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Artspiration: Stunning and Spooky, Massive Miniatures Built from Lego Blocks

Creativity, Graphic Design, Things That Inspire Us Oct 05, 2016 No Comments

Lego Brand Building Block Models by Artist Mike Doyle

Mike Doyle is an accomplished artist whose chosen medium of Lego brand building blocks provides an interesting application for miniature modeling. Doyle’s models are not exactly ‘miniature’ in the proper sense of the word, but instead stand several feet tall. And while not created specifically for Halloween, we thought these images of Doyle’s sometimes spooky, always awesome work would be a perfect kick-off to the month of October.

Doyle, who has devoted his creative pursuits to building things out of Lego blocks, humbly talks about his talents:

“Some ask if Lego brick building is Art. To me, that is like asking is sculpting with clay, Art. Well… it could potentially be. Anything, absolutely anything can be made into Art in the right hands, even the ‘child’s toy’ Lego. In the end, bricks are a medium, like oil paint or clay or pixels on a screen. It’s what you do with them that matters.”

More than 130,000 individual plastic blocks went into the construction of “Victorian on Mud Heap.” This model alone took more than 600 hours to complete. “Victorian on a Mud Heap” is an intensely intricate replica of a once-beautiful, but now decaying home left unattended. Also included are two other models — “Three Story Victorian with Tree” and “Two Story Victorian with Basement.”

Learn more about Doyle’s process and detailed explanations of his methodology at Snap blog or follow the individual “The Making Of…” links included below. You can see more images of Doyle’s work on Flickr.

All images copyright Mike Doyle.

Victorian on Mud HeapThe Making Of…

Mike Doyle's Victorian on Mud Heap, Snap Blog

Three Story Victorian with TreeThe Making Of…

Mike Doyle's Three Story Victorian with Tree - Snap Blog

Two Story with BasementThe Making Of…

Mike Doyle's Two Story with Basement - Snap Blog

Adspiration: MyShelter Foundation’s “Isang Litrong Liwanag” (A Liter of Light)

Advertising, Cause Marketing, Social Action, Things That Inspire Us Sep 16, 2016 No Comments

MyShelter Foundation is Bringing Light to Filipino Families

Isang Litrong Liwanag is a campaign dedicated to providing sustainable lighting to dispriviledged communities throughout the Phillipines. “Isang Litrong Liwanag” is Tagalog for “A Liter of Light,” and is the subject of cause-related ad spot from the MyShelter Foundation that is using inventive recycled soda bottles as a cost-free light source for thousands of Filipino families living in darkness.

Designed and developed by students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Solar Bottle Bulb featured in the spot delivers solar powered light to once-darkened homes. The unique lighting source is based on a concept that provides simple and easily replicable technologies to address the basic needs people in developing communities.

The MyShelter Foundation was established by Illac Diaz in order to create a system of sustainability and reliability through capability-building and employment-generating projects.

You can support the efforts of the Liter of Light campaign here, and you can follow Illac Diaz on Twitter @illacdiaz. His work is truly inspirational.

Filmspiration: Danny MacAskill’s Industrial Revolution BMX Ballet

Advertising, Creativity, Things That Inspire Us Aug 30, 2016 No Comments

Danny MacAskill Takes Us On Another Breathtaking Journey

Danny MacAskill is possibly the best street trials pro BMX bicycle rider in the world. From Scotland, the 25-year-old MacAskill first became an Internet sensation in 2009 with the release of his first stunt cycling video on YouTube for Inspired Bicycles.

Also known as “Danny MegaSkill” for his daring jumps, tricks and oft-considered crazed risk-taking, MacAskill has released the latest in a series of compelling videos highlighting his intricate art and phenomenal athleticism. With his bike as extension of his own body, MacAskill takes us on a beautifully choreographed and thrilling cycling ballet through an abandoned Scottish train yard in “Industrial Revolution.” This short film was directed by Stu Thomson of CutMedia for the documentary Concrete Circus and includes music from Ben Howard’s “The Wolves.”

A big thanks goes out to Danny and the crew at CutMedia and Red Bull for enriching our lives and inspiring us to go that one step further. Take a break from whatever you’re doing. It’ll be five minutes out of your day that you’ll remember forever.

Filmspiration: Riding the Rocket Booster of the Space Shuttle

Creativity, Science, Space, Things That Inspire Us Mar 19, 2016 No Comments

Commemorating the Space Shuttle Program

It’s not often you get to take a ride into space.

Perhaps that will change in the near future with commercial travel to the stars, but until then we can only rely on video representations like this very impressive piece of footage compiled from NASA Space Shuttle missions STS-117 and STS-127: Riding the Booster Up and Down in 400 Seconds.

This incredible piece of work is from the upcoming Special Edition Ascent: Commemorating Space Shuttle soon be released on DVD and BluRay. The movie is from the point of view of the Solid Rocket Booster with sound mixing and enhancement done by the folks at Skywalker Sound.

Make sure you watch it full screen and with the sound turned up. Awesome stuff.

Extreme Air – The Art of Flight (Metal)

Advertising, Creativity, Things That Inspire Us Aug 01, 2015 No Comments

Go Big or Go Home and Do It Full Screen

There’s not much we can really say about this fantastic piece of extreme cinematography.
Nothing short of extreme. Extremely talented. Extremely athletic. Extremely beautiful. Extremely good.
Sit back, relax and enjoy. We recommend Full Screen and Full Volume.