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 …

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: …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Lunch Break Video: Blu's "Big Bang Big Boom"

BIG BANG BIG BOOM: an unscientific point of view on the beginning and evolution of life … and how it could probably end. Direction and animation by BLU Production and distribution by ARTSH.it Soundtrack by Andrea Martignoni Print interviewed Blu …