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Artspiration: Paper – Sounds Boring, But It Ain’t

Creativity, Graphic Design, Things That Inspire Us Sep 06, 2014 2 Comments

Thousands of Uses…Here’s a Few More

Paper is a part of everyday life, and not just for graphic designers or wedding planners. We all use paper — to pay for things, to write memos, to express our love — but paper has become mundane, even vilified.

With the advent of the internet and email, the idea was born that print is dead and that paper is wasteful. Just look at the poor state of newspaper industry, or think about service providers urging you to go green by going paperless. And yes, I do recycle and I’m signed up for eBilling too.

But I hardly think paper is commonplace. As part of a graphic design agency, I’ve noticed we have fewer and fewer opportunities to produce printed work. And, on those rare occasions when we do, clients resist choosing special paper stocks. Well, that’s not entirely true. If their business runs on an enviro-friendly platform, they will consider specialty papers, but only those bearing that golden mark, “100% PCW.”

As interest in paper wanes there are several artists breathing new life into this ancient technology. Check out these 3 incredible artists who make paper anything but boring.

 

Yulia Brodskaya

Yulia Brodskaya‘s innovative, self-titled art or “papergraphic” was featured on the July 2011 cover of HOW Magazine. Papergraphic is a process of rolling, twisting and shaping many thin strips of paper to create intricate illustrations. Each “illustration” can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks to complete. See more of Yulia’s work.

Nokia Ad

Nokia Ad by Yulia Brodskaya

London

London by Yulia Brodskaya

Babushka

HOW Design Magazine Cover, July 2011, by Yulia Brodskaya

 

Jeff Nishinaka

A graduate of the prestigious Art Center College of Design, Jeff Nishinaka boasts an impressive commercial portfolio that includes work for Bloomingdale’s, Coca Cola and Paramount Pictures, to name just a few. For Jeff, paper is a “living, breathing thing that has a life of its own.” Check out more of Jeff’s work.

ANA Tokyo Hotel, 5th Anniversary

An Installation at the ANA Tokyo Hotel - 5th Anniversary, by Jeff Nishinaka

Bloomingdale’s Advertisement

Advertisement for Bloomingdale's, by Jeff Nishinaka

Permanent Installation at the Children’s Museum of the East End
Bridgehampton, NY

Permanent Installation at the Children’s Museum of the East End (Bridgehampton, NY), by Jeff Nishinaka

 

Won Park

An origami master, it’s no wonder that Won Park credits M.C. Escher as his favorite artist. Bending, folding and shaping money (his paper of choice), Won Park achieves incredible detail in each of his original pieces. No site of his own, but Google his name, and you’ll see examples of his work all over the internet.

Koi

Koi by Won Park

Scorpion

Scorpion by Won Park

Formula One Race Car

Formula One Race Car, by Won Park

 

 

Adspiration: Print – LG Solardom Oven, Y&R Sao Paulo

Advertising, Creativity, Graphic Design, Things That Inspire Us Aug 16, 2013 No Comments

Six Times Hotter. LG Solardom Oven.

Young & Rubicam, São Paulo, Brazil, turns up the creative heat in this series of print ads developed to introduce LG‘s new Solardom Oven. The campaign focuses on subject matter often not dared by some more conservative American agencies, causing this new campaign to quickly become a topic of some debate among industry insiders. The concept is straightforward. The illustrations are daring. And the message is clear. In Brazil they truly do like it hot.

MEAT. Six Times Hotter.
Young & Rubicam, São Paulo

MEAT. Six Times Hotter. LG Solardom Oven. Young & Rubicam, São Paulo

CHICKEN. Six Times Hotter.
Young & Rubicam, São Paulo

CHICKEN. Six Times Hotter. LG Solardom Oven. Young & Rubicam, São Paulo

FISH. Six Times Hotter.
Young & Rubicam, São Paulo

FISH. Six Times Hotter. LG Solardom Oven. Young & Rubicam, São Paulo

Adspiration: Print – Space Classics, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Showpony

Advertising, Creativity, Graphic Design, Things That Inspire Us Aug 19, 2011 2 Comments

Space Classics. Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Maybe we’re just sci-fi nerds, but this recent campaign from Showpony Advertising of Adelaide, Australia announcing an upcoming series of concerts by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra brilliantly capitalizes on popular culture iconography, resulting in a collection of print ads that, to borrow a well-used phrase, ‘go where no man has gone before.’

The concept is simple, reference images with which everyone born after 1950 is familiar, and deliver stunning creative that is truly out of this world.

Star Wars
Showpony Advertising, Adelaide

Star Wars Space Classics. Showpony Advertising, Adelaide

Star Trek
Showpony Advertising, Adelaide

Star Trek Space Classics. Showpony Advertising, Adelaide

2001: A Space Odyssey
Showpony Advertising, Adelaide

2001: A Space Odyssey Space Classics. Showpony Advertising, Adelaide