Archive for the ‘Great Artistes’ Category


Lilkes retro heaven

August 28, 2009


Found via Adam & Andy, is an amazing collection of images by journalist, collector and serious blogger Jim Lilkes. His website offers everything from daily updates (the Daily Bleat) to vintage matchbooks, comic book covers, everything you ever wanted to know about Minneapolis, extremely bad mystery movies and his regular column in the Star Tribune.

But it is his impressive collection of vintage postcards featuring motels and diners that stirred the very cockles of my 50’s typeface loving heart.

balimotel sandcastle

acernook vikingbarsarasota

The intrepid Jim Lilkes not only features images of the trendy establishments of yesteryear, but also – when possible – includes photos of the modern day addresses for contrast and comparison.


Graphic Gandhi

July 21, 2009


“This stamp was issued by India in the year 2000, showing Gandhi’s flowing cape taking on the shape of India. Gandhi, a firm believer in self-reliance as well as non-violence, would have spun that cape himself. His choice of weaving by the masses as an act of non-violent resistance wasn’t as curious as it seems: it required discipline, involved women and inspired his countrymen and -women to spurn British-made textiles.”

Found on Strange Maps (also in blogroll on right.) Simplicity is the epitome of design. Great design is often a simple image that manages to convey multiple meanings. Like ice skating, ballroom dancing or ducks gliding serenely across the surface of the water, the genius is where it looks easy and effortless. Like a line drawing that manages to convey both Gandhi and the nation of India.


Sculpting with shadow and light: Fred Eerdekens

July 18, 2009


I found the above image on the blog James In Space . The artist is Fred Eerdekens, who sculpts space with objects, lights and shadows. The words on the wall are written by the shadows cast by what at first look like random pieces of wire.


“Holy Spirit Come Home” is created with two light sources and arranged objects. The words are formed by the box tops and shapes that cast the shadows on the surface. The words change with the different lights


Light shining through trees to form the words on the wall. Note that the words are not projected: they are formed by negative space in the sculpture. His website has even more amazing examples. I truly admire the way his mind works. It reminds me of watching Todd Davis at work in the photo studio – manipulating light into unexpected creations.

Speaking of James In Space; visit his site when you have a spare few hours to refresh your mind and inspire your imagination. It’s a roller coaster ride of creativity – appropriate since he is, among other things, a designer for theme parks and movies.


Scott Bateman is a very funny guy

November 8, 2008

One of my favorite things to look at each day as I hook up with the Internets (assuming the tubes are not clogged) is the occasional, sometimes daily, always entertaining animations by Scott Bateman. I get his short videos via iTunes blog subscription. You can also find him on

Bateman uses actual audio from various sources and then sets it to his own brand of animation and his  (captioned) comments.

Subjects skewered by his cartoon wit include politics (his Sarah Palin and McCain are a riot), news, social issues and occasionally black and white vintage z-grade horror movie soundtracks.

I was going to include an image of his work, but you should just go somewhere and see it for yourself.