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 and onto the wall itself.
Another favorite was the paper Mount Hood, represented through many suspended colored triangles hung from the ceiling of the gallery. It also made for some great photos.
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.
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.
Kobe Bryant is, “The Black Mamba”. Directed by Robert Rodriguez
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 to experience a place in a completely new way, even a place you have been many times before, is to just shut up. In the least, the video is very relaxing to watch, so enjoy!
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 with products. Can’t show the product photos quite yet, but stay tuned.
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 filled with some great stuff. I know her personally, and her fun and positive personality is directly reflected in her style of art. Both of them seem to have a way of making you smile.
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 products you see are still working, and most importantly they continue to be used daily by my grandma herself.
The only thing missing from this old Westinghouse fan is any sort of legitimate protection from the spinning stainless steel blades…
This wall clock might have been seen in a early Bond movie…or a 70’s porno.
The vintage Cadillac of the microwave realm. Yes, this is a microwave.
This is a coffee maker most likely from sometime between ‘73 and ‘89. What amazed me was that she just replaced a more recent coffee maker today because it stopped working correctly, and she replaced it with this one. This surprised me for three reasons:
1. I can’t believe this “new” one still worked great.
2. It actually outlived the one that broke, which was a more recent model
3. Not only did she decide to keep the older model around, but she even remembered where it’s instruction manual was. I don’t think know anyone who keeps instruction manuals anymore.
All things considered, it still did make a great cup of joe.
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.