Tuesday, June 30, 2009

bet awards

I saw a couple of commercials for the 2009 BET Awards over the weekend, and I really like the graphics. The bright colors and contour drawing vector illustrations are fun and youthful, which seems appropriate for this event. The logo is simple but interesting. And after a quick google image search I learned that this year's identity is a HUGE step up from 2008.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

silhouette masterpiece theatre

These hand-cut silhouette illustrations by Wilhelm Staehle have been making the rounds on the internets for a while, but I really love them, so I'm showing them anyway. They're beautiful, witty and reasonably priced. I highly recommend perusing the entire collection.

Friday, June 26, 2009

ito / maceachern

My friend Madoka Ito and her husband John MacEachern recently moved to Kyoto (where Madoka is from) and so I don't know if they've had time to make a lot of art lately. But I really like this 'Cyclectic Art' they were making. Madoka is a painter - she draws and/or paints on wood panels and John, who is a sculptor, builds the apparatus that houses them. The end result is, as they tell it, an "interactive, mechanical, moving painting / sculpture." It's an interesting take on narrative - sort of a visual choose your own adventure.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

betsy schairer

Betsy and I go way back (we first met in Mrs. Bell's class at Suquamish Elementary) and so I am in no way qualified to be objective about her work. But I love it. She's doing a lot with textiles and mixed media these days and I think she's making some awesome stuff. You can see more on her blog and etsy store. Oh, and this one was drawn at my house - that's my teddy bear:

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

ryan molenkamp

I met Ryan when we were in the art department together at WWU and have really enjoyed seeing his work develop over the years. You can see more here.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

alan hurley

I've been a fan of my friend Alan Hurley's work for a long time, and I can tell you from personal experience that his obsession with robots goes way back. These are a few of my favorite of his paintings, but he also does silkscreen, murals and fashion design. You can see more here.

friends week!

So, I took a little break from blogging while dealing with portfolio show madness (I'm done with school now - woot!), but I'm back. This week I'm going to focus on the artwork of some friends of mine that I really love. I hope anyone reading this enjoys their work as much as I do.

Monday, June 15, 2009


I'm loving this packaging for a line of pear drinks by Chicago based designer Susie Grace. I'm not sure how these bottles would fit on store shelves, but they're so fresh and fun.

via The Dieline

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

chest envy

I want this chest. Bad. Inspired by vintage wood type, this chest was made by UK custom furniture shop Kent & London. Anyone have £2700 I can borrow?

via Death by Kerning

Monday, June 8, 2009

a lost art

I'm loving these simple Polaroids by Grant Hamilton. Beautiful! It's so sad that Polaroids are almost extinct.

via Pitch Design Union