DESIGN DOPESHIT

Artist Morgan Blair takes digital experiences - our filtered images, posts, blogs, shares, likes, clicks, etc. - and creates paintings out of them, making our online personas into jumbled, cluttered, eye-catching art. And then she appropriately makes them clickbait with titles like: "30 Most Shockingly Gorgeous Stars Who Became Monsters After Learning This One Trick That Could Change Everything About The Way You See This Video: Hot Wife Cooks What For Husband After Sees Him With These Top 30 Celebrity Tummy Tuck Nightmares, Your Jaw Will Drop!" She tells Creators: "We compulsively feed our realities into social media, YouTube, Craigslist, and blogs, and what gets regurgitated back to us is this hilarious algorithmic Human Experience Derivative Product...It's just absurd on every level, taking the form of spam emails, click-bait articles, fake news, advertisements—a whole slurry of pernicious fantasy." At once familiar and abstract, nothing really makes sense…or does it? Is that the irony of both Blair’s work and our online existence? “What I'm learning is that I make weirder decisions when I fly by the seat of my pants, and the painting feels more personal and interesting to investigate in the end when everything isn't so consistent and predictable." Bizarre, twisted and totally fun, check out more of Blair’s paintings over on Creators now! You won't believe what happens next!

Cambodian-born self-taught illustrator Visoth Kakvei and his extremely detailed, ornamental style are the things of Instagram dreams. His swirling, intricate designs literally jump off the page, creating 3D optical illusions worthy of all the acclaim and followers he is receiving. His secret to success? He tells Creators: “Every work I do, I have to make sure my heart and my hand reach an agreement. It means, I love what I'm going to do, and the hand is pleased to do it as well. This won't get you stressed out. And the patience occurs when you love what you're doing.” There you have it, folks, love and patience are the key combo in creating a magical 3D world out of 2D drawings! Check out more of Visoth Kakvei's mind-boggling sketched work over on Creators!

If you weren't following graphic designer Pete Majarich’s now completed year-long project, “A Movie Poster a Day”, you should definitely stop what you’re doing and check it out now! 365 redesigned, minimalistic movie posters, wrapped up nicely in video form, all for your viewing pleasure. An absolute legend of time management, Majarich’s posters will excite the film lover in us all! Head over to Creators to see a sampling of a few of the posters and watch his compilation video below! 

What does it mean to be a rainbow artist? Check out Liz West’s immersive multi-colored work and you’ll immediately understand. Known for her rainbow-hued installations, West’s most recent project involves studying how the everyday person perceives color. The project, titled “Our Colour Wheel”, reveals what different shades look like in the minds of 11 different people. And this isn’t just about perception on the surface. West’s work is highly researched, in more of a scientific manner than a fully artistic one. Head over to Creators Project to understand how everyone from a rower to a landscape architect to a curator sees color via their own versions of a color wheel. And hey, why not try your hand at making one yourself!?

A few years ago, artist Rachel Sussman came across an image of a broken bowl. But this wasn’t just any ordinary broken bowl. It was one that was patched up and restored using gold dust and glue. The bowl was the product of a Japanese art practice named kintsukuroi (“golden repair”). After her introduction to this traditional technique, Sussman took it to the streets - quite literally. Her ongoing series “Sidewalk Kintsukuroi” sees her repairing cracks in sidewalks with gold. Contemporary and cool - right up our golden alley. Join the gold rush and read more about Sussman’s art over on The Creators Project!

The release of movie trailers and teasers are sometimes as anticipated as the actual film itself. They are considered a sacred art form to some movie-goers, just as worthy of popcorns and “shhh”. Another element of films that have their own contingent of fans? Title sequences! A bad or flat title sequence may not totally break a film but a great one will truly elevate it. A new video essay by CineFix gives insightful info on the design of some of the best title sequences in cinema history. Five integral elements are discussed, including typography, graphic design, cinematic imagery, foreshadowing, and animation/CGI. Watch the video below to learn why a film’s title sequence should never be an afterthought and read more about the techniques studied over on No Film School

Do you think of yourself as a true film aficionado? Annoying your friends by quoting classic movies all of the time? Well, how about testing your skills in a visual way? Artist Jordan Bolton has created a movie poster series that showcases various objects that have appeared in famous films. The posters lay out defining and memorable props and everyday products from films such as “The Royal Tenenbaums”, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, and others. The posters are available for purchase on the artist's etsyLike a hidden object game, take your guesses and test your skills at what films certain glasses, pencils, shoes, etc. belong to over on Gizmodo!  

Looking for a little cheer to brighten up your weekend? Look no further than artist Christ McDaniel (AKA The Glitch) and his colorful, animated illustrations. When McDaniel saw fellow artist James R. Eads’ work “Hello Helios” (pictured), he saw movement in the stillness. After bringing the piece to life, the two have been collaborating on a series of animated versions of Eads’ work ever since. “They weren't moving so much as breathing. My work started coming to life," Eads told The Creators Project. Their collaborations are mesmerizing and psychedelic - little visual wonderlands of magic and art! Head here and here to see more of their work. You can also read here for more info on their GIF collaboration!

Ever wonder what it would feel like to step inside of a rainbow? Well, artist Liz West has created what is probably the nearest thing to the experience. Her multi-sensory installation, ‘Our Colour’, drenches visitors in the entire color spectrum. An experiment in human perception, light is used as a sculptural medium in order to study our psychology, emotional and physical responses to colors within different spaces. The installation will run through the weekend during the Bristol Biennial and as part of the ‘Your Color Perception’ project that began last year in Manchester. Both beautifully artistic and scientific, if you don’t happen to be based in the UK, you can still get more info and check out plenty of pics of West’s installation here! Get ready to experience the rainbow!

From digitizing entire art collections to creating virtual tours of participating art museums, Google has been devoting serious time and money into its Google Art Project, officially launched 5 years ago. Just this week, Google updated its Google Arts & Culture App, allowing you to search for artworks by period, color and subject matter.  A another nifty tool within the app is the Art Recognizer which allows you to point your device at a piece of artwork within any of the 250 participating partner museums and receive the corresponding info. It's like Shazam for art! Though critics are pointing out that many will not feel the need to physically venture into museums because of Google's digitizing efforts, there is a still a massive, much needed educational factor that the app introduces. Watch the informational video here, try out Google Arts & Culture online and read more about the digital arts initiative here.

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