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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Right Brain “Logic” - Abstract Art

Creativity enables us to hear the language of the Spirit. But the Holy Spirit doesn’t speak to us through logic… so it needs to bypass our logic. Since logic is processed in the left side of our brains, it is therefor logical (hee hee) that the freedom and ability to create and be creative comes from the right side of our brains. Some right brain functions are:

  • Feelings (intuition)
  • Perspective (as in the ability to see the “big picture”)
  • Imagination (ability to look, reach, and dream beyond the “facts”)
  • Philosophy and religion (the ability to grasp abstract ideas)
  • Belief (not having to “know”)
  • Appreciation (sense of wonder)
  • Spatial perception (depth)
  • Impetuous (the ability to take risks – Someone like Donald Trump would most likely call himself a left-brainer, but his risk taking ability shows that he is more right-brained than one might think!)
  • Faith (a belief that is not based on proof. Faith causes us to respond to something we can’t see).  Therefore, abstract and interpretive arts activate faith. Whatever faith that may be, one thing is clear – Spirituality and abstract arts go together.

The importance of Abstract and Interpretive Arts

I used to be one who had absolutely no interest in abstract artwork. It was always all about realism for me. The more realistic I could paint or draw something, the better I thought it was. Because of this mindset, I also avoided overall looking at or admiring abstract artworks. For the most part I didn’t bother because I felt they were either “to easy” and therefor of little value artistically, or I just didn’t understand them, which scared me, so I just didn’t make any room in my life for such things. However, a few semesters of Art History changed my perspective, and I soon found myself actually pondering some of the more abstract works I’d always ignored. For example, I’d never understood how anyone could find a Picasso beautiful or moving, but I’ve since come to find his work to be nothing short of daring and genius. Obviously, understanding the background of the work and the time during which it was produced really helped fill in some gaps for me. But it was also about opening up my mind to new tastes. This is what many of us who lean toward realism and photo-realism need to learn to do. But how does one make such a leap?

Think of it this way…. the more abstract the concept or form, the more it forces the shift from one way of thinking to the other. Betty Edwards says in her book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, “The complexity of the form forces the shift to the right hemisphere mode.” How wonderfully violent! I think this is an important thing to remember when introducing oneself to abstract art. It may be uncomfortable at first, but it is a necessary discomfort that won’t last very long. Like popping contact lenses in for the first time. You suffer the first few moments as you pry your eyelid open and bravely poke around with your finger until the lens suctions to the surface of your eye; but a few blinks later you feel like a new person, seeing clearly, with eye feeling just as natural as can be.

Speaking of fingers, for our first Spiritual Arts class our assignment was finger painting. The objective was to cover the entire paper with paint, leaving no white. The only other rule was that it had to be totally and completely abstract – that is to say, no crosses, no doves, no angels, no flowers, no open doors, no ladders, no cliche christian symbols.. in fact, no symbols or figures or faces of any kind. Simply shapes and movement and colour. I will tell you right now, this was the most fun I’d had painting in a long time. Everyone’s paintings were absolutely beautiful and I was amazed at the diversity – every student’s painting was completely different from anyone else’s. Analyzing that kind of painting was done using emotions (“I see growth and expansion” or “it feels like necessary chaos”) rather than descriptive nouns (“I see a tree” or “it reminds me of a birds nest”). This kind of painting is an extreme (and extremely effective) way of forcing yourself into a right-brain mindset, while this kind of critiquing helps keep you there and actually helps open you up further into it.

And here are a few beautifully ads designed for Mercedes Benz and thought them appropriate to this post about right brain creativity.

The ad copy reads:

(Left:) "I am the left brain. I am a scientist. A mathematician. I love the familiar. I categorize. I am accurate. Linear. Analytical. Strategic. I am practical. Always in control. A master of words and language. Realis...tic. I calculate equations and play with numbers. I am order. I am logic. I know exactly who I am."
(Right:) "I am the right brain. I am Creativity. A free spirit. I am passion. Yearning. Sensuality. I am the sound of roaring laughter. I am taste. The feeling of sand beneath bare feet. I am movement. Vivid colors. I am the urge to paint on an empty canvas. I am boundless imagination. Art. Poetry. I sense. I feel. I am everything I wanted to be."

Advertising Agency: Shalmor Avnon Amichay/Y&R Interactive Tel Aviv, Israel
Chief Creative Director: Gideon Amichay
Executive Creative Director: Tzur Golan
Creative Director: Yariv Twig
Art Directors: Gil Aviyam, Dror Nachumi
Illustrators: Gil Aviyam, Lena Guberman
Copywriters: Sharon Refael, Oren Meir
Executive Client Director: Adam Polachek
Account Supervisor: Yael Yuz
Account Manager: Mayran Sadeh
Head of Strategic Planning: Yoni Lahav
Planning Director: Zohar Reznik
Planner: Nili Rabinowitz
Published: February 2011

Source: and

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Pepsi Logo - Old to New

Pepsi: The first developed and produced in the early 1890’s by Caleb Bradham, a pharmacist in New Bern, North Carolina labeled as “Brad’s drink”. In 1898, Bradham renamed his drink into “Pepsi-Cola”.

The Logo of Pepsi is one of the most famous logo in the world. It is considered one of the world’s most recognizable corporate trademarks. From 1898 to 2009 Pepsi had been evolved its logo and design more than 10 times.

You can see the biggest changes in the logo from 1898 to 2009 below.

There are a lots of people does not likes the new logo. In contrast, I find it very simple and funny .
below are two funny renditions of the logo for fun!

Here is a video:

Source: Logo Talks and Nbengo blog.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

What film photography still has to offer

There are no more Polaroids. No more Kodachrome. And the smell of potent darkroom chemicals has almost disappeared.

For most people, "analog photography" is a relic or something their parents once used; an archaic technology now lumped in with yesteryear's sensations, like the rotary phone or 8-track tape player.

Over the past decade, the number of analog film and manual cameras has dramatically decreased in favor of their digital counterparts. Digital photography has ubiquitous control over the market, leaving little to no room for alternatives.

Yet in the New York City metro area, there is a close-knit community of photographers, merchants, galleries, institutions and darkrooms that keep the art of analog photography quietly in practice.

Full articele - Here.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Christine Meintjes Photo Workshop - THE MOVIE

A wonderful video on wedding.

Christine Meintjes Photo Workshop -THE MOVIE- from Ryan de Wit on Vimeo.

Tools: Film is shot on 2 Canon EOS 5DII + T2i(550D) with 16-35 2.8/24-70 2.8/70-200 2.8 IS/50mm 1.2/100mm macro 2.8 IS/17-55 2.8 IS(EFs). Audio: wireless Senheisser + Zoom H4N and some audio grabbed from camera. And several different type of equipment for stabilization: Sliders, steadicam, tripods & monopods with fluid heads.

Video by: Ryan de Wit |
Workshop by Christine Meintjes and Iaan van Niekerk |
Nelleke van Krimpen as Bride “Pascale” & Marinus Rottier as Groom “Roberto”
Anouschka Rokebrand: Organization |
Jo-Anne van der Lelij: Organization & Styling |
Taco Rietveld: Location “Landgoed Te Werve” Rijswijk |
Nancy Vroomen & Edwin de Wilde: Flowers & Styling
Victor van Westering: Wedding dresses & shoes |
Gerhard Nel: Photography |
Cynthia Heydra: Hair & Make up |
Marieke de Korte: Cake & Cupcakes |
Brigitte Mes: Envelopments Stationary & Styling |
ROKA: Outfit Groom |

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Incredible Paper Map Cut By Hand

We have featured lots of paper art on this blog. For me, paper cutting needs not only skills and talents but also tons of patience. Like these Incredible Paper Map Cuts created by Artist Karen O’Leary, I just can’t imagine how much effort needed to make a map.

London mapcut

You can see more of her work on etsy. [via]

Monday, August 8, 2011

'Where Children Sleep'

Mr. James Mollison’s new book, “Where Children Sleep,” had its origins in a project undertaken for a children’s charity several years ago. As he considered how to represent needy children around the world, he wanted to avoid the common devices: pleading eyes, toothless smiles. When he visualized his own childhood, he realized that his bedroom said a lot about what sort of life he led. So he set out to find others

As much as the project is about the quirkiness of childhood, it is, more strikingly, a commentary on class and on poverty. But the diversity also provides a sense of togetherness.
Everybody sleeps. And eventually, everybody grows up.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Illustrator vs. InDesign

Here's a post from a few weeks back at Creativebits that generated a nice discussion of the use of Adobe Illustrator (a vector graphics program) vs. Adobe InDesign (a page layout program) for doing ads and other creatives. Photoshop is thrown into the mix as well. In Switching from Illustrator to InDesign the author is looking for arguments to use to convince a bunch of studio artists to not use Illustrator and Photoshop for everything and instead use InDesign for laying out press layouts. Lots of valid points are raised. Depending on the type of project, Illustrator is not necessarily a bad choice.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

30 Amazingly Creative Examples of Designer Resumes

It’s extremely hard to find a job these days! The market is slow, the economy is bad, and the competition has never been so fierce. To get a job you will have to out do the competition and stand out of the crowd. The following resumes go against everything my business teacher has taught me. She told us never to provide a picture of yourself on the resume, and never have any kind of clip art or icons. Please keep in mind that if you apply to companies that have nothing to do with the design field, they wont appreshiate your artfulness. What they want to see is a plain and boring white paper that has your experience, awards, education, and info in black ink.
However, I think if you are in the design field you need to show off your creativity. The employer will go through hundreds of resumes, so you have to demonstrate that you can think out side the box. For this exact reason you should take some time and perfect your resume. Once its finished, you will have it saved and ready to print whenever the opportunity strikes! To help you out on this mission we have collected some of the best designer resumes we could find. We hope these inspirations will get your creativity fluids flowing.
Resume is a French word that means summing up. A resume packages your assets into a convincing advertisement that sells you. The main purpose of the resume is to win the interview. Thus beating the competition for the job you are applying for. Two critical aspects of a resume is appearance and content. Below we have compiled a useful guide to follow when working on your resume. The tips can be use for both, a professional and design based resume.

The “DO’s” of a Resume:

  • Write it Yourself
  • Brief, Concise, Action-Oriented
  • Rewrite/Revise
  • Accurate (Not Puffed Up)
  • Emphasize Strengths
  • Deemphasize Weaknesses
  • Have your resume professionally edited

“Dont’s” of a Resume:

  • Photos or Illustrations ( In the Design Field you can go against this rule)
  • Reasons You Left Past Jobs
  • Salary
  • Feelings About Travel or Relocation
  • Testimonials
  • Politics or Religion

Essential Components Of A Resume:

  • Personal Data/Contact Information
  • Education
  • Experience (Appropriate Volunteer Work)
  • Achievements, Skills, and Qualifications

Optional components of a  Resume:

  • Objective
  • References
  • Awards and Honors
  • Job-Related Outside Interests
  • Professional and Social Organizations

Important Resume elements:

  • Cleanly & clearly typed or typeset
  • Logically and simply organized
  • Simply laid out, with as much white space as the information will allow
  • Short and concise
  • Targeted to the prospective employer
  • Designed to emphasize strengths and de-emphasize weaknesses
  • In format that is most appropriate to the education, experience and skills of each person
Remember: Stay away from being boring and try to tackle this task creatively.

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