Creative Mornings Portland is a very well executed ongoing video series featuring some excellent interviews and insight into some rare creative talents. This episode features none other than the working class hero designer Aaron Draplin. Enjoy.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers or IEEE recently asked designer illustrator extraordinaire Frank Chimero to illustrate a feature about the top 11 technologies of the past decade. One of his top choices was the smart phone as it stands alone in how it has revolutionized how we consume information on a totally mobile platform. He followed up his choices with some simple, eloquent, accessible and colorful illustrations. Frank never disappoints. He’s a thinking man’s designer.
Portland based graphic designer Frank Chimero is a man of many talents and aside from being a managing partner for the wonderful site Thinking for a Living and being selected as a 2010 ADC Young Gun, he also manages to crank out some excellent illustration work for some of top publications on the planet. He’s a person to keep a watchful eye over as he is always hunting for a new idea to cook up, manifest and take part in.
Gavin Potenza and Elizabeth Meyer have partnered to launch a new studio called Script and Seal with a focus on experimental brand development. They have amassed a small portfolio of work and have already worked for Warp Records, The New Statesman, Oregon State University, AOL, Good Magazine, Redwood Publishing, Men’s Health, and Zoe NYC Swimwear.
“The Official Manufacturing Company is Mathew Foster, Fritz Mesenbrink & Jeremy Pelley. We are thing makers, simply put. After having separately worked for some years at Wieden+Kennedy and Ace Hotel, then out on our own freelancing, we wound up in a studio together and realized how much better it could be.”
OMFGCO sent in their exceptional portfolio of design and branding work today. I was not only impressed by the work but inspired by the above words considering their employment at the amazing W+K and especially in lieu of recently launching my own studio after having left a wonderful agency myself.
The soft washed-out colors in the photographs of Anna Verlet almost move you toward feeling the environments captured in her images more than seeing them. She currently hails from Portland, Oregon and her exhibit “I Hear A New World” is currently on display at Stumptown Coffee (128 SW Third Ave) through March 30th. The show also features photographs by Anna Shelton & Daren Wilson.
There is some tasty digital photo illustration work in the Behance portfolio of Portland-based designer/illustration Craig Sprecher. I had a pair of Spiz’ikes but I sold them on eBay when I needed some quick cash (damn).
It’s kind of like someone threw a crazy math sci-fi geometry halloween theme party and handed out some mad hatter acid tabs. I do love the vocals though. Who said Wasilla, Alaska’s only export was Sarah Palin anyway? Portugal. The Man is fine by me, even though they still ended up escaping to Portland.
Credits and info:
From the album “The Satanic Satanist”
Director: Ryan Rothermel
Director of Photography: Michael Ragen
2nd Unit DP: Billy Summers
Gaffer: Billy Summers
AD: Robbie Johnstone
Producer: Rebecca Davis
Key Grip: Matt Levinthal
Editor: Dave Molloy
Production Design and Fabrication: Freedomchild, Ryan Rothermel, Chloé McLennan, Dennis Annotti
Hair and Makeup: Jennifer Popochock
Costume Designer: John Gourley
Grip: Chloé McLennan, Jack Strain, Tyler Michaud, J Baab, Tristan Seniuk
There is some absolutely killer package design in the portfolio of Portland-based Sandstrom Partners. There are some long downloads and a bit of a learning curve in terms of navigating their site but if you can get to the work, there is some really great stuff in there.
05/18 SENDAK PASSES The brilliant author and illustrator Maurice Sendak passed away last week at the age of 83 but will no doubt be remembered for generations to come for his amazing books such as Where the Wild Things Are.
04/12 ZIMMERMAN FACES MURDER In a case we’ve been following closely there is finally what we think is some good news to report. George ZImmerman, the man accused of killing the innocent teenager Trayvon Martin has been taken into custody and charged with second degree murder. At last there is some justice.
12/16 HITCHENS DIES Outspoken author and pundit Christopher Hitchens passed away yesterday at the age of 62 after succombing to a long battle with cancer. His honest and bravado opinion that rarely favored one side versus the other but was instead often a cry for ‘reason’ will be missed.
11/23 BURZYNKSI CLINIC Is there an alternative, non-toxic treatment for cancer? Dr. Stanislaw R. Burzynski seems to think so and has been experiencing higher rate of success than the current accepted practice of treating cancer.