Creative storytelling with A Shufflebook

A Shufflebook
Designed and authored by Richard Hefter, Martin Stephen Moskof, A Shufflebook is a nonstructured reading and storytelling “book” which is designed to offer children maximum variety and flexibility of image grouping. The 52 illustrated cards can be arranged to make an endless number of word and picture stories.

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JeongMee Yoon

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JeongMee Yoon’s current work, “The Pink and Blue Projects” explores the trends in cultural preferences and the differences in the tastes of children (and their parents) from diverse cultures, ethnic groups as well as gender socialization and identity. The work also raises other issues, such as the relationship between gender and consumerism, urbanization, the globalization of consumerism and the new capitalism. The topic seems to be well tread territory already but it’s still crazy to visualize. Some of the poses that these kids strike are interesting too.

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Plywerk Your Work Contest Winners!

Thanks to everyone who submitted their artwork in our Plywerk Your Work contest. Unfortunately though, we can only have one winner…

Artwork by Natalia Sanabria

…congrats to Miss Natalia Sanabria, artist, photographer, and designer based in Costa Rica! We really liked her collage and fashion illustration-esque elements. Runner ups are after the cut. Keep making awesome art! We’ll keep having more contests like this in the future.

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André Kertész’s body warp in the 1930′s

André Kertész

André Kertész (1894 – 1985), was a Hungarian-born photographer known for his groundbreaking contributions to photographic composition and by his efforts in establishing and developing the photo essay. In the early years of his lengthy career, his then-unorthodox camera angles, and his unwillingness to compromise his personal photographic style, prevented his work from gaining wider recognition.

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YACHT’s music video for “Psychic City (Voodoo City)”

YACHT is a Band, Belief System, and Business conducted by a duo with presence in of Marfa, Texas and Portland, Oregon, USA. All people are welcome to become members of YACHT. Some items on the YACHT Mission Statement include but are not limited to: “YACHT is about group consciousness. YACHT is about the individual man or woman. If you believe these assertions to be contradictory, consider the Triangle: it is both a collection of points and a shape…the Triangle is also a concept map between three points. But it is not merely a concept…YACHT encourages online dissemination of all things…YACHT IS NOT A CULT.”

It all sounds and looks mildly trite but sort of very genuine in its childlike and enthusiastically declared motto like kids declaring a new land for themselves on a treehouse. The video is shot with some incredible hi-def camera and it’s crispness makes it serious and funny at the same time. There’s also a really awkward (and not very appealing in my opinion) desert makeout scene towards the end.

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Aquirax Uno

Aquirax Uno
Japanese designer, illustrator, painter Aquirax Uno’s work is characterized by fantastic visuals, capricious and sensuous line flow, flamboyant (and occasionally grotesque) eroticism, and frequent use of collage and bright colors. He was prominently involved with the Japanese underground art of 1960′s-1970′s, dabbling in theater, fashion, film and animation. His work reminds me of Aubrey Beardsley’s- morosely sensual women oozing and dripping with the promise of delightful death…I also found a really interesting interview designer Tara Sinn did with the artist himself on her blog.

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“Smile On Your Brother” Art Show


The idea behind “Smile On Your Brother” is to inspire people to think about their first skateboard and what it meant to them. For many skaters, this still represents a pivotal moment in their lives, with every last little detail, fresh in their minds. Bringing together contemporary artists both in, and affected by the skateboard industry to help raise funds to go towards the first goal of Contributor which is to donate 100 skateboards to disadvantaged youth across Canada in 2009/2010. The show will travel throughout Canada, starting in Vancouver and ending in Quebec City.

There’s some really awesome artists participating in the show, you can check them out here on the artists page, including myself (though excluded from that “awesome artists” list- its the one on the 6th column and 5 rows down). In accordance with the physical tour itself, “Smile On Your Brother” is also holding an online auction ending October 25th 2009. You can get a nice picture of how many skateboards there were contributed- take a look and get some personally customized boards that also benefit charity- win win! I put some of my personal favorites after the jump.

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Rave flyers in the 90′s

B/D Special Post: 90s rave flyers

Like how a lot of things “aren’t they way they used to be” these days, rave culture and visual cues that go along with it, aren’t the way they used to be (there’s a flyer from a more recent event after the jump). A one sentence summary of rave history: In the late 1980s, the word ‘rave’ was adopted to describe the subculture that grew out of the acid house movement. Activities were related to the party atmosphere of Ibiza, a Mediterranean island frequented by British and German youth on vacation.

What I think is awesome is that there are so many varieties of design approaches in these flyers- heavily illustrated, minimal typography, photographical. You can’t even tell that all these served the same purpose, whereas rave flyers today basically all look the same and probably use the same 10 steps in a Photoshop actions bundle (any readers have one?).Because they are minimal, they would have translated well to posters, banners, or even tees. I think the watering down of this scene could be comparable to the punk scene- degraded and chessified in both sound and visual design. I don’t know, this topic is definitely open to discussion- feel free to comment!

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