Grafitti Battles

Grafitti Battles Art Street Art

I went to my first graffiti battle on Saturday, it was utterly brilliant – amazing atmosphere, fantastic music and great artwork … the only downside being choking on the fumes from time to time … particularly when that one artist used a shed load of black on his piece.

Saturday’s event was hosted by Birmingham graffiti and street art store The Bench 504, located in one of the city’s creative zones; The Custard Factory. They have regular battles, and I will most certainly attend another, highly recommended. Read the rest of this entry »

Mr Booglee Illustration

Illustrative Logo Design

I thought you might like to see some recent illustrative logo design concepts of ours – I’m rather pleased with how these came out.

Above, and below …

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Vince Vaughan’s Ludicious Stock Photos

Vince Vaughn Stock Photos Funny

A couple of years ago I wrote a blog highlighting how ludicrous some business stock photos are, and so I was totally excited to find out that Vince Vaughan has decided to mock the very same thing, in a range of totally hilarious stock photo send ups with his Unfinished Business co stars; Read the rest of this entry »

Wearing Art

Jon Burgerman Art

Oh how cool. I’ve followed Jon Burgerman on Twitter for a while and just spotted him in my feed and thought ‘who’s that?’, like you do. So I checked him about again and realised that he’s cool and that’s why you’re following him, and then I spotted that we can even ‘wear’ his art. Read the rest of this entry »

Before Brands Became Racially Sensitive

Racism in Marketing

Prompted by a blog over at The Dieline this month, here’s an interesting trip down memory lane … branding and marketing before brands decided that they should become racially sensitive; Read the rest of this entry »

Social Media Icon Inspiration

Social Media Icon Inspiration

Society 6 is a popular online marketplace for designers and artists to sell their art, printed onto a range of products.

It’s somewhat like that terribly tacky place we all used back in the day, when that was all we had (showing my age here); Cafe Press – but typically Society 6 is mainly only used by cool and trendy artists, whereas Cafe Press was, and pretty much still is, for anyone with a good (or bad) slogan and a copy of Photoshop.

Society 6 has a slick professional, and minimalistic design, perhaps so as not to clash or compete with the wide range of styles and colours of the illustration led products showcased there, so I was pleasantly surprised after scrolling to the bottom of their homepage yesterday, to spot their very creative and interesting social media icons.

I’d like to describe them as the King of social media icons, because they’re the most interesting I’ve ever seen, that’s for sure. Read the rest of this entry »

Star Wars Episode 7: Arty

Star Wars Episode 7 Art

Oh, what’s this, a new Star Wars film you say? Apparently the teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens was released on Friday to the great excitement of the Interwebs.

Yes I’m three days late, but I don’t get out on the Interwebs much (something pressing to do with ‘living’), but I do have an arty treat for you. This movie release ties in very neatly with giving me an excuse to show you these wonderful imaginative Star Wars paintings by Craig Davison I saw in the Castle Art Galleries in Birmingham a few weeks ago.

In a backyard, far far away ….. Read the rest of this entry »

What Is Surface Pattern Design?

Pattern Design

I’ve just happened upon a really talented pattern designer, I’m not sure if they work professionally or if it’s just a passion of theirs because they don’t seem to have a dedicated business website or brand (just a tumblr page titled Inevitably Accidental).

Having looked at oodles of pattern designs over the years, if they aren’t a professional surface pattern designer, they most certainly should be. Read the rest of this entry »

Website Design For Artists

Representing a business brand identity through their web design is a challenge; ensuring the style and atmosphere of the website echoes behaviour the customer experience, and that’s before you even worry about things like accessibility, layout and optimal positioning for sales conversion.

Now designing an artists website is little different, in that it also needs to represent the style of the artist, but when the artist is as talented as Rebecca Wetzler you get something very exciting like this website;

Website design for artists

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The Imaginarium of Xue Wang

Xue Wang artist

I popped into the Castle galleries in Birmingham a week or so ago and out of all the fantastic artists in there was most impressed by Xue Wang – probably because London based Wang is incredibly talented, but also because I definitely have a kink for contemporary Chinese artists.

Wang states “My creative impulse is driven by a fascination with childhood paraphernalia: dolls, toys, fairy tales, stage sets, fun fairs, found objects mixed with whimsy.” Read the rest of this entry »