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Category: Art & Illustration

Design in the Music Industry

With the sad passing of legendary Hipgnosis designer Storm Thorgerson, we can use this moment to take stock of design's broader health within the music industry. Music and art go together hand in hand dancing through the decades, centuries even, sometimes being so intrinsic to one another that the results help spawn new genres and defining moments in pop culture at large. Presently there is a debate about just how influential or indeed important artwork and packaging is to the music industry, in an age of instant digital consumption and dwindling record label budgets.  I wrote my design degree dissertation on the role of design…

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Discover : Jeff Frost

Art? Check Time-Lapse Photography? Check Play on light? Check Nature? Check Dereliction? Check Atmosphere? Check Weird Sounds? Check NASA? Check So really I was always going to be drawn to this guys work; Jeff Frost, an artist who utilises all these skills in my latest big find. I stumbled across his new work 'Flawed Symmetry Of Prediction' by way of book printers Blurb, who helped him present his style for an ebook showcase of theirs to help promote the young publishing format. It is a truly haunting and unique visual journey While previously never thinking to use the technology to create such rich digital books,…

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Movie Barcode

Whoever came up with this idea is a person after my own heart; taking something otherwise complex and multi-layered, and literally laying it out bare, for all to see visually. Basically the people behind Movie Barcode have dissected the best and most interesting movies of all time and stitched a slice of each individual frame together, side by side, to show the film's inner visual soul. Early cinema is included, with silents and black & whites right next to the latest blockbusters like Inception or Black Swan. You can also purchase prints of these depictions which I'd say make a great gift for passionate film…

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Dali & Disney – ‘Destino’

For those of you like me, who weren't aware of it's existence, I've featured here the animated short from the surrealist painter Salvador Dali and his friend, a Mr Walt Disney. "In 1937, Salvador Dali wrote to his dear friend Andre Breton, founder of the surrealist art movement in Paris, and said, “I have come to America and I am in contact with three great American surrealists – the Marx Brothers, Cecil B. DeMille, and Walt Disney.” Breton envisioned Surrealism as an art form that would draw its content from the unexplored realm of the subconscious human mind, ferreting out unparalleled honesty and otherworldly images…

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