‘Shape’ – An Animation About Design That Everyone Should Watch

Shape by Johnny Kelly

If, for one day, you had the power to make your world work better, what would you change?’ – This is the question posed in Shape, a new animated short from director Johnny Kelly. The film is part of a larger project called MakeShapeChange which invites young people to think about how the world around them is made and where design fits in. It’s a wonderful little film and a fantastic way to encourage people to think about design.

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Philip Kennedy

April 2, 2014 / By

The Kutool Box by Studio Yumakano

Kutool Box by Studio Yumakano

Yuma Kano is a young Japanese designer based in Tokyo. In Spring 2012 he set up his own design office called studio yumakano and since then he’s been creating projects that cover everything from interiors, architectural art, installations and product designs.

One of my favourite pieces of his are these terrific display boxes for shoes. Designed for surveyors, plasters, mechanics and other craftsmen, the boxes hold a pair of heavy duty shoes. They also function as a toolbox, letting people carry around other items from the workshop to site.

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Philip Kennedy

March 27, 2014 / By

‘Fallin’ Floyd’ – Travel Through the Depths of Despair in this Fantastic Animated Short

Falling Floyd Poster

Here at The Fox Is Black we don’t normally make demands of our readers but let me just put it this way; if you have a spare 10 minutes in your day you could do far worse things than watch Fallin’ Floyd! Released last year, this Dutch animated short recently made it’s web debut and it’s a visual treat from start to finish.

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Philip Kennedy

March 25, 2014 / By

Reality Meets The Surreal in Hugo Barros’ Trippy Collages

Hugo Barros

Portuguese artist Hugo Barros has a gift when it comes to the art of collage. His hand-crafted works create fantastic compositions that are filled with cosmic imagery and surreal sights. He shows skyscrapers that burst from desert dunes and waterfalls that cut away to reveal giant volcanic clouds below. A trip through his portfolio is a journey into a strange and magical place and it’s a journey that comes highly recommended.

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Philip Kennedy

March 24, 2014 / By

Beautiful Minimalist Sculptures by Hiroyuki Hamada

Hiroyuki Hamada

The work of Hiroyuki Hamada feels like a mystery. His large sculptural pieces are strange and surreal and yet there’s a familiar nature to them too. Above is a large white form which stands silently in an empty gallery. What could it be? A model for a futuristic housing complex perhaps? Maybe it’s a classic modernist drinks cabinet? Could it be a small part of a busted-up spaceship? The answer to these questions is an obvious no, and yet Hamada’s work seems to unavoidably prompts you to ask these types of questions. It draws you in, and despite their non-representational forms, it leaves you making endless associations and imagining wildly what they could be.

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Philip Kennedy

March 19, 2014 / By

The Urban Sketches and Drawings of Jess Douglas

Jess Douglas

Jess Douglas is an illustrator currently living in a small coastal town off the coast of south-west England. Growing up in Ibiza, Jess moved to the city of Plymouth to study illustration and found that her work quickly began to rebel against her country upbringing.

“[It began] reflecting a growing interest in the grunge and grime of the urban environment” she says, and it’s clear to see this reflected in her work. Shop fronts, buses, signage and grungy old streets make up the focus of her work and the resulting images are terrific.

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Philip Kennedy

March 18, 2014 / By

Great Animated GIFs by Kurt McRobert

Kurt McRobert

Brooklyn-based illustrator Kurt McRobert has been making some GIFs recently and I really like them. The one above is a particular favourite. It shows the dangers and challenges of life as a cyclist in New York City and features suspense, drama, action and comedy! In all honesty, what more could you want from a four second loop? It really does have everything!

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Philip Kennedy

March 17, 2014 / By

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