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HelloFax

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2012 by argentinan1


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HelloFax

HelloFax is a domain that permit’s you send faxes, sign documents and fill out forms, all online, in a couple of easy steps. No cumbersome printing-scanning-emailing necessary. My studiomate Cameron tried it today, and he was happy enough to euphorically tweet about their service . i’m going to twitter-echo that right when I upload this post. I just gave it a attempt to it’s amazingly easy! What a time-saver. (Only bummer, it doesn’t appear to work in Safari)

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This American Life

In Uncategorized on August 30, 2012 by argentinan1


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This American Life

This is my favorite solution to pass the time. It is a weekly radio show in America in line with one theme at any time when – different stories are told inside the show relating back to that theme. The storytelling is epic and the characters and situations they dig out are amazing. some of my favorites are: The home on Loon Lake, The Super, The Cruelty of youngsters and Fiasco!

www.thisamericanlife.org

This American Life

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CR in Liverpool: Cat and Fox Adventures

In Uncategorized on August 28, 2012 by argentinan1

CR in Liverpool: Cat and Fox Adventures

This month’s issue of CR encompasses a survey of Liverpool’s thriving independent creative scene. We’ll show more work from a few of those featured here at the blog. Next up: Cat and Fox Adventures

CR in Liverpool: Cat and Fox Adventures

We were invited as much as Liverpool by artist and illustrator William Johnston (aka Framedink) who gave us a guided tour of town. Toward the top of a terribly long day, we met up with graphic designer and illustrator Sara Cullen.

By day, Cullen works as a designer for the television production company Lime Pictures. There, her duties include creating material for series including Hollyoaks: so if there is a new bar opening within the show, she designs its logo, menus etc

CR in Liverpool: Cat and Fox Adventures

But in her spare time, Cullen creates charming prints under the name Cat and Fox Adventures. Shown this is her Woodland Animal series.

CR in Liverpool: Cat and Fox Adventures

 

CR in Liverpool: Cat and Fox Adventures

CR in Liverpool: Cat and Fox Adventures

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See the work of another Liverpool-based designer, Horse, here

 

 

CR in Liverpool: Cat and Fox Adventures

CR in Print

If you enjoy reading the Creative Review website, we expect you’ll enjoy reading the magazine much more. The December issue of CR contains a profile piece at the independent creative scene in Liverpool, an immense interview with Dutch book designer Irma Boom and a great piece on ‘Poster King’ Edward McKnight Kauffer. You’ll also find articles on Dentsu London, a review of the Walker Art Center’s Graphic Design: Now in Production show and a captivating debate at the clash between design and advertising betwen Wally Olins and CHI’s Dan Beckett.

And if that wasn’t enough, the problem also features a FREE paper toy for readers to chop out and customise.

If you ought to buy this issue and are based within the UK, you are able to look for your nearest stockist here. Based outside the united kingdom? Simply call +44(0)207 292 3703 to locate your nearest stockist. Better yet, join CR for a year here and save yourself almost 30% at the printed magazine.

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Tom Kuntz’s Bug Installation

In Uncategorized on August 27, 2012 by argentinan1

Tom Kuntzs Bug Installation

Director Tom Kuntz is currently showing a movie installation starring a collection of exceptionally musical bugs on the Sydney Opera House…

Kuntz, who’s well-known for his music video and ad work for the likes of MGMT, LCD Soundsystem, Cadbury’s and Old Spice, created the installation as component to the hot Vivid Live festival on the Opera House. He worked with LA music duo Lucky Dragons, who provided the audio component for the piece. Each insect generates its own unique sounds, using instruments starting from the bongos to a Moog, and the bugs’ performances are looped at varying intervals, making a constant, always changing soundtrack.

Tom Kuntzs Bug Installation

“I have been taking into account this concept for an installation,” says Kuntz of the project. “It originally occurred when designing the creature for my MGMT video last summer (shown here). My mind began to wander into bug design. i began sketching unearthly bugs for fun. I liked the theory of them being large, over-scale, menacing, confrontational … the manner a group of paintings confront you if you stand in a portrait gallery. When Steve Pav from Modular Records called and asked if i might contribute to the Vivid live festival in Sydney, this appeared like the ideal fit for it due to the musical part of the piece.”

In designing the installation, Kuntz began with the personalities of the bugs. “I needed to write up my idea for the Opera House,” he says. “I did some preliminary bug sketches for this treatment which i thought will be left at that. But then i finished up becoming very attached to the personalities of those early sketches and ended up using these kinds of first designs because the final bugs within the installation. i used to be quite concerned because i used to be working in very low resolution on these sketches and feared the standard of the bugs would never delay. But with some clever tinkering on the Mill, they were good to head!”

“I contacted Lucky Dragons about doing the music they usually were very kind and gave me access to their archives,” he continues. “I then went through them with my sound editor, William Flynn, and he broke the sounds down into suitable bits and put all of them into the identical time signature. We laid out performances for every bug, then i might equip each bug with the proper instrument, after which The Mill animated each bug to the music.”

Shown listed here are three of the bugs from the installation. The entire installation will remain on show on the Sydney Opera House until June 12, and Kuntz also hopes to tour it elsewhere sooner or later.

Tom Kuntzs Bug Installation

CR in Print

Thanks for reading the CR Blog but when you are not also reading Creative Review in print, you’re missing out.

The June issue of CR includes a major retrospective on BBH and a profile piece at the agency’s founder, Sir John Hegarty. Plus, we have got a pretty photographic project from Jenny van Sommers, a discussion on how illustrators can maintain a protracted-term career, each of the usual discussion and debate in Crit plus our Graduate Guide choked with advice for this year’s college leavers.

If you need to buy this issue and are based within the UK, you can seek your nearest stockist here. Based outside the united kingdom? Simply call +44(0)207 292 3703 find your nearest stockist. Better yet, enroll in CR for a year here and save yourself almost 30%.

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The Weekender

In Uncategorized on August 26, 2012 by argentinan1


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The Weekender

Nobody likes rules. For too long we’ve lived our lives governed by their tyranny, and feature gone about doing what we were told, minding the space and never hitting people inside the face with hammers. Actually that hammer one’s an excellent rule. But most of them are rubbish and now there’s protest within the air with people occupying stuff. Take that Rules-y McGee the guideline Man! In that spirit of defiance, this can be a bumper edition of The Weekender. Yep you heard right, can’t hold us down anymore…. (Read more)

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Sucking up the blog: how our Annual cover was made

In Uncategorized on August 23, 2012 by argentinan1

Sucking up the blog: how our Annual cover was made

For this year’s Annual cover, Minivegas created an A out of each story and image from the CR Blog during the last year. Readers can download the app and feature a go yourselves

Our Annual cover every year relies on an additional treatment of the letter ‘A’. In 2010, Craig Ward grew the form out of thousands of pollen cells in an immunology lab. This time, Minivegas, through Nexus Interactive Arts, have, literally, drawn inspiration from our website, making a downloadable desktop app they call The Annualizer.

Sucking up the blog: how our Annual cover was made

Sucking up the blog: how our Annual cover was made

Issue and Annual covers from the May edition of Creative Review. Both images were created out of the past year’s online activity from CR using The Annualizer app – text for the difficulty side, images for the yearly side

“We decided to make an A from CR’s prolific online output,” they are saying. “We felt that its form must be implied, discernable by its physical influence on elements from CR’s blog and Twitter content. A number of our early efforts were a bit abstract, but we settled for wrapping thousands of strips of tape within the loose shape of the ‘A’. The strips would contain words and images from the blog.

Sucking up the blog: how our Annual cover was made

Close-up of the problem cover

“Using recent blog activity doesn’t really cut it for an annual, so with a bit ‘Wget magic’ [a working laptop or computer programme that retrieves content from web servers], we slurped every article and image from the last year,” they explain. “We got 10,000 unique proper names and places, hashtags and usernames, and about another 5,000 pictures. That’s a good deal, even for 6 images, so the variety of comments on a blog post became a metric for the way ‘big’ a narrative and its content ended up within the final image.

Sucking up the blog: how our Annual cover was made

Sucking up the blog: how our Annual cover was made

Sucking up the blog: how our Annual cover was made

The Annualizer in action because it sucks up the content from our website and Twitter feed during the last year to create the letter ‘A’ – various aspects of the picture could be adjusted before a last render is downloaded. Try it here

“To add some dynamics, we ran the scene as a fabric simulation to blow our strips around a section. Exploding the letter is fun, though in any case the shapes looked a touch messy so we toned that down a little. Final snapshots of strips in motion were exported for a high-quality render,” Minivegas say.

Sucking up the blog: how our Annual cover was made

Sucking up the blog: how our Annual cover was made

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The Annualizer app using images instead of text and (below) close-up of the yearly side cover image from CR May 2011 issue

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If you need to have a choose the app, it could be downloaded here where there’s also a fly-through video. Please have in mind that it only works on Macs with system OSX10.6 – we’re sorry if this excludes readers with other systems but time and budget constraints didn’t let us make other versions available.

Many because of Minivegas and Nexus Interactive Arts

Credits
Production: MINIVEGAS / Nexus Interactive Arts
Producer: Beccy McCray
Coding: Dan Lewis / MINIVEGAS
Creative direction: Luc Schurgers / MINIVEGAS
Art direction for CR: Paul Pensom

 

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The Annual is CR’s biggest issue of the year featuring one other 100 pages of the simplest work of the past one year. If you want to shop for this issue and are based within the UK, you’ll be able to seek your nearest stockist here. Based outside the united kingdom? Simply call +44(0)207 292 3703 to locate your nearest stockist. Better yet, subscribe to CR for a year here and save yourself almost 30% at the printed magazine. In the event you subscribe before Wednesday April 27 one could receive the May issue/Annual as part of your subscription.

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Richard Swarbrick

In Uncategorized on August 22, 2012 by argentinan1

Richard Swarbrick

With the top of the season upon us it’s a summer of transfer speculation and cricket we will be able to wait for (cricket’s not that bad). Fortunately though we will look back at the last ten months through two fantastic animations that capture two of the season’s highlights, Gareth Bale and ‘El Clasico’. Directed by Richard Swarbrick both might be watched on Hotspur and Argyle, a movie production company specialising in T.V. ads.

www.hotspurandargyle.co.uk

Richard Swarbrick

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