After having worked in the television and film industry for over a decade, I've decided to escape the madness and relaunch myself into the creative world of graphic design. This blog documents snippets of inspiration gathered, projects I'm working on, and miscellaneous musings. It's more of a creativity-inducing personal scrapbook than anything else, but I encourage you to peruse it's pages, and add insight and share interesting tidbits whenever possible, because they are very welcome.

December 14, 2011

Explosive Art Over Qatar

"At the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar this week, Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang put on his largest "explosion event" of the last three years, utilizing microchip-controlled explosives to form incredible designs and patterns. The video we've embedded of the event is an impressive testament to how a volatile black powder explosion can be controlled and shaped by computer.

Each set of explosions was calculated to paint a different picture. One series of explosions created black smoke clouds that looked like "drops of ink splattered across the sky."

In another, 8,300 shells embedded with computer microchips exploded in a pyramid shape over the desert." 
- Quoted from YouTube description of the video.

December 13, 2011

The "A" Project

Akira fans will delight in the latest addition to the world of fashion, taking cosplay to a whole new level - the super-iconic red jacket donned by Kaneda in the famous anime film has been officially replicated for the masses by Bandai Visual - and can be all yours for a measly $1000! 

As part of the "A" Project, every detail has been intricately reproduced, right down to the stitching and hardware and it's crafted from high-quality oil-softened leather. An alternate black version has also been created for the 30th anniversary of the legendary manga comic created by master Katsuhiro Otomo, with "2019 A.D. 28 Neo Tokyo" replacing the original capsule graphic that graces the back of the jacket. 

Sizes include medium, large, double-large, and triple-large (keep in mind that these are Japanese sizes). So come on, borrow your girlfriend's credit card, hit up Google translate, and pre-order yours today

December 2, 2011

Truly Original Tees

No one likes to dress like everyone else these days., Qwertee and Nowhere Bad are all great websites that offer limited edition t-shirt designs so you're sure to be the only one in your community to have these cool threads. These guys usually only offer a small run of their designs for a short period of time - from about 24 hours to just 4 days. You can also submit your designs for consideration. 

You gotta jump on these before they slip away into obscurity - you'll be the envy of all your hipster friends!

Check out the sites here:
Nowhere Bad



Nowhere Bad

November 8, 2011

Transcendental Fashion Watercolours by Cate Parr

UK fashion illustrator Cate Parr has a rare talent for creating beautiful watercolour and oil imagery. She deftly portrays her subjects in an ethereal sort of way and they almost seem to materialize from coloured smoke or water off the page.

Her prints can be obtained at Saatchi Online

She even has an Etsy site where you can also buy her paintings.

To find out more, check out her website.

October 31, 2011

Designs By Humans

Have you exhausted everything there is to see and wear at Threadless or Society6? Are you an artist or designer that wants to have your designs critiqued and worn by millions? Want to get off the beaten path and one-up your friends? Check out DesignByHumans. They have an ongoing t-shirt design competition and a thriving community where artists and t-shirt enthusiasts alike can be creative, share ideas and discuss design as well as buy and sell their creations. 

These guys also feature a special edition t-shirt every Friday! Brings a whole new meaning to T.G.I.F.! Sign up, and join the community here.

Get a Halloween discount for a limited time when you checkout! Coupon code: DBHSKULLS

October 28, 2011

Who do YOU write like?

I write like
Margaret Atwood
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

but also...

I write like
Margaret Mitchell
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!


I write like
Stephen King
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing! I guess that I write like a couple of Margarets and a King. That's okay with me. But I find it interesting to be compared to both a Great Canadian Feminist and the Pulitzer Prize-Winning lady responsible for Gone With The Wind. Haha! Well, at least the former gave me an inspiring nudge when I was a kid. Stephen King doesn't surprise me either - although I've never ventured too deep into his works.

To analyze your own writing style, go to I Write Like.

Colour Your World With Pantone Cases

Case Scenario and Pantone have collided to combine forces and output one of the coolest tech accessories for designers and art lovers alike - iPhone and iPad cases that bear the Pantone palette. Monaco-based Case Scenario's Pantone Universe collection was launched for Fall and Winter 2010-2011, just in time to get one of these protective cases under the tree to help keep your new gadgets in peak condition. 
Pick up one of these cool Pantone Universe cases at Case Scenario's website.

October 27, 2011

Matthew Johnson's Monster Tees

Getting into the Halloween spirit? Don't want to wear a costume but still want to look the part? Then check out these freaky awesome designs by Matthew Johnson - newly appointed King of the Creepers. His twisted and macabre designs are invading closets everywhere, and with good reason - they're to die for! 

You can find his designs at Seventh.Ink and also at Rumplo. While you're there, pick up some extra sweet threads from other cutting-edge designers and artists - new designs are always being added!