A collaboration between illustrator Jingyao Guo and small batch design brand ODLCO, these World Marketplace posters are like the Where’s Waldo immersion-thing, rendered in Jingyao’s totally amazing low-polygon illustration style. Some of the most famous outdoor markets, dense with visceral food stuffs, smells, light & signage make for great repeat viewing.

The posters are available on Kickstarter for another week or so, and are nicely priced at $25. Comes with a rad coloring book, too!

 

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Interview: Gilbert Ford

27 March 2013

’12 Days of New York’ (Book, Abrams, 2013)

Gilbert Ford grew up in a family of professional photographers in Jackson, Mississippi, and moved to New York to attend Pratt Institute. After graduating, he worked as a designer and illustrator for a giftware company, creating puzzles, games, stickers, stationery, and activity books for children, before setting out on his own in 2007. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His illustrations have been recognized by Communication Arts, 3 x 3, The Society of Illustrators, and The Society of Publication Designers, amongst others.

Tell us about your new book,’12 Days of New York’
’12 Days of New York’ is a picture book I illustrated, published by Abrams. It is written by Tonya Bolden to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas, about a class field trip NYC. It’s basically an arty tourist picture book, where every spread has a famous NYC landmark. I love drawing city life, so when Chad Beckerman offered me the job I was thrilled – knowing I could make it really special and very different from other New York City books. Plus, I always loved ‘This is New York’ by M. Sasek and I saw this as my chance to do my own version.

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23 March – 11 August 2013

The V&A has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of his extraordinary career. David Bowie Is will showcase more than 300 objects, such as handwritten lyrics, original costumes, film, set designs and instruments – exploring Bowie’s perpetual self-reinvention over five decades and tracing his history as one of the most pioneering cultural icons of modern times.

Based on advance ticket sales, the exhibit is set to be the most successful show in the museum’s 161-year history.

Bowie’s first album in a decade, The Next Day is being released on March 11th.

Wind Map

29 October 2012

Wind Map is “a living portrait of of the wind currents over the U.S.”, conceived and developed as a side-project by the data visualization super-team of Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas, who lead Google’s Big Picture visualization research group (and before that, IBM’s Visual Communication Lab).

This beautiful, perpetually-animated online ap pulls publicly available data of surface wind speeds from the National Digital Forecast Database, which is updated hourly. The map shows the patterns created by winds ranging from 1-30 miles-per-hour. Pan and zoom functionality allows observation in fine detail.

Of the project, the artists write: “It conveys the movement of the air in the most basic way: with visual motion. As an artwork that reflects the real-world, its emotional meaning changes from day to day. On calm days it can be a soothing meditation on the environment; during hurricanes it can become ominous and frightening.”

Also be sure to check out the site’s gallery of archived map images.

More of Martin and Fernanda’s data viz collaborations can be found here.

Art Shanty Projects

01 February 2012

Happening now, through February 5th, 2012. On Medicine Lake in Plymouth, MN.

The fabulously quirky Art Shanty Projects, is a four-week-long exhibition that is part sculpture park, part artist residency and part social experiment. It is an artist driven temporary community exploring the ways in which the relatively unregulated public space of the frozen lake can be used as a new and challenging artistic environment to expand notions of what art can be.

Art Shanty Projects is an homage to the uniquely Minnesotan pastime of ice fishing in a well-equipped and creatively-executed shack. Dotting the state’s lakes in winter, anglers set up shelter, bore through the ice, set up their poles and propane heaters, then sit around playing cards, drinking beer and laughing the whole night long. Sounds like fun, right?

With names/themes such as “The Shanty of Wonder”, “Monsters Under the Bed Shanty”, “SitandSpinShanty”, “Fort Shanty” and “Robot Reprise”, the Art Shanties provide a unique opportunity for artists to interact with their audience, and vice versa, in an un-intimidating, non-gallery like environment. Artists can choose to work in a way that directly engages the audience, or in a more passive way.

Previously an annual exhibition, from the 2012 season it will run biennially, potentially changing to a new Twin Cities-area lake every two years.

Ink & Paper

11 January 2012

Filmmaker Ben Proudfoot made a really lovely, short documentary about two neighboring shops – one of them a paper shop (McManus & Morgan Paper), the other a letterpress printer (Aardvark Letterpress) – both struggling to survive in downtown Los Angeles. It’s as heart wrenching as it is heart warming: a story of passionate shop owners who continue to do what they love, with very little financial gain or stability.

Phyllis Galembo

11 November 2011

Phyllis Galembo’s interest in the masquerade traditions of Africa and its diaspora began twenty-five years ago, with her first visit to Nigeria. As a past Fulbright scholar, she has spent her career photographing the rituals and religious culture in Nigeria, Brazil, Cuba, Jamaica and Haiti, as well as the homegrown custom of Halloween in the United States. Making portraits that document and describe the transformative power of the mask. Her subjects are participants in masquerade events, both traditional ceremonies and contemporary fancy dress and carnival, all of whom use costume, body paint and masks to create mythic characters – sometimes entertaining and humorous, often dark and frightening, and always powerful and thrilling.

She has written several books, and exhibited throughout the world, including in solo shows at the International Center of Photography, New York, and the Smithsonian, Washington DC. Galembo is represented by Steven Kasher Gallery, New York, and is Professor of Photography at the State University of New York. She lives in New York City.

Motion Theory for IBM

09 November 2011

Breathtaking work by Motion Theory for IBM’s THINK exhibit at the Lincoln Center. Watch this full screen. 

AIGA China has asked us to help promote their upcoming design competition. Here are the details:

The ultimate Chinese cultural symbol is the dragon. And in anticipation of the auspicious year, AIGA China has partnered with PoloArts to support the first annual China International Design Competition: 2012 Year of the Dragon. The competition aims to promote communication, exchange and interaction between China and the rest of the world by encouraging designers to create innovative work based around the theme of the Chinese dragon.

Entries will be accepted through September 27, 2011 in the areas of Graphic Design, Digital and Multi-Media Design, Installation Design, and Product Design. See www.cidc2012.org for entry requirements. A panel of judges comprised of well-respected international designers and Chinese celebrities will award significant cash prizes. One hundred winning works will be exhibited at Beijing’s Capital Museum in January 2012.

Entries are accepted from designers from across the globe regardless of age, rank, professional status, or nationality. All designers are encouraged to apply!

Google Earth + Saudi Arabia

05 October 2010

Interesting images of unconsciously made design in Saudi Arabia via Google Earth. More images here.