Friday, July 27, 2012

Into the blue?

Check out this graphical, colorful study of movie posters since 1914... but note the dramatic increase in blue-hued ones. Since when did blue become a dominant shade?  The original blog post by the artist/creator quotes a graphic designer explaining: 
"Perhaps the colors say less about how movie posters' colors as a whole and color trends, than they do about how genres of movies have evolved. For example, there are more action/thriller/sci-fi [films] than there were 50-70 years ago, which might have something to do with the increase in darker, more 'masculine' shades."

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Creative Use of the GIF

It seems that everywhere you turn on the internet, somebody is posting a short/cute/funny/annoying/insert word here GIF to liven up a blog post, illustrate a story or simply to showcase cute animals, especially kitties.

Every once in a great while, someone comes along and makes the GIF... artsy?

An artist by the name of Nicolas Ritter posted a very cool collection of pieces he titled "One."  A few samples are below, but be sure to check out the entire spread here.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Hipster Exercise

Every once in a while, I try and step back from my day-to-day dealings with art & design and think about how far things have come...

I first remember using Photoshop in high school, when it was version 3.0.  It's now in its 13th iteration (or CS6 if you want to get technical). We used the original iMac, I believe.

Scott and I both learned the art of photography on old-school cameras (mine was a Nikon).  We shot in black and white, rolled our own film and processed photos in a darkroom.

Nowadays with the abundance of camera phones and point-and-shoot apps like Hipstamatic and Instagram, art is literally a click away.  Not that it is a bad thing... more art = happier people.

For a challenge, I decided to create my own Hipstamatic/Instagram images, using only Photoshop and a few photos I'd taken with my iPhone.  (If I really were to challenge myself, I would have rolled my own film, shot with a true SLR, processed the images, scanned them to a computer, then edited them... mmm maybe another day).

Using a variety of filters, brushes and light effects, and with the help of the lovely (clockwise from top left) Sophie, Ari, Mr. Eko and Hugo, here is the final product...

Not too shabby!  It was fun to rediscover the artsy side to a design program I use daily (but in a more commercial way).  Expect more to come!