Category Archives: Art

Google Art Project

Ok, so I’m a little behind the 8 ball on this one…

Google is doing for art what Project Gutenberg did for books – making the classics that reside in museums accessible to the public through the power of the internet. Art Project allows users to view museums and galleries from around the world, even allowing you to zoom in on paintings. I can’t even begin to explain how much of a dent this is going to put in my general productivity…

Users can navigate the rooms with the same ease as the street navigation on Google Maps – which is to say, not a whole lot of ease, but it works.

The only downer about this whole thing is that currently, only a few sections of each museum are open for viewing. And that’s really not a downer at all, because it’s still awesome, and I’m assuming that soon we’ll be able to view more sections of more museums!

Look Ma! I’m at the MOMA!


Introducing Cram Magazine

For quite a few months now I’ve been brainstorming with Jesus Garay over a magazine idea that’s been sitting in my brain for over a year. Cram Magazine is the result of many months of planning, writing, rewriting, and a little bit of marketing.

The idea for the magazine started as a submission-driven arts and literary magazine that didn’t cater to one particular niche. I wanted a magazine that would entertain, inform, and inspire with content written by and for creative people who are looking for a magazine that offers something more. Niche magazines are great, don’t get me wrong – I get that if you’re a writer, it’s good to read about writing. Or if you’re a photographer, then a photography magazine would be informative. But sometimes the creative mind needs something more. Sometimes the photographer can get more inspiration by reading a short story than by looking at a photography magazine. It’s this cross-disciplinary creativity that I really wanted to capture in a magazine. Truly, something for everyone.

So, if you’re a writer, an artist, a photographer, an actor, a crafter, a designer, or a 9-to-5-er with a creative passion, we want you to submit your work to Cram.

Cram Magazine’s
mission is to provide creatives of every persuasion with an original, un-pretentious magazine packed with intellectual, creative, and tactile brain candy from their peers.

Many thanks to Ralph for helping me believe I can actually do this, and to Jesus for being a great writer and the editor that this magazine needs.

The Artsy Foodie

Faux bois cupcakes? Si, por favor!

I spent a great chunk of the day today going through Communication Art’s Insights, reading interview after interview of creative professionals. I’ve been reading the words of the world’s creatives to try and glean inspiration for a title of a publication I’m contemplating, but that’s a story for another day…

One question I find endlessly interesting is “What would you be doing if you weren’t a graphic designer/illustrator/creative director?” For the most part, the answer is something along the lines of “this is my dream job, I wouldn’t do anything else.” However, a huge group of these people responded by saying they’d want to cook for a living. I recall one of my photography professors asking the class the very same question, and after answers ranging from “a carpenter” to “an interior designer,” he exasperatedly asked “well why aren’t you doing that?” I thought that was unfair – after all, I have about 3 billion hobbies that I’m sure I would be perfectly content doing for a living. The thread holding all of those hobbies together, though, is creativity. As long as I’m making something, I’m happy as a clam.

Cooking definitely fulfills my creative need. I’ve been thinking all day about putting that frozen salmon unthawing in the fridge on a cedar plank and steaming some fresh broccoli for dinner. Trying a new restaurant is like going to a new museum – I just cannot wait to see what’s in store. Maybe cooking is like designing – you’re creating something that is meant to succinctly and effectively fill a need, while being visually appealing enough for people to want to use it. If you use too many different elements, the result is sloppy and unappealing. However, combining just the right elements in just the right amounts can result in a very pleasant experience.

And now for some nice looking food.

Electrolux – The Art of Performance

So pretty!

When artist Tobias Allanson was commissioned to illustrate Ergorapido’s performance in real-life situations, he decided to create a kinetic sculpture using a real Ergorapido vacuum cleaner. His sculpture showcases Ergorapido’s effective dust pick-up, manoeuvrability, LED headlights and 2-in-1 function in four situations in the home environment. The sculpture was also filmed and can be seen below.

If only the vacuum came with that little hand robot…

Sticker Wallpaper

I love this – a young artist named Payton Cosell Turner has created wallpaper patterns using those little stickers that seem to exist in every theme imaginable. Not only are these patterns gorgeous from afar, but up close they’re enough to keep your eyes busy for days.

Alphabet in Pencil

Yes, I know this is flying around the internet-design-o-sphere right now, but seriously. This guy (Dalton Ghetti) carved the alphabet into the lead tips of pencils.

Hirsute History

We were having a conversation a while ago about the many ways to say something was hairy, and among the adjectives were bewhiskered, barbate, and hirsute.

That being said, Hirsute History has some seriously awesome T-shirts for sale. I’m also a bit of a fan of their site design.

I heart Charles, Frida, Salvador and Vincent.