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Akira Nishitake

Akira Nishitake

I came across the works of Akira Nishitake and fell in love with his illustrations (his website is pretty fun too). Akira Nishitake is a Japanese designer and illustrator. He explores a wide range of work styles including painting, drawing manga, and font design. I don’t know too much about him because his whole site is in Japanese, but definitely check him out.

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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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Daniel Johansson is Venom Palatte

Daniel Johansson is a freelancing graphic artist that goes by moniker, Venom Palatte. We discovered this gem in our Beautiful/Decay flickr pool. His bright colors and sometimes humorous ‘vector-collages’ really stood out. We like you Daniel Johansson!

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Ryan McGinley’s Moonmilk

ryan mcginley moonmilk

I’ve never been a huge Ryan McGinley fan but the last few bodies of work from him are just amazing. The Moonmilk series is no exception featuring some of the most dramatic, beautiful, and out of this world photography I’ve seen in a while. I’m officially impressed!

Thanks to Tofer for the link.

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God of Small Things

Get a Canon 30D, an intervalometer, a microscope, and add some soothing music to make an innovative masterpiece like this one. Enjoy!

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Laurie Simmons

Laurie Simmons

I’m quite excited to see new work from Laura Simmons . Glamor magazine asked some of America’s top female artists to define the concept of glamor, and these images are the result of Laurie Simmons’. She has stayed true to her hand made house wife aesthetic and really made this project her own. I like how these images juxtapose pornographic images with a child’s doll house, her critic on an overtly sexual society within the concept of glamor comes through very well.

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Leandro Erlich

leandro erlich shattering doorLeandro Erlich should be everyones favorite Argentinean installation artist. He could even be my favorite artist of all time. Leandro simple kills it! He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and now lives and works in Paris, France. His latest project, “Shattering Door,” is on display at Luciana Brito, São Paulo, Brazil. Make sure to check out more of his projects in his stunning portfolio.

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Make Your Own Gravatar

BEFORE: not as personal.. but pretty cool

AFTER: personal and SUPER COOL
Feline Herpes

Hello blog readers, the above image is a microscopic view of Feline Herpes. It’s also my icon for commenting on blogs. If you don’t like the random icon that our website automatically gives you, you can create your own avatar at en.gravatar.com . Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. Y’all can go crazy with icons now.

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