March 14, 2012

From left to right: Tom Ripley from The Talented Mr. Ripley, Edward Rochester from
Jane Eyre, Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby, Humbert Humbert from Lolita

Portraits of literary characters created using law enforcement
composite sketch software.

Combining the best of 1980s graphics with strong drawing skills,
Viktor Hachmang ’s wild illustrations are chock full of energy.

The Chicago International Poster Biennial (CIPB) draws over
2,000 posters from 50 countries around the world, to be judged
by a panel of seven of the world’s most lauded poster designers
and artists. World-renowned Swiss poster designer Niklaus Troxler
will be one of this years judges. Visit the Kickstarter page.
Jason Evans is from Wales. His work always feels
insightful and spontaneous.

These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration,
are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the
Depression on American rural and small town populations. The FSA
was an effort during the Depression to combat American rural poverty.
Photographers and writers were hired to report and document the plight
of poor farmers. Their aim was to introduce America to Americans.
Many of the most famous Depression-era photographers were fostered
by the FSA project. Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and Gordon Parks
were three of the most famous.

(Thanks to MG)

Using simple materials like foam, paper and glue, Ben Bunch
makes sculptures of real and imaginary technological devices.

‘…That modern art rubbish, my 8 year old kid could
do better than that.’ It’s worth noting these are large
scale drawings
, often more than 8ft tall.

Alain de Botton on An Ethical Advertising Campaign

Advertising has a bad name in society, because it’s associated 

with selling us things we don’t really need: chocolate, 4 x 4 cars,
diamond rings. We may appreciate the artistry, intelligence and 
wit that’s often found in adverts – we’ve just got problems with 
what goods are being sold.

So imagine a different way of using advertising: one that would 

use the aesthetic talents of advertising but direct these to a really
grand and noble project: that of nudging us to be the best of 
ourselves. Imagine an ethical advertising campaign that wanted 
to promote virtues of character applicable and relevant to our 
own lives, virtues like kindness, patience, humility, generosity, 
courage and humour. Read more here

This is always a lot of fun and you never know who
you might find on there.