This is brilliance manifest.
erin’s sketchbook is a minimal WordPress theme we built for ourselves a couple years ago. It’s designed to be a good theme for art or photography, using a black background and minimal design to draw attention to the art or photography. It was based on another theme we did before that, Simple Black which, like Simple Gray, was a minimalist blog theme based around Kubrik. Since the two were closely related, we combined them, offering a theme options page to choose which style you prefer. We also added Twitter @anywhere hovercards, WordPress 3.0 menus, installation notes, and Google’s Droid Sans web font.
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Propaganda is to art as Twitter is to literature; concise, quick, bold, direct. The message is put across as simply as possible using often using whatever means necessary. Guilt, fear, threats, idealism, utopianism, racial slurs and violence — in addition to all the traditional design techniques like color, movement and perspective — can all be employed to drive the message home.
It amazes me the things that were printed and put on display in public spaces, but the same techniques are used today in advertising (though, possibly to less of an extreme). Smashing Magazine did a post last week about propaganda art and the artists who make it, so I thought I’d use this as a chance to dig through my own archive of World War II propaganda art and show off some of the more interesting or unique posters and art that you may not have seen before.
Chris Reynolds is one half of the design team at Arcane Palette Creative Design. He writes in his personal blog, jazzsequence, on subjects like music, technology and social media and shares links, videos, and posts various personal music and writing projects. You can also follow him on Twitter.
Doing Only Crooked Shit is a design duo based in Sao Paolo and Leeds, UK that does visual art, graffiti, design and illustration. And they’re pretty much awesome. I discovered them via their Times New Yorker free font available on DaFont. Their illustrations and graffiti art explore typography and pop culture in new and interesting ways. Below are a few of my favorites.
see more at www.crookedshit.com
We’ve been wanting to talk about art more. As artists, we’re always interested in new and innovative things that other artists are doing. Occasionally that applies to websites, but occasionally that applies to, you know, real art — tangible art you can look at and (possibly) touch and smell and experience. I’m hoping that this post represents the first in a series of posts about art and artists. Stuff we like and would like to share.
Jenevieve Hubbard is a local artist in Salt Lake City. While originally from Cedar City, Utah, she spent much of her childhood in a native traditional village in Alaska, and absorbed the sights, sounds, smells and stories of the Y’upik people.
Her multimedia art caught our attention because she often uses unconventional materials like dirt, tea and india ink. Her latest body of work, titled Narrow Passage, uses embroidered silk carved into wood panels. If you’re in the Salt Lake Area you should consider checking out her show at the Charley Hafen Gallery.
Here is a collection of some of her previous work:
Kutkh | Mixed Media on Canvas | 49 x 75
Tall Poppy | Mixed Media on Canvas | 20 x 25
Milk | Mixed Media on Wood | 20 x 25
Marrow | Mixed Media on Wood | 20 x 25
The Wren | Mixed Media on Wood | 20 x 25
b | Mixed Media on Wood | 12 x 12
Good Mother | Mixed Media on Wood | 12 x 12
Integration | Mixed Media on Wood | 12 x 12
Flowers in the Dark | Mixed Media on Wood | 30 x 40
Chris Reynolds is one half of Arcane Palette and writes the majority of the blog posts on this site. He also has a personal blog, jazzsequence, where he shares links, videos, thoughts about music, technology and gaming, and posts various personal music and writing projects.