was documenting some work today, and while the camera was out, I took a few informal shots of paintings that are in progress. In January, I should be finishing-up a large group of work (around 30 or so canvases) that was started almost eight months ago. Two solo exhibitions are already in the works for 2007, including a large six-month exhibition. I'm not giving away details yet, because things always have a way of falling through, but at this point, I'm cautiously optimistic. More details will follow in the future.

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    Tuesday, December 12, 2006

    Fashion + Photography = Art

    Fashion photography is not usually my cup of tea, but Mark Squires work is outstanding. Most of the work even transcends from fashion photography into art. There's drama, fantastic lighting and cropping, unexpected poses & situations, nothing run-of-the-mill or cliché happening here.



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    Transfer Methods

    If you're into image transfers, this site has some good information. It offers a series of step-by-step instructions, explained by artists who utilize varying transfer techniques. I'm certainly not crazy about most of the work shown, or the site design, but I think the transfer techniques are capable of producing some really interesting results.




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    WPA Poster Archive

    While doing some historical poster research, I happened upon this jem of an archive – over 900 Works Projects Administration posters photographed by the US Library of Congress. The WPA posters were created following the Great Depression (1935-43), as a way of providing work for artists and illustrators. Some of the posters are really well-designed, some are not, but each has its own charm. Many of the posters have huge 4MB versions available for download (although some of the photos are of questionable quality).



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    Friday, December 8, 2006

    Rock...Paper...Scissors

    I’m always on the lookout for work that is meticulously crafted, and Peter Callesen’s works on paper definitely fits the bill. Not only are the pieces beautiful to look at, but I love that he leaves the original sheet intact so the viewer can see how the final was assembled.



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    Nice Resource

    I was perusing the Communication Arts website recently, and came across this article for 50 essential bookmarks, as chosen by leading professionals in the field of design. Some of the sites listed I was aware of, some not, but a good resource nonetheless.

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    Tuesday, December 5, 2006

    Foxy Lady

    Hotel Fox in Copenhagen is a functioning piece of art. Twenty-one artists, illustrators and designers were selected to visually enhance the hotel's sixty-one rooms. Not necessarily a new concept, but the artists seem to be working at a high level with interesting motifs. If I'm ever in Copenhagen, I know where I'm staying.



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    Friday, December 1, 2006

    Great Technique

    Audrey Kawasaki has created some beautiful paintings and illustrations. Her technique on wood is fabulous, and the combination of transparent and opaque colors over wood grain has a very memorable and unique effect. The work is very curvalinear, somewhat reminiscent of Mucha's Nouveau style, but with a contemporary sexuality. Very nice.



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