We don’t really know if it happens in general or it’s some sort of thing going on with us, but sometimes it seems that 3D gets to show more than what our eyes can look at, understand and process; exactly what Crtomir Just does. This Slovenian artist and designer creates plastic, colourful, squishy and, above all, golden worlds. Very gold. Such gold. Wow. Our inner magpie is well happy.
It’s the Olympics this year and, let’s just be honest here, we’ll probably be glued to the TV during the 3 weeks the competition will take place; we’re going to watch the trampoline jumps as if our very son was taking part in them. Rio is going to be the centre of the world and even though we love the show, we don’t really care for sports, today Carolina Mizrahi is our favourite Brazilian. Her pictures are a perfect mix between Art Direction and styling and she’s got the good eye. Carolina, we know you’re not gonna be making the moves with thesynchronized swimming girls, but if you had a flag, we’d bet on you.
It was about time for some graphic inspiration after many colourful still life and good photography examples, wasn’t it? Here you are Carole Gautier and Eugénie Favre, aka My Name Is Wendy, aka graphic design and art direction with the Parisian baguette and croissant vibe. Wendy’s design and style adapts to each client causing them to experience a sort of Stendhal stroke; the beauty excess and the know-how make us more excited than Boy George’s make up. We got the name for our future daughter. Guess: it starts with Wen and ends with dy.
Besides the fact that we love his artistic name, Lobulo is one of those examples of the savoir-faire, of good taste and patience, features all creative soul needs to face every day of the year (Chinese year too) with a positive outlook and rainbow eyes. He knows how to use his hands, he chooses materials carefully and finishes his work with great detail… and the result of this is names like Google, Coca-Cola, Converse or New Era in his client list. All real, all physical, all in volume; Lobulo has magic in his hands.
Australia again? No! We might be slightly obsessed with the antipodes and their creativity and, at the same time, distance may surround them in a sort of dreamy allure, but we’re also aware that, to begin with, Aussieland is the country with more horrendous animals in the world (spiders that could be dogs and stuff) and that, on the other side, we don’t need to travel that far to witness examples of visual talent.
Realmente Bravo (“Really bravo”) is Spanish product; a creative studio formed by Vik Autofocus and Paula Schmerz that shows how mixing daily objects, a lot of culture, a taste for colours, textures and composition, they can be at the same level as the big names in the Graphic Design industry. There’s Art in every corner and they know how to take advantage of that. Really, bravo!
“Barnéy does not care about good coffee, your beard, 12-hour workdays, dog strollers, credit cards, white drama, Lil B, and cats (excluding kittens obviously)”. He likes everything else. That’s how Baker describes himself in his webpage and that’s why we like him.
Besides, Barnéy Baker has a portfolio that includes names like Nike, Adidas, New Era or Microsoft (yeah, I know, it’s amazing), loads of awards and an impeccable taste. Moreover, he’s created what from I want to adopt as a pet; that stone with a pair of eyes so full of happiness that make me want to love. Just look at those eyes; it’s a good hearted stone. I can’t even resist. Baker is another name on our altar of Design.
We belong to that human category that, when watching a film, they cry more when the dog dies that when the actual human does. What can we do; that precious canine look stole our hearts a long time ago. We suspect the same happened to Kenya Hara. This Japanese architect, curator and animal lover had the idea of gathering together a group of architects and designers to create the “Architecture for Dogs” project. The idea consisted in building a specific living space for a certain dog breed, making it more characteristic to its needs and, even more, to the looks of each dog.
The concept behind this projects is that each dog owner can build their own structure at home, downloading the floor plans for free straight from their website. That way, your dog will be able to have a possibly nicer and cheaper place to live that the 20 square meter- no balcony – inside space that you “sleep” (“living” is a concept too wide to describe what you do there).
If there are capital sins at all, in Spain we’d always have the envy sin hanged on the back. We are, culturally, quite jealous of our neighbour upstair, the one below, the one by us and everyone of the block in front too. We sometimes get so green with envy that we could be easily confused with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles country.
Put it down to that or because we got a saying that actually says “no one is a prophet in his own land”, we seem to forget that our gross creative product exists and it’s good enough to be there with foreign schools. Like Noelia Lozano, Graphic Designer and Art Director from Madrid. After working for the prestigious Serial Cut studio and having published in magazines like Computer Arts or IdN, this freelance presents us a very talented manual work, with a turn to the analog versus the digital. The know-how, the colours and shapes are the best paella and sangria that Lozano can export. Olé!
Do you remember those times when they said that extreme specialisation was a good idea? Those times when there was people that committed their life to studying the ways of mating of a certain type of crab that only lives in like 5 miles of beach in the world? And can you remember those who thought that the opposite way was the way to bathe in champagne and oysters? Those who said “you gotta know how to do everything and how to do it well”? Filming, editing, painting, illustrating, building and, if needed, singing popular songs with satanic voices?
Jonathan Zawada demolishes all theories. He’s specialised in his thing (“his thing” as something really wide, what he can do, “the touch”), and, at the same time, he’s broken professional barriers being, on the paper, a Graphic Designer but also going into fashion design, illustration, product design and so on. His work has been published in many many places (Pretty Ugly, Precursor, Juxtapoz, Bullet…) and he’s also held exhibitions. Jonathan Zawada is the way to follow, he’s the talent transcending. I’m sure he can even sing popular songs in satanic style.