Tuesday, December 18, 2007


This is a little different from my usual posts because I am asking you to read a book. For me, this book is a must read. There is a revolution coming and it is a manufacturing one. Imagine being able to fabricate anything you can think of at home, using simple desktop devices and software, a custom built one off just for you. This book describes how this might become a reality and does it in such a way as to make it accessible to anyone. I did a bit of digging on the web around the subject of Personal Fabrication and there are already affordable Home Fabricators, like the one below, available for purchase. So 'Goodbye' Computer Revolution and 'Hello' Fab Revolution.

Friday, November 30, 2007


Maybe it's just me, but there's something special about a hard bound book. It feels important, perhaps because it's so hard to get one published. Now you can publish your own at Blurb. This site allows you to layout a book, using their well designed downloadable software. You can then have it published as a hard bound book with a dust cover. They offer a variety of size options and even have a forum for selling your book to others. I know Apple has been doing a similar thing for a while but this a very well thought out site and well worth a look. Looking at this site, I am wondering if the old school publishing industry's days are numbered.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Joey Lawrence

No, not the teen heart throb. A seventeen year old wunderkid photographer. To us older photographers he's looking like the Tiger Woods of photography. He has a definitive style and sensibility beyond his years. Having said that, the look gets old after a while. It will be interesting to see if he is mature enough to explore new directions in his work. Check out his blog and videos of some of his shoots.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Fecal Face

Don't be put off by the name. This website opens a window on the world of low-brow art. It's my favorite site at the moment, especially the video section which shows visits to some of the artist's studios. The above image is of Shepard Fairey at work, he's the guy responsible for the Obey Giant.


This German visual effects artist has a fascinating website that allows you to see the before and after of his work on many of the ads he has done. While you watch the ad in the right-hand frame you can see the footage he worked from in the left-hand frame.

Thursday, July 26, 2007


Interesting and edgy art blog....

Monday, March 19, 2007

Page Turner

Interesting digital illustration and even more interesting flash effect when you turn the pages of the book.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Brain Box

Fun illustrator and animator...the show reel should make you smile.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Folding Chair

A very playful, and perhaps practical concept.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Loretta Lux

Loretta Lux's images of children are both beautiful and haunting at the same time. There is something jarring about these serene photographs and it is that juxtaposition that makes them so intriguing. She is obviously using digital retouching as a means to create them but it is her subtlety in doing so that adds to these understated but fascinating images.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007


These two artists have been working together for 28 years and have built up a body of work that has it own unique spin on reality. It's difficult to descibe their panoramic images without using words like 'surreal' and 'fantasy' but they are certainly fascinating and in some ways disturbing.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Thomas Herbrich

This photographer specializes in 'special effects' photography. The fact that he only produces 20 images a year is a testament to the thought he puts into each one. The best thing about this site is the fact that each photograph has a link to show how he did it. It's amazing that in this day and age of digital wonders, the best way to get super realistic images is still by building and photographing models.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Worth 1000

Firstly, let me say this site is HORRIBLY designed, especially considering the subject matter. (It's been redesigned since this post, looks much better). However, it is a clever concept and some of the work is inspiring , in a popcorn sense. You may have seen some of this stuff passed around through email due to its entertainment value. But, if you dig deeper you'll find a section that also allows budding graphic designers to perhaps see their ideas come to life. Companies put a up a brief for logo designs and anyone who wants to can enter the fray and upload their design solution, seems like a good deal seeing as the prize winner only gets $150. Interesting concept though and some of the designs aren't bad.....while others are, as you'd expect, TERRIBLE!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Second Life

If you haven't already heard of Second Life you may well be living under a rock. This new web community is rapidly becoming a truly immersive My-Space. The thing that facinates me is that they have a real world economy and people happily spend real money on virtual goods by converting the native currency, the Linden Dollar. Perhaps the best example of this is Anche Chung, who is Second Life's first millionare. She builds and sells virtual real estate.

If you think this may be some 'flash in the pan', major corporations and goverment agencies are already setting up shop on Second Life's servers. Just download the free software and see for yourself.