• 3.23.16

    Dave Homer Brings Order to Chaos for AT&T

    Our mobile devices go with us wherever we go; they’re our portals to the world. Since many of us interact with these tiny machines more than anything else, we customize them to fit our needs and they reshape to better fit our lives. Look at someone’s phone and you’ll see how they live, what’s important to them, and how they connect with everyone else. Our devices are unique and reflect our individualities like fingerprints. Dave Homer is entirely aware of the personal relationships we create with this technology when BBDO teamed up with AT&T and asked him to create an advertisement for their latest campaign. The tagline, "This is my network,” is all about making it personal. Dave illustrated a massive fingerprint to reflect how fashion mogul Zac Posen interacts with his technology, especially during the hectic awards season. The fingerprint image is immediately evocative of how singular each user’s relationship is with their technology, but also provides a fun visual experience.

    “The image had to be super detailed, viewing as a simple fingerprint from a distance, but on closer inspection revealing hundreds of small individual illustrations,” explains Dave. “The detail in this was huge, each element was created separately and I created simple 'seam stitching' to join the separate elements and create flow.” The two levels of Dave’s illustration work to draw the viewer in. But, more astounding than the base level composition is the vast variety of imagery within the enormous final look. Over the entire poster no detail is lost, with each element giving way to the next in an avalanche of components. The balance of each of these items is crucial to understanding Posen and how he uses AT&T. 

    When technology, art, and life converge into one space it can be like a hurricane of absurdity but when Dave Homer brings order to it, it makes sense. “We needed to combine relevant elements of his high fashion / Hollywood lifestyle (red carpet, cameras, sports cars, etc) with fashion elements (dresses, tools, fabric, patterns etc) with the high tech telecom and IT elements of AT&T (laptops, WIFI logos, phones, etc),” explains Dave. Placed into the whorls, loops, and arches of a fingerprint, these hundreds of pieces line up into clarity, speaking the identity of Posen and reflects the madness of life we make sense of everyday.

  • 12.25.15

    Happy Holidays: 2015 in Review

    As we come together with loved ones and friends to close the year, we’d like to take this time to reflect on some of our favorite moments from the last year. Included here is a list of some of our favorite stories we’ve had the pleasure to share with our community and friends. This year our artists helped usher in the next generation of Star Wars stars, discovered what bacteria lurk in NYC’s subways, sent hundreds of mean postcards to adoring fans, and put their own stamp on the 2016 Presidential campaign.

    Our artists have done amazing things, so let’s take some time to remember some of the best stories from 2015 before turning our focus to the New Year.

    We hope you have Wonderful Holidays, and a Happy New Year.

    Enjoy.

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    Star Wars' Past and Future with Marco Grob for Time Magazine

    Weeks before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters, Marco Grob photographed the cast of the highly anticipated movie for Time Magazine. Not only did he get to photograph the human stars, he also got to spend time with the famous R2-D2 and meet the newest favorite: BB-8.

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    Craig Ward's Infectious Love for New York City

    Riding the New York City subway can be a precarious situation, not because of the unpredictable riders but because of what lurks on the handrails. Craig Ward wanted to see what exactly he has holding onto every day and the answers were both beautiful and revolting.

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    Sawdust and Nike Reach New Heights

    One project with international powerhouse Nike is celebration enough, but when Sawdust teamed up with the athletic juggernaut for three bespoke typefaces it was an honor. Not only were they creating these solutions for Nike, but they'd be paired with LeBron JamesKobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant, three of the most powerful names in basketball. What they created turly elevated the game.

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    Joey L's Lavazza Calendar: A Study in Sustainability

    This year Joey L joined Annie Leibovitz, Erwin Olaf, and David LaChapelle as a photographer for Lavazza's annual calendar. With the theme “From Father to Son,” Joey L examined how the tradition of sustainable farming is passed on from generation to generation, and how food gets to our tables from around the world.

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    Marc Hom for People's Sexiest Man Alive

    People's Sexiest Man Alive is always a hotly watched and eagerly awaited issue, and frequently their most popular. When Marc Hom got the call to photograph their non-traditional choice this year, David Beckham, it was an honor and a thrill. And on the day of the shoot, Beckham didn't disappoint.

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    Stephen Wilkes: Day to Night at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

    For more than a decade Stephen Wilkes has been pursuing his ongoing personal project of condensing an entire day into a single photograph. This year, Stephen showed off some of his favorite shots at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, a great way to look back on all the work he's done, and look forward to what's still to come.

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    Platon Helps the Met Communicate Across Cultures and Time

    Over the course of months with locations stretching from The Costume Institute to the Louvre's vault, and even the private archive of Yves Saint Laurent, Platon captured the epic vastness of the Met's latest blockbuster. "China: Through the Looking Glass" examines how China's history has impacted the rest of the world through design influence, and Platon was able to photograph every step along the way.

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    Everyone Wants Hate Mail from Mr. Bingo

    Mr. Bingo's ongoing series "Hate Mail" pits the artist against those who pay for the pleasure of being berated by him through the post. Enough fans have gotten their kicks this way that he turned them all into a book that catalyzed an enormously successful Kickstarter. Books are available for purchase now!

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    We Are The Rhoads and Taylor Swift Team Up for Keds

    Living a life in the limelight isn't always easy, so when We Are The Rhoads teamed up with Taylor Swift for their latest Keds campaign, they immediately found common ground. By creating a safe space the mega celebrity was able to focus on the moments with Sarah and Chris, resulting in images that are effortlessly Taylor.

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    Stacey Jones Trades Orange for Gowns

    Style is communication and a stylist has the power to shape how their subject communicates to the world. For Uzo Aduba's cover of As If Magazine, Stacey Jones dove into feminine luxury, offering the Emmy Award winning actress the opportunity to step away from the orange jumpsuits that her fans so often see her in.

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    Tom Corbett and Somerset's Love Letter to Paris

    Paris is a hotbed of fashion and style, making it a dream destination for many and attracting artists from all over the world. Tom Corbett is no different. On his latest assignment for Somerset he really sank his teeth into the city, taking advantage of every block and street corner, capturing the beauty of the city and the ease of its powerful energy.

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    Donald Trump's Stratospheric Ambitions by Stanley Chow and Jamie Chung for The New York Times Magazine

    It's hard to describe Donald Trump's political rise, so sometimes the best option is to not even try. When The New York Times Magazine tasked Stanley Chow and Jamie Chung with an image that spoke to the story they got right to work on something that felt honest but was also a lot of fun.

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    Marcus Bleasdale and Human Rights Watch's Real Impact

    When Marcus Bleasdale began his work as a photojournalist it was to make a difference, but an artist can never be sure if their hopes are going to come to fruition. Marcus' has. His work with Human Rights Watch has lead to changes in law, and even helped end a war. Their joint gallery show, "Impact," proved it.

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    Four B&A Artists Illuminate Your Lunchtime Chipotle Burrito

    Chipotle has seen better days, but before their troubles they made a very solid decision when they asked Harriet RussellSarah J. ColemanAdam Hayes, and Dave Homer to create illustrations for their bags and cups. Each illustrator was paired up with a writer whose pieces were to serve as the inspiration, and the results are as delicious as you can imagine.

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    Douglas Friedman Goes Home with Ken Fulk

    Ken Fulk is a master at interior design, and Douglas Friedman is a master at photographing interiors. When the two came together in a show-stopping shoot of Elle Decor, Fulk's vision leapt off the page thanks to Douglas' unique ability to translate space into flawless photographic composition.

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    The Essence of Bernie Sanders by Ryan McAmis

    Bernie Sanders represents one of the most interesting political stories this season, and like any political character his whole persona is hard to distill into a single image (even a photograph!). Ryan McAmis took his time, and dug deeply into his bag of tricks, creating a portrait for the cover of National Journal that is as honest a representation as we've ever seen. 

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    Brian Doben and UPS Find Essential Common Ground

    It's not every day that passion projects turn directly into corporate campaigns, but when UPS saw Brian Doben's "At Work" series they knew they needed it for themselves. Brian extended the project, meeting with read UPS customers that happened to run their own small businesses, to see what it's really like to work with a company that caters to their needs.

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    The Learning Process Never Ends for Chloe Aftel

    Cinemagraphs are becoming more and more popular, but Chloe Aftel was there since day one. In fact, she's sort of become a go-to photographer to create these captive moments that she finds particular expressive because of their ability to inject more emotion and more story.

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    Todd Selby Lets the Kids Run Free - Safely

    Sometimes the best way to talk about serious issues is with a good laugh, so when Todd Selby linked up with Evolve on a series of gun safety PSA they imagined what other things kids get into. Whether it's playing with condoms like balloons, or tampons like Wolverine's claws: the kids will get into anything and, most of the time, it can be hilarious.

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    James Joyce and Banksy's Festival of Malcontent

    Few artists are as closely watched as Banksy whose work is discussed and devoured the world over, so when James Joyce got the call to be included in Banksy's latest installation it was a no-brainer. James' contributions ended up including the cover of Dismaland's catalogue, a piece that has now been distributed the world over and marked as a coveted accomplishment for any creative CV.

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    Roof Studios Envisions the Future for Toshiba

    We cannot pretend we know what the future will hold, but if we had to bet we'd bet on Roof Studios' vision. They were tasked with glimpsing ahead for a spot with Toshiba that envisions how our relationship with technology will continue to deepen and grow, and shows us what that will look like.

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    Ice Skating GIF by Nomoco.

  • 9.14.15

    Four B&A Artists Illuminate Your Lunchtime Chipotle Burrito

    “Must a cup, or bag, suffer an existence that is limited to just one humble purpose, defined merely by its simple function?” is the question that Chipotle poses itself for their Cultivating Thought series of portable packaging. The chain restaurant taps authors and writers to surrender ideas for Chipotle’s customers to read and engage with when they’re sitting eating their burritos and tacos. Each writer’s piece is offered to a visual artist to bring it to life and this season Bernstein & Andriulli has four artists who were brought on to illustrate these big ideas. Harriet Russell imagined Mary Roach’s “Two-Minute Revelation,” Sarah J. Coleman (aka inkymole) brought Laura Hillenbrand’s “Two-Minute Ode to Chocolate” to life, Adam Hayes illustrated Jonathan Franzen’s “Two-Minute Driving Lesson,” and Dave Homer illuminated Sue Monk Kidd’s “Two minutes or Two Questions.”

    The idea of the project really resonated with Harriet Russell, who sees a certain poetry in using these items that we usually don’t think twice about as a starting point for a deeper discussion. “The idea of using a bag or a cup as a canvas for visualising a story is a great one, and turns something that is usually a throwaway item into something really special and thought provoking,” says Harriet. Dave Homer felt a similar excitement for the project, not least of which because it was with Chipotle. “To be asked to participate in this Chipotle project was really exciting,” says Dave. “Such a beautifully simple idea of combining a short piece of great writing, with an illustrated interpretation was really interesting to me.” The illustrations help engage the reader on different levels from the text, ultimately creating an immersive experience on the side of a cup.

    With so many different artists come many different processes. We’ve included the artwork from each artist in varying formats dependent upon their process. Adam Hayes’ process included reading Jonathan Franzen’s piece over and over. “I drew up lots of quick ideas with a pencil over the text whilst reading and re-reading it; many of those first visuals ended up in the final artwork,” says Adam. Each artist has their own way of working, but each of their methods brought them to a completed product Chipotle bag or cup. 

    For an artist, it’s not only a thrill to engage these products from this new direction, but also to be involved with a company as big as Chipotle who is making an active push to change the way we see fast food. “I LOVE Chipotle,” extolls Adam Hayes. “It’s my go-to lunch spot whenever I’m in New York or in London. (If only they’d open a branch here in Abergavenny, Wales.) It feels good to have my illustrations as part of a food company that’s doing things properly.” For Sarah Coleman, the choice of Laura Hillenbrand’s Ode to Chocolate was particularly personal. “Having been vegan for 18 years and having spent most of my adult life striving to make ethically appropriate buying choices - which has sometimes, historically, made life tricky and more expensive - the whole piece of prose was spookily appropriate for me.”

    Few things in this world are as personal as food, and few relationships are as important as with what one decides to put into their body and nourish themselves. But any artist will tell you, their relationship with expression is equal to that – or in some cases, even more intense. Chipotle’s Cultivating Thought series brings that to life and thanks to these artists you can take a bite. Bon appetit.

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