studiotwentysix2 the art + design of tom davie

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

You Sinner

If you’re a lazy egotistical slob, an angry slut, or a devilishly handsome creative guru — then you are all about the seven deadlies.

Penance lets you confess your dirty weaknesses, but for my sake, only confess something tantalizingly juicy. I’m sick of the borderline-maybe-deadlies, for the love of Zeus, stop wasting my time — if you committed a deadly, you know it. If you need to confess that you cursed three times this month, let me save you some typing time — no one on the internet gives a crap, save it for your local clergy member.

Now, if you have a little blackmail, whoremongering, backstabbing revenge or thigh-high boots, go ahead and confess, just remember the deadlies are in the details, and the details are my favorite part. For those of you lacking a sordid past, you can also read others confessions, or even illustrate someone’s confession — oh, the possibilities.

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    Monday, June 25, 2007

    Copenhagen’s Finest

    Yours truly took some time out of his hectic painting schedule to contribute a little somethin’ somethin’ to Wonderland Magazine. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Wonderland is a contemporary art and design magazine that prides itself on high-quality production and layout.

    Unless you are lucky enough to live in Denmark, you probably won’t be able to get your hands on a copy of the magazine — so here’s my design (it’s a right hand page) and the corresponding write-up:

    Name: Tom Davie
    Title: four hours of love
    Country: USA

    What’s the idea / your thoughts behind the artwork?
    This work is my visual response to the unrelenting text-based spam-mails that are dedicated to horny young girls, erect penises and discount Viagra pills. The design is intended to convey safe sex and promote the four-hour erection that is promised in most of the Viagra-related spam by integrating the diamond-shaped pill into the illustration.

    Inspiration: (What inspires you to do what you do?)
    My primary sources of inspiration are religion, politics and popular culture. Although, any topic, object or individual that is attention-worthy, becomes a likely candidate for my art. From a historical and stylistic standpoint, I’m inspired by the work of Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Fortunato Depero.

    Best in 2007: (what has been the best in 2007 so far?)
    Without a doubt, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cheese pizza and beer. Also,, and the Graphic Content: Contemporary and Modern / Art and Design exhibition featuring Ryan McGinness, Charley Harper and Malcolm Grear.

    What to look out for: (anything interesting that we should know?)
    My upcoming solo exhibition titled, The Parishioner Series, at the Dayton Art Institute museum. Opening in August and running through the end of the 2007, the exhibition will feature a large number of recent portrait paintings and drawings, including many works being exhibited for the first time.

    What is your background/education…:
    I currently run the multi-disciplined, studiotwentysix2, which produces client-based design, limited-edition screen prints and exhibition-quality fine art. Prior to starting studiotwentysix2, I worked as a full-time graphic designer five years, and a university professor for two. I have received visual communication degrees from the University of Dayton (BFA), and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA).

    Icon/Hero ( tell Us Why )?
    I don’t believe in icons or heroes, however, I am a huge admirer of anyone who is committed to their work, confident in their talent, and has the ability to make a living doing what they love.

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    Friday, June 15, 2007

    Spiekermann Speaks

    Renowned designer Erik Spiekermann, founder of MetaDesign and SpiekermannPartners, has recently given an insightful and candid interview to Ideasonideas. If you’re at all interested in the business of design, this interview is certainly worth a read.

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    Thursday, June 14, 2007


    Buy a tee, photograph yourself in a tee, or design a tee. The first costs money, the latter two earns money. will pay you for photographs taken in their tees, and they offer 2 Grand for the highest scoring submitted tee design — every seven days.

    Once again, I’m not endorsing the work for free concept, just thought it was kind of interesting, so I’m passing it along.

  • Threadless

  • Tee submission
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    Communication Arts Offer

    I just received an email from Communication Arts magazine, containing a limited price offer on a one-year subscription. If you order prior to June 29, professionals can receive the student rate of $40. Not a bad price for such a well-done publication.

    The price offer is for US residents only, sorry Canada and Mexico and Argentina and Paraguay, I’m not sure why they need to be so stingy — why can’t they just hook our worldwide friends up? Bastards.

  • Comm Arts, 40 Bones
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    Wednesday, June 13, 2007

    Charley Harper 1922 – 2007

    I wanted to recognize the passing of Charley Harper, one of the preeminent Mid-Century Modernist designers. Harper’s work was a fantastic mix of minimalism, whimsy and technical skill; he gained international fame for his depictions of birds, nature and an assortment of various insects and animals.

    I am certainly thankful I was able to attend the opening of Graphic Content several months ago at the Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati. It was a great exhibition that featured the fascinating and truly engaging work of Charley Harper, and in retrospect, was a worthy tribute to an immensely talented designer.

    Todd Oldham recently completed a 440-page hardcover book containing Charley’s life’s work, the book is due to be released any day, and can be purchased for $200. There are also a small number of limited edition signed books, which also include a Harper print; these can be purchased for $400.

    Charley Harper will certainly be missed.

  • Charley Harper Prints

  • A short video on Harper, as he shows how to draw a cardinal (Cincinnati Enquirer)

  • Charley Harper An Illustrated Life by Todd Oldham
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    Wednesday, June 6, 2007

    London 2012

    Moving from one Olympic games to the next, London has just revealed its branding system for 2012.

    From what I can gather, public support is non-existent for the new look — In short, many are pissed.

    For now, I think I might hold off on a personal critique. I will say that I applaud London for ditching tradition and selecting an urban / graffiti inspired look. However, I can’t help but think the mark is unresolved — as if it’s a first-round sketch, not the finished product worthy of representing the world’s largest sporting event.

    One giant snafu that I have no problem commenting on, is the release of a one-minute spot promoting the new brand. The problem, it’s causing seizures — The video uses rapidly changing bright geometric shapes, which causes visual vibrations that can lead to headaches or seizures. I’m all for hip, but the video lacks function, is not all that interesting and is completely irresponsible. I’m astonished it made through the checks and balances of the approval process, in my opinion, this thing should have never seen the light of day. I will provide the link, but I’m not recommending you watch it. I began to get a headache within minutes of watching it, and I seriously think the person that created the spot is probably dead.

    If you choose to click on the link, for your own sake, don’t watch the entire clip, you’ll get the gist halfway through.

  • London 2012 branding video

  • Note: It turns out as I was posting this, all copies of the video have been deleted due to complaints and seizures. I’m sure pirated copies exist somewhere.

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    Tuesday, June 5, 2007

    Beijing 2008

    Since I recently brought up the wonders of the pictograph, consider this post a timely, yet discerning follow-up.

    Due to the influx of different languages associated with the Olympic games, pictographs have been incorporated as a kind of universal wayfinding signage system. The intent of the pictograph, is to communicate each athletic event through the use of a simplified image, without having to rely upon written text. Below are the pictographs for the upcoming 2008 Summer Games, this link, gives a brief summary of style choice and design credits.

    In addition to the 2008 pictographs, the web page features a selection of other Olympic pictographs beginning with the 1964 Tokyo games. I love the stylistic contrast between the 1968 Mexico City and 1972 Munich games, which are only four years apart, but on opposite ends of the pictograph spectrum. Mexico City is organic, dynamic and full of energy, while Munich is geometric, minimal and precise. This example typifies how artists from different cultures and schools of thought, can end up with radically different, yet equally successful results.

  • 2008 Olympic Pictographs
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