I’m a big fan of Chicago based artist and designer Cody Hudson so this collaboration he did with Case Studyo is high on my list of art objects I’m craving. It’s called Vibes Melt Down 2043, a ceramic skull that doubles as art piece and incense burner which comes in white, silver, and gold versions. It’s beauty is in it’s simplicity, and the fact that I think it would look really rad on my desk.
The other day Josh Benedikt, a talented UX/UI designer on my team at Disney, sent me an email with a link that said, “I feel like I understand your job a bit more now after reading this.” The link he sent was an article by Dan Mall who does a good job of explaining the difference between a creative director, an art director, and a designer. I found it to be really helpful and insightful, helping me better define what I do as a creative director at Disney Interactive. Dan sums it up nicely by describing a creative director as “championing the intersection where Art Direction & Design meet Strategy.”
The primary concern of good creative direction is making sure the art direction & design approaches always support the client’s bottom line. If any of those pieces fall short—even if the others are brilliant—that’s poor creative direction. You can have a brilliant strategy and art direction, but if it’s not appropriately designed, that’s poor creative direction. You can have appropriate art direction and gorgeous design, but if the strategy’s not sound, that’s poor creative direction. You get the idea.
Will Holmes is an English born designer and illustrator based in Brooklyn who’s creating some rather fancy lettering. He recently updated his portfolio and I have to say that the Letter Dump section is quite amazing. He’s displayed a wonderfully wide range of styles with every letter illustrated in a different manner. You can also see a few of his lettering pieces below.
Since the release of The Grand Budapest Hotel there’s been a streak of interesting stories around Wes Anderson and the way he creates his films. The first interesting site was the color palettes of Wes Anderson, a Tumblr that takes key scenes from his films and defines a perfect palette inspired by it. As you can see above the results are quite fantastic.
The world of 3D printing is starting to become more commonplace, becoming more a part of our day-to-day lives. There’s still a strong learning curve to the process though, with a difficulty to create your own objects. That gap is starting to narrow with the introduction of LEBLOX, an app that allows you to create these amazingly detailed sculptures. What’s better is that you can choose to have LEBLOX print out your creation and send it to you, which to me is the really incredible part.