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Depository of Visual Inspirations

Written by : Posted on November 1, 2013 : No Comments

Even though he’s had this up and running for a while, we’ve never really shared it. Bradnon has a folder on his desktop that’s filled with imagery that he find visually inspirational for one reason or another. Iconic. Ritualistic. Spiritual. Demonic. Beautiful. Disturbing. He decided to start categorizing them in a somewhat nonsensical fashion online. This is the result:

This collection is by Brandon, and was primarily created for his own personal use. So if there is something that offends you, get over it and please point your browser elsewhere. Take it for what it is, visual XXX.

Suggested listenings for viewing the gallery

CocoRosie – R.I.P. Burnface (Daytrotter Studio)

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Radiohead – Reckoner (Bangalore Mashup)

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Lil’ Wayne – Drop the World

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A Buddhist monk, burns himself to death as form of protest


Balloons being released in park

Freitag – Zurich Storefront

Written by : Posted on February 22, 2011 : 1 Comment

Freitag makes radical adaptive reuse products to put stuff in, so it’s equally fitting that their storefront in Zurich is an adaptive reuse of shipping containers. I love shipping container construction, and this is the tallest and most unique building of it’s type (thanks to the truckspotting deck). Their product line could be considered a fine piece of artwork – with a store that creates the perfect frame.

Freitag Zurich – 9 Stories of Shipping Container Glory
9 Stories of Schipping Container Glory
Freitag Zurich – Storefront
That's what I call Signage
Freitag Zurich – Interior
Freitag Zurich – Go Truckspotting
Go Truckspotting!
Freitag Zurich – Open Air Roof, perfect for Truckspotting
Truckspotting Equiptment

Bill Hicks, Outlaw Comedian

Written by : Posted on December 7, 2009 : No Comments

Bill Hicks, Outlaw Comedian

I just came across a great clip from the late, great Bill Hicks, and had to post about it so others wouldn’t miss it. You may consider me posting this as “biting the hand that feeds.” But, for me it’s a good clip to keep the people(including myself) involved in advertising/marketing in check with their sense of morality. Sorry William, I’ve got bills to pay, hopefully someday I won’t have that as an excuse.

Bill Hicks – Marketing & Advertising

If that clip was your first experience of Bill Hicks, then you might be a little put-off by him. Below is a clip that’s a bit more inspirational. It’s Bill Hicks words from his “It’s Just a Ride” segment with a simple underlying track by the Kleptones.

Bill Hicks – Last Words (A Tribute)

“… I had a vision of a way we could have no enemies ever again, if you’re interested in this. Anybody interested in hearing this? It’s kind of an interesting theory, and all we have to do is make one decisive act and we can rid the world of all our enemies at once. Here’s what we do. You know all that money we spend on nuclear weapons and defense every year? Trillions of dollars. Instead, if we spent that money feeding and clothing the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded… not one… we could as one race explore outer space together in peace, forever.”

It’s been said (since 2008) that a film about Hicks’ life and career is in the pre-production stage with Russell Crowe possibly playing the main role of Hicks, and is rumored that Ron Howard may be directing it. Hopefully the movie will come together at some point in the near future. There’s also an animated feature documentary coming out about Hicks, American: The Bill Hicks Story, that has been receiving praise. It’s has a UK release dated the 31st of March, 2010. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find a release date for here in the States.

Jay-Z: Chronology of Cover Art

Written by : Posted on September 25, 2009 : 20 Comments

In order to promote Jay-Z‘s new album, The Blueprint 3, and the early release by Rhapsody, New York’s Droga5 has produced a great commercial that takes you through the life of Jay-Z’s cover art.

The first time I saw the commercial I was amazed and wanting to listen to every Jay-Z song in my library. The commercial definitely succeeded in hyping his new album, however, now that I’ve had the chance to watch the commercial a few times it’s not perfect and it left me wishing for something more. Firstly, I wish the covers were represented in chronological order. Two, it’s as if they got lazy with planning out the ending, they just fade to the cover of The Blueprint 3? What is that?! Why couldn’t they finish it in the same “on set” style as the rest of the piece? It probably wouldn’t have been too hard either, considering the cover for the new album isn’t CG (see video below). Trés, they use some pretty mediocre screen wipes in post to link the scenes together. I think with a bit more time and planning this could have been accomplished in a single take and that would have made the commercial AMAZING!

Heir to the Throne Reasonable Doubt (1996)

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt

In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 (1997)

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Jay-Z - In My Lifetime, Vol. 1

Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life (1998)

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Jay-Z - Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life

Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter (1999)

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Jay-Z - Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter

The Dynasty: Roc La Familia (2000)

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Jay-Z - The Dynasty: Roc La Familia

The Blueprint (2001)

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Jay-Z - The Blueprint

The Blueprint ²: The Gift & the Curse (2002)

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Jay-Z - The Blueprint ²: The Gift & the Curse

The Black Album (2003)

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Jay-Z - The Black Album

Kingdom Come (2006)

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Jay-Z - Kingdom Come

American Gangster (2007)

Photograph by Arthur Elgort

Jay-Z - American Gangster

The Blueprint 3 (2009)

Photograph by Dan Tobin Smith

Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3

555 KUBIK – Galerie der Gegenwart

Written by : Posted on August 24, 2009 : No Comments

Over the past couple years I’ve been seeing more and more projected videos on buildings. Created by Urban Screen, this one is by far the best I have seen. The way the architecture of the building is incorporated with the 3D animations makes the building come alive.

The art direction was done by Daniel Rossa out of Germany. He’s got a nice collection of work in his portfolio that includes some great looking posters as well as other wall projections.

Manifest 01 by Daniel Rossa

Manifest 01 by Daniel Rossa

Manifest 02 by Daniel Rossa

Manifest 02 by Daniel Rossa

Manifest 03 by Daniel Rossa

Manifest 03 by Daniel Rossa

Manifest by Daniel Rossa

Manifest by Daniel Rossa

Artwork by Jennifer Khoshbin

Written by : Posted on August 10, 2009 : 2 Comments

Khoshbin Deer Head - Red Cardinal Birds

I’m not exactly sure what it is about these Deer heads by Jennifer Khoshbin, but I absolutely love them. I will definitely be purchasing one of them but I’m not sure which one yet, I have it narrowed down to two. And I probably wouldn’t tell you which one anyway because I wouldn’t want it to sell out before I got a hold of it.

Khoshbin Deer Head - Fish

Khoshbin Wolf Head - Big Bad Wolf

Khoshbin Deer Head - Butterfly

Khoshbin Deer Head - Brown Swirl

Khoshbin Deer Head - Grand Wallpaper

Jennifer’s book manipulations and illustrations are also spectacular. The cut out circle concept is great and her word selection is so fitting for each piece. Jen is currently on exhibition with the Jen11 Show, which features the work of 11 artists named Jennifer. The exhibit will be displayed at Composition through September. I will be making my way down to see the peices and I suggest you do the same.

Khoshbin - Liar and a Cheat

Khoshbin - Liar and a Cheat Detail

“My work expresses the idea of the story, fable, or tale, attempting to sort out the past and create new beginnings. How these stories have affected me and my culture are represented through a combination of book and animal sculptures, drawings and writings. I am artificially reimagining things in a handmade wilderness.”

Khoshbin - Masked Leap

Khoshbin - Masked Leap Detail

Khoshbin - Look

Khoshbin - Look Detail

Khoshbin - Which Way

Khoshbin - Rank

Khoshbin - Cannot See

Insight Dopamine Ad Campaign

Written by : Posted on August 7, 2009 : No Comments

Insight Dopamine - 01

The Insight Dopamine (I & II) campaign is stunning. What’s even more amazing is these pictures aren’t photoshopped. The underwater scenes are very intriguing alone, and then you add a surfer completely barreled and you have some of the most extraordinary surf photos ever. I absolutely love this campaign and can’t imagine the type of coordinating it must have taken to capture some of these scenes.

Insight Dopamine - 02

Insight Dopamine - 03

Insight Dopamine - 04

Insight Dopamine - 05

Insight Dopamine - 06

Insight Dopamine - 07

Insight Dopamine - 08

Power to the Posters of the CCCP

Written by : Posted on August 4, 2009 : No Comments

During my trip to Russia in 2007 we visited a flea market outside of Moscow. There was some classic Russian products and trinkets, but I wanted something more. It seemed I had gone through the entire grounds and I hadn’t found what I was looking for. It was looking dim, but suddenly I came to the last little nook and my eyes went wide. To my delight there were original Soviet propaganda posters strung about everywhere. I walked past each as if I were at an art museum. Eventually I found the two posters I wanted to purchase and went through the process of negotiation. I still have not got mine framed because I want to do it right and just haven’t fit the $1,000 frame into my budget yet, but once I do I will make sure and write a post about it.

It’s easy to see the influence of Russian poster design in many of today’s design, it’s also easy to see why. There are so many great pieces of inspiration to be found and one of the best resources for them online is A Soviet Poster A Day. Although the site hasn’t been updated with any new posts since December 2007, there is a great archive of posters with wonderful descriptions and “historical reference essential for understanding the layers of meaning” each poster carries through time. I grabbed 10 of my favorites to present here, but make sure and go look through the archives for yourself.

Nowhere but in Mosselprom



To Defend USSR



Glory to the heroes of the Great Patriotic War! Glory to the Stalin’s falcons!



Moscow is the capital of the USSR



Let Pluralism Live Long!



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Divine Lounge Chair by Ventury

Written by : Posted on April 25, 2009 : No Comments

Divine Lounge Chair by Ventury

Ventury Paris recently released their limited edition Divine lounge chair. Ventury is looking at furniture design through eyes inspired by fashion, creating what they are tagging as couture furniture. I really like the mix clean, elegant, modern lines with a touch of old world and traditional details. I also like their approach to doing limited color ways in the realm of furniture.

Divine Lounge Chair by Ventury

Divine Lounge Chair by Ventury

Divine Lounge Chair by Ventury

Falegnameria 1946 Urano

Written by : Posted on April 20, 2009 : 26 Comments

I came across this great looking floating bed by Falegnameria 1946 and became a bit discouraged. Mainly because this is right along the lines of a couch set that I’ve had in my head for a couple years. It’s also encouraged me to finally get the prototype created, it’s been on my list of things to do for way too long. So if you don’t see a post, about my prototype, within the next month make sure and give it to me. Until then, keep looking at this wonderful bed.

Falegnameria Urano

Falegnameria Urano

Falegnameria Urano