Saturday, May 14, 2011

Top 10 May 14

Welcome back to a one day late edition of Top 10. Due to some technical problems on these little baby-cakes couldn't reach you on time, but better late than never, as English proverb goes.

Take care.

Mr. J

1. Prince Láuder

Prince Lauder aka Carlos Guerrero, a very talented Mexican illustrator who uses mixed media to create beautiful drawings inspired mainly by fashion.

See more work by the prince HERE

2. Alex Kisilevich

Represented by Angell Gallery in Toronto

See more of Alex work HERE

Friday, May 13, 2011

3. Pattern Matters Design

About Pattern Matters:
Pattern Matters is a graphic design-based project inquiring on possible ways to augment the role of pattern by looking into the design process and tactile exploration through pattern making. It demonstrates the way of how this design element of pattern can be adopted differently on various platforms in graphic design. The main objective of this project is to inspire designers to look at pattern in every possible angles. Pattern Matters also aims to demonstrate that pattern is a crucial form of design element in graphic design which eventually evident that pattern is not merely a decorating tool.

For any enquiries, please email to:

See more work HERE

4. Jerry Schwartz - set design

House of Schwartz, Inc.  is a set and event design company founded by production designer Jerry  Schwartz in 1998. The company creates environments for fashion and  still photo shoots and events as well as commercials. -- For bookings or further information, please contact Laura Beckwith at Judy Casey 212-228-7500 -- view online portfolio HERE

6. Iris Tarraga

Iris Tarraga is a graphic designer based in Barcelona, Spain. She previously worked at design and communications consultancy Marnich for 3 years before going it alone at the start of 2011.
If you were to visit SI 2 years ago, you would never have seen any kind of work featuring hand-drawn typography/lettering largely due to the fact that I leaned more towards clean, pixel perfect typography. Since then I’ve developed a new love for the the craft of creating type by hand – I’ve finally embraced my inner Wabi-Sabi as it were :) Just look at the lettering in the ‘El Palauet Living’ work featured above for example – not only does it look beautiful, but it also has real charm and character – something which digital type (in all its perfection) can sometimes struggle to convey.
Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy this feature and a big thank you once again to Iris for making this feature possible.

7. Carole Wilmet

Carole on Carole:


I’m Carole. I’m a belgian illustrator and graphic designer based in Liege and Luxembourg. I’ve studied graphic design and started as a freelance illustrator in 2010. I'm inspired by the everyday life, people around me, nature, the fashion industry, old photographs,... I usually use pencils and inks and I love playing with types!

I'd be very glad to hear from you so feel free to say hello:
I speak French & English.

See more work by Carole HERE

8. wan-tzu - Coffee Time

Every cup of coffee contains its own soul, extracted from your feeling today.every cup of coffee is like a magic show containing different journey and bringing the unending imagination and surprises.With a sip of coffee, you not only taste your own story, but also change your perspective of the world.


it's my first time try to make a stop-motion animation.

I used to be a senior student majoring in commercial design who had no interest whatsoever in animation. However, last summer I saw a amazing work "SNASK" (​10435821) , which awakened in me a huge interest in Stop-Motion. This was also my very first encounter towards videos.

I used that as a template for my own first practice video made with stop-motion. I tried to recreate the effects from SNASK, and I learned so much from this process. At the end of the video, I mixed in an animation containing my personal favorite coffee elements.

it is simply the result of my experiences with stop-motion, filled also with my gratitude and feedback to Mike Crozier. It took me one month for deliberation, production, prop preparation, almost two weeks of shooting, and 1,705 pieces of photos to finish the video.

9. Martin Usborne


I was once left in a car at a young age.

I don't know when or where or for how long, possibly at the age of four, perhaps outside Tesco's, probably for fifteen minutes only. The details don't matter.  The point is that I wondered if anyone would come back. It seems trivial now but in a child's mind it is possible to be alone forever.

Around the same age I began to feel a deep affinity with animals - in particular their plight at the hands of humans. I remember watching TV and seeing footage of a dog being put in a plastic bag and being kicked. What appalled me most was that the dog could not speak back. It's muteness terrified me.

I should say that I was a well-loved child and never abandoned and yet it is clear that both these experiences arose from the same place deep inside me: a fear of being alone and unheard. Perhaps this is a fear we all share at some level, I am not sure.

The images in this series explore that feeling, both in relation to myself and to animals in general. The camera is the perfect tool for capturing a sense of silence and longing: the shutter freezes the subject for ever and two layers of glass are placed between the viewer and the viewed: the glass of the lens, the glass of the picture frame and, in this instance, the glass of the car window further isolates the animal. The dog is truly trapped

When I started this project I knew the photos would be dark. What I didn't expect was to see so many subtle reactions by the dogs: some sad, some expectant, some angry, some dejected. It was as if upon opening up a box of grey-coloured pencils I was surprised to see so many shades inside.

I hope that these pictures are engaging and perhaps a little amusing. I want to show that there is life in the dark places within us.

I will stop writing now and you can stop reading. Words can only get us so far. After all, we are all animals.

Martin, Sept 2010

See more pictures HERE 

10. Balloons - MTV Brazil

This is a spot I directed to celebrate the 21st anniversary of MTV Brazil. Created by Dulcidio Caldeira, André Faria and Guga Ketzer. Agency: Loducca. Production company: ParanoidBR. Music: Raw Audio. Animation: Daniel Semanas. Finish house: Sindicato