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Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight

04.16.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: A. Salem Jones
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A new documentary is scheduled for release covering the life and work of Graphic Designer Milton Glaser. The 73 minute film covers Glaser’s broad body of work. Demonstrating a strong understanding of graphic and illustrative approaches, his work is every bit as potent today as when it was created. Among the things Milton Glaser is most famous for is the “I heart NY” campaign for New York City which is incredibly iconic to this day. The DVD will be available April 23, 2010 and is available for presale here for $27.


04.7.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: Neu Black
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This is a short film that was directed by the French animation collective H5, François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy + Ludovic Houplain. It was presented at the Cannes Film Festival 2009. It opened the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and won a 2010 academy award under the category of animated short.

In this film there are two pieces of licensed music, in the beginning and in the end. All the other music and sound design are original. The opening track (Dean Martin “Good Morning Life”) and closing track (The Ink Spots “I don’t want to send the world on fire”) songs are licensed pre-existing tracks. All original music and sound design is by, human (

Illustrator Silja Goetz

03.1.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: Toshi Jones
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Madrid based Illustrator Silja Goetz is working for some of the biggest names in publication and product. Nike, Vogue, Cosmo, and Nylon tout her work among others. From portraiture and product integration to her more pensive personal work, her illustrative style evokes emotion and warmth. The imaginative typography she contributed to the The Bill Clinton Foundation is a prime example the range she posesses. Born in Regensburg, Germany Silja studied in Nürnberg before assuming a post at Allegra Magazine in Hamburg and finally venturing out on her own which has certainly paid off.

Cover illustration for “Camino de ida”/ Carlos Salem Sola ? Salto de Pagina


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Overcoming Creative Block

02.18.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: Kellis Landrum
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If you do any sort of creative work you will almost inevitably hit a wall at some point. Ideas are few and far between and the ones that come just don’t seem to cut it.
Everyone has a different method for working through this, but Alex Cornell over at ISO 50 asked twenty five artists to talk about what they do when they can’t seem to do anything right. You can check out the responses (and respond yourself) here.

Assume Vivid Astro Focus

02.11.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: Toshi Jones
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Bazilian born artist Eli Sudbrack often takes on his larger than life projects under the pseudonym Assume Vivid Astro Focus. Over a decade avaf has evolved into an international artist collective with consecutive exhibitions in Los Angeles, Brazil, and Dubai in early 2010. Their blend of seductive imagery, illustration, and collage make for intriguing installations where much of the work requires audience participation. Their wildly constructed paintings burst with color in almost obvious reference to Sudbrack’s Brazilian roots.

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70+ of the Best Free Fonts for Graphic Designers

02.10.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: Kellis Landrum
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Get’em while the gettin’s good. We got lots of new OTF goodness for our experimentation with this little bit of @font-face previewing loveliness.

Souther Salazar Interview

02.9.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: Kellis Landrum
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Long time friend of Neu Black Souther Salazar did an interview as part of hos involvement in Scion’s Installation 5 tour. Maybe it’s just modesty, but one thing Souther neglects to mention is that he literally almost never stops drawing which probably has a lot to do with being really talented.

Art Openings This Weekend

01.28.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Events   |   By: Neu Black
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The inaugural Art Los Angeles Contemporary is being held this weekend at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. The fair presents 55 top international blue chip and emerging galleries from around the world, with a strong focus on Los Angeles galleries.

In addition, the fair hosts a comprehensive programming series, including world class artist talks, panel discussions and an artist film screening series all on site at the Pacific Design Center.

Thurs, Jan. 28th 8:30–10:30pm ($30 admission)
Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Ave in West Hollywood

The fair runs through Sun, Jan. 31st – check site for hours/details:

Purchase tickets for the opening night reception here:

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Canvas Pop- Digital Canvas Printing

01.12.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Tech   |   By: Kellis Landrum
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There are so many great digital services for artists it’s getting tough to keep track of them all. Our latest favorite is Canvas Pop, which helps you get your photos on canvas and up on your wall.
Whether you want to print your digital photos large scale or print your digital art large enough to have a show, Canvas Pop can get your work off your machine and live in the real word by uploading files to your website. They can even split files into 2,3, or 4 sections if you want something a little different. Prices range from $30 (8×11)-$219(24×72) although we’d probably stick to large sizes.

Illustrator Mark Weaver

01.8.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: A. Salem Jones
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We first came across the work of Mark Weaver through his magazine illustrations for magazines such as Wired, The New York Times, and Good. The Atlanta based illustrator has a very hands on illustration style which mixes photo collage and elements of silk screening. We look forward to seeing more from the artist. Additional images after the jump.

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