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Industrial Divinities

Posted: August 29th, 2009 | Author: Todd | Filed under: illustration | Comments Off

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Junji Okubo has shared some beautifully simple yet quite detailed technical illustrations of robots on the website Izmo Juki. There’s something about it being subtitled Industrial Divinities that I find surprisingly charming. It’s worth taking a look (use the tiny numbers at the bottom left of the last image on each page to get to subsequent pages). You’ll feel like your looking at the contents of one of those Jawa Transports from the first Star Wars movie – except these are all clean. After you take a look come back and comment on our tendancy to anthropomorphize.


I Love Girls on Bikes

Posted: August 25th, 2009 | Author: Todd | Filed under: bikes, photography | 1 Comment »

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Here’s my girl Cindy cruising on her Velorbis Victoria. She also has a mountain bike and a road bike (below) but the omafiets we imported after she encountered them while studying in the bike-friendly Netherlands is her favorite. It really is beautifully designed and she gets many comments when we go out riding. If you love girls on bikes (or if you actually are a girl on a bike) Let’s Go Ride A Bike is the blog for you. Not only are there some nice posts and photographs but a terrific list of other bike blogs so you can continue to explore.

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Travel (by bicycle) Photography

Posted: August 25th, 2009 | Author: Todd | Filed under: bikes, input, photography | 1 Comment »

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Stop what you are doing and familiarize yourself with this really wonderful bicycle tour photography by Gregg Bleakney. Take a few extra minutes and look at his Adventure section too. They’re even better than the cycle shots but this is a bicycle photograph post. Oh, and while you’re at it the Portraits, People and Landscape categories are spectacular too.

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Re-bookmark-able

Posted: August 24th, 2009 | Author: Todd | Filed under: downloads, illustration | Tags: | 3 Comments »

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Check out these great, whimsical bookmarks and book plates by Tim and Ella Wong. The uncle-niece team collaborate in California’s Bay Area but have started to share some of their work on flickr. Two things make these illustrations remarkable beyond how fun they are. First, Ella is only eleven. And, second I can remember drawing with Tim in social studies class in junior high school when we weren’t much older than eleven ourselves! Before anymore time flies by print out some of these great bookmarks and stick them in your favorite book. Each time you sit down to read you’ll start out with a smile.

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Where the Wild Things Buy Tickets

Posted: August 20th, 2009 | Author: Todd | Filed under: design, Interactive, local twin cities | Tags: , | 1 Comment »

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The team at Creed Interactive (Jonathan, Andy and Myself) under cover of darkness released another web site into the Wild. Building on the foundation established with the Sponsorship site we added full screen video and a few other tricks to get the attention of all the Wild fans out there looking for season tickets and suites. The Wild have sold out every season in franchise history so we’re not quite sure how we’ll measure success. How fast they sell out? Riots at the box office? Total colapse of the server? Check it out at http://tickets.wild.com and see for yourself. If you are interested there is also a press release.


Picture Your Life Cycle

Posted: August 20th, 2009 | Author: Todd | Filed under: bikes, photography | Tags: , | 2 Comments »

Those of us in Art Director type roles often have a different experience with photography than your average Ansel Adams fan. We find ourselves doomed to search for nuances in the arrangement of sesame seeds in a series of 600 hamburger photos looking for the shot that will out sesame seed the competition. Or, worse yet, if you are on the production side of things photoshop out the single, deal-breaker, symmetry-destroying, sesame seed the art director feels will result in a catastrophic drop in hamburger bun sales.

Lay down your loop or your stylus my friend and just enjoy this collection of terrific photography (and links to more of the same) about your most favorite thing – bicycles.

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Photographer Eddie Clark captures racing and free style moments.

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Adam Leahy Photography
Adam shoots race and recreational cycling as well as doing some commercial work. Thankfully bikes don’t have sesame seeds.

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Rolf Hagberg Photography
Rolf takes a different approach and is exploring cycling as a foil for creating beautiful, abstract images.

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Outlier
It’s refreshing to see bicycles in advertising (haven’t we had enough cars as props). Outlier makes fashion for cyclists so the connection is obvious but don’t these photos convey a hip, urban culture aesthetic?

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Check back in soon. As cycling continues to catch on (and hopefully replace the automobile as pop culture icon) and I continue to find talented cycle-friendly photographers I’ll share them here. Until then ride to live – live to design.