Illustrator Rod Hunt was selected as one of the designers for The Fifty New Logos Project to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Rolling Stones. With a brand as iconic as the Stone’s Tongue, Rod wanted to create a 21st Century interpretation reflecting the digital age of bits, bytes & information. The project is curated by Alvaro Sotomayor from Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam & creative Esteban Franco Prieto.
Stephen Wilkes works with TIME for a second time to document the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Stephen rented a helicopter and flew over some of the most devastated areas including the New Jersey shore, Breezy Point and Far Rockaway. Only through these aerial photographs can the full extent of Sandy’s impact be comprehended.
Reflecting on the photographs, Stephen says: “It’s my hope that these images serve as a wake up call…it’s a reminder that we need to take special care of our fragile world.”
Mondo, the famous poster boutique of the Alamo Drafthouse, commissioned Shan Jiang of Shotopop to make a Lord of the Rings limited edition poster. The incredibly detailed hand-drawn illustration was meticulously redrawn digitally as an 8 color screen print. The poster depicts Bilbo and Sam approaching the Eye of Sauron and made its debut at New York Comic Con (NYCC) last month.
Warner Bros Pictures sought out 3D marketing options to convey the experience of this new technology and tapped Nels Israelson for the role. Since Nels had worked on several recent campaigns with the studio, WB was aware he’d been doing R&D on improved 3D lenticular capture techniques. WB’s SVP of Theatrical Marketing Massey Rafani contacted Nels and within a few days he and his team were set up in Wellington, NZ. Nels worked with the actors and 3D specialist Grayson Marshall to create defining character moments within the restrictions of the 3D capture process. The actors had to hold still for several seconds as up 72 perspectives were shot. Screenwriters Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens participated in the photo sessions with on-set feedback and direction.
Olaf Hajek teams up with Angelika Taschen to create a charming new yoga primer called “Little Gurus.” Olaf’s illustrations are creative and playful, capturing more than just yoga poses but also the historical and cultural background of the discipline as well. “It was fun to take the reader on a journey of discovery into the world of yoga,” Olaf says.
Tom Corbett dazzles with these photos for The Mall at Millenia. This is the fourth year Tom has worked on Millenia’s holiday magalog and the second year he’s collaborated with B&A’s very own Art/Fashion Director, Emma Pritchard. Tom and Emma worked with Set Stylist Tara Marino to conceptualize the sparkle-inspired shoot for Millenia’s 10th anniversary issue.
Douglas Friedman photographs Ryan Murphy for the cover story in the November 2nd issue of The Hollywood Reporter. Douglas shot the esteemed creator of Glee, The New Normal, and American Horror Story in his Beverly Hills home. The Spanish colonial style house has been replicated as the set for one of Murphy’s series, The New Normal.
Zach Gold shoots the campaign for the Ford B-MAX on location in Barcelona. The B-MAX is a new kind of car with rear sliding doors, no B-pillars and more room. The concept for the project was to show how large the interior of the B-MAX is and that’s where the Olympic diving pool and stuntman come into the picture.
Zach worked with Karin Onsager Birch, Serge Pennings and Steve Clarke from BlueHive (UK). The talent was stuntman Bobby Holland-Hanton who has done work for the Batman, Thor and James Bond films. Zach and BlueHive tried a few different ideas but decided on the see-through view of the B-MAX opening into a shot of the diver.
Gillian Laub takes these behind the scenes photos of the film The Paperboy, a dark and steamy 1960s drama. The film touts an exceptional cast including Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey, and Zac Efron. Gillian’s photos appear in the November edition of W magazine, which showcases “On Set” portfolios in each issue.
For the shoot, Gillian headed down to the swamps of Louisiana where temperatures reached over 100 degrees with 100% humidity. A medic was even on set to make sure no one went into a heat stroke. Though temperatures were oppressive, it also heightened the drama of the atmosphere.
Creative production studio Ars Thanea worked with their long-time client Nvidia to create key visuals for marketing their new GeForce GT series graphic card. Nvidia wanted to convey that the graphic card was for people who used their PC for more than just checking email or watching videos. This is what inspired the “Bringing Fun to Your PC” campaign slogan. Ars Thanea was responsible for concept, production and photography.
Photographer Stephen Wilkes and his work were recently the subject of CBS Sunday Morning. Host Martha Teichner chatted with Stephen specifically about his “Day to Night” series. The photo collection provides a definitive view of various places around New York City including Central Park, Times Square, and Park Avenue. For each location, Stephen would set up his camera “for a minimum of ten hours, from the same perspective, capturing a fluid visual narrative of day into night within a single frame.”
Designer and typographer Craig Ward has published his first book, Popular Lies About Graphic Design. Craig draws on over 10 years of design experience to write this book that “aims to debunk the various misconceptions, half truths and, in some cases, outright lies which permeate the industry of design.” Popular Lies also features contributions from the likes of Milton Glaser, Stefan Sagmeister, Christoph Niemann and Ian Wright.
So far, the book has been written up by prominent art and design blogs such as It’s Nice That and Design Taxi. An interview with Craig appears in the December issue of Digital Arts. Popular Lies About Graphic Design is out on December 1 via Actar. American readers can pre-order here from Amazon.
Last week JIMI CRAYON and Kiji battled it out live in Times Square using one of Microsoft‘s new apps, Fresh Paint. The battle was held in conjunction with the launch of Windows 8 and the Windows pop up store in New York City. For 75 minutes, JIMI CRAYON and Kiji drew furiously in front of a large crowd. In the end, JIMI CRAYON came out victorious and won the battle 2-1.
On the second day, JIMI CRAYON used the Fresh Paint app to create a design that was split and projected across 20 different screens, including the 25-story, 15,000 square foot stack at the American Eagle store.
Jason Madara looks upward for inspiration for a new Lincoln MKZ campaign. When asked to capture the essence of the panoramic glass roof, Jason pointed his camera skyward. The result is a breathtaking composition of interesting shapes and complex reflections. A print of the image along with a MoMA-designed Lincoln pen were bundled as a limited edition fine art package for clients.
Jason also stepped out from behind the camera and in front of the lens for a behind-the-scenes mini-documentary. A crew of five people took pictures and videos of Jason while he took pictures for Lincoln. One day was devoted entirely to taking iPhone pictures, which appear on Lincoln’s Facebook page.