Viewing Archive ~ September, 2012

Monday, Inspiration, let’s get right to it. Meet Illustrator  Jon Defreest. I came across Jon’s work via the internet, we are both big fans of the AMC show Breaking Bad, and Jon recently did a couple tribute pieces to the show, that actually got him some attention from the cast members themselves. It doesn’t get cooler than that folks. Seeing his tribute artwork to BB, I was compelled even more to explore the rest of his art and I was pleasantly surprised with how talented he is.

I: What’s the earliest memory of a creative activity you did?

J: I vividly remember making my own Ecto-Cooler print ads using stick figures and crayons. I kind of want to dig through all my old drawings and see if I can find that particular piece and recreate it.

I: If you weren’t doing what you do right now, what would you be doing?

J: Before I became a full time artist I was working in online marketing. I honestly wonder how long I could have lasted. I probably still would be making the same kind of art I do now in my spare time though.

I: Inspiration, who? what? where?

J: Most of my inspiration comes from the internet. Sites like Behance.net and Deviantart.com are amazing places to find new artists and styles. Aside from that, almost all of my work is inspired by either a movie or TV show. I’ve loved fan art ever since I was a kid.

I: Share any of piece your work, recent or old and talk about it.

J: I just finished this personal project last weekend. George Bluth’s !@#$%&*! Cornballs Cereal. It’s a reference to the extremely dangerous “Cornballer” from Arrested Development. I’m usually under such tight deadlines that I don’t have the luxury of really taking my time with my illustrations. This one was just for me though, so I was able to take a week and make sure I got everything just the way I wanted.

I: Name 5 websites that you check often.

UpRoxx
Superpunch
Deviant Art
AbduZeedo
Behance

Monday! Inspiration! This week I’d like to introduce everyone to a good friend of mine, Canadian Graphic Designer, Ross Chandler. I met Ross back during our days together at the Ontario College of Art and Design, where he really stood out to me with his keen eye for what is fresh and unique in Design and his overall easy going nature. I’m glad that we’ve kept in touch even after graduation, from hanging out together in Toronto, urban exploring in Tokyo and cycling adventures on the southern coast of Japan, I’ve always cherished the inspiration I derived from spending time with Ross and always check in to see what he’s working on for immediate doses of inspiration and motivation. Currently Ross is back in his hometown on the western coast of Canada, Vancouver where he is a Senior Designer at fresh design studio Subplot.

I: What’s the earliest memory of a creative activity you did?

R: In the pages of my Archie comics, erasing Betty & Veronika’s clothing and re-drawing anatomically correct characters. I guess even as a 9/10 year old I was interested in art direction. And at that age, there was a growing interest in the aforementioned subject matter.

I: If you weren’t doing what you do right now, what would you be doing?

R: Doing something related to professional sailboat racing. I love the water and sailing as both recreation and a competitive sport.

I: Inspiration, who? what? where?

R: I first really took notice of design when I became aware of Milton Glaser (NYC). He’s prolific and his work has a timeless balance between creative thought and mischief. Parra (Amsterdam) is doing amazing contemporary interpretations on the type of humour and graphic style that started in Glaser’s era.

I try to stay open to as many people and creative works as possible. There is so much going on in so many different disciplines that it’s difficult to keep up! I am competitive, so I am very much inspired and motivated by my friends, colleagues and of course my partner Sonnen who is the greatest source of inspiration in my life.

I: Share any of piece your work, recent or old and talk about it.

R: This is a poster & custom typeface I designed to promote myself. I had been working as an independent freelancer for over 2.5 years and to be hones was craving the social aspect of studio life. It was produced as a large poster which folded down into a pamphlet size. The back is a monotone blue preview of selected projects (not shown). The front was printed in (metallic) Pantone 877 and we trapped the black typography to maintain it’s punch! I printed 250, handed out 18 and got one phone call. I’ve been working at Subplot since that call.

I: Name 5 websites that you check often.

The Guardian
Pentagram
Otis and Frank
RBMA Radio
Sailing Anarchy

Monday, Mohamed, More (Inspiration!), three words that start with the letters M and O. Bare with me here and meet Associate Creative Director / Product Designer my good friend Mohamed Fouad. I met “Fo2sh” -as he’s commonly known amongst friends- back in 1999 at the FineArts College in Zamalek, Cairo, and he’s always struck me as an original creative person. Born in 1981, Mohamed studied Architecture and worked for about a year and a half as an Architect, then decided to change careers because he couldn’t adapt to the prevalent style of architecture found in Egypt. He is a big fan and believer in the Bauhaus school of art and design. Currently he is an Associate Creative Director at Leoburnett Cairo.

That is one side of his life, on the other side recently he started product/interior design label Stuffed Pigeon as a way to do something that he loves. The name came out of the famous Egyptian meal “stuffed pigeon”. The philosophy of the Stuffedpigeon is derived from adapting ideas and elements commonly found in Egyptian culture, being a proud Egyptian, embracing hand made artisanship, and always maintaining the highest standards. Not only is it a product design house offering simple, functional, creative and unique handcrafted products from furniture to home accessories, to toys and bikes, it also adopts an open and interactive workshop setting based on the product development process using the fewest possible resources and materials to achieve functional creativity. It strikes a delicate balance between minimalist simplicity and indulgence providing enriching experiences without pretension.

I: What’s the earliest memory of a creative activity you did?

M: A multiple electricity cable. I did the first prototype 5 years ago, I prefer to show the final product and talk about it when it is final.

I: If you weren’t doing what you do right now, what would you be doing?

M: Club owner!

I: Inspiration, who? what? where?

M:  Everything I see around me. I believe that Egypt is very inspiring in everything because we still use the old stuff that we have next to the other new technological products. Also, the normal basic products are a 100% man made craft, functionality is the main concept not a shape or a color. When i travel I try as much as i can to get inspired by other countries art and behavior. I also got inspired by my father in terms of crafting techniques as I used to watch him fixing and try to fix everything around.

I: Share any of piece your work, recent or old and talk about it.

M: LAMP-02

This product is one of my many other products using the same technique, it is made out of PVC pumping pipes – a very interesting material to work with- not to mention very inspiring, because it is easy to work with it and flexible.

The inspiration behind this product came after I found extra PVC pipes left after finishing the studio, first I didn’t know what type of the product I’ll work on, then I bought PVC connections and understood how it works together, after which I created lots of shapes like table frames, hangers some bathroom accessories, finally  I started to sketch this lamp and work on three different prototypes in terms of shape and measurements till it ended up with this design.

It is spray painted in a fine matte finish, available in a variety of colours, and overall gives a nice diffused light as the output is from 20 to 40 walts.

I name the products as it they are commonly described, I only add numbers to differentiate them from each other.

I: Name 5 websites that you check often.

Convoy
not Cot
Mocoloco
It’s all mental masturbation
Design is kinky

Today is the day of week that you (hopefully) synonymously associate inspiration with, Monday. This week meet Creative artist Maged Nassar. Maged has been shining in the field of advertising for quite a while. After a brief stint in a series of multinational Cairo advertising agencies, Maged moved onwards in partnership with Ali Ali to open their own “boutique agency” named “Elephant”. Almost immediately Maged and Ali found themselves surrounded from all directions by extreme success, Cannes, Clios, OneShow, Lynx, D&AD and the list goes on. If it’s an award in advertising, chances are these guys won it. Maged then moved on and is now a Creative Director at DDB Berlin. I was fortunate enough to secure some of his time to peer into his mind.

I: What’s the earliest memory of a creative activity you did?

M: I remember my schoolteacher calling my mother about a series of drawings I did when I was seven. It was about a man with a 0% chance of living. One of the drawings was about a guy in a desert of deep holes, in each hole; there was a deadly snake. So even if falling down didn’t kill the guy, one of the snakes would’ve done it. There were also lions between the holes, and one tree with a buzzard that’d eat his dead body after. I don’t know why I did these back then, but I do remember loving the idea of giving the guy zero chance.

My mother was a bit worried, but my father loved them, he even started for the next couple of weeks suggesting more ways to kill the guy.

I: If you weren’t doing what you do right now, what would you be doing?

M: Comics I think. The job of Daniel Clowes is the best. He spends more than 10 months working on the idea before he brings it to life. A Comic artist is an illustrator, scriptwriter, director and editor. I mostly appreciate the ones who can illustrate what they write.

And the best part of it is that you don’t need to reach many only few “your followers” will read your books and judge your work. Which gives you an accurate judgment.

I: Inspiration, who? what? where?

M:  Who: I think the biggest inspiration for Joe Frazeir was Muhamed Ali. Though they punched each other’s on the ring, I guess they needed one another to be better. Maybe they were in love. And believe me in advertising competition could get fiercer than boxing. But at the end I have to say that people who inspire me the most, are the other creatives whom I believe; do better than I do, and whom they believe; I do better than they do.

What: One of the most things that inspire me is my family to my mom’s side.

I have eight aunts and one uncle, and I can’t count my cousins. When we occasionally gather in a wedding, an engagement, or even a funeral, I see truthfulness. They are true people, coming from the lower part of the middle class, live scattered all over the country, and have many different (real) jobs, unlike mine. A big reunion with them gets aggressive, loud, and real funny. I just need to spend the right time with them to get a glimpse of the real life. Mixing the insights I get from my family with the work of Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Charles Burns, Lars Von Trier, Lukas Moodysson, Takashi Mike, David Cerny, Edgar Allen Poe and any movie that has been done by Vincent Gallo, can be really useful.

Where: Walking, driving and washing dishes.

I: Share any of piece your work, recent or old and talk about it.

M: This idea proves that the creative process is not a democratic one. Every time Ali and I shared this idea/sketch with anyone seeking their advice or encouragement, we get disappointing reactionsI can’t blame them at all. People tend to like ideas they’d seen before or could visualize it in their own minds based on their own experiences. I would maybe react the same.I won’t claim that all my ideas are good. Most of them failed big time. But I still love taking a risk.

Thank god this campaign got lots of awards: my first Cannes lion, Grand Prix in Dubai lynx, DA&D in book and finally I just saw it in Luerzer Archive special issue “the best print ads in decade”.

I: Name 5 websites that you check often.

Rotten tomatoes
Wikipedia
Good reads
Ffffound
Gamespot



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