Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

X-Ray Art by Nick Veasey

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

We were immediately drawn to photographer Nick Veasey’s fascinating X-ray images. Each piece of work is composed of a complex collage of multiple x-rays, which are layered and compiled to form the finished product.

He says that his inspiration came from his desire to counter the obsession with superficial appearances by using X-rays to expose what lies beneath the surface. He explains that he likes “to challenge this automatic way that we react to just physical appearances by highlighting the, often surprising, inner beauty.”

We would definitely agree that he has a talent for finding a unique raw, inner beauty.

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.

My poster brings all the kids to my room…

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
Posters are the windows to our souls. Or at least, posters are the cool pieces of art we keep next to the windows on our walls that tell people about our souls. Or something like that. The point is, posters are pretty cool. However, it’s sometimes hard to find new posters that set you apart. There are times when you treasure your “Pulp Fiction” poster like it was your own baby; there are other times when you want to tear your eyes out when you realize you’re not the only one who loves Quentin Tarantino. When two of your friends have the same one, it means you have great taste. But when it’s five of them with the same one, that’s the wake-up call to get more swag for your walls.

This is where the 1200 Poster project comes in. Every month on the 12th, design company Big New Ideas releases a creatively designed poster to the public. They’re different, specialized posters made by different, young up-and-coming artists each time, so no two same concept and ideas are repeated.

Poster courtesy of 1200 Posters.

Each poster comes with a little theme for the month, such “Invite everyone who cares to work on what’s possible,” or “Expect to be surprised” (the one for the poster above, and my personal favorite), as each of the artists took time and poured thought  into each one. The prices for the posters range from $20-$25, which are a little pricey, but totally worth it when you consider that you’re getting original, skillfully done works of art for your buck. Did I mention they were one-of-a-kind? You’ll have the coolest walls on the block.

Do YOU have this 1200 Poster artwork, Brigette? No. I didn't think so.

Food Design

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Here at JB Chicago, we appreciate good design especially when it comes in the form of little desserts:

The Magnificent Visual World of Stanley Kubrick

Monday, February 7th, 2011

by Brenda Lee Intengan

A couple of months ago during the beginning of the holiday season, my friend forwarded a link to me of a clip from Stanley Kubrick’s last film, Eyes Wide Shut because of the Christmas light theme throughout the film. I initially paid just half attention to the content of the video, until the masterful cinematography grabbed my eyes and held them with every scene. The style of this director is, to say the least, visually arresting.

From the first time I saw A Clockwork Orange as a teenager, I have always known that Kubrick had a remarkable eye. Managing to be stylistically classic and boundary-pushing throughout his films, he created visually timeless sets. His work on 2001: A Space Odyssey, a film that was created in 1968, managed to be radically ahead of its time; it still looks like the future. I believe that the recently released Tron: Legacy took its visual cues from this film, over 40 years later.

I have spent the past few weeks studying Stanley Kubrick’s films and enjoying the work of a true, revolutionary cinematic genius. From Lolita to Barry Lyndon to Full Metal Jacket, everything that he worked on is a dream for the eyes. I’d like to live in a Kubrick universe – not the part about the weaknesses and struggles of the human condition that he so beautifully depicts, but one designed, lit, and decorated by him. Life in it would at least feel infinite, sumptuous, decadent and perfect, and I would be endlessly inspired.

The Kubrick universe is twisted, perverse, and haunted – deeply troubled, to put it mildly- for it’s inhabitants. But it is also visually stunning with unparalleled style and attention to detail. After watching the catastrophic attempt by the Black Eyed Peas to convey the future during the unwittingly farcical Super Bowl halftime last night, I appreciate Kubrick’s genius in set design more than ever.

What’s Bloggin’ Got to do with it? (got to do with it…)

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Well we’re on to about our 30th post and we figured we might as well take a step back and ask ourselves why exactly we decided to take part in this whole blogging phenomenon. Does blogging really do designers any good? You might be asking yourself this same question… so let’s investigate. We realize that the design world has changed quite a bit over the years. We all get our inspiration for design somewhere: books, artists, friends, pictures, magazines, teachers, etc., but now more than ever inspiration can be found right at our fingertips via the web. Design blogs have become much more popular with new bloggers popping up each day lending out extra tips, tutorials, inspiration, and experience. 

Design blogs have many different benefits. Here are just a few we have found:
• They allow us to gain exposure where maybe we wouldn’t have had the chance to before. 
• They keep our brains and creative minds churning at all times coming up with new posts and ideas to blog about.
• Blogging can be a challenge. Just like any other project that comes our way, we must be proud of what we put forth.
• Design is all about communication; visually communicating with your viewers. With blogging, we are able to embellish on those communication skills and learn new techniques.
• Creativeness. Of course as designers, we love to be creative and push things to the extreme and blogging allows us to do just that. We are our own clients! What we say goes!

Each of us decided to highlight one of our favorite blogs that we enjoy visiting from time to time to keep up with our fellow bloggers in the design industry. Enjoy!

First up is Jim’s:

Sometimes designers need to look back in order to move forward. One of my favorite blogs is Grain Edit. They are focused on classic design work from the 1950s-1970s and contemporary designers that draw inspiration from that time period. Site content includes interviews, articles, designers’ libraries as well as examples of rare design annuals, type specimens, Ephemera, posters and vintage kids books.

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Next is Christina’s:

Web Designer Wall, a wall of design ideas, web trends, and tutorials, is designed and maintained by Nick La, who also runs N.Design Studio and Best Web Gallery. He’s been designing for several years and his work has been published on numbers of magazines. He loves to share ideas and design techniques. Web Designer Wall serves as his public blog where he posts design ideas, tutorials, and talk about modern web design trends. I like that his site is kind of a one-stop-shop; I can search through how-to tutorials, new inspiring trends and read up on some design news. Not to mention his blog is well designed. Thumbs up to Web Designer Wall!

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Last is Megan’s:
One of my favorite blogs to visit for inspiration is Bad Ass Ideas. The author, Samantha Warren, communicates well with her audience, while also giving it that extra edge that I love. She adds a personal touch to her blog, while also providing great resources for the beginner designer and the advanced designer. While her focus is on web design, she offers great inspiration for all designers. She calls herself a “people person,” and in my book is one of my “people.” Great job Samantha!

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