’10 Seconds': The Process of Hand-made Neon Signage

The more digital our lives become the more we start to value the things that are made by hand. Mike Heist is a beautiful example of this, a Portland artist who has been working with neon for over 30 years.

The Pressure, the studio of Adam Garcia, produced this video of Mike, showcasing his fascinating process. The sign, designed by Garcia, was a component of the event branding for the AIGA Portland event “Design and Happiness,” a lecture by Stefan Sagmeister during Design Week Portland.

'10 Seconds': The Process of Making Hand-made Neon Signage

'10 Seconds': The Process of Making Hand-made Neon Signage

Bobby Solomon

October 7, 2014 / By

Always Play Amongst Friends: A Friends of Type Exhibition at Poketo

Always Play Amongst Friends: A Friends of Type Exhibition at Poketo

For those who are in Los Angeles you should take the time to stop by Poketo on Thursday for their most recent pop-up with the fantastic Friends of Type. The exhibition will include eight exclusive framed letterpress prints printed by San Francisco based boutique print house Aesthetic Union—two prints per each Friends of Type artist, each a limited edition of 25. The guys have been posting sneak peeks on their Instagram and the work is looking sharp as usual.

When: Thursday, October 9th, 2014, 6-8pm
Where: Poketo Flagship, 820 E. 3rd Street, Downtown LA
More Info Here

Bobby Solomon

October 6, 2014 / By

Pickled Thoughts Explores the Physical and Flexible Beauty of Dance

Dance Photography by Pickled Thoughts

Dance Photography by Pickled Thoughts

If you visit any professional photographer’s website you’re bound to find that their work is typically – and understandably – divided into some rather traditional categories. Most of them will have a section dedicated to ‘portraits’ for example. Others may photograph ‘Architecture’, ‘Landscapes’ or ‘Models’. If you’ve seen as many sites as I have then you’ll no doubt know how frequently these categories crop up. That’s why I was excited to see that the photographer Pickled Thoughts had one category I haven’t seen appear too often. That category is: ‘Dance’.

Dance Photography by Pickled Thoughts

While my attendance at contemporary dance shows often falls under the remit of ‘boyfriend duty’, I still can occasionally be wowed by a performance. Dance is an art-form which holds such grace, beauty and elegance, but it’s also incredibly physically demanding. It’s one of the wonderful dichotomies you witness during any performance and I feel that these photographs do a great job of demonstrating the flexibility of the dancers while never distracting from the beauty of their movements.

Dance Photography by Pickled Thoughts

Dance Photography by Pickled Thoughts

The lighting, composition and energy in this work is great and I highly recommend you check out the full series here.

Philip Kennedy

October 6, 2014 / By

The Cat’s Meow: Suiyoubi no Neko Can Design by Yo-Ho Brewing

Suiyoubi no Neko by Yo-Ho Brewing

Last week I came upon this lovely packaging for Suiyoubi no Neko beer which is crafted by the Yo-Ho Brewing. I think the patchwork cat on the can couldn’t be more charming with a striking color palette that’s sure to catch your eye. This is but one of a series of great looking beers Yo-Ho is brewing, Serious Eats has a great rundown from last year of their line-up, which shows their care of both flavor and design.

Also of note last week was Kirin’s announcement that it would be purchasing a 30%-plus stake in Yo-Ho Brewing, showing that craft brewing is clearly the way to a larger market share. Still, the major Japanese beer producers, Kirin, Asahi, Sapporo, Santori, make up 98% of the beer market in Japan. It will be interesting to see if more small breweries are snatched up by the big guys to earn more cultural cool points.

Bobby Solomon

October 6, 2014 / By

Listen to “Bother” by Les Sins, Side-Project of Toro Y Moi

Chaz Bundick of Toro y Moi fame has a new project out called Les Sins, going for a more dance-oriented sound. He was inspired by folks like Mr. Oizo and Daft Punk which clearly comes through on this new track titled “Bother”, the perfect anthem for a hard-working creative. In fact, he was inspired by design luminary Paul Rand while making the album.

“My favorite graphic designer, P. Rand always said, ‘Don’t try to be original, just try to be good,’” Bundick says. “When making this record that was/is my mantra—it was just constantly looping in my mind. I believe ‘good’ is timeless and once you can recognize that you’ll see the world in its fullest.”

Les Sins first album Michael comes out November 4th.

Listen to "Bother" by Les Sins, Side-Project of Toro Y Moi

Bobby Solomon

October 2, 2014 / By

David Benjamin Sherry’s Mono-Color Landscapes Are Far From Monotonous

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New York’s illustrious photography gallery, Danziger, has inaugurated its new space at 521 West 23rd Street with the first NYC showing of David Benjamin Sherry’s mono-color landscapes. Featuring a series of photographs that Sherry shot over the course of 2013 and 2014, it’s a heartfelt look at the world in a post modern sense. Having turned classic American landscapes into panoramas of vast and vivid color, Sherry’s renditions reminds us the importance of color in design and how much it can influence the perception of your work. The body of work is stunning and its presentation falls inline with the recent release of Sherry’s book.

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David Benjamin Sherry was born in 1981 in Woodstock, NY and currently lives and works out of Los Angeles. Having received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from Yale University, he has seen much success and presented forth an impressive body of medium challenging work. I’ve heard him referred to as the modern day Ansel Adams. If that’s not saying a lot, then I don’t know what is.

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You can view his art as a part of the permanent collections at the Wexner Center of the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Saatchi Collection, London. Sherry’s most recent success occurred just last month, where he published Earth Changes in collaboration with Mörel Books, London. The book challenges categorical photography ideologies and questions photography’s truth.

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In his latest, Sherry used a traditional handmade wooden camera and shot with the beloved f/64 aperture (admired by classics like Edward Weston and the aforementioned Adams). Sherry adds his signature chromogenic hues by then altering the film in the darkroom. These exaggerated hues are simultaneously surreal, monochrome, and painterly.

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Often acidic and futuristic, they implore the viewer to question the classic landscapes and the role of nature in the world, or rather, what role we have towards nature. This work demonstrates that Sherry is not only a master of bold, sensual color, but also exploration, as seen by the West and SouthWestern American landscapes he reimagines. He portrays geological phenomena such as rock formations and sand dunes with those vivid and unexpected colors, which are a departure from their natural presentation.

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Strolling through the gallery you begin to feel a rhythm to the show, as directed by Sherry’s syncopated palettes of color. It’s a direct engagement with the viewer and an invitation to turn the mind’s eye inward. Sherry’s landscapes remind us, without preaching, of the inherent value that exists in nature—what it offers, what it represents, and ultimately, its ability to connect us to a broader experience. You can even goes as far as concluding that the tones, in combination with the landscapes, are critical of mankind’s relationship to recent climate change.

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike… This natural beauty – hunger is made manifest … in our magnificent National Parks … Nature’s sublime wonderlands, the admiration and joy of the world.”
– John Muir

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I could probably take a page from Sherry’s book and not be so preachy about our relationship with Earth, but seeing works such as the photographs on show at Danziger fill me with passion and insight that I can’t resist. It’s so refreshing to see artists such as Sherry take another look at such a classic and beloved medium, and stock it loaded with contemporary commentary. A must see.

Sherry’s work is on show till October 25th. If you’re unable to drop by, you can order his new book here.

Nick Partyka

October 1, 2014 / By

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Emory Allen

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Emory Allen

Emory Allen

We’re big fans of Minneapolis based illustrator Emory Allen and his seemingly endless amount of creativity. You may remember his Exquisite Beast project where he chained together a new drawing every day for an entire year, a huge feat for anyone. I’m a fan of Emory’s work because of his ability to create such a diverse creatures and worlds with such a beautiful color palette.

The wallpaper he’s created today is a self-portrait of sorts, portraying a feeling that most creatives encounter.

I revisit this theme in my work from time to time because I always feel like I’m always fighting to keep things organized and keep myself pulled together. Just when I feel caught up, there’s always something trying to stress me out again.

I feel you Emory. I also want to note that this week’s wallpaper is the debut of several new sizes. I’ve added an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ size, as well as a 3840×2400 size for anyone with giant sized or retina caliber monitors. In theory this should now cover every possible screen size on earth.

Bobby Solomon

October 1, 2014 / By

Next Level Risograph Prints and Postcards by Bienvenue Publishing

Bienvenue Publishing

Bienvenue Publishing is a Zurich based group who are creating some really lovely prints and postcards that are extremely lovely and affordable. Their work is handprinted in limited editions using almost exclusively risography, which allows them to apply each color individually and ensures a high luminosity.

My personal favorite is their print series titled Riverstones (above) which in a vague sense look like stones but in a very artistic, abstract way. As mentioned about it’s all about the amazing colors they’re able to get with these prints that makes them truly shine, literally and figuratively. I’m also impressed with their Morbid Being prints, a series of fighting fish photographed from above.

You can shop their full collection of products by heading on over to their online shop.

Bienvenue Publishing

Bienvenue Publishing

Bienvenue Publishing

Bobby Solomon

September 30, 2014 / By

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