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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 by Yulia Brodskaya


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 by Won Park


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

Now, the Unacceptable “R” Word

Advertising, Creativity, Things That Inspire Us Jul 31, 2012 No Comments

The Dictionary of Unspoken Words

There’s the “C” word. The “N” word. The “S” word. And the regular old stand-by “F” word. (Both the 3-letter one, as well as the 4-letter one.)

Now we’ve got a new “Speak Not” 6-letter word highlighted in an extremely effective PSA from the Joe Kennedy Jr. Foundation for the Benefit of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities — the “R” Word.

Glee Actors Promote Powerful Concept

With the help of Glee’s Lauren Potter and Jane Lynch, “Not Acceptable” is a powerful spot that takes a no-holds barred approach towards attitudes concerning mental and intellectual disabilities. No matter your perspective, this new spot from goes where most refuse dare tread.

When Shock and Awe Turns Positive

If you’re not paying attention to the screen when the spot airs during your fave reality show, you may be shocked when you hear what’s coming out of your television’s speakers. Another example of creativity that pushes the boundaries of generally accepted comfort levels. Great. Thoughtful. Brilliant work.

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

Nikki Reed and MTV Want You to Give a Shit

Advertising, Social Action, Things That Inspire Us Aug 12, 2011 No Comments

Yes. Seriously

No, it’s not the latest parody ad from the crew at SNL. However, it plays like one.

MTV, having offered up some of the edgiest and most ground-breaking PSAs in the business for years, has created a new social conscious raising organization that claims to actually give a shit. Yes, you heard it — The goal of the Give-A-Shit movement is to encourage young people to take a real, hard look at the world and to start caring about the problems they see. Among these issues are the Riots in England, the AIDS pandemic, bullying, drugs, the proliferation of guns, child abuse and illiteracy.

Elevating the Consciousness of the Masses

Enlisting the help of actress Nikki Reed, MTV and Give-A-Shit have launched a new PSA airing on the network that hopes to capitalize on the power of mass consciousness. The spot urges viewers to express their concerns on a variety of societal issues by using personal Twitter and Facebook accounts to champion chosen causes. Viewers are encouraged to use their time wisely, even capitalizing on that veritable moment of God-given contemplation to send tweets and updates while perched on the seat of the toilet — thus, showing they “give a shit” even while (ahem) taking one.

Why Not Give a Shit?

Perhaps the power of global mass consciousness does have the ability to affect change. For years, a number of New Agers have actively supported and tested this concept on a metaphysical level, claiming some success. We say that if anyone can get today’s youth to care about anything (even if that thing is “Jersey Shore”), it would be MTV. And considering the current state of our world, with children working in sweatshops so folks can buy $5 tees from the big box, or as climate change continues to cause some of the most horrific disasters we’ve ever seen, embracing the concept that global mass consciousness may offer a solution can’t be all bad.

For more information, visit Or tweet your concerns using #GIVEASHIT. Hey, it can’t hurt.