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 …

Review of Adobe Creative Suite 5 Production Premium

I’ve already reviewed Adobe’s new release of CS5 for print and the web, but we’ve not heard much for the broadcast industries. The video and filmmaking industries tend to keep to themselves, separate from print and the web because they …

Giotto and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The Adoration of the Magi (detail), by Giotto, ca. 1305 The northern Italian city of Padua offers an elegant, leisurely setting of history and art, without the madding crowd of tourists in its more famous neighbor Venice, located twenty-two miles …