• 2.3.16   Radio Inspires the Next Generation with Sphero

    How we think changes how we see the world. Brain behavior is shaped during early childhood development, making that time crucial to how our brains will function. In essence, early play teaches us how to think, and ultimately shifts how we interact with the world around us. Toy company Sphero is keenly aware of this fact and is using their SPRK project (pronounced “spark”) to engage early learners in the creative process of robotics. The future is in the hands of the minds that are being shaped today, so Sphero is already engaging tomorrow’s inventors and innovators, impacting the future by changing the way the world thinks about play. Radio was brought on board with Sphero to create a pair of animated spots that would show off not just how important this is but also how they would do it. To engage the SPRK robots, students work with an app on a mobile device and are challenged to use those tools to rethink how the digital and physical words interact. Whether they’re turning the robot into a self-propelled boat that shows how friction works in the real world, or building vehicles around the machine to create a chariot, it introduces kids to a new way of thinking. They introduce these ideas with Radio in these two spots that are wildly graphic and energetic while also very accessible. We already know that Radio has mastered the skill of communicating complicated ideas by employing spare design. “If your visuals are simple it’s easier to convey an abstract message,” explains Willie Blignaut, an animator at Radio. Using a purely blue color palate, clean designs dance across the screen like a sort of flipbook, walking us through each of the ways the SPRK can grow a student’s understanding of the world around them. This kind of creative thinking is how we get artists like Radio who engage the digital and creative spaces at the same time. It’s not irony that Radio is helping to spread the message, instead it’s fitting that a creative group that uses tech to make their work would inspire the next generation of innovators that are coming up behind them.
  • 2.4.16   Nathan Fox Brings the Future to Light with Sports Illustrated and Wired

    It doesn’t look like Americans are going to give up on their Superbowl for a long, long time and as far as Wired and Sports Illustrated are concerned, they’re going to give it at least another fifty years. In both of their latest issues they asked Nathan Fox to imagine what a Superbowl in 2066 would look like, creating a space for this artist to adapt our way of life to a not-so-distant future. Both Wired and Sports Illustrated are owned by different companies, and common wisdom would tell us that in the competitive world of publishing they maybe shouldn’t work together very easily. But Nathan said it was a fluid creative process. “It worked out rather seamlessly,” says Nathan. “The way we had initially set it up it really worked out for both publications. It was a really enjoyable experience.” Since there would be no working politics it all came down to creative exploration, something that Nathan dove right into. As far as we were able to find out, Nathan has not actually visited 2066 to see what the Superbowl is like in the future, so he has to invent the visual identity on his own. As Nathan explains, the future will be different from current day, but not in ways that we may conventionally think. “I approached it as a future/near future kind of SciFi approach so that a lot of things are grounded in what we know now,” explains Nathan. “Even now, things like mobile phones and portable devices and tablets and all that were SciFi when I was a kid and that wasn’t that long ago. I tried to take a lot of that into consideration, so it was about elevating it further and taking where we are now with a little bit of an advancement. Moving forward.” Things like televisions and mobile devices are developing at a faster and faster rate, so the future would reflect that. But objects like forks and wine glasses that have gone relatively untouched more than a century aren’t going to change much in the next 50 years. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – just redesign it,” Nathan says with a laugh. If you’re unfamiliar with Nathan’s work the first thing that may jump out about this small collection of pieces about the Superbowl is his intense use of color. Coincidentally this comes from his own early interaction with the digital sphere and SciFi storytelling. “Like anybody else, I grew up on cartoons and video games. That intensity, especially in terms of the RGB screens, a lot of the saturated and oversaturated and over energized is in the media that I grew up on,” says Nathan. “Every now and then there would be something that was just so horribly done it was beautiful. That kind of stuff I collected.” That tension is something that Nathan thrives on and draws from creating tiny visually conflicts that end up pulling in the audience. The future will look alien to us today anyway, even if it is in the details.  
  • 2.4.16   The Beauty Is in the Details for Jonas Fredwall Karlsson and Vanity Fair

    When Raul Gonzalez retired from his soccer career after more than twenty years of professional play it didn’t come as a shock to his fans. But it did mean the world that had embraced his talent so fully was going to have to recalibrate how they thought about this soccer star. To help with the change, Vanity Fair Spain put together a cover story to profile the star and they asked Jonas Fredwall Karlsson to help them reintroduce Raul to his fans for the first time. “To put him in sweats and have him be out in the soccer field would make no sense,” Jonas explains. It was all about context. So Jonas worked not only with Raul but also his wife, Mamen Sanz, a former model, to show off what a post-play life would look like for Raul. “They were super easy going and super friendly,” says Jonas. “They were open to try different things.” And it was different. Raul had never sat for a session like this before, so everyone was going to explore together.  Jonas' aesthetic dictates that every corner of his compositions are supremely beautiful, but he wants them to be rooted in accessible reality. To do that he manages every detail within the frame, whether it's an upturned newspaper on the floor or an unmade bed with rumpled sheets. For Jonas, those details clinch the difference between fashion editorial and understanding a real person. "It's really important to try to make these things look real and to tell a story," Jonas explains. "I asked them to bring their own things, their own iPads. If you look in the background there's even their own pictures of their kids. Even if those are out of focus, just knowing they’re there adds to the pictures. Those little details, those little imperfections add to the realism." If we feel like we're getting a real look at Raul's life, we can connect to him more. Too much polish builds a distance between the audience and the subject. Jonas is working to bridge that gap. These details extend through all of his photography. Whether it’s a shoot like this that profiles a famous face, or for a commercial campaign, he’s always telling a story to the audience that is broader than what you catch from a quick glance. He offers an invitation to look deeper and experience more than what’s available at first look. And Jonas takes it very seriously. “I like to think those stories out,” Jonas says. “Why does it look like this? Why is this here? Is this real? If there is a telephone would it be on the hook or off the hook? And what would that mean? If that magazine is on the floor it has to be on the floor the right way.” He strikes a balance that gives us beauty and reality, because ultimately when you catch something that’s real it has its own inherent beauty. That human connection will always expose something new that we may not expect, something that may surprise us. Even if we’ve been watching Jonas’ subject play for more than twenty years. There’s always something new to learn and Jonas is showing it to us.
  • 2.2.16   An Honest Look at Donald Trump by Joe Pugliese

    This past fall Joe Pugliese caught up with the real estate magnate for People Magazine before his foothold was as solid as it is now, when there was still a question of whether he would have any significant impact on this race. We know now that he has, but back then it was still a huge question. “It was in the early days of the campaign so it was a different climate. He was on the rise. He had major popularity, which he still does, but it didn’t feel as concrete as a run as it does now,” says Joe. At one point he and Trump, along with Trump’s entourage stepped into the street and it was a very energetic crowd. “It was pandemonium but it wasn’t universally pro-Trump. So you know even then you got a sense of his controversial nature,” explains Joe. Even when Trump was still shaping his message, people were hearing it and reacting. Now, this far into the campaign (which still hasn’t gone beyond the Iowa caucuses), everyone has a point of view on Trump. But back then opinions were still forming. As a photographer shooting a profile, Joe could have used a heavy hand to present his own idea of the candidate. But Joe says that’s not what he’s there to do. “It’s not my job to show my opinion of him, I want to record him as he is,” says Joe. “Of course I’m going to pick out moments that I think are more true to my experience with him, so the pictures that I respond to in the session are the moments in between the pictures.” Everyone he photographs poses for the camera, but they can’t pose in every moment and the times they relax, or forget that he’s there are the times that Joe tries to really pay attention to and share with any audience. Joe is our proxy, he’s our eyes on the ground, and he recognizes his responsibility to report back without bias.  “I’m a political junky so I’m totally interested in what’s happening in this race,” Joe explains. “When I follow politics I follow it through photojournalism and some portraiture. So when I’m doing a portrait I look at the subject through the eyes of journalism instead of through the eyes of portrait sitting.” It’s his photojournalistic background that taught him this crucial value and something that he won’t give up just because his subject is controversial. Of course the crowd that day in New York was wild, but wilder still was one surreal moment when Joe was in Trump Tower in Donald’s private residence surrounded by marble and gold: “It was actually the day that the Pope visited. And we literally watched from Trump’s balcony as the Pope drove by. It was probably one of the most surreal experiences I’ve ever had.” The Iowa Caucuses represent only the first time American voters are having their voices heard, but one thing is for sure: this election, and Trump’s position in it, will have an effect for years to come.
  • 1.29.16   Rod Hunt Brings All the Pieces Together for GQ

    The world is a smaller place than it’s ever been before and that new reality has brought with it a myriad of benefits. The democratization of the Internet has allowed the public to transform the way we interact with each other and interact with products. GQ understands this as well as anyone and ran a feature in this month’s issue that looks at the new Sharing Economy and how it’s operating. It works for a lot of people, but not everyone, and it’s work examining why that is. They tapped Rod Hunt to help them visually communicate their view of the world, and Rod’s style was pitch perfect. Rod’s ability to fit an exhaustive amount of visual information into a tight space made him the perfect choice to talk about the sharing economy. Not only visual volume, but Rod’s angular style is reminiscent of a circuit board, and since computers are what enable the sharing economy, his hand was just the right choice. The GQ article mentioned a half a dozen brands influencing public behavior that he had to include, so the balancing of all those elements into a single scene made space in the composition a premium. Whether its online movie viewing, ordering groceries on your phone, or sharing work space by pooling resources, there were a lot of lifestyles that had to be fit into the spread. An Uber drops a rider off at an Airbnb, while textbooks are delivered next door with a shared valet parking lot down the street. If it’s not immediately evident from looking at the final piece, Rod’s included sketch shows how much planning goes into each of his illustrations. There are a ton of elements that all need to fit perfectly into his grid, each conforming to the structure that he creates while having enough fluidity that they feel natural. But as the GQ piece points out, what was impossible just a few years ago now reads as an urban landscape anyone can recognize. What once would have been thought impossible now looks, through a Rod Hunt illustration, like the view outside our windows.
  • 2.3.16   Jesse Nemeth's Beautiful Chaos for Amazon

    To celebrate ‘Mozart in the Jungle’s’ recent win of Two Golden Globes, Amazon teamed up with prop and set designer Jesse Nemeth on a shoot that brought together the major themes of the show into a visual metaphor that would tell the story in a single composition. In the show, a new composer with big ideas comes into an established symphony and changes the way the musicians work together. Sometimes a new guy has to come in and complicate the ideas of the establishment (kind of how Amazon is disrupting traditional television models). The story teaches us the beauty of a fine mess, and how being agile can shift our world view, making everything more beautiful for what we learn on the other side of discomfort. Jesse dug into these themes for his little bit of chaos. The design features the show’s star, Gael Garcia Bernal, in repose against a collection of wooden chairs that are traditionally used for orchestral musicians to use during performances. They’re arranged as a pile on top of sheet music that has been spread all over the floor, as if thrown there in the combustion of a frenzied genius. Above it all is an antique loveseat relaxing itself onto the pile and showing its age. These objects are normally tidily arranged in an idea of respect for tradition, but with Jesse’s arrangement we see a new beauty in them, where angles and a disruption of expectation give us more than we anticipated. Jesse proves that if we allow ourselves to see things from another angle we might find more in them than what we were looking for.
  • 2.1.16   adidas Empowers Women with Carles Carabi

    As February dawns, we’re knee deep into 2016 and now is as good a time as any to check in with your New Year’s resolutions. Carles Carabi, the preeminent athletic lifestyle photographer, and new addition to B&A’s roster, has a new campaign out with adidas to inspire women to dig in deep and find the athletes inside themselves. “The main reason for the campaign was to make any woman in the world, on the planet, to feel able to do sports,” explains Carles. “They don’t need to be super fit or super stars. Adidas wanted to show strong women and they wanted to show powerful women.” It was all about empowering these ladies and creating imagery that was inspiring. There is a whole world of potential athletes, and anyone’s movement towards that kind of a lifestyle is a good one: physical health is something that must be taken seriously. So it’s not hesitancy that should get in the way of someone’s long term health. Adidas wanted to reach out and take reticence out of the equation. “It doesn’t matter how you look, you should do sports because it’s good, it’s going to make you feel better and make you feel stronger and it’s going to give you energy,” explains Carles. “The idea was to shoot normal girls but girls who have been training hard and have reached the level they want to reach.” These are women who understand the struggle of starting from scratch. For the campaign, they cast women who aren’t professional athletes; instead, they are women who started their physical training with the intention of reshaping their lives and have succeeded. They have worked and struggled for every inch of their achievement. Carles normally shoots professionals but even though these women have taken on their physical health on their own time, Carles used everything he’s learned working with world-class athletes. “I’m used to shooting with athletes, professional players, and they never have time,” Carles explains. “If you don’t get the shots in those opportunities you lose them. So I’m used to being fast and I try to keep the shooting really fast with a lot of rhythm. That’s the secret: to do it for real, really quick, and very active.” Carles is best known for shooting athletes and there’s a reason. Any photographer can choose their focus and what they work on, but Carles finds himself attracted to athletic photography because of the energy and the aesthetics. “Athletes look good, they have nice shapes and strong bodies, and they have a lot of control over their movement,” says Carles. “Athletes look very powerful when they’re in their environment doing their own thing. That’s what I like about them.” That control offers a collaborative energy where the photographer and the model can push boundaries of what’s possible and where they can go. Carles is always looking to extend his reach and find that when he works with athletes, they’re willing to go there right along with him.
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