Art & Design

Crop Circles goes 3D?

Recently I read the newspapers about a new crop circles appeared at Wiltshire, UK. Report said that this circles was unique because it has 3D elements in it. Because the pics at newspapers does not clearly shown how 3D it was, so I go to Internet to check and “wow”! It was really 3D! It depicts a corridor-like graphic, and the vanishing point is at the center of the circle. More angles here.

I had been fascinated about crop circles since small. It was something like mystery mix with inspiration, mind-boggling creation. The mysteries of crop circles was still remained unsolved, although I watch several documentary about crop circles are actually made by human. But, from the old circles, now actually some of them is very huge and mathematically precised superb beauty circles! I wonder human actually can do that? Some more is have to do it overnight (prevent being catched)? Who knows.

Below are some collections of crop circles. If you ask me which I like the most? Yes. It’s the first one below: the great Milk Hill crop circle.

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Trash the Wedding Gown!

Let me ask you, what normally a brides do with her wedding gown after wedding ceremony? Keep it nicely in a box or as treasure that pass from generation to generation? Well let me tell you the latest trend: TRASH IT. This trend was started by a Las Vegas photographer John Michael Cooper, and then it started to get more and more popular.

He was freaking bored with the cliche wedding photography, so he started to convince his clients to get wild and extraordinary. According to him, the fashion photography often put “pretty people into ugly scene”, so he wants to apply that into wedding photography too.

There is even a website dedicated to it: TrashtheDress.com, created by Mark Eric to highlight his dress trashing experience & became a place for other photographers to share their trashing too. Here is the manifesto of the site:

Go ahead, you know you want to. Trash it. Get it dirty. Get it wet. Roll around in the mud. Drench it in the ocean. Totally trash it.

Why? … Why not? You’ve made a commitment to your husband. He’s your one and only true love, right? Then you’ll never need the dress again. And no, your daughter won’t wear it in 20-30 years. So you have two choices:

1) Suffocate it in plastic and throw it in a closet
2) Show your husband how committed you are by trashing the dress, and get some great fun pictures while you do it!

According to Associated Content, Trash the Dress phenomenon has been touted as a way for women to celebrate their wedding without becoming obsessed by it. For some, the images are a cathartic release of wedding-related stress. Maybe they want to keep their memory through photography only, the wedding gown symbolizes their past and has no meaning to them anymore.

Although it gets a lot of criticism, but it actually attracted the alternative crowd that is seeking for individuality expression. For me, I think the trash the dress phenomenon is creative and make sense. Why make sense? Wedding gown is a dress that you wore once in lifetime, so what for keeping it and it actually lose its functionality after the wedding ceremony.

So, instead of keeping, why not seeking out a way to “get rid” of it by doing something creative, like what the manifesto mentioned above? I just run through those photography showcase, and it actually not bad and more meaningful, like “Oh yeah, by this photography, I’m become mind-free and cherish the rest of my life with my love one”.

I absolutely support this. But not sure in Malaysia will have this trend or not. More pictures below, credits to NYTimes and trashthedress.com.

Laugh now, but one day we’ll be in charge

I’m having a mix feeling when I writing this post. I’m joining this company back in January 2007 until now already six months long, is not short but not long either.. so I’m still consider as “newbie” in that company. So, one day I was doing this brochure design and the boss like it and finally, send for print and arrived back to us yesterday.

Actually, I was satisfy on the design I did, so I feel very happy and delighted, because I can design thing for the company. But the thing is, everyone was laughing at the brochure. At first, I think it was OK because the brochure is promoting a casual game that intended to bring a lot of smiles and enjoyment to audience, so I think it successfully portray the game feeling.. But, just don’t know why, everyone just laughing at it, and I feel not very happy for it by then.

I got depressed by this.. they even not appreciate the effort I put in. For me, every design is special and should not be laugh, and I won’t laugh people’s work because I respect him. After that, finally I realized something: I’m just a newbie, small employee here. No matter how the design is, at the end will still get laughs by others, especially seniors. So now, I will not feel bad anymore, and I will take that as a symbolization of my early career, and I will be stronger next time.

Then suddenly, I recollect this stencil graffiti work in my mind, which was done by one of my favorite street artist Banksy. I finally can feel the message of the tagline. Ok, you can laugh my works now, but one day somewhere in near future, you should recognize all the efforts that I put in. Thanks Banksy for enlighten me.

My favorite Art & Brand Collaborations

Since the beginning of millennium, the word collaboration is very popular in the industry, particularly collaborations between artists and popular brands. Many big brands start to incorporating arts into their products, normally will come out very surprising outstanding outcomes. Actually these collaboration is a win-win situation, because artists can get more exposure while big brands can reach further more audiences. Below are some collaborations that I would like to share.

Shu by Ai

In constant pursuit of combining art with beauty, Shu Uemura has collaborated with emerging talent Ai Yamaguchi to produce this limited edition collection. Her traditional-yet-modern edge complements Shu Uemura products. The first collaboration is done in 2004 and due to its popularity, they collaborated again next year. Her illustration makes the products more friendly and soothing.

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15 Graffiti Style Logo

I bought this book back in few years ago. The book is Street Brand Bible vol. 4 2004 version. Inside there listed out some street brands from Japan and International. It is a very sourceful books if you want to get to know those brands. I found out some really nice graffiti style logos that I want to share with you guys, plus with some other popular brands that not included in this book. The logos I selected is more to graffiti scribbling, tagging style originated by Taki183. Hope you guys like it! 😀

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