Archive for 2009

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from the Phase Collective. Get in touch if you’re looking for cool projects or collaborations in 2010. We’ll have plenty.

Best wishes from California!

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Sunday, December 27th, 2009 Phase Collective No Comments

Featured: Eyvind Earle

Going back into the vaults on this one, but this is an artist you should know about. Eyvind Earle (1916-2000) is best known for his art direction work for Walt Disney (you’ll recognize his forest-scapes and background art in Sleeping Beauty next time you find yourself watching that movie), but he spent the great majority of his career as a full time solo artist/painter/silkscreener. I love his graphic style, and fantastic color/detail work in his trees (especially the trees) and natural scenery. The images here don’t do the originals justice. Not even close. So if you can see some of his work in person, jump at the chance.

Info on the artist is here. And his official site is here. Check out the serigraphs and oils in particular. Lots and lots of stuff to soak in, and you will be inspired.

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Sunday, December 13th, 2009 Featured No Comments

Preschool Spanish

Something I did on the side a few years back… and have just rediscovered in my old files. This was meant for the walls of my daughter’s preschool, but it never saw the light of day – don’t quite remember why. Grab the PDF here.

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Friday, November 27th, 2009 Asides No Comments

Featured: Dilyana Dineva

The “Signals” project by Dilyana Dineva, broadcasting from Sofia, Bulgaria. This is a fascinating topic to me, and I love how she has visualized something that we all are surrounded with every second of the day. This series depicts the invisible signals that weave through our day – television, radio, wireless data, mobile phones. In Dilyana’s words, we all share an “addiction to receiving”. I’d have to agree.

The photos are from Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey – wonderful lighting and color saturation mix in with the nighttime cityscapes.

More side projects and design work at deemight.com

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Friday, November 13th, 2009 Featured No Comments

Trajectory

Designers that really break out from the mainstream – from the worlds of average or pretty good – they all seem to have a moment, or a project, or an idea that propels them. How many designers slowly and quietly build up to greatness? Or to notoriety? How many designers roll casually into a position of prestige – with access to the best professional and creative opportunities? No, they bust out with something striking, and they figure out how to get it in front of people. The name gets around, and the creative gets around, and a heavyweight is born. It almost seems like we could craft that trajectory for ourselves, with just a bit of self-promotional savvy. And a bit of that striking creativity.

It doesn’t have to be a high profile project for a high profile client. Although that helps. You know the power of a mass audience. Greatness in front of 10 million people will get you farther than greatness in front of 10 people. Then again, the larger the project, the more likely your creative work will be part of a collaborative and diluted effort – less yours, less genuine. So then the mid-range project, the freelance project, the pro-bono project; these are the projects where it’s most likely to happen.

I don’t even want to touch the design annuals issue, but exposure in any form, especially exposure to your peers, can help you on your way. Do clients really read those magazines? Do they really look for firms in the Print Regional Design Annual? Print would say they do, but ehhhh…here I go, touching the design annuals issue. Like everything else these days though, organic growth/viral exposure are where it’s at. Because they’re genuine. Recommended and approved by people you (may or may not) know.

The question is, are you and I rolling through our creative careers being nothing more than good (maybe really good?), but anonymous? I think we are. It’s one of those enjoying-the-ride vs. captaining-the-spaceship sorts of things.

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Friday, November 13th, 2009 Asides No Comments

Featured: Able Parris

Able Parris is a collage artist and typographer doing some really cool crossover design/art work. Nice identity portfolio too. He’s all over the internet, but you can start at his Cargo site and take it from there:

work.ableparris.com

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Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 Featured No Comments

Featured: Maximus Balder

Mixed-media art from Maximus Balder. Picardie, France – found on the Gestalten Blackboard. Really cool layered artwork weaving in typography, commercial/design stuff… all found-imagery, as far as I can tell, and the resulting compositions have a rich design&type-infused feel to them.

Site and info is here.

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Thursday, October 8th, 2009 Featured No Comments

Featured: Irene L. Peu

Beautiful layered photography from Irene L. Peu. She’s surprisingly mysterious when you try to track down her info, but images from her Flickr set have been picked up by photo/visual blogs left and right since she was featured on Fubiz earlier this year. Oddly enough, she’s known as “i.Anton” on Flickr… so who knows who this photographer really is? No, seriously, who knows her? Very curious, and we’d love to know more.

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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 Featured No Comments

Featured: Cristina Francov

Digital art from Cristina Francov in Mexico. Check our her diverse range of work stretching from the surreal to the fantastic on DeviantArt.

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Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 Featured No Comments

Featured: Michael Ferris Jr.

These are remarkable — sculptures crafted in recycled wood and pigmented grout — capturing a unique realism through a vibrant array of colors and patterns. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Michael Ferris Jr. lives in NYC, and has shown his work in galleries from coast to coast. See more here:

www.michaelferrisjr.com

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Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 Featured No Comments

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