animation

The Art of Peck

Best known for his television, series Duckman (1994-1997, USA Network), Everett Peck is a an animator,  cartoonist,  illustrator, and  painter. His solo exhibit at Oceanside Museum of Art (Oceanside, Ca., September 11 – January 29), It’s Not My Fault: The Art of Everett Peck, “showcases Peck‘s, work over the past thirty years and traces...

It Takes a Monkey

In the 1930s (and before and after) men who repaired the mammoth illuminated signs, known as spectaculars, that towered over places like Times Square were called “sign monkeys.” A term of endearment then, it is out of fashion now. Yet it does not diminish the dangerous work that these urban mountaineers (including window washers,...

Today's Obsession: The First Animated Tattoo

I have always been confused about QR codes and wtf they’re even for. Don’t we already have bar codes, which are about the same thing? Well, yeah, sorta, but no. The advantages to QR codes over bar codes are aplenty: they hold a ton of information, and you can now create customized versions of...

Today's Obsession: Pixel Perfect

Here, to sate your hunger for retro delight, is a marvelous little tumblr called Pixel Perfect. It’s a collection of silly animated .gifs, and not the current crop that’s so popular. You’ll find no ironic Michelle Obamas giving us thumbs up here! No, this is (mostly) .gifs done the way they used to be:...

My 10 Best (and One Worst) Design Items of the Half-Year

My editor told me, “Everyone likes an end-of-year list, right?” Well, I don’t. But this one’s for you, James. Happy 2011! These date back to early July, when Imprint officially launched. First the Worst. The worst “Mad Men / Creative Revolution” quote during the last half of this year ~ “So fuck you, Mad...

Today's Obsession: Kim Pimmel

Kim Pimmel is a User Experience Designer with Adobe, a lighting designer, a photographer, and a huuuuge nerd. My partner recently ran across one of his lighting experiments on Vimeo, playing with a combination of stop-motion photographs of lighting stitched into filmed footage, and mashed together with some of the soundtrack of Tron Legacy...

Today's Obsession: Don Shank

Don Shank, whose name you don’t know but whose work you do, has opened a store of his original work. Go! Buy! Who’s Don? Oh, you’ll recognize his hand. Don’s design and imagecraft has been informing the entire world’s visual sensibilities for years now with his work on features such as Up and The...

Today's Obsession: Tiny Inventions

Here’s your Friday inspiration: a video from Red Giant Software—a product video, actually—but a fascinating workflow showing the innovative processes of a studio called Tiny Inventions. The studio combines puppetry, stop-frame animation, sculpture, and After Effects to create wonderful miniature animated worlds—most notably for They Might Be Giants.

ICON Reax, Part 2: Is Animation the Future of Illustration?

Here’s the second half of my report on ICON 6, the illustration conference held in Pasadena, California, from July 14th to the 17th. This installment continues the feedback I’ve gotten about the “Future of Publishing” keynote panel discussion. There were a couple of issues that provoked a wide variety of strong emotions: are art...

ICON Reax, Part 1: Is Animation the Future of Illustration?

So Print – as in “print” – has launched its daily blog (the good news is that it’s not called “Out Of Print.”) But what else can be said about publishing’s future? This issue was the primary topic of discussion and debate throughout the ICON 6 illustration conference. Held at the Langham Hotel –...