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Is the body a canvas?

Is the body a canvas?

Is the body a canvas? If so, are tattoos then seen as a work of art? As an artist, and someone who has many tattoos, I would have to say yes! When people tend not to like tattoos they argue that they are trashy and that you will regret them when you are 75 because they will look awful. Will you really care what you look like when you are 75. I hope not, you should just rock what you got. Tattoos are typically thought out, skillfully done and a way of self expression. Can’t you say the same thing about art?

The tattoos that people go get that are not thought out or skillfully done are usually the ones like you see on the guy’s chest in the movie We’re the Millers that says “No Ragrets.” Is that one a piece of art work? I would have to go with no. In reality, most tattoos are sketched out by an artist before they are done and go through a process to perfect them. On paper they look decent, but on skin they turn into a wonderfully made piece of work. The artist turns your body into a canvas, just as any other artist would do with another medium. Again, with the exception of Mr. No Ragrets below, who in hind sight should have many regrets.

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I think that as an artist you are constantly trying to express yourself through your work and tattoos are no different. I can say that each tattoo tells a story and even though it may not spell it out for you, has a concept behind it that tells you a little bit the person who they are in. Which to me, makes the body a canvas filled with art that tells stories about where someone has been and who they are.

Just for a few laughs, here are a few more tattoos that people should have thought a little more about.

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Tired of your boring cat calendar?

Ever need a calendar but are tired of getting the same old boring ones? Want something more exciting and appealing to the eye? (Even though puppies and kittens are adorable and all) While just searching around on the internet I came across a calendar that really caught my attention! It is a 2016 Letterpress Calendar and it is SO COOL! This calendar is a kickstarter projected and is just about to meet its’ goal! The only debate they are having is if the calendar should be in color or black and white. What do you think?Screen Shot 2015-12-03 at 4.47.31 PM

I personally love them both. The black is clean cut but the color adds more of a flare to the calendar. The votes now seem to weigh towards the color side… I like my side better. BUT! both designs are extremely appealing, especially to a designer! So if you want one of these calendars I would put a little pep in your step because the orders will be closing soon! Screen Shot 2015-12-03 at 4.49.05 PMScreen Shot 2015-12-03 at 4.54.59 PM

 

Want to order one for yourself? Here is where to find it!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1495552219/2016-letterpress-calendar-the-creative-manifesto

Typewolf

As a designer, sometimes it is very hard to chose a font for design projects. Well have I got news for you! Typewolf is a website designed to help designers get better examples of different fonts and even tells you what fonts look well together!

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Instead of seeing the font samples set in “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” you are able to see how the real fonts perform on actual live websites, which tends to be a lot easier to envision in your own designs!

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Theres articles like, “Top 10 Helvetica Alternatives” which offer us a list of 10 different fonts that share similar characteristics as Helvetica but are the same old font we see all the time!

I definitely think this site can be of great help and then each of you should check it out!

https://www.typewolf.com

Amazon Delivery Drone

Amazons new delivery drone is a combine of a traditional aircraft with a rotocraft, helicopter type of design. Yet, it lives somewhere in between the two, making for a boxy, awkward looking drone for their new door to door delivery concept.

The rotocraft can take of and land vertically, which is why it utilizes that design element essential for safe landing of packages. The traditional aircraft design allows for faster travel, allowing packages around 15 miles away to be delivered within 30 minutes.

The drone includes eight propellors, four coaxial rotors, in a “quadcopter” layout. This is a design that requires more power to propel, but gives the Amazon drone a much higher ceiling for power and speed in delivery. All in all, despite the awkward, clunky looking design, the Amazon Drone is built to do the job, and revolutionize the way we all shop!

Inspiration

I’ve done it again! I’ve found another incredible site you can browse for inspiration in design or all different kinds! Want to know what it’s called? Fine, I’ll tell you: http://httpster.net

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This site is described to be, “A curated showcase of shit-hot web design with a less-is-more bent!” And let me tell you, that is exactly what you get! There are some very cool designs that you can take a look at!

Let me show you some of my favorites!

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Hope you take a look and find something inspiring!

Kelly Thorn

Ever see really beautiful monogram words and wonder how it is done? I came across and artist who has developed classes in order for you to learn! Her name is Kelly Thorn. StudioPortraitsillytype-1250x877

“Follow Kelly in this 45-minute class through the process of creating a monogram word, from early research, painting, and drawing to refining details in Adobe Illustrator. Whether you’re a graphic designer, lettering artist, or just a type enthusiast, you’ll walk away with your own word-piece that seamlessly combines both hand-drawn and vector elements.”

Seems like something interesting to learn!

Want more information? Check out this post!

http://friendsoftype.com

Nicola Lopez

Let me share with you one of my favorite artists, Nicola Lopez. Her work is not only remarkable to look at but it also holds such a deeper meaning then what meets the eye.

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Her work is a combination of drawing and printmaking that creates such beautiful images. With her large scale work she creates landscapes that seems realistic but also of an imaginary quality! I just love seeing the different bursts of color in her work as well! If you enjoy these few pieces you should really check out more of her work on her website!

http://www.nicolalopez.com

 

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Kate Moross

Kate Moross is a 26-year-old London based designer and illustrator known for her colorful illustrations and her playful letterforms. She’s designed for WIRED magazine, Atlantic Records, Google, Converse shoes, and much more. Kate is also a published author with her book Make Your Own Luck in which she write about how to make it as a graphic designer. Moross has also moved into directing and creating music videos for artists such as Washed Out, Lion Babe, Disclosure, and Jessie Ware. I’m sure you all recognize her work because she is also done a lot of advertising campaigns for huge companies like Sony, Ford, Nike, American Express, and the list goes on. Moross is easily one of my all time favorite designers. My favorite part about her work is the vibrant colors she uses and her custom, hand drawn letterforms. To me she’s an inspiration and I plan on reading her book one of these days.

 

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Publishers + Designers

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For those of us who love print publications and web design as well, we have a new mentor that could help us transition to the digital world. Hearst Digital’s creative director has recently released a free webinar which can be seen on Monotype, Agile Publishing. The webinar focuses on the importance of a digital team and producing more of a demanding publishing cycle. One of the key spokesperson’s is none other than the creative director, Theresa Mershon. She lets the viewers in on how her team developed and progressed to publishing a title every 3 days rather than launching one magazine every 3 months. She mentions that rethinking and replacing “key visual challenges, and highlighting the tools and systems that were no longer working for them” gave them the successful outcome they have came to.

With everything adapting to the digital world, Mershon gives viewers a peace of mind on how to stay on top with the publishing platform!

Design in the Classroom

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Cooper Hewitt Museum is definitely on my list of favorite museums to visit! I think its even more amazing what they are doing for all the students in America. It’s interesting to see how art continues to change and only further advance with the youth of our generation. Cooper Hewitt has developed a design program that will be offered to students in America. Their program is designed to have children think like designers in solving design solutions with a creative process. What’s really cool about the program is their design challenge kit. The design kit is a 45 minute workshop that gives children the opportunity to come up with design solutions with commonly used materials for a prototype. The program encourages confidence in the young designers!

The program has received support from many including Ellen Degeneres who believe in their mission to providing young students the process of developing thoughtful design solutions.