Art & Copy

August 21, 2009


ART & COPY is a powerful new film about advertising and inspiration. Directed by Doug Pray (SURFWISE, SCRATCH, HYPE!), it reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time — people who’ve profoundly impacted our culture, yet are virtually unknown outside their industry. Exploding forth from advertising’s "creative revolution" of the 1960s, these artists and writers all brought a surprisingly rebellious spirit to their work in a business more often associated with mediocrity or manipulation: George Lois, Mary Wells, Dan Wieden, Lee Clow, Hal Riney and others featured in ART & COPY were responsible for "Just Do It," "I Love NY," "Where’s the Beef?," "Got Milk," "Think Different," and brilliant campaigns for everything from cars to presidents. They managed to grab the attention of millions and truly move them. Visually interwoven with their stories, TV satellites are launched, billboards are erected, and the social and cultural impact of their ads are brought to light in this dynamic exploration of art, commerce, and human emotion.

Official site

Via Swiss Miss

Patrick Runte – Jump ‘n’ Run

August 14, 2009


Hamburg-based photographer Patrick Runte recreates scenes from classic videos games in his Jump ‘n’ Run series. Pacman, Space Invaders, Pong, and more are all composed in real life situations where Runte has set up beautiful (and accurate!) depictions of the video games. Runte offers the following explanation: “The work is inspired by Oskar Schlemmer and his idea of the ‘Triadic Ballett’ and the term ‘Streetplay’”, Runte explains. “I wanted to compile old video games, which are based on simple geometric forms and make them able to be experienced / felt by the human body.”

More samples here
Via format mag

Rhonda beta

August 10, 2009

Some years in the making, this 3d line drawing tool looks pretty amazing. Click on the image or view the video here.


Illustration by James Patterson, software developed by Amit Pitaru.


A glimpse into a great artist’s inspiration

August 6, 2009

Gerhard Richter’s comprehensive reference library, the Atlas Collection, can be seen online at


The Atlas:


The site also has an extensive gallery of his paintings…

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Sydney Design Festival 2009

August 3, 2009

Wow! Sydney Design Week 2009 is jam packed with more things to do than ever. Exhibitions, markets, late night events, tours, workshops, talks, educational resources and sooo much more to do, it’s designed to engage and inspire.

The diverse program runs over 16 days from 1 to 16 August 2009. Highlights at the festival’s main precinct, the Powerhouse Museum, include Eat Green Design, Young Blood: Designers Market, Australian International Design Awards exhibition, late night event Play Late, and the Design Underground tours.

Sydney Design 09 extends all over the city too, with more than 70 events and 35 venues around Sydney.


If you attend today’s “How Can Graphic Design Help Save The Planet?” please let me know, I’d love to hear about it. I’m at work right now, so feel free to post your comments.



Kleinmania. Now slightly more popular than ever.

July 9, 2009

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The man who puts the Klein in Kleinmania (one of our senior designers here) was interviewed by The Publics.


“Kerning is an interesting process because it can be very time consuming and it’s usually invisible, as in you only notice it when it’s bad … To my knowledge nobody has ever died from poor kerning.”

Read the interview:

Kleinmania on Tumblr: 


Banksy versus Bristol Museum

June 18, 2009

You’ve seen Banksy take over the streets, now it’s a museum:


Vivid Sydney, Sydney’s Festival of Music, Light and Ideas

June 12, 2009

Better late than never –

Vivid Sydney, developed by Events NSW in partnership with the City Of Sydney, will be the biggest international music and light festival in the Southern Hemisphere. It will showcase the city as a major creative hub in the Asia-Pacific region, celebrating the diversity of Sydney’s creative industries.
Vivid Sydney features four exciting new events:
Smart Light Sydney
Creative Sydney
Fire Water


THE most dedicated piece of consumer generated content ever. Age time lapse 17 yrs in the making.

June 8, 2009

“Incredible dedication” – the only way to describe Dan Hanna who for the last 17 years has religiously taken 2 images of himself every day using a home made rig. Before you watch, just remember this started long before digital cameras were around…

Here’s the rig below, which Dan carried with him, even on holidays.


The rig dismantled below – you can see how Dan rotates himself by about 1 degree every day, so a full year means one complete rotation.


Read a lot more about the project here.

It’s a great read. Thank you Dan for sharing – it really is an amazing piece of work.

Activist group covers allegedly illegal New York City outdoor ads with art.

May 7, 2009

Delete, by Ji Lee.

Delete, by Ji Lee.

To clear space for public communication and highlight what’s believed to be the illegal use of public space in New York City, a local activist group whitewashed over more than 120 billboards and replaced the ads with art. From CREATIVITY-online

Read more at CREATIVITY or Fubiz or check out all the pics on Flickr.

Nice work! ‘Delete’ is my favourite.

Rachel and Gaia by NYSAT-Municipal Landscape Control Committee.

By Rachel and Gaia

Muybridge High Five by I Am.

Muybridge High Five by I Am.

Disney Star Wars Weekend Posters

May 7, 2009

Every year at the Disney Hollywood Studios they have a special event – The Star Wars Weekend

And to promote it, they made some really cool posters:




Awesome – and there are some more here.

The invisible car… and it’s a Skoda!

May 6, 2009

No it’s not an amazing bit of new cool technology, it’s just Sara Watson’s art project – and we totally love it!


Reminds me of Julian Beever’s 3D chalk work below (here). Maybe Sarah will become the street artist who makes things “invisible”…?


Test Yourself: Can you tell which is a 3D image and which is Real?

February 15, 2009

The real world and virtual world are gradually blurring together. Fooling the human mind into not being able to separate these two worlds is still a challenge because our brains are pretty hard wired to spot incredibly subtle details that allow us to identify the fakes from reality, especially when computer graphics are in motion. At some point in the not too distant future it is likely that we will not be able to tell. Can we really trust what our eyes are telling us?

Spotting the difference is harder with still images. Can you tell which ones of these are real and which are fake*? Answers at the bottom or on rollover.

Take the test: Real or FAKE:
(Answers shown as you rollover image)
*Please click on the image for the original references and sources.





(6)  3D FAKE



(9)3D FAKE


Want to share how well you did? – Tell us how many you got right in the comments 🙂

Select/ highlight the text between the brackets below for a summary of the answers.
[ 1,2,5,7,8 – REAL
3,4,6,9,10 – FAKE / 3D

Shepard Fairey On The Colbert Report

January 18, 2009

Shepard Fairey, from Obey to Obama. Some may say that because he’s been working for coin the label of street artist is false. Well surely it is all forgiven if his work helped Obama across the line right? That IS public service.

Beautiful data : visualization links and examples

December 4, 2008

I’ve said in the past that some of the best Creative Directors of tomorrow will be those who also appreciate the usefulness of data and analytics. This may seem to be a contradiction in terms but in a digital world, a creative mind that is able to find meaning in spreadsheets, graphs and data may discover ‘gold’ that can compliment, add to, or even originate new ideas.

Unfortunately creative people are usually visual beasts who thrive on imagery, not numbers. (Ugghh!) It would be nice if we could decode ‘matrix style’ data into meaningful insight that allowed us to see patterns and trends. The good news is that there are tools and people that see data in a different way – I’ve listed some of my favourites below:

Data visualisation examples:


Other resources and examples:

I know there are those who disagree with me on this, and I understand their viewpoint as I am also a huge believer in the expression “Knowledge does not always give you Insight”. Despite the difficulty in adapting to thinking in this new way I have become quite happy spending time in Excel etc and after a few hard years it has become my friend not my enemy.

(Exec Creative Director, Amnesia Razorfish) – (

Michael Kai messes with perspective, minds.

September 8, 2008

Check out the work of German-now-based-in-Melbourne photographer, Michael Kai, whose incredible shots include some amazing Escher-style illusions.



His exhibition “This Side Up” has be shown in Europe, the U.S.A. and Australia.

Check out his work here.

Massaud Airship Hotel Fake : Manned Cloud likely full of hot air.

August 27, 2008

Fancy flying around he world in 10 days onboard a luxury flying hotel? Well you may have to wait longer than expected. This story has been floating around the web for about 10 months and has made many mags and press, but time seems to be telling that it looks more like a little publicity stunt for architect Massaud (here).

Web Chinese Whispers? Proving again that some web consumers are willing to adopt, believe and blog things that have very little grounding in fact – and then copy and paste madly, there really is very little to suggest this was any more than a ‘concept’ but the web and press have made it look like this project is really happening. I’m happy to be proved wrong, but I’m betting this is a tall story from Massuad that went a little too far…


Early Daily Mail Story here that fueled many blogs (did they really believe this?):

Amazing Light Painting – Hi-Res Air Graffiti Wallpaper Download

August 15, 2008

We made this hi-res air-graffiti light image using a technique we worked out (here). The images are pretty stunning, especially when you see them in high res. Here’s one for your desktop in all it’s glory. Completely free for you to use for any non commercial purposes. 

Update: We are uploading full versions of these (gradually) to Flickr. Read the comments for the link 🙂 

Download here (1900×1200):
(then right click – set as background)


There are many more of these…

So… write some nice comments and we’ll think about releasing the rest in hi-res 🙂

Invisible materials that will change the world.

August 13, 2008

Invisibility may now be a real possibility according to report published in the Journal of Science and Nature (here). The BBC has a nice breakdown of the article (here) which uncovers a new material which allows light to be bent around objects.

A material that is able to reverse the effect of light refracting, thus rendering objects invisible has major implications for the world of creativity and technology. Whilst the first thought for most people will be impersonating Harry Potter and donning an invisibility cloak to become an instant spy, the practical and creative uses could create major changes aesthetically in the world around us.

Predator Suits coming to a retail store near you …one day!

We are all aware of the benefits of Glass and other transparent materials but the ability to hide or simply reduce the visual impact of objects on demand is an exciting prospect.

Ideas for use of Invisible materials in the real world:
– Chairs and Tables without legs. (I’ll buy those!)
– Buildings that appear to float by hiding structural elements
– Lighting (eg: streetlights) that defy gravity.
– Hiding of ugly infrastructure (eg: pylons).
– Amazing visual transitions for live theatre.
– General visual bulk reduction of any object.
– “Soft glass” – practical applications would be enormous.
– Curtains that trap heat, but still allow light in.
– Invisible ropes would have many uses.
– Art. Insane sculptures that appear to defy physics.
– Fashion – new materials will create amazing design possibilities.

Car Manufacturers will save a fortune making ads like these… 

How long do we have to wait? A Korean white paper states 2015 (see our article here on future technology). Guess we’ll have to wait and see (or not as the  case may be).

How to make your own air graffiti photos/art using LED glowsticks.

August 6, 2008

Painting in the air… so much fun, cheap and easy to do. Here’s how: Now you can probably see my 3 year old daughter’s feet in the pic below whilst her big 6 year old brother manages to go a bit higher with the blue/yellow combo. I made this image on the weekend using colour changing LED glowsticks (you can get these on ebay or the address below) and a 6 second exposure (Nikon D70). I’ve since made a neat few wallpaper desktops with this effect (will post them later when I have a spare sec to edit them to the right size).

air graffiti kids

Cheap LED glowsticks for under $10 can be found from companies like this:


or you can try Ebay: