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So damn true. matthewcomingatyou: In the recess yard of Our Lady Help of Christians, if you asked a girl out that meant you two were going out. Going where? Nowhere in particular. You were just going out. You guys were dating though you weren’t actually dating. Nevertheless you had a boyfriend or a girlfriend. Maybe you’d go…
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EF Live the Language Campaign
Very elegant little 2 minute videos about great travel cities brought to you by EF tours. The videos capture the feeling and emotions of the respective cities by using the typefaces most generally associated with that city to help navigate through a short adventure of the character in the story. Very simple. Very beautiful. EF - Live The Language - Barcelona from Albin Holmqvist on Vimeo. ...
Not gonna lie. Saw something very similar to this on FFFFound.com and just had to make my own version because I thought it looked cool. The background is of Mt. Hood in Portland.
A beautiful video that my sister made.
My Portland Mercury Cover
Scappers, a previous 12er, is currently an art director for the Portland Mercury. He came by to talk to us last week about the ins and outs of what it takes to pull together a weekly magazine with a limited budget. In 12 style, he had a project for us to work on…come up with our own cover based on some themes that we had brainstormed together. Our group got the Outdoor Issue, and this was...
Nature is better than us. Way better
Why We Must Build Things
Handmade Portraits: Liberty Vintage Motorcycles from Etsy on Vimeo. This video documents a true craftsman, Adam Cramer, while he works in his shop called Liberty Vintage Motorcycles. The theme? Why we should make things. Does our generation make less things with their hands? Or is it the common conception that every generation after you will be less able and prepared than you? Adam makes...
Peel: Living Room Syncing to the Max
Think through the process of sitting down and watching tv. That includes searching channels, recording shows, controlling volume, etc. Peel is a device that takes that process and makes it simple. Really simple. It connects your DVR, TV, and smartphone through your home wi-fi system, and simultaneously streamlines the whole process on a smart and intelligent interface. It even begins to...
Portland Paper City
This past weekend I went along with a few friends to an art show at Disjecta gallery in NE Portland. The show was titled Portland Paper City. Jed, also from 12, and his wife Jen chose to represent one of the classic and geometric heavy Pendleton designs in a 3 dimensional form. The final result looked great on the wall, with my favorite detail being the small triangles carrying out of the frame...
Ray Gordon's Throttled Show
Photographer Ray Gordon First Thursday show at Wieden was all-out. In addition to the raw photos in the gallery, the show was graced by the appearance of local muscle car enthusiasts/friends who brought their pride and joys to the show. Parked right out front of the building, the cars were just the cherry on top to an already great showing. Source: Edwinhimself.
Sketches (But not mine)
Some great sketchwork I found. Product design sketches have to convey form above all else. Lapses in perspective cannot be attributed to being “artsy” as the viewer on the other side has to be able to understand how the product would be in 3 dimensions.
Our Barn: A Visual Story
This is little video shot by my sister for an art project at the University of Cincinnati. The point was to capture the feeling of a space using only sights and sounds (no dialogue allowed). You can hear to the hoofs crunching, horses snorting, and the subtle sound of leather squeaking, which does a good job of really drawing you into the environment. It’s funny that sometimes all it takes...
"In House" Photoshoot
You don’t need a full blown studio to take great shots. Sometimes a living room will do just fine. Neil DaCosta, my friend and roommate, just happens to be a professional photographer. Earlier last weekend he helped me to get some great photos for a promising start-up company I am working with. It’s amazing how studio lights make such a huge difference with photos, especially...
She is Gianna Ruggiero, or otherwise known as “The Gigi”. The great thing about Gigi, is that she loves to draw. Her style brings in a little bit of playfulness and a caricature-esque style to modern subjects. The colors, textures, lighting all play a role in creating a feeling that is both unique and a bit whimsical. Her blog, which I admit is not updated very regularly, is still is...
Some Product Gems at G-ma's
Just because it’s old, doesn’t mean it needs to be replaced. Sometimes the greatest products are still around from a time when things really were built to last. I came to this realization during my yearly holiday visit to my grandmother’s house in Virginia. It took me 23 years to actually notice some of the great products that I had seen every year of my life. All of the...
Greatest Environmental Ad
This is a perfect example of looking at an idea from a different angle, and then finding a creative and unique way of communicating it.
Lekki Retro Phones
Finally, the idea of things becoming cooler as they become slightly outdated has moved into the cell phone realm. Vintage t-shirts, 70’s style eyeglasses, and classic cameras have all permeated the current mainstream culture, going from “old” to “cool.” Lekki is taking a risk by trying to capitalize on this trend and make money while doing it. Lekki is aiming to: ...
Glenn Howerton from It's Always Sunny
Glenn Howerton, or Dennis, as many of you may know him, came to visit 12 yesterday. He talked about the beginnings of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the pressures of writing episodes, and of course some good stories from over the years. Everyone was stoked to have him come in, and we were pretty much caught by surprise with only a 15 minute heads up that he was on his way. He was gone...
Pie Throwing for Charity
The call to action video for 12’s pie throw for charity event.
Inspirational Images 11/22
yay for ffffound.com.
Eco-sustainable-awesome Cardboard Laptop Stand
Built this little treasure last week. It is adapted from a template that I downloaded online, but I added an extra shelf and had to build up the structure a little bit. I guess this is a literal manifestation of product design in an ad agency.
Cool Hand Luke
I can’t believe that it has taken me until my 23rd year of existence to see this movie. I went last night to the historic Laurelhurst theater in Portland, where they were screening the movie for only $3, which is damn near nothing. Anyway, this movie is hands down top 3 for me. I never give a specific order to my top 3, nor do I remember what other movies I have put there, but this...
In this great city of Portland, I have noticed that they do 3 things well. 1. Coffee 2. Beer 3. Public Transportation This third category, although the least well known of the three, is something that I appreciate very much. I have been to many cities in this great planet with some great public transportation, and an even larger amount of people that sometimes overlook the smaller design...
Danny Gardner Illustrations
Digital renderings of various beach scenes from Danny Gardner. I am always amazed by the attention to light, and the ability to create forms using the most abstract of strokes. Check him out here.
Sometimes a panda just steals shit.
Advertising in a Nutshell
As a designer, how can you learn from this? How can you get your idea across to a large mass of people without…well…having them want to punch you in the face?
Halloween @ W+K
Every year hundreds of small children swarm the halls of W+K. These little’uns have all come for the annual halloween party hosted by the company. On each floor are several areas completely decorated around an overall theme. This year was circus. WK12 had their roles to fill as well. Our task was to create a jungle scene for the reptile man, who is a guy that comes every year and brings...
Inspirational Images 10/31
WK12 and Obama
Some of the 12er’s had the opportunity to sit VIP for a local Obama rally. Great publicity opportunity I would say. You might ask “Did you try and hand him anything as he walked past?”. Of course we did. We actually handed Reggie Love, personal aide to the president, some information on the 12. Hopefully we get his autograph in the mail soon… Preparing the...
Bar Experiences: The Saraveza
Next time you enter a fine drinking establishment on a weeknight, take a look around. Immediately how does the environment make you feel? Pay attention to what specific details about the environment might invoke certain feelings. Different bars have different vibes for a reason, but my personal favorite is the warm and inviting feel of the local watering hole. A place to sit and relax, drink...
A Foggy Morning
7:40 a.m. in a beautiful city, waiting for the train. The fog was heavy, and provided an interesting approach.
Jim Riswold aka Lead Director aka ad legend.
This video was filmed during last years class of WK12. The extremely loud and cursing man is Jim Riswold. He was Dan Wieden’s first copywriter. You may know him from some of his work: Bo knows. Hello World Where would you like to go today? The video also gives a brief idea as to what the personality of the group is like. Enjoy.
Welcome Mats In 3D (Well not really)
Niel Costa came in to help us shoot some professional photos of the rug we made the first week of 12. His website is www.neildacosta.com. The pictures look great.
Happy Birthday to Matt
A little drawing done as a gift for Matt’s birthday. If you can’t recognize the familiarity of the picture, think of Kerri Strug, 1996 Olympics. She’s the one that hurt her ankle and went on to finish her floor exercises and win. This is an adapted drawing of her and her coach…obviously this one is way cooler.