Archive for the ‘creative’ Category

CTA Seeking Artists For New Red Line Project

Friday, September 14th, 2012

We’ve all been warned about the up-and-coming overhaul to some North Side Red Line stations. While this is undeniably annoying, it’s Friday, and we’re looking to share positive news: The CTA is looking for artists to create work for seven stations scheduled for construction. The idea is that these original pieces of artwork will contribute to each station’s identity, while enhancing travel for customers.

The CTA has more than 50 art pieces at 41 stations along the Pink, Red and Brown Lines.

If you’re planning on entering, know that the competition may be stiff. An evaluation committee will select approximately 25 artists based on artistic merit, qualifications and professional recognition of the artists, as well as written statements of interest. Seven of the selected artists will be offered a commission. Application information is available at


Tattoos: The future of marketing?

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

As a recent college graduate, my friends and I have joked casually about the many ways that we could acquire money to quickly pay off our student loan debts. One of our jested ideas involved receiving tattoos (real or temporary) from companies that wanted us to be their walking billboards. Little did I know that this marketing/advertising/public relations endeavor had already been in use and was rather successful! Not everyone is a fan of tattoos, but it seems that they are becoming more socially and professionally acceptable each year. Could this be the future of marketing, advertising and public relations? Here are some interesting examples of the many ways that tattoos are being used for promotional efforts:

Chanel Temporary Tattoos

In 2010, Chanel released their own lavished temporary tattoos to the public. They were sold in packs of 55 for £49, which is about $78. Chanel brought temporary tattoos back to the catwalk this year for Chanel 2012/2013 Cruise Collection at Chateau de Versailles. There has been no word on whether these tattoos will be available for purchase.

Thierry Mugler’s Latest Tattooed Fashion Muse: Rick Genest

Many know Rick Genest as Zombie Boy for the corpse tattoo that covers  most of his body. The Canadian artist turned fashion model gained world-wide media attention through his Facebook page which gained over a million followers. He is the latest muse of MUGLER and can be seen in their 2011 Autumn/Winter men’s collection, Vogue Hommes Japan, GQ Style (UK) and in Lady Gaga’s video for “Born This Way”.

Air New Zealand

In 2009, 30 people were chosen to shave their heads and receive henna tattoos stating, “Need a change? Head down to New Zealand.” The people chosen in their efforts to create cranial billboards were awarded a round-trip ticket to New Zealand ($1,200) or $777 (an allusion to the Boeing 777 airplane). Picked for their ability to be fantastic brand ambassadors, the individuals were either expatriates or had previously been to New Zealand and were interested in returning.


Volvo utilized tattoos by creating a fictional character whose tattoos spelled out the coordinates of an undersea location of $50,000 in gold coins and the keys to a new car. This tattoo promotion was a unique attempt to help get people to think differently about the brand.

The Human Billboard

Boxer Billy Gibby, aka “The Human Billboard”, is going for a Guinness World Record for the most corporate logos tattooed on a human body. In 2010, Billy had 26 sponsored tattoos on various locations of his body. On his blog he lists the advertising prices for size and location of the tattoo. The highest price is set at $20,000 for a 6” by 1” tattoo on his forehead.

Interested in offering your body to advertisers? Learn more about the advertisement tattoo phenomenon at This website connects advertisers with people who want to be paid for sporting tattoo advertisements.

Is that a crater?! Oh, never mind, that’s just the KFC Logo

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

One of the biggest issues marketers come across is maintaining awareness of their brand in the public sphere. If you have a great product, but no one sees it, then you really just have an idea. The normal way for maintaining a brand’s awareness is through promotions and advertisements featured in social media, magazines, billboards and otherwise. But apparently that is getting a little too obvious. Now brands are taking their logos and artwork on putting them on a more global spectrum……literally. Take a look at how some brands have made their advertisements and artwork so large, that you can see them in space:

A Tasty Alternative to Business Card Design

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

One of my duties as the intern for JB Chicago is to file away all of the business cards we receive into our contacts. While completing this task it got me thinking more and more about business cards and how they can depict your business. These wallet-sized cards are a very important aspect to any type of brand or business. They give all your contact information and are a great tool to use to maintain contact with potential clients you meet while networking. Having a business card on hand with you could make the difference between landing and losing a deal that could come out of nowhere. An aspect that is extremely crucial to any business card is the design. The format of your card and the images that are on it should convey your brand’s identity and show potential clients the type of business that they may be getting involved with. These following cards however, take that to the next level. They boast a very unusual characteristic…the fact that they’re edible. So if you think you’ve run out of options in terms of your business card design, maybe you want to go with something a little tastier. Just make sure they get your information before they eat the card….

For more examples and information on edible business card take a look at this website:

Cut it out, cut it all out

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

I’m down for some semi-dark, semi-sarcastic humor as much as the next person, and when you combine that with good art, I’m pretty much giddy with excitement. Let’s be real: sarcasm, when done right, is pretty funny. And art, when done right, is interesting to look at.

William Staehle must have felt the magical connection between design and wit, because he created “Silhouette Masterpiece Theatre,” a site that displays his work with old-timey photos and paintings, cutouts he creates himself and biting, funny captions. Staehle managed to fit the best of the art and dark humor on the site (where, coincidently, all the pictures in this blog are from).

Staehle doesn’t just write random babble: a lot of the captions are based off famous phrases or sayings from earlier times, or he manages to use puns when he can (Dandelion…Dandy-lion…hopefully you got that). Staehle tries to keep it witty and artistic.

This is one of the best. Not just because it's "punny," but because bears are the greatest animals alive.

Doodle doodle doodle (’till you just can’t doodle no more)

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Just like eyes are the window to your soul, I believe that doodling is also another way to get to that destination.  If you’ve ever peeked at anyone’s doodles after they’ve had a class or been on the phone for a long time, you’d be able to tell a lot about them by looking at what they drew. Regardless of quality, a sketch can display a lot about someone’s personality. Even though sometimes the sketches are awful, and sometimes they’re fabulous.

And sometimes, if you’re Christina, your doodles end up turning out like this. It’s just like Cinderella turning into a princess, except with Christina being the godmother, and the wand being talent.

In honor of sketches and personality and life and all that jazz, we give you Doodlers Anonymous, the blog for showing off doodles and sketches. They call themselves a “permanent home for spontaneous art,” which is definitely accurate; people from all over submit their work, and the best are posted in the “Featured Artists” and “Showcase” section. And I do mean “best.” All of the work shown is super-intense and drawn by obviously talented people. (All pictures below courtesy of

Instead of just posting one doodle a person, the blog showcases a lot of their work, and gives a short blurb about each doodler. This way, you can see a series of talent by one person, and learn a little bit more about them through text as well.

Although a picture really is worth a thousand words.

The states just got better

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Wouldn’t it be cool to design a poster describing what each of the 50 states mean to you? New York would be “the state that I would love to live in if it didn’t amount to the cost of a small child.” Florida would be “Mickey-Mouse-and-old-people land.” Maine would simply be “mmm…lobster.” And Illinois? Well… I think I would portray Illinois correctly.

I call it like I see it, people.

That’s kind of the concept of the Fifty and Fifty art print project. Created by design company Society6 (and more specifically, started by designer Dan Cassaro), a different artist was assigned to a different state. They took the motto of the state they were working on, and then created a design around it. (Each of the art prints are on ultra-smooth, 100% cotton rags. Also, each picture below is courtesy of


New Jersey

These designs are made to look classical and aged, and are intriguing as well. It would be interesting to get into the mind of the designer, and see what made them think of their state like that. For example, Illinois is “State Sovereign, National Union” (our state motto)…with hotdog wieners for the I’s.

Why? Are wieners the state food? I think I’ve eaten a total of five hotdogs in Illinois before. Maybe.

Despite the lack of artists’ comments, though, the project is funky, a great, handy way to memorize each state’s saying and another set of designs that I wish were put on T-shirts.

Maryland’s motto, my new mantra.

1+1 equals art

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

I don’t think I need to tell you that math is everywhere. Without geometry, you wouldn’t be able to put your car in a parking space without angry stares. Without addition, you wouldn’t be able to know how much more your recent paycheck is making you richer. And I don’t even need to mention what you couldn’t do without the knowledge of simple fractions.

You wouldn't get an equal portion of my famous macaroni-and-cheese casserole, and you'd be miserable. MISERABLE.

Math can create some wonderful things, and art is no exception. Maryland Institute College of Art student Jordan Sondler uses shapes—whether conventionally or slightly bent—to make illustrations, sketches and doodles. She also writes in cute, block print handwriting to write quirky little captions and text. (All pictures courtesy of

The beautiful Adele, in shapes.

I hope her illustrations soon pops up on T-shirts, bags and the like. Jordan has got some unique talent going on that could work for apparel design. She has things to say with geometrically fun text, and it needs to be shown to more of the world.

Seriously. The girl speaks truth. I want these shapes on a T-shirt.

I hope her illustrations soon become designs on T-shirts, bags and the like. Jordan has got some unique talent going on that could work for apparel design. She has things to say with geometrically fun text, and it needs to be shown to more of the world.

A plate is never just a plate

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Whether they want to admit it or not, everyone had a little bit of fascination with the royal wedding. I personally did not get up at five to watch the celebration because, well, sleep trumps Kate Middleton, always. Afterward, however, I poured through pictures and magazine clippings of wedding dresses, ridiculous hats and cost prices for so long, I felt like I should get a Bachelor’s in High Society England Affairs.

Even if you rolled your eyes at the whole spectacle and wore “Go America!” shirts on the 29th of April, your life was probably affected by the wedding, even if it was just your growing annoyance of everyone turning “Middleton” into a household name. And, unless your eyes have been shut closed for the past six months, you’ve also seen all the wedding merchandise. Especially the plates. I understand that the royals are special, but it was all I could do from wanting to throw the dish on the ground (or buying one. I don’t know; I was torn a lot).

Freelance illustrator Owen Davey apparently felt the same thing, and decided to create plates that commemorated the “not-so-special moments of the general public,” according to his blog, “The Things I Do.” After he was done, he had created 33 separate plates that told the stories of 33 separate people living ordinary lives in the great country of Britain.

Courtesy of Owen Davey’s blog.

He didn’t just create stories in his head, however: Davey set up a Twitter account, and asked people to commemorate their lives in a tweet. By asking the commoners about their day, Davey got everything from “went for a bike ride in the sun,” to “I talk to my cats too much but they never answer back.”

Courtesy of Owen Davey’s blog.

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why the general public is amazing.

Sewing isn’t just for grandmothers…

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

In the past, whenever I thought “embroidery,” I thought of little old ladies with nothing better to do than to crochet blankets while talking about their grandkids. Maybe this is why when my mom suggests I should take up knitting or sewing, I make a face like someone suggested eating my big left toe.

Not exactly the right situation at the time, but the face is basically the same.

But now, thanks to Daniel Kornrumpf, I have a whole new concept of embroidery. The artist spends his time creating realistic portraits…all through the medium of embroidery.

Picture courtesy of the designworklife blog.

I’m not really sure where he gets the patience to stitch all the detail and color into his subjects, but however he does it, it really pays off. From a far, you can’t even tell these are stitched; the art looks effortless painted with a unique line pattern. It makes me wonder just how many more artists are out their embroidering realistic-looking portraits, and just how much you can stretch the limits of traditional embroidery.

Daniel also does other projects, such as work with colored pencil on Mylar and paintings with and oil on canvas. You can check them out, and his whole portfolio here.