Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Rockwell and Photography

Interesting post on Gizmodo about Norman Rockwell's reference to photographs in creating his paintings/illustrations, describing them as a type of early "Photoshop."

Check out the full article at Gizmodo, HERE.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Article on Unique and Personal Design @ AIGA

"A Decade of Dirty Design"
by Steven Heller

"Post-nostalgia stress syndrome for the 1990s—a curious love/hate relationship with grunge type—is finally kicking in just as the first decade of 2000 is coming to a close. Nostalgia is so last century. It is time for design pundits to start looking forward, but not before looking back at the past 10 years in order to neatly categorize and define the design aesthetic of the era (assuming this can be labeled an era). Actually, I’m putting my dibs in to be the first to offer some viable categorization. I know it is cheating to do so before 2009 is officially over.. What’s more I hold that fairness is not an issue when staking out one’s pundit-turf. So let’s begin…"

Cllick HERE to continue reading at AIGA.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Eric Testroete

Eric Testroete
made this 3D papercraft head of himself just larger. It is rather nice he has some other fun work on his site.

See all about the project HERE

Simon Schubert

Simon Schubert. So this guy is pretty nuts he makes his work by folding lines in paper, no stylus not patterns just folding and opening. Check out his paper works HERE

Monday, December 7, 2009

Are you smarter than an art history major?

Think you know art history? Test your smarts on the Free Rice Famous Paintings quiz. They give you an image and title with four artists to choose from. As you get answers correct, you move up levels so the game always challenges you. Best of all, for every correct answer you get, grains of rice are donated so you can hone your art history skills and help feed starving people.

Test your smarts HERE

Pinhole Photography, Fall 2009

Here are some of the results from our Pinhole project in ART 120 Photography this semester. We each create our own cameras, shoot to RC paper, scan and digitally enlarger them to make paper negatives, and then contact print them to RC paper.

Follow the link HERE.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

brilliant idea with flies

This is a video of some tradeshow in Germany where a company released flies with advertisements attached to them like those little planes at the beach. Great idea

Friday, December 4, 2009

An Ode to Papyrus, by Dustin Britt (@ Matchstic)

Copied and pasted directly from Matchblog, HERE.

Ready to open your own local coffee shop?

Say no more, you need Papyrus.

Yoga instructor?

Papyrus is the answer to your design dilemma.

Getting ready to start a sermon series on Joshua at your church?


Billion dollar director making a strange movie about blue aliens?

What says other-worldly better than Papyrus?


Is there really another choice?

Designed by Chris Costello in 1982, the Papyrus font was originally hand-drawn over a period of six months by means of calligraphy pen and textured paper. Costello described his goal as a font that would represent what English vernacular would have looked like if written on papyrus 2000 years ago.

A sarcastic - yes - but true look at how something can be visually popular, successful, & even trendy and too often slowly creep from the simple enjoyment of it => copycats => obscurity. Reminding me that, like Alvin said yesterday, “restraint is increasingly important“.

For more on the wild world of Papyrus use in design, you can check out:

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

ART 338 @ Larkspur Press

The Intermediate Digital Imaging class is working on a project in relation to Prof. Bolden's poetry class. The assignment is for the art students to partner with poets and create broadsides to illustrate their poems. As an introduction to traditional letter press broadsides and printing, we traveled to Larkspur Press in Monterey, KY to visit Gray Zeits. He was quite gracious and allowed us to tour the press and explain the letter press process as well as show us examples of the work they do.

To find out more about Larkspur and see examples, you can visit their site HERE.

On a side note, here's a favorite video on letterpress that we watch in ART 234...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Kappa Pi Christmas Party!

Its that time of year again, for our annual Christmas Party. This year Daniel and his wife Holly will be hosting us at their house. The time will be from 5-6:30! Everyone needs to bring a couple of things to this party. The first being a sweet treat to share. They will be providing something Savory!

The second thing everyone needs to bring is a found object! This will be for our AMAZING gift exchange. This cannot be something you have bought! Find something really cool, then wrap it up and see what you receive in return! Be creative with your object!

After the party we will all be headed to the UK Open Studio so everyone should come out and see what other art students at our level are accomplishing! It will be held in the Reynolds building from 6-10.

Artistic Encouragement

A word from Ira Glass, host and producer of This American Life. By the way, we have seasons 1 & 2 of the television series in the LRC (but not really because I have season 2 checked out).