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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

6,000 Paintings in Five Minutes


Khoda from Reza Dolatabadi on Vimeo.

Khoda, an ambitious endeavor that was sliced together with 6,000 individual paintings at a rate of 20 per second. The piece took two years for film student Reza Dolatabadi to complete.

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posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 6:32 am  

Monday, February 23, 2009

Tropicana packaging debacle

Tropicana found out the hard way that the consumer is ALWAYS right. The new brand that hit the shelves in January will be discontinued by the end of next month. Wow!

The PepsiCo Americas Beverages division of PepsiCo is bowing to public demand and scrapping the changes made to a flagship product, Tropicana Pure Premium orange juice. Redesigned packaging that was introduced in early January is being discontinued, executives plan to announce on Monday, and the previous version will be brought back in the next month.

Quote from a Tropicana shopper:
“Do any of these package-design people actually shop for orange juice?” the writer of one e-mail message asked rhetorically. “Because I do, and the new cartons stink.”
(more…)

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 2:19 pm  

Monday, February 23, 2009

Virtual New York by Keywords

A fellow Visual Culturist tipped us off to this one. You have to see it in action to really understand the beauty behind it. To explore the city for yourself you can download Pastiche here.

Creators Ivan Safrin and Christian Marc Schmidt explain their platform best below:

Conceptually, Pastiche is a parallel experience of the city, a map that not only documents, but also suggests action. It is a public counterpart to the private physical architecture of the city. Its source an aggregate of individual blogs, Pastiche is a system that anyone has the ability to contribute to.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 12:16 pm  

Monday, February 23, 2009

Commemorative Stamps: 12 Pioneers

To mark the 100th Anniversary of the NAACP, the US Postal Service has issued 6 commemorative stamps highlighting 12 civil rights pioneers.

Art director Ethel Kessler and stamp designer Greg Berger, both of Bethesda, MD, chose to approach this project through photographic montage. Pairing two pioneers in each stamp was a way of intensifying the montage effect. The selvage image, or area outside of the stamps, is an illustration by Greg Berger showing participants in a march.

See below for the entire collection: (more…)

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 11:15 am  

Monday, February 23, 2009

Get Your Freak on cont’d…

A few weeks back this humerous Durex commercial made it to our Friday Fluff list. Well, it’s back by popular demand.

Motiongrapher went behind the scenes with the crew over at Superfad NY to see how it went down, literally and figuratively. Check it out here.

via Quips:

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posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 8:29 am  

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Endangered Language Report

Last week Design 21 announced the winners of the “Languages Matters” competition that was launched by Felissimo, in collaboration with UNESCO, to recognize International Mother Language Day, which fell on February 21st, 2009.

The initiative was put forth to raise awareness among designers and to incite them to spread the word about the crucial role of languages as resource and heritage to be safeguarded, as well as linguistic diversity which reflects human diversity.

UNESCO has also launched its latest edition of an interactive map of ‘World’s Languages in Danger.’ In all, there are roughly 6,000 world languages — according to the map, 2,500 languages are endangered and 200 are virtually lost. You can access the interactive map for more details right here.

Here is a TEDTalk with Wade Davis on endangered languages that is worth seeing:

via TED:

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 8:01 am  

Monday, February 23, 2009

Nature Strikes Back: Part II

Dig this video by Paris based artist, Ludo. This time-elapsed footage gives you a glimpse into the creation of his latest piece from the “Nature’s Revenge” series.

Nature’s Revenge: nature’s mutations to face eveyday human agressions and pollutions. What kind of morphology would adopt the plants as a self defense for our disrespectful technology and modernism against the environment?

See more of the series below: (more…)

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 8:00 am  

Monday, February 23, 2009

Visual Read: Oded Ezer

The much anticipated book by Oded Ezer “The Typographer‘s Guide to the Galaxy” showcases his outstanding work for the first time and gives you a glimpse into his design process.

This book documents his type art and typographic experiments as well as his refined graphic designs, logos and unique font designs…

It’s expected to hit the shelves by April. See below for a peak. (more…)

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 6:37 am  

Sunday, February 22, 2009

And The Oscar Goes To…

The New York Times posed a relevant question in today’s opinion section: Why is there no Oscar for Best Title Sequence? Since we don’t pay too much attention to this particular annual event, we assumed the category had already been established given the groundbreaking creations of Saul Bass, Kyle Cooper, and Maurice Binder.

Get a load of The New York Times top-5 list of “Best Title Sequences” along with Saul Bass on movie titles when you continue… (more…)

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 1:06 pm  

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Quote of the Week

“I think there’s a real tension between running a commercial practice in which there’s pressure to think in hourly terms — it’s the way the business is structured and it’s how people get paid. But the truth is, really good design work takes as long as it takes. I feel like I should repeat that — or you should publish it in bold…”

William Drenttel

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 10:19 am  
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