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Some traditional chinese terms to name colors, some of them are not in use today.

Julie de Waroquier (France)

Julie’s pictures are a mixture of fantasizing, surrealism and conceptualism; inspired by fairy tales and dreams.

Steve McCurry

Best known for his evocative color photography, McCurry captures the essence of human struggle and joy. Member of Magnum Photos since 1986, he has searched and found the unforgettable; many of his images have become modern icons. Born in Philadelphia, McCurry graduated cum laude from the College of Arts and Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University. After working at a newspaper for two years, he left for India to freelance. It was in India that McCurry learned to watch and wait on life. “If you wait,” he realized, “people will forget your camera and the soul will drift up into view.”

His career was launched when he disguised in native garb and crossed the Pakistan border into rebel-controlled Afghanistan just before the Russian invasion. When he emerged, he had rolls of film sewn into his clothes and images that would be published around the world which were among the first to show the conflict there. His coverage won the Robert Capa Gold Medal for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad, and award dedicated to photographers exhibiting exceptional courage and enterprise. Steve McCurry has covered many areas of international and civil conflict, including Burma, Sri Lanka, Beirut, Cambodia, the Philippines, the Gulf War, the former Yugoslavia, and continuing coverage of Afghanistan and Tibet. He focuses on the human consequences of war, not only showing what war impresses on the landscape, but rather, on the human face.


What color means
Helveticons – Royalty-free vector icons, glyphs and symbols based on the Helvetica Bold typeface.

Mercedes Benz: Left Brain – Right Brain, Paint

Benz AD

The text for the left brain reads:

“I am the left brain. I am a scientist. A mathematician. I love the familiar. I categorize. I am accurate. Linear. Analytical. Strategic. I am practical. Always in control. A master of words and language. Realistic. I calculate equations and play with numbers. I am order. I am logic. I know exactly who I am.”

And for the right brain:

“I am the right brain. I am creativity. A free spirit. I am passion. Yearning. Sensuality. I am the sound of roaring laughter. I am taste. The feeling of sand beneath bare feat. I am movement. Vivid colors. I am the urge to paint on an empty canvas. I am boundless imagination. Art. Poetry. I sense. I feel. I am everything I wanted to be.”

Advertising Agency: Shalmor Avnon Amichay/Y&R Interactive Tel Aviv, Israel

surely art, beautiful design.
Love those make ups form classical Japanese dance-drama ( Kabuki 歌舞伎). (more…)

An editorial series by NY-based photographer Erik Madigan Heck for Nomenus Quarterly (the world’s most expensive magazine).  Erik Madigan Heck gained a MFA in Photography, Film and related studies from Parsons School of Design in 2009.

The inspiration was derived from Les Nabis (pronounced nah bee) : A  Post-Impressionist avant-garde French artists group in 19th century. Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard were the founding members.

Heck has pushed his dream-like aesthetic into new territory, blurring the lines between fashion photography and fine art. Combining Katrantzou’s dazzling architectural demi-couture with (equally decadent) customized sets, Erik achieves a piercing chromatic effect.

It signifies a different direction in my own work, where I am trying to flatten the space between photography and illustration, by eliminating photographic elements and painting on different surfaces and colors in post-production, attempting to move closer towards painting itself, in process and form.”

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Kitchen Dog Season Collateral

From AIGA design Archives

Kitchen Dog Theater (KDT), an avant-garde Dallas theater company, needed to promote its 2009–2010 season and establish an identity separating it from other, more staid local theater venues. And it needed to do this on a shoestring budget.

Its small performance space and even smaller budget make KDT plays raw and personal. Without elaborate facilities or sets, the company’s acting talent and intensity carry the day. We knew that the primary audience for the collateral—donors, season-ticket holders and mailing-list subscribers—celebrated KDT’s risk-taking philosophy, so we created a season brochure and posters to capture that tone.

Our main objective was to inform viewers about the plays for the upcoming season. We also wanted to communicate KDT’s bold attitude and commitment to groundbreaking new theater. Hence, the “New/Now” theme. We used a minimal color scheme—black, white and magenta—that tied together the collateral. The brochure included graphics for each of the season’s plays, which also served as the poster designs, providing one cohesive campaign.

To comply with the minimal budget, the brochure was printed on inexpensive newsprint and posters were screen-printed by hand. Both printing techniques express the rough and raw sensibility of Kitchen Dog.

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Internationally recognized, New York based Luba Lukova is regarded as one of the most distinctive image-makers working today. Her original art uses metaphors, the juxtaposition of symbols and very few lines and text to best capture the essence of basic humanity.