It's been a little while, and I've never posted any of my work. I decided to do that today. This endeavor started when I cracked a magazine for a DIY lesson in Illustrator. The first image is my version of camouflage, which is what the magazine's tutorial was explaining. With much thanks to these kinds of tutorials, I am self-taught with Adobe's pen tool.
Next came my own 'camo,' which evolved into simpler patterns using vector images I created. Tracing web images helped immensely with learning the pen tool, and I can't recommend it enough.
First of all, the new Jay-Z album, The Blueprint 3, is awesome. Way better than 2. In fact, it's 3x better. Jay-Z for Rhapsody My man Alex sent me this amazing commercial for Rhapsody music, in which Jay-Z recreates each of his album covers (minus the Greatest Hits and MTV Unplugged) in 60 seconds.
Compare Jay-Z's discography with the attached commercial. Alex pointed out that Blueprint 3 is the first studio album that hasn't had Jay-Z's face on the cover. Enjoy this beast of a video:
And now! The Blueprint 3's cover (Higest-resolution on the net - you're welcome.): There's tons of information online about this album cover:
Bonus Jay-Z and his lady were at the free Grizzly Bear / Beach House / Vega concert, the last Brooklyn Pool Party of the summer. I was there (shout-out to Lauren K.) and I took photos for The Music Slut, who was responsible for Lauren's and my V.I.P. status at the show. I'm quite proud to be a part of one of the few reports that focused on the music, and not the celebrity guests in the crowd. Beach House was my personal highlight of the show.
Found this with a Junkyard Companion today. I was searching the entire day for letters, and found only one. It's about 1/4 the size of my hand, and I'm pretty sure it's some kind of steel. I used a wire wheel brush to shine it up in about 5 minutes.
Does anyone happen to recognize this E? Maybe it's a long shot, but it surely was not alone on a product. I looked pretty hard to try and find its buddies, but with no further luck. The rounded edges reminds me of Volvo's font. (By the way, does anyone have a font name from the old Volvo ads? This one.)
Oh, and here's an extra hint at how this may have been mounted.. It looks like a small nail hole or something.. It's got some dirt in it.
Why the F#@& is this Madea Goes to Jail poster so serious? I guess Madea is a "jail bird" if she's going to jail, but this looks more like a Seal project than a comedy starring a huge man dressed as an old lady. The other posters are far more appropriate.
BONUS: The "Why so serious?" line is from the Dark Knight Batman movie, if anyone was racking their brain to remember. Here's my favorite poster from the Dark Knight promotions. The joker in that movie (Heath Ledger's last & arguably best role) always leaves a Joker card at the scene of his crimes. At one point he even says, "Here's my card..." Check out The Dark Knight if you haven't seen that movie.
Steve Jobs ca. 1998, wearing a goofy button down collar with no tie, yet buttoned to the neck. His pitch for the iMac is wonderfully written, Highlighting all the best aspects of the computer. This is apparently the first Apple product to use the now-iconic, oft-copied "i" prefix. Here's some of what Jobs suggests this "i" stands for/represents:
Ford is coming out with a Hybrid version of its Fusion sedan for 2010. "We Speak Car" is the ad campaign's theme, emphasizing that Ford knows more than just trucks or vans. They've released 3 commercials (of which I'm aware), and they all have some great animated type swirling around. I know nothing about digital animation like this, but I enjoy the commercials:
and this one is my favorite, typographically:
I especially love when the car slides through the letters near the end of that last ad. __________________________________________________________
It reminds me of the Apple ads on Pitchfork -- I've been meaning to blog about that anyway. (I must have watched it at least a dozen times.) I loved that the ad interacted with the website! This was on Pitchfork's home page to accompany the redesigned Pitchfork website. (The exact same animation was on ESPN.com.):
There was apparently one of these on Yahoo Games as well, but really -- who uses Yahoo anymore?
I've been on a major Blues + Soul kick lately - the older the recordings, the better. Re: these categories, it's rare for me to find a modern musician I like, let alone a white one. Well, I like what I've heard of current young guy, Benjy Ferree, but music is not what this blog is about.
The blog, A Deeper Shade Of Soul, had an entry about Ferree with a GIANT button to listen to a track from his album:
How could anyone not click on that? As it turns out, you have to click on a player, which appears when you roll over the button, but it still struck me as pretty brilliant. You're not paying for paper or ink or space.. why not try making the "Click to Play" button as large as the album art?
Speaking of the cover, I also really liked the cover. A solid portrait of Benjy, plus a good understated color on the overlaid title. The filled in B in Benjy bothers me, but His name definitely wouldn't be as readable without it. I would have found other soulutions though..
PS, the music is a combination of early Rock & Roll, Do-Wop, and electrified Blues (which I guess is immediately related to Rock). I recommend Benjy Ferree.