April 6th, 2011
Eric Smith’s, Live Now project caught the attention of a long list of publishers, bloggers, designers and illustrators. His project has since grown into a new extension—a 220 page book, packed full of inspirational quotes and accompanying artwork from more than 60 artists.
Celeste just got her copy of Live Now in the mail, and after a quick peek, I can easily say it’s worth grabbing.
Some noteworthy collaborators include: Adam Garcia, Mikey Burton, Richard Perez, Ty Wilkins, Brent Couchman, Luke Bott, Jonathan Calugi, Emil Kozak, Gemma Correl, Celeste Prevost, Brian Gossett, Erik Marinovich and plenty more…
Pick up pre-order via anyone of the stockists (list on Live Now site) or hold out for the official drop in May.
February 3rd, 2011
Recently, Portland designer / illustrator / teacher, Frank Chimero posted a pitch on Kickstarter for a new book he’s working on, titled The Shape of Design. If you aren’t familiar with the Kickstarter format; it’s basically a project funding platform that utilizes small contributions with promise of a piece of the action in return. Each level of contribution is rewarded with something in return if the project meets its funding requirements. It’s a clever system and has been incredibly successful in the short time it’s been running.
Where it gets really interesting, is when we start to talk about how much money is being raised and in what period of time. As an example, Frank raised $30,000 in less than one day. $30K IN LESS THAN ONE DAY. He’s somewhere near the 55K mark after three or four days, and still has 27 or so, left, to raise more. With these sorts of examples, it’s hard to imagine why we have any issues in this country what-so-ever.
January 4th, 2011
Our very own Celeste Prevost recently received an excellent write up in German design magazine, Novum. Make sure to pick up a copy of the December issue and check it out.
October 11th, 2010
Celeste and I just got our copy of the new Los Logos book in the mail! Needless to say, the series has always been good, but I think Compass is the best version yet. It has a well rounded selection of work from a lot of designers that I’ve yet to see in other publications of the same genre. Of the 400+ pages, each has at least one logo that I really like. Thankfully, the book is packed with work I haven’t seen over and over again on the internet.
Some friends and colleagues in the book, worth mentioning: Celeste Prevost, Cypher13, Adam Garcia, Chris Henley, General Projects (Ben Pieratt), Benny Gold, Mikey Burton, Black Marmalade, I Love Dust just to name a few.
August 30th, 2010
The new Los Logos – Compass is the latest in the series of publications by Gestalten showcasing a gigantic selection of logos and identity systems from a collection of designers around the world — some of which include, our very own Celeste Prevost, Cypher13 and yours truly. Compass is a tiny bit different from the previous four Los Logos books, in that it’s taken on a more editorial direction; as opposed to page after page of logo on top of logo, you’ll get a little more information on process and so on.
Compass is set to hit the shelves early September for EU, mid September for UK, Asia, Australia, late September for US and Latin America.
January 13th, 2010
Meomi makes my insides tingle with joy every time I peek at their site. It’s sort of like a little adventure. Or, maybe it’s just that giant tree house with all the little critters poking their heads out and giggling. Love it either way.
No doubt they’ve been hard at work since I’ve last visited their site. They just recently released a new Octonauts book, “The Octonauts & the Great Ghost Reef,” which looks funtastic. They also seem to have an animated series in the oven. Nice!
Thanks for the heads up Amy!
October 12th, 2009
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You can find Greg in an awesome retrospective on pop surrealism called EdgyCute. It’s full of some pretty amazing artists — just came out this September.
More info on Greg’s show at the SOO VAC site.
September 19th, 2009
I’m not much for spending money on whatever, but when I see a good pair of sneakers or a book, it’s coming home with me. On my recent trip to Seattle / Portland I came across a multitude of options for both, sneakers and books resulting in a couple purchases here and there.
Pictured above left to right:
The Early Bird – The Art and Design of Morning Breath
Save my Life – Cody Hudson
(Both from Fifty 24SF Gallery in the Seattle Upper Playground shop)
&1: Everyday Shenanigans
(A zine by Jolby, grabbed at The Grass Hut in Portland)
Nobrow Magazine no.1 – Gods & Monsters
(Also from Floating World Comics in Portland)
All of these are super good and have a wide array of artists and participants inside. Make sure to take a peek if you see any of them.
On a somewhat related side note, YWFT is having a huge sale on their book selection and some of these can be found there if you move like lightning.
September 11th, 2009
We Are The Friction is a new book by Jez Burrows and Lizzy Stewart that marries illustrators with storymakers. The book is featuring some incredibly talented illustrators like Frank Chimero, Ray Fenwick, and Micah Lidberg and pairing them with equally talented authors. I def need to get my hand on this book asap. See more here and here. Available for purchase here.
July 3rd, 2009
My soon to be famous wife (Celeste Prevost aka designisfine) and collaborative creative partner in crime has recently been awarded placement in a new business card book entitled Business Cards 3: Designs on Saying Hello. 272 pages of inspiration and somewhere near 1000 illustrations and designs, the 3rd in the series is just as, if not better than the first two. Make sure to check it out. Hi-five loverpants!
February 15th, 2009
I’ve been slackin’ on getting books lately so I figured in celebration of slackin’ on other stuff, I’d go out and at least grab some of those books on my list. The first book is Tattoo Art & Design, which is honestly, hardly in relation to tattoo artists or designers. The great thing about the book is not only the outstanding illustration that fills every page, but the long list of Victionary supported artists and designers. Some of these peeps include our good friends, inspirers and illustrative masterminds, i.e. EightHourDay, 123KLAN, Rolitoland, Rinzen, Superdeux, Pulco Mayo, Simon Oxley and a ton more. The second book is something of a jewel. Steve Powers. ESPO. That’s all I should really have to say. More than 100 pages of Powers amazing type work coupled with his hand painted illustration style. Pretty rad.
November 5th, 2008
A great new book by Bunch entitled, “Bastardised” featuring my very talented wife, business partner and cohort, Celeste. Out of 750 contributors to the project, Celeste’s design was chosen to be published in the book. For more information on the project or to buy the book check out the Made in Bunch site.
October 31st, 2008
Behind The Candidates is a slick and simple interface that gives a quick and concise peek into those running and shaping the administrations on both sides of the ticket. These are the people that will be guiding our next President along with our future.
January 26th, 2008
An interesting thought, find more here.
Google rank will become a political argument. Instead of saying “this is why I am right” political leaders will say “type ‘Iraq war’ in google and look at how my speech comes up first”. Google will be perceived as the ultimate organizer of relevance, and as nobody can control it it will provide the needed crowdibility (that’s a new word I just made up) politicians have lost. If you are on top of google you are right, and you are right because the population put you there.
December 1st, 2007
I like to read, I especially like to learn. Using that as a sort of mantra for the day, I would like to offer you a suggested text. The book is called “Type Addicted” the publisher is Viction:ary. If you don’t know who Viction:ary is, you should check em out. They have released maybe the most comprehensive selection of design related books I have yet to come across. This book is one of their newest released and offers a ton of rad typography related info and imagery. Yup thats right, even if you don’t read, you can still look at the pretty pictures. And remember, the smarter you are, the smarter we all are… not only as human beings but as designers and artists alike. So raise the bar and pick up their new book if you get the chance.