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So you have probably all heard about the devastating earthquake in Japan that displaced millions of people. There have been many efforts to help the people in Japan, such as creating prints to sell for no profit.

What does this print say to you?

To me, the poster seemed perfectly normal. It has tasteful design and uses cracked lines of a red circle against a white background to send out a clear message. Obviously, the artist in mind has had good intentions and it has worked. Poster sales have raised up to $7000 for the Japan’s earthquake relief effort!

However, there are some that argue the poster has less-than-good intentions. John Pavlus  (writer and filmmaker) argues on fastcodesign.com that the poster is distasteful in the fact that the artists’ true intention was to attract more publicity to himself. John also argues that there is nothing to do with this poster once purchased; you wouldn’t hang it up in your living room, he says.

I disagree with Pavlus. The print itself shows careful design elements through use of color and line and proves itself to be aesthetically pleasing. Although you may not hang this up in your living room or your bedroom, you may be able to hang it in your office or a public building to spread awareness and motivate others to donate to this cause as well. The devastating graphic moves people in a way that words just can not. The simple design is a piece of art and doesn’t deserve the criticism that John has poured over it.

See John’s post here: http://www.fastcodesign.com//1663419/is-this-poster-to-aid-japans-tsunami-victims-a-crime-against-design#comments

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Recently, I’ve been into art that involves geometric shapes and clean design. Mike Lythgoe’s work does exactly that. Settled in East London, Mike Lythgoe creates images using photographs of nature and colorful geometric shapes. He works as an illustrator and designer.

The shapes looks so carelessly placed on the photograph, yet it’s so meticulously finished. I think that the sharp lines and the perfectly proportionate figures add to the polished look. His color choices are also right on target as he uses kind of a vintage editing with dark colors (at least in these few photos) to create an cool, savvy look. Mike’s work really carefully mixes and matches different elements of this world and I like it! His abstract collages are the type that I would want to hang up at home. He uses some bright colors in his other illustrations, check them out here: http://likemike.co.uk/

 

Another artist that uses nature and shapes is Chris Seddon.

His work is more psychotic and colorful. The mix of pieces of photographs and shapes sometimes confuse you and make your head hurt but I think that’s what makes them so appealing. The colors really stand out and make the illustrations more vivid and surrealistic. Chris Seddon’s work is not entirely about these confusing illustrations. He has a wide variety of pieces that involve lots of geometric shapes and cool gradients and patterns. Make sure you check out his work at : http://www.cseddon.co.uk/index.php

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It’s that exciting time of the year again. New York Fashion Week! F/W 11 trends are fresh on the runway and I want to share some new trends that I noticed. Click on the pictures to enlarge!

(Alexander Wang, DvF, Tory Burch)

Glitter

Bold pants have always made a statement, but in F/W 11, pants have been transformed into sparkling glitters. Neutral colors have been paired with sparkles to give a polished look that catches everyone’s attention. If glitter pants are too much for you, don’t worry. Glitter has also been spotted on various tops and coats (Check out more DVF)!

(Marc Jacbos, Y-3, Tommy Hilfiger)

Polka Dots

Some are claiming the polka dots are the new stripes. Polka dots are definitely the new pattern to be looking out for this season. Marc Jacob’s new collection incorporates everything polka dot, from stockings to dresses. Other brands such as Y-3 and Tommy Hilfiger have also followed this trend. You can use subtle polka dots (Y-3) or go for bold dots like Marc Jacobs. Dots are easy to incorporate into your daily outfit!

(Rag & Bone, Y-3, Thakoon)

Red and Blue

Bright colors have been gracing the runway for S/S collection, and the same goes for F/W 11! The combination of red and blue has been seen most often on the runways. Combine two bright colors together to create a neat, yet vivid look. Wearing red and blue separately with more neutral colors to provide a spark for a boring outfit has also been seen! Try it out.

All photos from style.com

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Artists have been called many things before, but probably never… a dictator. However, New-York based Phillip Toledano declares himself a dictator. In an interview with Dazed Digital, Toledano states: “in a way, to being an artist, in that you have to create your own world and then populate that world with believers – people who believe in your creed your ethos.”

And if you know anything about art, you will definitely agree to what Phil is trying to say. As an artist, you have to create your own world that nobody has ever done before. You have to believe in yourself to be able to take a creative and innovative idea and transform it into a piece of art. It’s not always the easiest thing to do! So you definitely have to surround yourself with people you know and trust will help you with your process. Discouraging individuals must be separated, immediately.

So, I find Phil’s new project, Kim Jong Phil, insightful, but mostly witty and humorous. Pay attention to the titles of the paintings as well as the image:

A sporting chance. Oil on canvas, 30x40 inches

It's true. I'm utterly fascinating. Oil on canvas, 30x40 inches

Want to know something even more amusing? These prints were later sent to China to be copied. Does anybody see the iron in that?

Check out the rest of his project at http://www.kimjongphil.com

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Can you create these images? on your iPhone?

Created by Kristofer Strom, these images were drawn on hour-long bus rides that he takes every morning. And most amazingly, on his iPhone using Autodesk, a sketchbook app. More impressive than beating that Impossible Quiz app, huh?

These graphics are proof of how technological our era is. Even 5 years ago, if somebody had said you could created amazing thing using your mobile phone, I bet nobody would have believed them. The strides we have made in technology over the last few years are surprising and shocking: multi-tasking phones, tabs with apps, robot vacuum… and the list goes on! It’s no surprise that artists are taking advantage of this technological age in order to create new, creative pieces.

In this era, in order to not be left behind, artists must use new mediums and ideas to experiment with. The traditional style of art is dying. Like during the Victorian Era when there was a shift in art styles, there is a massive shift happening in our century. Artists have moved from solely traditional ways of creating art such as oils and watercolors to using fabrics, photographs, and iPhones to express their ideas.

However different art mediums may be, the goal stays the same: to spread and convey a message through an image or concept.

View more of Kristofer Strom’s work:  http://ljudbilden.tumblr.com/

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