Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Waaaaay back in February Vault49 was brought on board to create this campaign for Blackberry Europe, and since then the project has gone through all sorts of creative wrangling until today when it can see the light of day.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Lou Brooks has invented a new medium of pure nuttiness: the Twimerick, a fiendish confection of limerick plus tongue-twister, topped off by his deliciously whacky illustrations.
Nonsensical whimsy—or whimsical nonsense—Twimericks are a form of wordplay that are irresistible for kids, as well as for grown-ups unafraid to be silly. Read them out loud and as fast as you can! It's pure happiness.
Order one for everyone you know who likes a good laugh, right here in Theispot.com Bookstore.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Tad Carpenter’s brand new collection of 25 cards for Sunrise Greetings is 70's beach inspired, from typography to color, even to content. All are over sized (8x12-ish) and have a fun die cut shape to them.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Cedric Hohnstadt was recently commissioned by a local agency to create artwork for a new interactive website for Great River Energy, a Minnesota company that provides electricity to a large part of the state. The site is promoting their “Brighter Kid’s Club” campaign designed to help kids learn about saving energy.
“I was asked to draw the exterior and interior of what the client described as ‘the coolest tree house ever’. They provided me with some rough thumbnails and a long list of specific items that had to be included in the artwork. The idea was to create a fun little interactive clubhouse that could be enjoyed by both boys and girls.”
“I created all the elements as vector art in Illustrator and then handed them over to the agency. From there there they inserted additional elements (posters on the walls, for example) and added some simple animation to make everything come alive.”
This is a recent illustration created by Traci O'Very Covey for the Community Concerts at Second season brochure. The group performs free chamber music concerts in Baltimore, MD showcasing local, national and international artists.
“Classical music is such an inspiration to me! It was great working on this project for the second year in a row.”
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Chris Whetzel recently created a piece for Education Week titled, "Failing to Learn." The focus was on how our education system is repeating the same mistakes, rather than learning from errors of the past.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
In July of this year Raymond Beisinger was given an assignment with just four colors to stick to, which suited him perfectly. The brief: a Canadian government agency, Alberta Pension Services, was redefining every piece of visual material related to their business.
“They were bold about it, provided I pledged to respect their CMYK color codes and keep things posi. Note how the APS color scheme is perfect for rendering robins. Quite the happy coincidence that some birds flew into the mix!”
Christine Larsen was thrilled to work with Amy Lang of Birds + Bees + Kids on the design and layout of her first two books. One is a journal for young people to use to ask their parents questions that they may be too embarrassed to ask in person, and the other is a guide and workbook for parents to use to clarify their values about sex, love and relationships.
Brian Stauffer unleashes a dragon for Asset International’s AI5000. The cover image was also used as a full page plus interior to illustrate an article on China’s evolving asset management industry.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Brian Biggs tells us that the work he’s done for Mudpuppy over the last two or three years has been his favorite in both the process and the results. So when they asked him to do a piece with aliens and planets and comets and stuff… he jumped on it!
Paul Cox's radiant palette, balletic ink line and cosmopolitan aesthetic bring a buoyant spirit to this metropolitan fable, written by Stanley Trachtenberg. To young Nathan, there is nothing more marvelous than his apartment building's elevator and the man who runs it.
It's not just that the elevator man has a dashing uniform; he is also gracious (he holds the elevator for Nathan's Type A dad) and cool under pressure (when other residents “lean on the buzzer,” he doesn't flinch). Best of all, he lets Nathan run the elevator when no one else is around.
But when the building modernizes with a self-service elevator, Nathan's exuberance plummets (“Nathan reaches up to touch one of the buttons, the one that has an 'L' on it. He hopes it means 'Let Me Off' ”)…
What happens next? Buy the book in Theispot.com Bookstore and find out!
British illustrator Max Scratchmann scored a huge hit at the Silmo 2009 trade fair in France with his set of trade cards for Kirk Originals designer spectacle frames.
Max produced a series of eight 'hero' characters for art director Karen Kirk, which were displayed at the exhibition on illuminated boards and printed as cards to be given to consumers who purchase Kirk Heroes frames.
Kirk Originals have stores in London, Brighton, (England) New York and Paris.
This past summer marked the loss of a young, talented artist, Geoffrey Grahn. Geoffrey was an extremely quiet man, but his work was eloquent, and his laughter was heard loud and clear in the wonderful pictures he made. He was most proud of a children’s book he created for and dedicated to his young twin sons, Everett and Joseph.
Geoffrey Grahn's illustrations appeared on doughnut boxes, Hot Wheels, television commercials, video games, posters, cd's, book covers, t-shirts, stickers, patches, magazines and the soles of tennis shoes.
In addition to his sons, he leaves behind his beautiful wife, Pat. He will be missed by the illustration community, where his witty, intelligent work was celebrated with numerous awards throughout his career.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Every now and then, The New Yorker will give a project to an artist and just let them run with it. Such is the case this week, with Mark Ulriksen’s stunning situational images of eight days last September in the American financial system.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
This month’s Fortune Small Business Magazine features a couple of interesting illustrations by ispotters.
Jacob Thomas creates a page header for Retail Democracy, the story of how one site boosted sales through online customer reviews. And Alex Nabaum’s battered bird illustrates Cash Curse: how easy money can hurt your business.
The Society for News Design encourages high standards of journalism through design. An international forum, SND works to recognize excellence and strengthen visual journalism as a profession. Their 30th Annual Awards honor the work of the following ispotters for imagery appearing in newspapers throughout the past year:
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
This week marked the end of an eight year collaboration between Tim Foley and Wall Street Journal designer Sue Foster on a series of health care spots, 273 illustrations in all.
The "Masterpiece Comics" of R. Sikoryak set classic literature on a collision course with comic strips from our time, resulting in hilarious, yet thought-provoking tales that enrich both mediums with new context.
The full collection is now available in hardback – grab it today in Theispot Bookstore!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Eli Harris is having his second solo show at Gallery Six in San Francisco. “Banal Obsessions” opens this Friday, September 18 from 7-11pm, with new work as well as sketchbooks on display.
GALLERY · SIX
66 Sixth Street
San Francisco, CA
Zara Picken used a scrapbook approach to create a recent double page spread for Early Years magazine. The subject was parental engagement, with various objects representing tips given by individual experts.