The animated GIF has had an amazing resurgence in the last couple of years. From pop culture references to mini-movies, and now to these mind-watering scenes from Portland artist Jack Dougherty. I really like the subtle moves, which bring these surreal images to heart-beating life. Via iGNANT:
You don’t have to love Nike to appreciate the enormous range of footwear they make. Designer Nathan VanHook has a pretty sweet looking design for this all weather boot. The inner liner is insulated and can be worn inside a home, while slipping into the boot shell provides a waterproof exterior. Available this October. Via Nike:
Colossal has a glance at Sara K Byrne’s awesome double exposure photographs. They sublimely combine facial silhouettes with floral/tree images. This seems like something that has probably been done a hundred times before, yet the images look utterly new and engaging.
ParaNorman is a new stop-motion film due out this month by the animation firm Laika. Based in Portland, Laika has gotten critical praise for its first foray into feature films, Coraline. With their second film, Laika ups-the-animation-bar, using the first ever 3D printed pieces for a stop motion character. As you can see below, there are so many steps in just assembling the model that it makes the head spin.
My friend Joe runs Grove, a design/creative shop in Portland that makes iPhone and iPad cases. Joe started by engraving Moleskine journals and iPods. When the iPhone blew up, he teamed up with a friend and formed a collaboration called Grove. They pounced on the growing marketplace of third-party accessories, and their machined and laser-engraved bamboo cases became a hit. Partnering with illustrators and artists for their engraved artwork, Grove has found a winning formula of making highly-personalized phone cases. Their latest offering is really cool, the iPhone Skate Back. Salvaged wood from skateboard manufacturers is used to make these thin, precise wooden backs to protect your phone. Grove has partnered with fellow Portlander Lindsey Jo Holmes of Maple XO to salvage the skateboard scraps and turn them into something useful and beautiful. Available for $49.
Over the last few years, the team has grown to nearly 30 people, but they remain committed to hand-finished, personalized work and service.
Keep doing awesome work, guys!
I was excited to see that this dramatic story of sushi-and the problems it causes for our oceans- was created for Bamboo Sushi right here in Portland. I eat there as often as I can, and it’s great to see them share their story with the world. As one of the world’s first ‘sustainable sushi restaurants’, Bamboo goes to great lengths to serve fish that is legally, ethically and environmentally sound.
Their video is a narrated tale of sushi’s journey, from the ocean to your plate. Seven months in the making, all models are handmade in this stop-motion video.
Unlike most industries, automotive design arguably already hit it’s zenith years ago. Though the features available in cars today are mind boggling, their pure forms are, frankly, pretty lame compared to some of the designs that erupted out of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.
The Portland Art Museum is currently showing a traveling exhibit called The Allure of the Automobile, which showcases some of the very rarest, most exquisite cars ever designed. From PAM’s own website:
June 11 – September 11, 2011
The Allure of the Automobile is the first exhibition to consider the stylistic development of cars in the context of prominent design movements such as Art Moderne and Postwar Modernity. Visitors will learn about the contrasts between European and American design, the influence of decorative arts, and the significant changes in automotive styling and engineering before and after World War II.
The exhibition will be accompanied by an array of programs and opportunities to learn more about these remarkable automobiles, the technology behind them, and their historical and cultural context.
Though the exhibition is small at only 16 cars, they’re very much one-of-a-kind models, all in pristine shape, all positively glowing in the art museum setting. I visited the exhibit knowing I’d be appreciative of the artfulness of these cars. But I was blown away at the utter beauty of these vehicles. More sculpture than cars, the collection holds extremely rare, unusual models like the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT racecar, 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante, and the show-stopping 1937 Hispano Suiza H-6C “Xenia” Coupe. The Xenia is one of those designs destined to go down as one of the most gorgeous of all time. I didn’t expect it to be gargantuan, which it is. Everything down to the exhaust pipe is exquisite, and at the time, it was an extremely futuristic design. It still is, 75 years later.
Here are just a few photos I took on my brief tour of the exhibit. For anyone interested in industrial design, sculpture or craftsmanship, I highly recommend a visit.
Awesome set by my friend Nathan.
When traipsing from blog to blog, article to article on the internet, I often come across designs or films or videos that make me pause and think “damn, that’s amazing. I should be doing stuff like that.”
And when I happened across Impactist yesterday, I got a double whammy. Not only is their work fluid and gorgeous and dynamic, but it’s poignant and poetic at the same time. And to top it all off, they’re a married couple from Portland!!
I wouldn’t be surprised if they lived down the street from me, to be honest. You never know the creativity buzzing in the houses with their shades drawn, in this town. It’s pretty great to know people are out there, right this minute, making art, deepening our culture bit by bit.
Cheers to Impactist and their beautiful work. I may be slightly envious of such talent, but I’m mostly proud. Keep it up.
Have raincoat, will travel. Ha!