::: Typography You Can Interact With :::

Meet the artist, Alida Rosie Sayer

Not only is this designer experimenting across the gamut with creating a very tactile approach to typography, but she has carefully cut out each of the numerous layers to also enhance the overall experience of interacting with her artwork. This is so you can touch it, watch it move, distort, undulate, manipulate – right before your eyes. It really is quite genius how well this whole series turned out.

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MAKE SOME MUSIC ::: Turn your volume UP ::: Click to REMIX and share

Oh, and I forgot to mention, “Happy New Year” from everyone at Mono. Who are they you say? They’re a pretty popular design agency based in Minnesota (that’s Min-eh-soooooooooooo-dah) for those outsiders. So these guys do some pretty cool stuff for some pretty cool companies. Some you may have heard of: Apple, NBA TV, USA Network, MSNBC  to name a few. And their projects range from those in digital, tv/film, print, social media, experiential – pretty much across the gamut. So what of it then?

Well, they made a really cool interactive experience where you can create your own remix or song just by activating different sounds generated by clicking on one of their pixel people. When you click, you unleash the sound AND they also animate similarly to the sound in various pixellated loops. It’s really interesting to hear the melodies unfold, but they made it even MORE fun and exciting by adding a little REMIX button at the top. Press this baby, and well… you can just see for yourself. Enough blabbing… go make some music, people!!!

Unleash the fun, here.

Now THAT’s an impressive reel… check out this guy’s MOVES!

Let me present to you… ANTON NENASHEV. Made in Russia. Lives in Moscow. Owner. Designer. Art Director at Nenashev, his post-production studio. I’ve seen a sh!t ton of reels in my life, but none that have had this much variety to offer. Your eye is constantly teased from start to finish with one visual execution to the next, AND with each one, I just want to see MORE! That is the ultimate sign of (1) a great montage and (2) an incredible exhibition of talent. Watch his reel below and then jump on over to his site to satisfy your hungry eyes!!! OH! In the top right corner, make sure you click the fullscreen mode for the ultimate in viewing pleasure!

Ever heard of Speed Painting? Check out these vids… a really neat way to unveil your talents

Painting is one of those segways I never traveled down as an artist – at least not yet anyways. However, after stumbling upon Agnes Cecile’s work and watching her videos, I have a renewed appreciation for the art form, as an artist myself and as a viewer. There’s something so mesmerizing to watch these paintings unveil themselves, and to see step-by-step the process of how many steps it actually takes to create one of these beautiful works of art. I really like the abstract compositions, her use of very expressive lines and dabs of color for creating dramatic accents throughout.

Agnes Cecile | Birthday | Speed Painting Series

You can see more of her videos here or check out her work on deviant art as well.

A Glimpse into the Mind of Edouard Salier

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The Replicants “User” | Directed by Edouard Salier

I love the concept of the flip book featured here. Although you’re seeing the same composition pretty much through this whole video, the style of the visuals changing up so frequently keep it fresh. Whether it’s photography, motion sequences or hand drawn visual elements and typography, the variations keep you fixated throughout the piece. It almost mesmerizes the user into watching it oh-so-intently, so you try not miss anything flipping by you. I will mention there are a few surprises as well along the way, which also help to keep it fun and interesting.

The Replicants "User" | Directed by Edouard Salier

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Nike “Woman” | Directed by Edouard Salier

Although this commercial shows an expressive style of animation, and it’s pretty dark in its nature, the concept of this piece still captures the spirit of all of Nike’s athletes, showing: strength, determination, endurance and not to mention the ability to persevere through anything – even what Mother Nature throws your way. All because you’re wearing Nike of course. They don’t even have to show the clothes or accessories anymore b/c their name carries the poise and reputation in this world-renowned brand. For this reason, a director like Salier doesn’t need to show their products either – but, it is implied by watching this play out. Brilliantly executed!

Nike "Woman" | Directed by Edouard Salier

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Jehro “I Want Love” | Directed by Edouard Salier

I’m including this because I love how the waterly texture, extra-vivid colors and how he managed to integrate them with the illustrative typography. Even the layering used when the painterly textures overlap and the colors bleed over another, while the text and type convey the lyrics throughout… all of that combined with the illustrations just really bring this video to life.

Jehro "I Want Love" | Directed by Edouard Salier

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Tété “L’envie & Le Dedain” | Directed by Edouard Salier

I have no clue what this guy is singing about, but with the type visuals and the ability to stop and start, I might be able to teach myself some French by the time I look up the words for translation. The song and the singer are definitely not my personal favorites, but I’d venture to say Salier’s video for Tété’s song has definitely elevated his cool factor for sure. (Not sure about you, but he kind of reminds me of a French version of Hootie & the Blowfish.) Ok, back to the video though… what I LOVE is the how interesting the visuals are in this piece, with the constant camera moving into Z space, rotating, incorporating the singer surrounded by the layering of lyrics that seem to pop up in perfect time with the music. I LOVE the European/Neville Brody style of using poster fonts on 90 degree plains to create a rhythmic, visual flow throughout. AND, I’m a big fan of black and white, so at any point, I could do a screen capture and admire the composition at that instance. Take a peek.

Tété "L'envie & Le Dedain" | by Edouard Salier

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Mac ‘n’ Cheese, More Please…


This animated short was concepted, created, directed and produced by Tom Hankins, Gijs van Kooten, Guido Puijk and Roy Nieterau – four students at the Utrecht School of Arts. Personally, I loved this piece, and I really hope these guys continue to produce more work together. The style of the animation was really different, not over-the-top with effects, but even the perspectives of the camera angles and facial expressions, lighting, colors and painterly textures in the scenery… just brilliant!

The Description: Mac ‘n’ Cheese is an animated short directed and created by four students at the Utrecht School of Arts in the Netherlands. This roughly two minute animation took about five months to make, and about a bajillion peanut butter sandwiches.

The Plot Outline: When you find yourself running scared and running out of energy, there’s only a few options left to outrun your opponent through the southern desert. Stopping at nothing, watch these two guys wear each other out and rip through boundaries hitherto unbroken. Enjoy the ride!

Starring: Biggy, Skinny


To read more about this animation, check out their gallery or to see how this film was made, visit their site: macncheese.nl/  or check out their Facebook page: facebook.com/MacNCheeseShort