Wow 10 from Artless

This is beautiful. I found it on artless, which is a site that’s not updated very often, but when they do it’s always worth the wait. Thing is, I wish they’d explain their stuff a little more. What is this, what’s it about? I feel stymied by my lack of knowledge of Japanese.

Rubber Stamps

I just came across this article on Japanese rubber stamps on Ping Mag. Go read.

Decals

I came across this site on vintage RC cars today, well, more specifically I came across the decals on the site. There’s quite an impressive collection here, kept presumably until the guy can get them all converted to EPS files. If they were higher resolution scans, I guess it wouldn’t be too difficult a process to use LiveTrace in Illustrator. Mind you, looking closely, a fair few of them have slight registration problems in the printing, so auto tracing would necessitate a fair amount of rework.

Still, just look at all those logos! All those swooshes and go-faster stripes! I love racing decals anyway, ever since I got to go with my Dad to vintage races at Oulton and Donnington Parks. They’re great. Vroom!

James Jean Illustration

I got to James Jean’s site via Computerlove (a site I very much recommend) and was immediately impressed by the quality of the illustration. Some of them remind me of the frontispiece for a set of encyclopaedias I have, dating from the 1930s: great tableaux of activities, incredible detail and fantastic technique and artistry. I’ll scan the frontispiece in soon… meanwhile, pay a visit to his site, and maybe commission him or something: James Jean.

On Kaplan

I’ve recently taken to adding the urls of images to spotlight comments so that I don’t get the situation that I have right now, where I don’t know where I found an image. All I remember is that this one was on a portfolio site, and another of the images was a web design for ON KAPLAN and had an image of Marilyn Monroe in the background. How annoying that I can’t find it.

However, I love the design of this. It’s a fantastic composition, presumably for something to do with the Rialto song. Grr. I want to link to the site.

Timescapes

I was reading about Postopolis! on City of Sound, and came across a short writeup of Timescapes, a multimedia exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York (scroll down a bit). I love the design of this map (click for larger version) - looking closely I think that’s Eccentric 1 isn’t it? Until now, I’ve never seen that font used on anything that makes it look good. Here, it looks rather dignified. [Update] I actually think that it’s Democratica. I thought it was the freeware Eccentric because (sigh) that’s what a company I work with was using.

Also, while hunting for more examples of the work online, I realise that it’s usually museums who completely fail to show off their exhibits to any great effect. Looking at the official page on the museum’s site, would you be enticed to go see it? Where’s the gallery? I mean, it’s a multimedia piece, so putting a few screenshots of the thing online wouldn’t hurt them one little bit - you still have to go to the museum to get the full effect of it, and seeing some examples online might actually get you to go.

  1. The crappy freeware one that is. (If you search on fonts.com for ‘Eccentric’ you get a very different font indeed, though while I was searching for uncial types, I came across this rather nice font: Fusion, which I might get and use for something.

Beautifully Simple Signage

I came across the hi site today via Computerlove. There’s some great work on there, but one in particular caught my eye, this very simple and effective signage treatment. The back is painted with a UV-reactive paint that causes the shadow behind the sign (which are mounted at a distance from the wall) to have a greenish glow. My limited German leads me to understand the writing on the wall below are the names and interests (Chuck Norris?) of the new student intake for a particular year, though I couldn’t be quite certain.


Khalil al-Zahawi

I just read that the leading Arabic calligrapher, Khalil al-Zahawi, has been shot and killed in Baghdad.

BBC News report of his death

Reaction to his death on the “Road to Iraq” blog which is where the example of his work (at right) is from. Click the link for more, and larger versions.

Wikipedia entry on Khalil al-Zahawi

Travel Posters on LAPL

Another one found while researching the Japanese advertising poster article, I came across this poster for Japan in the results. The result itself came from Riding Sun, which links to the wonderful collection of travel posters on the Los Angeles Public Library’s site. Some of my particular favourites:

Canadian Art

This is another post from the big pile of images I have. Now, I remember finding this, and being disappointed there were no detailed versions of the illustration, which from what I can see should bear closer inspection. Unfortunately yet again I’ve lost the reference to where I found it. No, no I haven’t. I found it through an image search for Japanese Advertising Art while researching this article and I just realised the Google Image Result page is still in my history. W00t.

So here we have it. It’s a page from Canadian Art Magazine about Nicholas Di Genova. Using Google I find lots of pages about him, including a decent quality version of the image used in the article, along with a couple more. Looking at them I realise I’ve seen his work plenty of times in books and magazines. Interestingly I had an entirely different image in my mind when I saw the original page from Canadian Art. I thought it would be a stylised but otherwise accurate drawing of a stag or moose, but it turns out to be some kind of moose-fish hybrid. Ho hum. Still, the inspiration holds. One day I’ll get around to doing my comic book of doom.