On torn, colored paper

Flipping through fashion magazines in the doctor's office the other day, I came across this beautiful ad for the Tribeca Film Festival. It is not often that you see type-only ads and this one is certainly not losing any impactfulness from its lack of photography. The vibrant colors, and loud, condensed type almost feels like its yelling at you, but, you know, in a good way. 

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The ripped paper adds a cool, effortless effect, without being too much, reminding me of the torn and weathered, wheat-pasted posters on New York streets. The designers behind this campaign are Eduardo Palma (staff designer at Tribeca) and freelancers Luke Williams, Juan Miguel Marin and Avni Jain. An interview from Working Not Working Magazine digs deeper into their process and inspiration for the project.

 

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I find one part of the interview particularly enlightening:

Additionally, I love that this campaign is genuinely rooted and celebrating the most basic aspects of storytelling. Most people don’t know this, but when multiple versions of a film script are printed, they each are printed on a specific colored paper. Similar to what you see throughout our campaign.
— Juan

Anyone who works in the film industry would, presumably, recognize this, as if the 2018 campaign is a sort-of inside joke amongst film makers and actors. It manages to be accessible and industry specific all at once.

The website includes the ripped paper and type in small doses, combined with grainy photographs which harken back to analog film and fit perfectly with the lo-fi aesthetic presented in the 2018 festival.

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The posters and banners, also with minimal (but bold) type and color is so attention-grabbing. It is so simple and not boring at all, which is what I always strive for in my designs.

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You're either on the bus or off the bus.

In this uncertain political climate, sometimes I need something a little lighter to get my mind off things. I've been looking at a lot of art, mostly paintings, but recently in my search for some vintage art, I stumbled across some really nice blacklight posters. 

To my surprise I found that they felt very relevant right now. Their neon pinks and greens almost fit into the tropical/ vintage Florida motif that has been so prevalent lately.  And their utopian, fantasy themes feel like a small escape.

Maybe it's time for a comeback?

(Title quote from Tom Wolfe, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test)

Label Love / Poggio Anima

So I was in the grocery store, when these wine labels caught my eye.

 

Cool illustrations, Medieval-looking monsters AND pastels. Yes, please.

I took a couple photos and immediately went home and researched. The illustrator, tattoo artist and jewelry designer who made these is Minka Sicklinger

 

Cats by Warhol

I recently made it to the Andy Warhol: By the Book exhibit at the Blanton Museum. I've always been a big fan of Warhol, as I am very intrigued by his life and how many different things he managed to do in his lifetime–designer, painter, movie director, etc. The exhibit did not disappoint. There was an almost overwhelming amount of work being shown, with an emphasis on his books. I love the "more is more" aspect of his work and philosophy.

...But what I love even more is how much he loved cats.

Above are some images from his book 25 Cats Named Sam and One Blue Cat. The book featured illustrations of cats by Andy Warhol (which were hand-colored and given mostly as gifts) and calligraphy by Julia Warhola, his mother, which leads to a very interesting story I overheard from a passing museum tour-guide.

So, here goes, Andy Warhol had moved to New York and was trying to make a living as a children's book illustrator, but struggling to make ends meet. His mother, with whom he was apparently quite close, when hearing of his troubles, boarded a bus from Pittsburg to New York City. She moved into Andy Warhol's tiny apartment. 

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There shared love of felines led them to concoct a plan to breed kittens to sell to pet stores. The problem was, they never actually sold them. They decided to keep them all.

...And also name them all Sam. 

These are the events that led to the collaboration of 25 Cats Named Sam and One Blue Cat