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Meet Elmoji

Photo by WowWee

Most kids love Sesame Street and the all too famous character, Elmo. Allow me to introduce you to Elmoji, the tiny little Elmo robot that will teach your kids to code! That’s right! Coding at 3 years of age sounds promising to me.

Debuted at the annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show) conference this year, Elmoji (by WowWee) teams up with an app that teaches young children the basic foundations of coding through emojis, and Elmo the robot. Elmoji moves around, reacts to the game and encourages the child’s progress. Elmoji is currently in development mode and is said to be released later this year. Though I don’t have children yet, as a developer, I will be snatching up one of these for them (or myself in the meantime!). read on

Asian Influence of an American Classic

While you’ve no doubt heard of Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent Van Gogh, you’ve probably never heard of Tyrus Wong. A Chinese-American artist, he was the visionary behind Walt Disney’s 1942 animated classic, Bambi. The story has it that he spent nights, after long days doing animation, painting watercolors to show his own vision of the new film’s look. His style emphasized the film’s animal characters in the foreground with minimal brushwork, gentle washes and slashes of color in the background—in the Asian tradition. The film went on to receive three Academy Award nominations and in December 2011 it was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Mr. Wong died this month at the age of 106. read on

Our Fears

You want to call for help or spread your own opinions, but no one can hear you, no one can help, and nothing will be changed.
—Lisk Feng, 26, New York City

 

Begun in the wake of the 2016 US Election, Our Fears is an online gallery for artists to voice and visualize their deepest anxieties, whether political, social, or personal.

Originally a feature in the The New York Times’ Opinion section and curated by art director Alexandra Zsigmond, this site was built to house a larger selection of the submissions that came from the initial call for entries. read on

The Definition of Painstaking

Valerie Lueth and Paul Roden of Tugboat Printshop have spent 3 years perfecting a single woodblock print. The pair have devoted thousands of hours to “Overlook,” a 30″ x 46″ richly detailed, colorful print which depicts a woodland scene of mountains, rolling hills, and foliage. The painstaking and impressive process is well documented at thisiscolossal.com.
I wish that one of my loved ones had rolled up a print of “Overlook” and slipped it in my Christmas stocking. It can be pre-ordered (hint) here on Tugboat’s official website.

Mix It Up!

Bring out the holly, mistletoe, and disco balls! ’Tis the season of spreading holiday cheer and celebrating the coming year. A proper New Year’s Eve celebration must include party hats, noise makers, a dance floor, and a shimmering disco ball. Is a construction site an acceptable place to welcome 2017? Mais, oui! The lucky people of Lyon, France can ring in the new year with artist Benedetto Bufalino and his Disco Ball Cement Truck. Bufalino is known for creating public art installations and his Disco Ball Cement Truck is his latest creation. Oh, those French know how to celebrate. Happy New Year!

Weeks of Work

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This past year, we’ve stayed super busy at Taylor Design. Managing multiple projects, challenges, and deadlines daily can really drain your creativity. In order to help wake my brain up on Mondays (in addition to the mug of coffee), I spend just a minute or so before our weekly status meeting to quickly sketch a simple title design in my lined notebook for that week’s project list. Nothing fancy—it’s just a fast, fun way to kick-off my creative thinking for the week, and I urge you to give it a whirl. Check out this quick flip-through of one of my notebooks for an example (cartoon gnomes and all).

Where Would We Be Today…

… If not for a lesser-known Christmas Day birth of Robert Noel Hall? Mr. Hall was born on December 25th, 1919 in New Haven, Connecticut. He spent most of his professional life working for GE Global Research in Niskayuna, NY (my home town and a suburb of Schenectady, NY) as an inventor. In 1962, Mr. Hall demonstrated the first semiconductor laser, which opened the gates to all kinds of future innovation. In the early 1960s, Mr. Hall and his colleagues at GE were developing the ground work for the technology we know and love today. “There is so much in our lives we take for granted today that traces back to Bob’s diode laser,” says Marshall Jones, a principal engineer at GE Global Research and another laser pioneer. To be honest, I understand so little about what these guys were up to back then. What I do know is that their inventions have made our lives better. Thanks to Robert (Bob) Noel Howard, the Christmas baby, who died a little over a month ago on November 7th at the age of 96.

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8 Useful Sites for Finding the Perfect Fonts

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As a designer, I’m always on the lookout for good resources to help select typefaces for upcoming branding, print, and web projects. Having a quick and easy way to find the perfect fonts can save a ton of time. And while online type-testers have improved a bit, viewing type samples set in “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” isn’t very useful when it comes to design. For me, seeing how a typeface performs in a real-world print application or on an actual website is much more useful. Many type foundries, font libraries, and blogs realized this need, and have made it easier for us to stay informed and keep our Pinterest pages filled. Check after the break to see some of my favorites. read on

The Fabric of Societal Fringes

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Sometimes the best and most creative outcomes arrive from the collision of unlikely pairings. Here are two: quilting and the fringes of society. Or as quilter Ben Venom describes: “motorcycle clubs, punk rock, heavy metal, the occult, mysticism, folklore, paganism.” The imagery in his quilts include skulls, knives, blood, dice, spiders, eagles—you get the idea. And he doesn’t just design these themes of the fringes, they are built right in; you can find anything from old denim to bandanas to camouflage to old band t-shirts among the fabrics.

In terms of quilting techniques: “There’s a right way, there’s a wrong way, and there’s the way I just decided to do it—which is my way,” says Venom.

He cites seeing the quilts of Gee’s Bend (a selection of quilts made by four generations of African American women who inhabit a strip of land formed by a deep loop in the Alabama River) as his first dive into the world of quilting. He was inspired by the rich history and use of old, recycled fabrics. Immediately after seeing the collection, he went home and began cutting up fabrics he had on hand.

Venom’s unique and unusual quilts have sold for thousands of dollars and have been exhibited in countries all around the world. Appropriately, he works out of San Fransisco’s Haight-Ashbury.

Want to view Venom’s complete gallery? See his portfolio of quilts here.

Feeling Unsatisfied?

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Everyone experiences moments of frustration when things don’t go as planned. Parallel Studio created a short animation, called UNSATISFYING, about these annoying little things of everyday life. Things such as missing a golf putt by a hair, or dropping a spoon into your soup bowl, or having a vending machine item get stuck. I thought the video was clever, funny, and something we can all relate to.

Watch video: https://vimeo.com/189919038

Additionally they created a challenge for animators who want to show other unsatisfying moments. Watch or submit your own video here: http://unsatisfying.tv/

I hope you’re not disappointed you did!

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