Kelsey Brookes Painting Timelapse

I don’t know about you but one of my morning rituals is checking Instagram, getting a glimpse of what my friends and inspirations are up to. Earlier this morning there was great time-lapse of a painting done by Kelsey Brookes, who sums it up best by saying, “Months of work turned into a ten second video.” Still, it’s wonderful to see the process of something so huge and beautiful.

If you’re unfamiliar with his work or are a huge fan like I am you should definitely follow him on Instagram. I’ve also put a few of his images below which give a sense of the trippy paintings he creates which are based on the molecular make up of drugs.

Kelsey Brookes Paintings

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Bobby Solomon

July 1, 2014 / By

Miniio – Making Dolls’ Houses With A Difference

Miniio - A Dolls House With A Difference

I didn’t think I’d be posting about dolls’ house this week on The Fox Is Black but I really couldn’t pass up an opportunity to share these delightful creations by Polish company Miniio. Inspired by the Bauhaus and Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan; Miniio’s creations feel like a breath of fresh air in a world of flashy, plastic toys and garish pink dolls’ houses.

Miniio - A Dolls House With A Difference

Miniio - A Dolls House With A Difference

These designs brush aside the cliched gender stereotypes so often seen in the world of toys and instead focus on producing beautifully crafted models and smartly thought out designs.

Miniio - A Dolls House With A Difference

The project is the brainchild of two mums from Warsaw who like to take play seriously. They seek inspiration in the best grown-up designs, materials and solutions and then they make it smaller. Everything they do is finished by hand and the results are terrific. If you’re a hip parent I can imagine this is something you’d love to have in your kids playroom!

More information on Miniio and their modernist designer furniture and dolls’ houses can be found on their website.

Philip Kennedy

June 30, 2014 / By

Five Fonts for Summer

Five Fonts for Summer

The arrival of any season brings a number of design trends from colors and shapes and type. Summer is hear so it’s time for warmer colors and to drop your serifs. I’ve selected five examples of display type and trends I’d like to see gracing designs this time of year.

 

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1. Thirsty Soft - This is my top pick for summer and one of the best scripts I’ve seen in a long time. Thirsty Soft by Yellow Design Studios (add these guys to your watch list) is a vintage-inspired font family with  kick-ass ligatures and works as both retro and contemporary display type.  It comes with six different weights, shadow layers and a handful of other features in addition to a particularly beautiful ampersand. It’d make for great summer advertising and signage and I could picture it advertising some frozen treat or lemonade out on a boardwalk.

 

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2. Roccia – An experimental sans by Mark Oggian available on Ten Dollar Fonts. I’m not a huge fan of the alternative geometric sans trend because I think it can get to be too much, too quickly and fear people will abuse it but I don’t mind it sparingly. I think Roccia hits the right notes with it’s decorative glyphs. I find it gives off a bit of a summer music festival vibe and could easily see it on gig posters as well as striking display type in magazines.

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3. Supernett – A fun, handwritten sans by Georg Herold Wildfellner. It’s playful without being obnoxious. It looks great in all weights, especially light. It works for anything outdoorsy or green. It can have an organic feel if it’s played the right way.  ATCTimberline_SummerFont

4. ATC Timberline – A fresh release from Avondale Type Company, which I featured on my foundries to watch post a little while back. These guys are churning out typefaces with ease and their new, ultra-wide sans makes for nice type for more serious, summer designs. It’d also work as a nice secondary typeface.

 

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5. Knewave - This brush type from Tyler Fincke has been around for a few years on League of Moveable Type but this is exactly what I picture when I think of type and summer. I simply could not leave it off this list. It screams beach and surf magazine spread. It’s bold and a bit haphazard while still maintaining a lot of uniformity.

Carli Krueger

June 30, 2014 / By

Google’s Street Art Project is a Step in the Right Direction for Graffiti

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Google’s Paris-based Cultural Institute has recently launched a database called the Street Art Project. This initiative features street art from across the globe, much of which no longer exists. Working alongside various cultural organizations worldwide, and putting to use their very own Street View, the Cultural Institute and subsequent Street Art Project is making these public works increasingly more public, democratizing art, and chronicling it’s contemporary impact for the future. It’s one of those projects that makes Google hard not to love.

 

The Google Cultural Institute, founded in 2011, is composed of a staff around 30 engineers. It’s a project that’s documenting the physical and bringing it to the web for the public to access. They want users to be able to view the Art Projects, Historical Moments, and World Wonders that have shaped our world, from the comfort of your home. As of now, they’ve already helped create online archives for historic figures, such as Nelson Mandela, or used Street View to provide renderings of World Heritage sites. But what really grabs my attention is the focus they’re placing on graffiti—handling it with the respect and admiration that is traditionally associated with works found in museums or on gallery walls.

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“I’m not treating street art as anything different from what I would do with the Impressionist collection I’m getting on Art Project,” said Amit Sood, director of the Cultural Institute. The Street Art Project is sister to the Art Project, another Cultural Institute initiative that has provided technical support to more than 460 museums and helped in bringing their collections to the web for all to see.

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The Street Art Project is searchable by artists, city, genre and other categories. Not only does it consist of current art viewable in the public, but it also documents much of which that doesn’t exist anymore. Of the 30 institutions that have furnished the platform with images is the Museum of the City of New York; the Dallas Contemporary; Living Walls: The City Speaks in Atlanta; and the Museum of Street Art in France.

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On one side, Google is helping bring street art to a more respectable level. On the other, it’s perpetuating what street art already encompasses, that is public art in the public space. The New York Times encapsulates this in stating, “Google is formalizing what street art fans around the world already do: take pictures of city walls and distribute them on social media.” It’s an effort to make art more available to viewers, a public domain gone more public, and it’s fascinating to see it happen thanks to the developments of technology and the culture-bridging, border-crossing abilities of the internet.

 

Shepard Fairey stated that, “I’ve always used my street art to democratize art, so it would be philosophically inconsistent for me to protest art democratization through Google.” Street art often comes with a bad rep, where people have a hard time distinguishing it from vandalism.

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Lois Stavsky, who runs Street Art NYC says that most artists like the idea of of enabling more people to view their work. Especially the Street Art Project’s potential to preserve work. Take 5Pointz for example, the famous NYC graffiti landmark that was whitewashed last year. Working alongside the Cultural Institute, Stavsky sorted through hundreds of 5Pointz photos to uploaded several to Google’s new platform—making a location available to thousands that otherwise would’ve never had the opportunity to see.

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As is expected from a company like Google, the platform itself is designed to utilize the web’s functions and perform smoothly. It’s intuitive and features a bunch of interesting features, from documentaries to dipping into street view to have a look at building’s interiors. Perhaps the most innovative feature is a special camera they used to document certain pieces (such as VHILS who’s famous for sculpting work into walls), allowing users to zoom in and take a closer look in stunning clarity.

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Nick Partyka

June 26, 2014 / By

Los Angeles Stories: Design Edition

Los Angeles Stories: Design Edition

This Thursday June 26 I’ll be hosting Los Angeles Stories, a special storytelling night put on by TFIB sister site, Los Angeles, I’m Yours. Each month the stories focus on my beautiful city of Los Angeles but each of the stories will be design related in honor of the Los Angeles Design Festival, which is happening this month.

Jon Setzen, Creative Director and the man who makes CreativeMornings happen in Los Angeles.
• Bobby Solomon, creative director at disney and the dude behind The Fox Is Black.
Peter Zellner, fantastic local architect and former LAIY cover man.
Kyle Fitzpatrick, writer and editor of art, design, and food culture site Los Angeles, I’m Yours.

We’re super stoked for this. Can’t wait to see you next Thursday! Make sure to reserve a ticket here.

Bobby Solomon

June 24, 2014 / By

Natalie Adkins’ Tongue-in-Cheek Look at Life In Your Twenties

Twenties by Natalie Adkins

Twenties by Natalie Adkins

Twenties is a great little project by the London-based illustrator Natalie Adkins. Taking a tongue-in-cheek look at life in your twenties, her smart image changing volvelles present one version of how life could be before quickly revealing the more-plausable truth.

In the image above a smooth Lothario asks “Your place or mine?” yet the realistic version is far less sophisticated. A quick turn of the dial presents our lover’s lady friend less than enamored by the suggestion that maybe they might want to take things back to his parents house!

Twenties by Natalie Adkins

The image above is called “It’s Not That People Won’t Give You The Time of Day, They Won’t Give You The Morning After” and below you can view the volvelles in action.

Twenties by Natalie Adkins

Natalie’s final image in the seires is called “If You Fell In The Shower and No One Was There To Hear You Fall, Would You Still Make a Sound?”. Make sure to see more of her work by visiting her website.

Philip Kennedy

June 23, 2014 / By

The Grand Budapest Hotel Made Entirely From LEGO

The Grand Budapest Hotel Made Entirely From LEGO

Over the weekend I was fortunate enough to run into this giant model of the Grand Budapest Hotel, made completely out of LEGO. This masterpiece is constructed from over 50,000 LEGO bricks and took more than 575 hours to complete. You have to admire this team for having the skill and patience to create something of this scale. Check out the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at how they did it.

The Grand Budapest Hotel Made Entirely From LEGO

Bobby Solomon

June 23, 2014 / By

Pocket Art Director

Pocket Art Director

Feeling unsure of your creative decisions? The team at Fuzzco have created Pocket Art Director, the perfect way to get feedback without the annoying art director breathing down your neck. They’ve cleverly thought of three experiences: one is a digital version of the die which you can try online, you can print it out, or you can buy a real life version that resembles the design-y version of something you’d find in a D&D shop. Genius.

Bobby Solomon

June 17, 2014 / By

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