I saw this amazing use of Tilt Shift style effects on some works by the Dutch Master Van Gogh created by Mathieu S of theswedishbed.com. I thought it was a cool idea to use a technique that makes a photograph of the real world and make it look like a photograph of a model and use that on a different medium. I think it looks like a pop-up book in some ways.

Above is my first attempt at this technique using this painting by the French Impressionist Camille Pissarro.

Design Something Everyday 16/365 After reading the amazing tutorial “How to Creat a Retro Boxing Poster in Photoshop” from James Davies I was inspired to give it a whirl. I didn’t get quite as faux-vintage as James did, but went in my own direction. Turning it into a preview of some upcoming clashes in Survivor.

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I found a great article in Esquire wherein book jacket designer extraordinaire Chip Kidd discusses the thinking and methods that underlie some of his recent work. One typography trick  that is particularly useful is how he created the distressed text for his cover of Cormack McCarthy’s The Road: The font is one of the oldest

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I was at the park with my kids playing in the sand box and I recalled this quote from Chip Kidd’s wonderful novel The Cheese Monkeys: A Novel in Two Semesters: “Design is purposeful planning… Graphic design is the form those plans will take.” Between the juice boxes and pushing kids on the swing I

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Design Something Everyday: 12/365 Here’s a little sketch for my design something every day project. Imagine yourself as one of clever Odysseus’ men in the cave of the Cyclops, and one-eyed Polyphemus, son of Poseidon, reaches down to devour you, or as Samuel Butler gruesomely put it in his translation: The cruel wretch vouchsafed me

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Design Something Everyday 11/365: In honor of my love of maps, information graphics and Virgil, I decided to imagine Aeneas journey as if it were a subway map. So enjoy. Don’t forget your subway token’s for Charon! I have always loved maps, as a child I would look at our world atlas and ponder the

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Another “CD Cover Design Game” In hindsight it probably didn’t work as well as I would of liked, but blogs are for experimentation. Though I must admit I am rather fond of the typeface, Caflisch Script Pro. It is a very beautiful typeface based on Designer Max Caflisch’s handwriting! That is great pen control. Caflisch

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