LogoLand

02/03/2009

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Crazy amazing collection of mid-70’s logos on flickr.  I’ve been meaning to get these up for a while…  I was obsessed with these when I found them… Enjoy.

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I am working on a design project at the moment that has me wrapped up in Mexican roadside iconography. As a Latin American myself who has traveled pretty extensively throughout Central America and the Carribean, what stands out the most from my tropical roadtrips are the classic handpainted signs – Rotulos – that are sadly starting to be replaces by modern, inexpensive computer printing. Until recently, most signs in these third world countries, even corporate ads for Coca-Cola and Corona, were painted by hand.  It’s a business that has thrives in some parts of the world for hundreds of years…

I read an article recently about the fading trade, that is still hanging on in many parts of Mexico. According to the author…

A Se Vende or Se Renta (“For Sale” or “For Rent”) sign with an accompanying phone number can be painted on your façade for under $200 pesos (less than $20 US). This includes materials and the meticulous lettering styles that the artist in question learned at a special school in Mexico City. Hand-drawn signs are cheaper, according to the painter, but many Mexicans prefer to use the more modern services as they think somehow they must look better.

Really?  Um.  Nah.

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Everyday-scapes

12/31/2008

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These everyday New York City images by Yoanne Lemoine are what my world looked like as a kid growing up in Queens.  It’s funny how this French chick is so into this stuff.  These photographs capture all the things that made me desperate to get away, but now feel kind of bittersweet.  Europeans are always obsessed with things like this.

She also made a bunch of videos about “young New Yorkers” – none of whom are from New York.  Not so into those.

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Mann’s World

12/29/2008

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I absolutely love Charlotte Mann’s drawings.  I want to get lost in her chaotic world of outlines.

A graduate of Central St. Martin’s (of course she is,) she started her career in fashion design, and styling but has since moved on to focus on her illustration. She now teaches at the University of the Arts and is is an Associate Lecturer at St Martin’s, Chelsea School of Art and Camberwell College of Art, and the Prince’s Drawing School.  

This black and white is anything but simple.


Mann's World

12/29/2008

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I absolutely love Charlotte Mann’s drawings.  I want to get lost in her chaotic world of outlines.

A graduate of Central St. Martin’s (of course she is,) she started her career in fashion design, and styling but has since moved on to focus on her illustration. She now teaches at the University of the Arts and is is an Associate Lecturer at St Martin’s, Chelsea School of Art and Camberwell College of Art, and the Prince’s Drawing School.  

This black and white is anything but simple.


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I am obsessed with Desiree Dolron‘s eerily intimate portraits of Cuban life. Her photographs of classrooms, kitchens, and sitting rooms are Vermeeresque, dark but angelically lit, Dutch Master-style. The beautiful series, titled Te Di Todos Mis Sueños (I Gave You all my Dreams) is just one more reason for me to get back to the motherland.

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Domestic Blitz

12/24/2008

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I love these beautiful melancholy paintings by Holly Farrell.  The Canadian-based artist’s images are less still-life and more intimate portrait minus people.  The vacuum cleaner in particular seems to have something to say. It’s kind of like she sneaks up on objects and catches them unprepared. The soaps are great too.