2009 has been a busy year for Tristan Eaton, founder of Thunderdog Studios. He’s traveled around the world for Dell Design Studio, launched the B-Bot iPhone application, been featured in Art for Obama, released Thundermutt 3.0, and created murals for the Ace Hotel. We caught up with Tristan again to discuss his latest project, the rebranding of the 2009 Soul Train Awards for Viacom’s new network, Centric. The comprehensive campaign includes logo design, a new train design, print and outdoor art, subway station takeovers, animation sequences, on-air graphics, and the Soul Train award itself. Interspectacular wrote, directed, and animated the pivotal opening sequence (shown above) and all transitional elements. Bernstein & Andriulli produced the entire show package.
With a television show as heavily embedded in America’s cultural history as Soul Train, all eyes were on Tristan and Thunderdog Studios to see where they would take the updated identity. Never one to shy away from high expectations, Tristan was honored to be chosen for the task. Working closely with other Viacom networks VH1 and BET, he sought to keep the funk and spirit of the original show while making it look sharp and modern for today.
When it comes to holiday entertaining, who better to consult than domestic maven Martha Stewart. Gracing the cover of the November Thanksgiving issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine is Matthew Hranek, who’s succulent turkey still-life is sure to inspire. Hranek and Martha Stewart Living have worked together on many issues, each as beautifully produced as the last. Hranek also shot the feature story, which is available for download at the Martha Stewart website. See more of his work here.
Martha Stewart Living November 2009 issue on sale at newsstands now.
November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. Virgin Mobile declares that youth homelessness is public enemy number one. Through RE*Generation, the charity arm of Virgin Mobile, a charity concert with performances by Public Enemy, Blink 182, Weezer, and more was held at the George Washington University Lisner auditorium. All proceeds went to Sasha Bruce House, a non-profit shelter for homeless youth in Washington D.C.
Contributing to the night was Textual Healing, “a series of interactive public projections and performance formats that encourage creation of dialog through text messaging from mobile phones.” At the concert, anyone could text their message to a specific number and see it projected it onto the auditorium wall. Txtual Healing has done a series of projects a round the world, you can view more of their work here.
It’s that time of year again, for happy gatherings and festive cheer. Mei Tao captures the seasonal spirit in J. Crew’s holiday catalog. Mei Tao has shot for J. Crew in studio and across the globe. This time, J. Crew had her flying down south to capture the latest looks against the pristine, wintry backdrop of Chile. Accompanying her to South America was stylist Sarah Clary. Tao, Clary, and J. Crew are longtime collaborators.
A Virginia native, Bobby Fisher stumbled into the world of photography by way of a band break-up, followed by countless evenings recording music in his bedroom at the Chelsea Hotel in New York. When an assistant photographer job came his way, he left his bedside and the rest is history.
An avid surfer since the age of 10, he has traveled the world with a board in one hand and a camera in the other. His sense of adventure and free spirit carries over into his photos, capturing the essence and spirit of beautiful people and places. His clients include Another Magazine, Blackbook, Departures, GQ, InStyle, Nylon, New York Times, Rollingstone, T Magazine, Travel & Leisure, Visionaire, W, Bank of America, and Avon. Click here to view more of his work.
One Show Entertainment is now accepting submissions until December 11th. A division of The One Club, One Show Entertainment “recognizes outstanding creative work in the realm of entertainment, including television programs, films, both documentaries and commercial releases, games and all other forms of electronic and online entertainment.” Agency 72andSunny approached Nathan Fox for creating the 2010 call for entries artwork. His narrative style brings an epic car crash to life as the worlds of Hollywood and advertising collide.
What do Parisians, babies, and the cast of 30 Rock all line up for? The answer: Apple store openings. Two new locations were recently unveiled, Apple’s first store in Paris at the Carrousel du Louvre, and its fourth in New York City on the Upper West Side. On hand to document the beauty of the new stores was Roy Zipstein, Apple’s go-to store photographer for the past 5 years. Zipstein has traversed continents for Apple, shooting stores at home in America (New York, Boston, and Chicago) and abroad in Europe (London, Munich, and Zurich), Asia (Tokyo and Beijing), and more (Sydney and Montreal).
ilovedust and Ray Smith collaborated with Goodby Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco on a local media blitz for the greater Washington DC area. For Adobe, they created a series of creative intrepretations of government facilities to promote how Adobe technology was powering the Open Government movement. Washington DC locals were surrounded by the artwork on wrapped store fronts, building facades, billboards, and metro stations.
Wallpaper magazine gets into the holiday spirit in their December issue by asking star English chef Mark Hix for a new take on the traditional Christmas meal. Yuletide dinner takes on a new meaning when it includes Moreilo cherries and champagne cocktails, pumpkin and ginger soup, risotto nero, snipe on toast with chanterelles, chocolate dipped walnuts with Armagnac, and emerald-hued Absinthe jelly. Henry Bourne captures the richness and brilliant vividness of the culinary fare for us to salivate over. Henry Bourne and Mark Hix have previously worked together on two books, The Ivy and Le Caprice.
KTV Media worked with Showtime Network for Dexter: Early Cuts, a series of webisodes that serve as a prequel to the wildly popular and multiple Emmy winning show Dexter. Dexter is a serial killer who works at as a blood splatter forensic officer at a police department with a very selective process of choosing his victims. The webisodes reach deep into Dexter lore and gives fans insight into three watershed killings that mark the beginnings of Dexter’s bloody career.
Taschen’s Illustration Now! 3 holds a dazzling display of exciting and beautiful illustration across a wide range of styles and techniques. The book opens with an introduction by Steven Heller, a respected figure in the art and design world and former art director of the New York Times. Curating the volume is Julius Wiedemann, who has been an art editor for design magazines in Tokyo as well as many other Taschen titles. Among the 150 artists carefully chosen is Andrew Bannecker. A longtime fan of Taschen, Bannecker notes that “Having them select my work for this book is truly an honor.” Bannecker’s lively illustrations capture the imagination and certainly add a flair to the illustration tome.
Bernstein & Andriulli proudly presents new artist Justin Hollar. A devout Virgo, he claims to have never met a dapple of light that he didn’t want to take home to his mother. People that know him say that he has a knack for putting shapes where they feel most comfortable. He reveals while concealing, and conceals while revealing, but never at the same time.
Justin Hollar has shot for Urban Outfitters, Dazed&Confused, I.D., Mass Appeal, Nylon, Soma, Tokion, and more.
Tronic directed and animated a short film based on the loss of nature in our increasingly man-made landscape. Sebastien Agneessens, founder of Formavision, interviews Vivian Rosenthal of Tronic Design. Formavision “specializes in creating compelling cultural content and dynamic experiential environments.” Tronic Design uses creativity and technology to “transcend preconceived notions of how to arrive at a particular solution.”
It all started with the Chateau Marmont. A young teenager from Glasgow hears stories of the legendary hotel from her father and his friends who travel for work. “One day,” he promises, “you and I will have lunch at the Chateau Marmont.” Months later, they pack their bags and head to the city of angels for a road trip that neither one of them will ever forget.
For three weeks, David Eustace and his 16-year-old daughter Rachael traveled from Los Angeles to Eustace, a small town near Dallas, Texas. They passed through Death Valley on the way to Las Vegas, then headed north towards Boulder City and Lake Mead. They continued their journey east to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and then further past Amarillo and Wichita Falls, Texas until they reached their namesake destination.
Throughout the trip they documented their journey with snapshots, videos, journals, and keepsakes. All of these mementos are assembled together onto Anthropologie’s theanthropologist.net, the brainchild of creative director Trevor Lunn. The site “is an online space for inspiring works and inspiring individuals.” Film-maker and photographer Andrew Zuckerman and director Jane Campion are also featured.
Anthropology is the study of human beings, and for those three precious weeks David Eustace and his daughter Rachael experienced a sometimes silent but nevertheless eye-opening study of each other.
Hello Kitty celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. Parent company Sanrio is not holding back when it comes to honoring the pink-bowed feline. At the center of numerous Hello Kitty events is the Three Apples exhibition at the Royal/T gallery in Los Angeles. Curated by Jamie Rivadeneira, owner of pop-culture shop JAPANLA, the show includes Hello-Kitty inspired work by over 80 artists such as Gary Baseman, FriendsWithYou, Ron English, Buff Monster, Camilla d’Errico, Luke Chueh, Deph, Yosuke Ueno, and more.