Monday, September 28, 2009

These are doodles by Jamie Tao that I randomly found on The one about happiness caught my eye. Let's hope it's true, and if so, my week should be exploding with happiness.

I wish I could blog more. I feel so busy all the time. These studio classes have me doing all kinds of stuff. I feel like I never stop. Do I hate it yet? No. There are times when I feel drained, or times when I feel super stressed and running all around, but it's worth it. Even if I feel disinterest creeping in, I hit a spike of progress and get excited about the work I'm currently doing.

This week is going to be crazy. I have 2 critiques and a midterm exam in exactly one week from now, all on the same day. We'll see how well I can function without several nights of sleep.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Darren Mahuron

I'm digging this series of Bonnie and Clyde by Darren Mahuron. He is a commercial photographer in Fort Collins, CO.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Misconveyed messages

I found this on Stumble, and it made me laugh. These are icons made by the government for emergency situations, but they are so vague that someone took the pictures and put their own meanings to them:

Watch out for people who come out of white tents and try to steal the shirt off your back.

That closet door in your bedroom leads to the gates of Hell. Don't go there.

Do not drive a station wagon if a utility pole is protruding from the hood.

If you are trapped under falling debris, conserve oxygen by not farting.

If you've become a radiation mutant with a deformed hand, remember to close the window. No one wants to see that.

If you spot terrorism, blow your anti-terrorism whistle. If you are Vin Diesel, yell really loud.

Use your flashlight to lift the walls right off of you!

If you are sprayed with an unknown substance, stand and think about it instead of seeing a doctor.

If the weather is overcast with dark skies, look for worms in the grass.

Then, this kind of reminded me of Fight Club (switching the airplane leaflets). I know the image is huge for here, but I wanted you to be able to see it better:

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I saw this on Vimeo. It is a video by Xavier Chassaing comprised of over 35,000 photographs and uses a mix of stop motion and live projection techniques. I like it because of the attention to detail and the simple movement, but intriguing shapes. Towards the end, it reminds me of the ending of Beauty and the Beast, my favorite Disney film as a kid.

SCINTILLATION from Xavier Chassaing on Vimeo.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Random fact

The iPod was first unveiled October 23, 2001 and marketed as a 5GB mp3 player that put "1000 songs in your pocket". Apple recognized the need for a smaller, more manageable music player after seeing chunkier models by other companies. Apple's hardware engineering chief, Jon Rubinstein, assembled a team of engineers to design it. It's gone through several interface and program modifications since then. Different typefaces were used (Chicago, Espy Sans, Podium Sans), but the current one for 6th generation iPod classic and 3rd generation nano is Helvetica.

But does anyone know where the name "iPod" came from?

Well, boys and girls, after the first prototype was developed and marketing began to introduce the new product, a freelance copy writer by the name of Vinnie Chieco was reminded of the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey". He remembered the phrase, "Open the pod bay door, Hal!" referring to the white EVA Pods of the Discovery One spaceship. The name stuck.

EVA pod:

iPod 1st generation:

iPod 6th generation classic (now):

I named it Apollo (Greek god of light, truth, music, and poetry. He is also associated with medicine and healing). I am very thankful to have it. Music keeps me sane.

Monday, September 7, 2009


I came across another illustrator that I love. Matheus Lopes Castro from Brazil (aka Mathiole) infuses a retro look with a bit of painterly color to his work. I like his use of typography in some works too. You can find more of his work here.