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Retro-Style Packaging

Let’s kick it old school with retro style packaging — modern product wraps that pay homage to the fathers of graphic design. Whether it’s 70’s, Bauhaus, or good ol’ 50’s style, these are excellent examples of how to repackage a modern (or even classic)...

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dA Featured Artist: *rodolforever

On a hunt for Art Deco inspired artwork on dA, I stumbled across artist rodolforever and was so captivated by his incredibly designed Art Deco posters, that this post transformed into a featured artist highlight. rodolforever is a graphic designer and illustrator from Mexico City, with a clear passion for comics and movies. His highly stylistic versions of conceptual posters are prime examples of using Art Deco in modern settings. Here are several excellent examples from his dA gallery; and definitely check out his other work on his profile — you will not be disappointed. DeviantART is a place for artists of all kinds and contains a vast fortune of hidden gems around every turn. Each week we are choosing 10 pieces to share with you for inspiration, appreciation, and admiration. In return, please support the artists by visiting their respective sites. All art thieves will be hunted down by our ninjas. Want to be considered? or want us to consider someone? Send us a note on our DeviantART page: —...

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Full Spectrum Infographs

Information Graphics (infographs) are one of the most difficult disciplines in the graphic design field — the collection and organization of multiple points of data, translated into an easy to understand design. To take the concept to a higher level, incorporating several colors into a classy look presents a different challenge. These infographs have beautifully pulled off both: all the information required and a full color...

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Double Rainbow All The Way

Over 5 million people have been enamored by the Double Rainbow video, even prompting a catchy auto-tune song and a CNN web interview with the creator. Although we’re not quite as ecstatic about spotting rainbows, we have to admit that they are pretty badass examples of the spectrum of light. Jumping on to the bandwagon, we’ve collected some awesome double rainbow photographs from...

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Art is a Tool: James Victore

Controversial, offensive, incredible, and powerful — just a few of the words that can be used to describe James Victore’s work. He’s a fan of doing things by hand with paint, ink, and even using people as canvases. As a thanks to the awesome-sauce that is James Victore, we’re featuring some of his most prominent pieces. (Read the interview...

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Sweat Blood from the Forehead: a James Victore Interview

— a conversation with James Victore by Leroy James If you’re a Graphic Designer (a.k.a. anyone with Photoshop) and you’ve never heard of James Victore, then you’ve been sleeping on the greatest designer living today. From his (in)famous “Columbus Day” posters —torn down almost as soon as they were posted around D.C. — to designing  for clients like MoÎt et Chandon, Amnesty International, The New York Times, MTV’s Choose or Lose, and Target; to his “Dirty Dishes” (white plates drawn on with big black markers) and now hand-painted surfboards, Victore has gotten his dirty hands into everything a designer can and always leaves his mark. After emailing each other back and forth we were finally able to set up a time to chat. Thanks to global warming it was an unfucking-believably hot mid-April day in Brooklyn.  Then again I might have been sweating my ass off during the two mile walk from the Pratt Institute’s campus to James Victore’s because I was wearing a sweater (I swear it was cold when I left my apartment). On arriving at Victore, Inc. I saw Mr. Victore roll up on a bike in a light jacket, jeans, and cowboy boots — which I found out later he bought in Austin. After spending a few minutes trying to set up some cheap recording equipment I’d borrowed (“You going to play some music for us?” he joked, seeing the dinosaur of a tape deck I had with me) we sat down and talked. Only after our interview did I realize when transcribing that none of our conversation was recorded. So weeks later after doing a ton of coke and shots of Jäger to jog my memory, here’s the conversation as I could remember it: WTF: Hey Mr. Victore how are you doing? JV: Busy. (Laughing) JV: (Points to my glasses) Are those Converse glasses? WTF: Yeah. JV: Those are cool. Where did you get your sweater? WTF: Oh I made it. JV: Cool. WTF: Anyways I guess I’ll just start with the first question here, it’s sort of a big one: Some of your strongest pieces were your most political, but I’ve read that you don’t focus that much on political work these days, how would you feel about designing a poster for a candidate like Shepard Fairey did for Obama? JV: I don’t know; that stuff has to come from McCain or Hillary or Obama. If the call came from whichever camp I’d be willing to do the work for them but as it stands I’m too busy at the moment to worry about it. You know? Who has time for the news?...

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Do Not Underestimate the Power of Fanart

To gear up for the Houston Symphony concert featuring music from Star Wars (and an excuse to have more geekiness for today), we’ve collected a series of fan made posters that are all about the Force — whether its the light side or the dark side. To make things more interesting than just your average guy with a light saber, these featured artists’ work are stylized in solids, minimalism, or with a retro theme. Let’s start things off with this incredible piece of Boba Fett paying homage to The...

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The Planets Plus Star Wars

After five sold out concerts in January, the Houston Symphony heads back to the stars with The Planets Plus Star Wars. The concert is the product of a collaboration with NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and award-winning producer/director, Duncan Copp, to craft a film of the latest, high-definition planetary images that will accompany a live performance of Gustav Holst’s suite, The Planets. Assistant Conductor Brett Mitchell will take the conductor’s podium for this concert. The Planets will be performed on the second half of the evening, while the first half is comprised of famed composer John Williams’ beloved film anthems: Star Wars, E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Tickets: $22-$109 Dates: July 16-July 17, 2010 Times: 7:30pm Jones Hall for the Performing Arts 615 Louisiana Houston, TX 77002 (information from...

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15 Awe-Inspiring Handcrafted Typography

There’s something to be said for a good piece of typography that has been painstakingly rendered by hand. These experiments not only apply to text that has been drawn or painted, but those that have been assembled from random objects, cut from different materials, or even formed from grains of sugar. Minuscule movements, tedious work, precision, and patience are more than just virtues when it comes to creating typography by hand — it’s a...

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dA Spotlight: Steampunk Gear

Steampunk: it’s what happened when Goth Kids grew up, discovered the color brown, and married a steam ship from the Victorian Era — and then it turned into awesome. Mixing science fiction and history, the people who create the costume gear for this rapidly growing costume play are in an entirely different league from your average con-goer. The craftsmanship behind each piece of hand-worked leather and metal easily stands out above a commercial built product. Since there are too many spectacular accessories to show at once, today we’re displaying 10 Incredible Pieces of Steampunk Gear. Abe Lincoln Costume by StudioCreations Goggles, redux by robpowell Goggles number 2 by AmbassadorMann Monogoggle 10-4 by AmbassadorMann Steampunk half arm by Skinz-N-Hydez Steampunk wristgun 3 by Hexonal Steampunk Arm by Skinz-N-Hydez Steampunk Mechanic by aternox Steampunk Leg by Skinz-N-Hydez Steampunk Helmet by TomBanwell DeviantART is a place for artists of all kinds and contains a vast fortune of hidden gems around every turn. Each week we are choosing 10 pieces to share with you for inspiration, appreciation, and admiration. In return, please support the artists by visiting their respective sites. All art thieves will be hunted down by our ninjas. Want to be considered? or want us to consider someone? Send us a note on our DeviantART page: —...

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