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New DepthCore Chapter: Mythic

DepthCore is as you might already know, one of our favorite collectives out there, and that is because the the quality of the artwork they come up with every new chapter, and fortunately for us, they did it again. DepthCore just released a new chapter called ">MYTHIC in which they feature creations from incredible guys such as Nik Ainley, Justin Maller, Phil Dunne, Craig Shields, João Oliveira and others. This chapter features several stunning contributions from the wonderfully talented Raphael Vincenzi, earning him the Featured Artist nod for this collection; click here to peruse the traditional interview. This Chapter is also notable for the abundance of it's collaborations, including several pairings never before seen - make sure to explore thoroughly to discover these unusual visual experiments. One of our most thematic relevant Chapters ever, 'MYTHIC' is the result of five months of careful planning, research and stylistic experimentation from the collective. The slow creative process has resulted in a Chapter that has been meticulously crafted, workshopped from sketches through to completed pieces, thoroughly taking advantage of the collaborative collective experience. Several of the pieces presented in this collection were composed over the course of several months, taking on board feedback from our artist base at each stage of completion to try and fully realize their full potential, and ultimately create a Chapter that is carefully considered, conceptualized and executed. Niklas Lundberg Jeff Huang Shadow Chen Matei Apostolescu Anneli Olander Craig Shields Matei Apostolescu Nik Ainley Iain Macarthur Ikaruga For more information and to browse through all the images from this amazing DepthCore chapter visit http://depthcore.com/chapter/Mythic/

Logo Discussion: 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil

Yesterday was unveiled the logo of the next World Cup that will take place in Brazil in 2014. With the new emblem came also an avalanche of criticism that started last month when the logo was first seen. Among critics there are some that say the logo is reminiscent of Chico Xavier, a famous brazilian psychic, or that it is more suited to a volleyball contest than for football/soccer because there are hands holding the ball, which is not allowed in the sport. So in this post I will share my opinion among with the other Abduzeedo writers. Before we express our opinions take a look at the new emblem and the video shown during the introduction of it yesterday in South Africa. Video Logo Opinions Alexis (Aloa) What you can see in the history of the world cup logo is that its gets simpler with less texts and shapes every time. The 2014 Logo for brazil is by far the most plain logo of them all, that is why I liked it the most. Amanda I really like the concept, however I do think it was poorly executed. I think a big part of that is due to poor placement. I like the idea of hands forming the iconic shape of the trophy, but for some reason, to me, the negative space in between the fingers seems kind of awkward. I wish they'd played around with that a little bit more to where the fingers didn't appear frail and dainty, which I guess is why it has gotten criticized as shameful to the nation. It reminds me of Symbolist painter Edvard Munch's The Scream. You know what I'm talking about? The painting where the distressed man holds his hands up to his face, representational of the universal anxiety in modern man. Also: 2014 in red? I would have liked for it to be in blue as a more clear depiction of the Brazilian flag. All in all, I do appreciate it for its simplicity, I just think it could have been developed better. Fabiano As for every logo design, there will always be those who like it or dislike it, but I believe that for this 2014 World Cup logo there's too much buzz. I particularly didn't like it, I don't know if it's either because of the form or the concept with hands on a trophy. I don't think it's something terrible either as a lot of people have been saying...that's a bit of an exaggeration. In my opinion the idea behind it is showing the happiness and friendliness of the Brazilian people with the colors of our flag all of that while creating a trophy with hands, so it sounds pretty cool but the outcome is not. It's not a logo that WOWs us. Nevertheless, it's a logo with concept but could be much better executed. Fabio Sasso Well I will start off by saying that I quite liked the new logo since the first time I saw it on an article where Alexandre Wollner, a famous Brazilian designer which I admire and respect, was pretty upset with it saying that it represented hands covering a face of shame. Interestingly enough I saw something totally different. First, it clearly reminds me of the World Cup trophy and usually the captain of the team who wins the World Cup holds the trophy with his hands, not his feet, as do the rest of the team when they run around the stadium carrying the trophy and celebrating the triumph...so that would explain the hands. Second, there's no question that Brazil is the country of football/soccer/futebol. If you live in Brazil and watch any sports on TV it will be at least 80% football and 20% all other sports if not more. The logo reminds me that the whole nation is embracing the event and will root for our team so that in the end we can be the ones holding the trophy as winners, something that unfortunately didn't happen in 1950, the only time the World Cup took place here in Brazil. Last but not least, the graphic execution. In my opinion they looked for a very loose style as we can see on the shapes of the logo, something very hand-drawn. I believe it's a good choice because of culture and carnival, however, in my humble opinion it could be better executed. I also didn't understand the red on the 2014 and I hope it's not because of a major sponsor. Nevertheless I don't know the briefing or even if there was one so everything I say here will be based on my opinion and on my taste and that's like saying that blondes are prettier than brunettes and vice-versa when it comes to design. With that being said I believe the thing that concerned me the most is that they hired an advertising agency to do a design job and I believe that was the cause of this discussion among the design community which is totally understandable and I agree with that. However I think criticizing logos is very easy because we simply do it based on what we see and our own taste. Now if we think about how this logo has a target audience of 190 million Brazilians and billions of people around the globe...damn, that is a hard task. I think the discussion here has to be about how to avoid that other professionals do the design work that we are supposed to do and why that happened, that is really important to understand because that we can change, the logo whether good or not it is done and cannot be changed. Gisele To be honest I expected more from our 2014 World Cup logo. Yeah, I know that several people will say that Brazilians like to complain and all that, but I believe that the logo could be way better. With such great designers and logo pros we have these days, this is not exactly a master piece. Of course the logo is nice, the idea of the hands forming the trophy is very interesting, but I still think it's not that impressive. Paulo Gabriel Poorly done, it looks like those cliparts that come with Microsoft Word. It also looks like they spent 30 minutes doing it and were inspired by Chico Xavier, the psychic. It has become a national joke. Actually, I am still waiting for them to announce that it was just a joke and show the official emblem. To make matters worse they applied some cheesy gradients, it's for sure a national shame and they should fire the intern who did it. Paulo Canabarro In my opinion the World Cup logo should mainly represent 3 things; football, the host country (Brazil), and World Cup. Most of the old logos do that well on their own way but this one kinda fails to well represent these elements. I personality don't like it but I don't think it's that bad of a logo, it will do the job, even though it could be a lot better by taking a different approach to it. I would love to see the brainstorm prior to this logo design and that would help everyone see the logo with the same eyes of the creator. Some World Cup logos Discussion We here at Abduzeedo want to make the blog an open channel for the design community to discuss these subjects towards an evolution of our industry through sharing experiences and opinions, always with respect. We really want to hear from you, share with us your thoughts about the new logo always trying to explain your opinion so we can learn from you as well.

Knorr Quick Case Study and the Work of Cassio Braga

Last weekend we had here in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the first Photoshop Battle, an event that we organized in which designers and digital artists had to compete in this sort of design battle of creation. The winner was the super talented Cassio Braga from StudioMe. Cassio Braga is an art director and digital artist from Candelária, RS but currently based in Porto Alegre. He is graduated in advertising from ESPM and have already worked for some big Porto Alegre agencies such as Escala and DCS. My biggest goal is to make good ideas come true, either through good photography or illustration. Knorr Quick Copa Gerdau Renner Copa Olympikus Lombas Detran RS Nacional Páscoa Case Study Knorr Quick Since I started working at StudioMe I had this idea of using all available resources to show off the quality of our work, that would include stockphotos, photography, 3D and photo manipulation. As you can see below everything started off by putting the ideas on paper, then it was all about mixing the available resources. First sketch Photo by Claudio Meneghetti Book on a counter photo by Raul Borges Testing some renders and models Final Render For more information about Cassio Braga visit his website at http://www.cassiobraga.com.br/ . We also recommend that you take a look at the StudioMe website.

Rob Shields New Work and Last Chance Case Study

Rob Shields is a freelance illustrator currently located in Philadelphia, USA. He specializes in makin images for the music, fashion, design, spots and lifestyle industries. He has done work for clients such as Computer Arts Magazine, Advanced Photoshop Magazine, Digital Arts Magazine, Beautiful Decay and many others. For more information about Rob's work visit his website at http://www.robshields.net/ Old Blood Drop it Doe Eyes Leave Yourself Behind Its My Own Cheating Heart Victory image based on a photograph from NY fashion photographer Kristiina Wilson Last Last Chance Case Study

Stylish Illustrations by Bruno Fujii

Bruno Fujii is a graphic designer and illustrator from São Paulo, Brazil and he was one of our first featured artists here on Abduzeedo. He also in 2007 gave away a series of prints of his beautiful 2007 calendar which was super popular. Now Bruno has just updated his website and portfolio and because of that he deserves another post featuring his new work. For more information about Bruno Fujii check out his website at http://soycontra.com/ Some Works

MWM Graphics: Stylish and Colorful Artworks

Matt W. Moore is the guy behind MWM Graphics, a design and illustration studio based in Portland, Maine. Matt started painting and drawing throughout graffiti and murals and today he works across multiple disciplines, from colorful digital illustrations in his signature “Vectorfunk” style, to freeform watercolor paintings, and massive aerosol murals. His pieces are pretty stylish, the lines, forms and colors create really interesting and eye catching artworks. At the moment I bumped into Matt's work I decided to show it here for you guys! The way that he uses geometrical forms, lines, illustrations and strong colors is really unique and creates a nice psychedelic feeling to his pieces. I recommend you to check out his website and also his 2009 Year in Review Slideshow, you will see some really nice stuff there! So take your time and check out his work... :)

Inspiring Posters by Mariano Garcia Cruz

Mariano García Cruz is an art director, graphic designer and illustrator from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria but current based in Barcelona, Spain. His work is full of colors and with a style mixing vector illustrations with drawings, like we see on the PingPongShop Poster. You can find out more about Mariano at his website at (http://www.marianogarciacruz.com/) or over at his Behance profile (http://www.behance.net/marianogarciacruz). Both sites are full of great and inspiring work, it's definitely worth checking it out Poster PingPongShop LPseexpresa Pumuky Kahja This illustration was made for a collective expo where photographer Maria Laura Benavente invited a series of illustrators to work with a series of her photos. I made a tribute to 90s hip hop music. The girl wears Notorious BIG bandana, the jacket from Nas, The Chains of Beastie Boys, a smith & wessum gun, the timberlands and a little doggy, the lolipop is the sweet touch ! Ml&co La bici te lleva por el buen camino d[x]i :: Fast Food Thank You Rodriguez

Beautiful and Funny Illustrations by Tokyo Go Go

Greg Darroll is a digital artist, graphic designer and illustrator from Durban, South Africa. A friend showed me some of his works just the other day and it is impressive how beautiful designs can make your especially when we see nice & funny illustrations like these from Tokyo Go Go. Form more information about Greg and to see more of his work you can visit his Deviantart or Behance

Le Cirque Des Couleurs by SlashTHREE

SlashTHREE, one of our favorite collectives out there has a new exhibition, their 14th to be more precise, and it's called “Le Cirque Des Couleurs”. The theme invited the artists to not only to explore their brighter and more vibrant side but also to create free flowing, abnormal, 'circus' like imagery. They also created massive typographical collaboration in which volunteers from the collective created pieces of art based around a letter of their choosing, which is called “Le Grand Cirque Des Couleurs”. The featured artists for the “Le Cirque Des Couleurs” was the mighty Erik Schumacher a Physics student from Germany and a Photoshop crazy artist in his free time. You can read the whole interview with Erik Shumacher by Saad Moosajee here. For more information and to check out all images of the exhibition visit http://www.slashthree.com/artpacks/14/ Some people say it's the apocalypse... by Kire Tale of the Hidden Orchid by Kire Masque du Caprice by Bechira Psychecellia by agiaco AIN SVP AVR atomic circus And then, they invented color, and gave it to people by kacperspala slashTHREE is on the verge of a new era. With major projects in the pipeline such as slashTHREE Version 4, we aim to change the face of this collective and make your experience even better, this truly is the place to be in the future. For now, though, we are extremely proud to present our 14th exhibition, “Le Cirque Des Couleurs”. Cirque du Freak by bechira Couleur Espace Colour your reality by r2on Color Universe by edlo Discodance Dissonance by apom, agiaco Reach For The Sky by freekilly polychromasia by Ignite Platform 3 by Logix

Beautiful Vector Illustrations by Jan Feliks Kallwejt

Jan Feliks Kallwejt is freelance graphic designer and illustrator currently based in Barcelona and Warsaw. He co-operates with clients from Europe and North America. For six years he has worked with agencies in Warsaw and Hamburg. Currently, Jan focuses on illustration, apparel design and personal art projects. Simple yet sophisticated forms are the essence of his work. He juxtaposes and multiplies them bringing to life the complex and tricky compositions, spiced up with attention to detail. He usually limits color palette, operating within two or three tones. To render the reality he employs multilayered symbolism, occasionally dropping in a dose of perversion where not expected. Some Works For more information and visit Kallwejt's website at http://www.kallwejt.com/

Using Texture to Get the Most Out of Design

There are a number of design elements that are important to design, texture being just one of them. However, texture can be a powerful force when presented in any type of design, adding visual interest and more detail. Texture is often times associated with the sense of feel, so adding it to a purely visual reference can make a 2D piece appear 3D or more real to life. What's the benefit of this? Things that seem more real to life often result in a more emotional response from the viewer, and are in return, are more memorable. Let's look at how texture can impact various forms of art and design, and some examples within each category. Typographic Design Typographic design has been quite a trend in recent years, and its place in the design world is growing increasingly. Below are some excellent examples of typographic design that use texture incredibly well, in an area where texture was once hardly present. Graphic Design Graphic design is always supposed to send out a message, and texture adds an emotional and 'real-life' response that can almost always yield better results. From posters to business cards, check out these examples of texture used in graphic design below. Web Design Texture is always more difficult to implement in web design because designers must consider varying screen sizes, resolutions, and a number of other factors. However, texture, just like in graphic design, can set the correct mood and give a better feedback than a web design that uses no texture. Below are some favorite web designs that focus on texture, and towards the end, web designs that don't necessarily focus on it, but definitely include it for an enhanced look. Art Traditional art for the most part is separate from design, but of course, texture is just as much a part of it. Check out these amazing art pieces in a number of different mediums that put their main focus on texture. Best Methods for Using Texture in Design From the examples above, it's easy to see how texture in any medium can enhance design. However, what are the best methods for incorporating it? Texture can add a lot of interest to a design which means it can also go too far as well. There are situations where texture can be distracting or used incorrectly so that it is ineffective. Of course, depending on what artistic venue you're working in, texture should be used differently. For example, logo design should keep texture to a minimum, while web or graphic design can use a lot more. Despite the differences for each type of design, let's look into some general rules, or guidelines. 1. Don't Distract from the Essential Elements There are different levels of texture and different types that can be used in better situations that others. If texture is distracting from the needed content or other imagery, then it is being used incorrectly. Try to think about this consciously and get other people's opinions before using too much texture. Also, try not to use heavy textures on backgrounds, unless it is meant to be part of the focus of the design. 2. Follow a Texture Theme Use similar texture styles to create repetition, in a seemingly random design. This can also be used to cause unity in the design. In certain types of design that use texture, the design can seem disorganized and messy, while design should always seem put together to an extent. A designer should use texture for visual interest, either to break a pattern or add variety to a repeating pattern, but texture should not be used to create such chaos that the design looks disorganized. Similar textures will help combat this. 3. Add Texture to Repeating Patterns Most of the examples above are seemingly random textures used for visual interest. However, there are many designers that add texture in a much more organized way, via patterns. An example of this practice would be straight wooden planks used as a background, or dust/noise added to a pattern. 4. Gradients and/or Fading Texture Sometimes an extreme texture can be made more subtle by simply not covering the entire design with it. Try fading a texture into a solid color, or to a darker and less noticeable version of the texture. Be sure to put the lightest part of the gradient (where the texture will be most noticeable) in an area of the design where it's needed — highlighting a main feature, or adding visual interest to a place that needs it. 5. Try Putting Texture as the Main Focus While most designs succeed with adding texture but making it as subtle as possible, other designs excel by making texture the primary focus. An example of this practice is a large background website. A well-textured large background along with interesting shapes and themes can be the main focus of the design, and therefore not be too distracting. This technique is also used often in graphic design with varying textures are clashed to create a design in itself. Wrapping Up Texture is an important part of any style of design, and many forms of design or art aren't visually appealing enough without it. While there are many examples of texture-less design still used today, many viewers see textured designs as more appealing and are more emotionally responsive. Even when knowing this, many designers are afraid of using texture in the wrong way to an extent that they avoid using it, or avoid using too much of it. Our advice to any designer or artist: always feel free to experiment with texture! Trying out new things is the only way to explore and discover new ways of using this one design element to its fullest potential. About the Author Crystal Ramsay is a web designer from the U.S., with a love of Wordpress, simplicity, and user-centric design. She is co-owner of a small and local design firm, and editor-in-chief of The Free Creatives (http://thefreecreatives.com), a blog made for freelance web designers. You can find her on Twitter at @freecreatives

Saad Moosajee's New Work

Saad Moosajee is freelancer illustrator and Art Director from England but currently living in Denver, CO, United States. Saad is a great friend of ours and has contributed a lot with the blog with wallpapers, opinions and inteview. Now he has just updated his website with awesome new works that had to be featured here on Abduzeedo. For more information visit Saad's website at http://saadart.com/ I am still pretty influenced by surrealists like Dali and Magritte but less than I was before. These days I get more inspired by my surroundings, especially tagging & graffiti and artists like Banksy. My Darkest Day Thousands of Apps At Twilight Saad’s work has been exhibited in multiple galleries and published in a multitude of magazines and books. He has also served as the Creative Director of slashTHREE.com for over 2 years, and is also a member of The Keystone Design Union. 361 Degrees pt 2 You Are We

Brasilia Dice 50. Poster Design!

Brasilia Prima is a design studio from Buenos Aires, Argentina. They are celebrating their 5th anniversary which coincides with the 50th anniversary of Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. Because of that they created this really cool project called "Brasilia Dice 50. Poster Design !", where they selected 50 posters with Brasilia as the subject. We have also posted about the Brasilia 50th anniversary a few weeks ago but just to give you a little background: In 1956, Juscelino Kubitschek - the president back then - started a plan to build a new city for Brazil's government. With the goal to plan and execute the construction were Oscar Niemeyer, the mind who would give forms and curves to official buildings, and Lucio Costa, the man with the 'airplane shape' urbanist plan. And incredibly, in only 4 years, the city was inaugurated. Many buildings were only skeletons, but the candangos (name of the first inhabitants of the new city), were celebrating the new political city in Brazil. Now let's take a look at some posters from the "Brasilia Dice 50. Poster Design !". For more information and to see all the posters visit http://www.brasiliaprima.com.ar/brasiliadice50.html DHNN / Argentina / www.dhnn.com.ar Espacio Cabina / Argentina / www.espaciocabina.com.ar Estudio Almacen /Argentina / www.estudioalmacen.com Juan Carlos Pagan / USA / www.jcpagan.com Leonardo Prause / Brazil / cargocollective.com/leonardoprause Marit / UK / www.marit.co.ukprojects/509258/1369171273690651.jpg Milkxhake / China / www.milkxhake.org Nat Fillipini / Argentina / http://www.natfilippini.com.ar Official Classic / Hungary / www.officialclassic.com Owen Gildersleeve / UK / www.eveningtweed.com Pixel Junglist / Ukraine / www.behance.net/pixel_junglist Pixelgarten / Germany / www.pixelgarten.de Samantha Kocking / USA / www.behance.net/SamanthaKocking Sawdust / UK / www.madebysawdust.co.uk David Maruchniak / Argentina / soyunobsesivo.tumblr.com Studio Makgill / UK / http://www.studiomakgill.com This is you / Italy / www.thisisyou.info Tiago Bernardes / Brazil / www.behance.net/bodimn SViDesign / UK / http://www.svidesign.com Via Brasilia Prima.

Graphic Design Work of Xavier Bourdil

Xavier Bourdil is a young graphic and web designer from Paris, France. After studying literature in Bordeaux he decided to changed the direction of his career and become a graphic designer. He has been working hard to fulfill his dream since he made that decision and, as we can notice, he is already making his dream come true, having some of his works featured on publication such as Computer Arts, Design Collector, Designdiary and now on Abduzeedo :) You can find more information about Xavier's work at his website, the Trust in Elements (http://www.trustinelements.com/). Some works

Book #Three by Brand Nu

Radim Malinic is an award winning art director, illustrator and graphic designer based in London, England. We have already posted about him but now he has just released his new book called #THREE is a visual tour of the use of creative re-touching, vector illustration and art direction to inspire and transform everything from leading world brands to inanimate objects. A limited edition of 1,000 copies, #Book THREE will be available from brandnu.co.uk for £11.99 from 26th April 2010. Book Cover Highlights include the distinctive re-brand of the London Film Museum, Blossom Hill at Wimbledon, trend setting ad illustrations for ACER’s 3D laptop range as well as a striking summer campaign for the prestigious QV, Melbourne Australia. Produced to give inspiration to all, from household names to niche businesses and upcoming designers alike, work is demonstrated across a range of media including outdoor posters, to magazine covers and online. A collection of work created over the last 18 months, Book #THREE is an exciting portrait of the mature artist Brand Nu has become - able to transform any image, product or campaign, with fluid beauty, raw edge and vibrant color. The book also contains several self-initiated experiments, unpublished elsewhere, which show the passion and excitement that Brand Nu applies to seeking new techniques to add to his ever expanding creative arsenal. Inside the book

Amazing Works from the UU Challenge Finalists

The UU Challenge is a really interesting contest where 10 chosen artists were asked to create their own vision of the UU, in adition to that, they open the challenge to young designers around the world so the best 40 entries will be competing agaisnt the ten chosen artists and to make it even more interesting, they will have one representative that will create an image as well for the grand final. In the end, the 51 finalists and their works will be compiled into a book. I forgot to mention that the winner of the grand final's public vote will receive a prize of $2000. In addition the Jury will reward it's favourite with a prize of $750. We gathered ten inspiring artists around the world and presented them a challenge. We asked them to create their own vision of the UU and promised to pitch in a competing entry ourselves. In addition we wanted to present an open challenge to young designers around the world. The best 40 entries, chosen by a jury, will be competing against the ten chosen artists and our representative in the grand final. To make the competition memorable all 51 finalists will be compiled into a book. For more information visit the UU Challenge Website. The finalists Click on the images to visit the site and vote for your favorite one. Andrei Ograda Archan Nair Bram Vanhaeren Cornelia Neuner Csaba Fekete David Delin David Waters Denys Zeldin Dimo Trifonov Erik Erdokozi Ferdinand Mark Basa Gianmarco Lauriola Husam Elfaki Irina Moraru István Vasil Jere Paajanen Jere Paajanen Joao Oliveira Karan Singh Khyzyl Saleem Kjegwan Leihitu Lauri Ahonen Maxime Quoilin Miika Fabritius Mike Campau Mike Harrison Nathan Walker Niklas Lundberg Olli-Pekka Jauhiainen Pablo César Gutiérrez García Pat Kuleta Pedro Julien Perttu Murto Pete Harrison Rik Oostenbroek Sorin Bechira Stefan Lucut Thee Tosayanond Torgeir Sollid Tristan Kromopawiro

Birth Announcement Cards

Birth announcement card is the kind of thing that you think you'll never need... but one day you find that special someone (or not), gets married (or not) and just then (or not) a baby comes. Or not... you might just get hired to design a card for someone else, but in any scenario, inspiration is always welcome. Our reader Winand asked us for inspiration, because her niece is going to be born soon... so we had to find some cool designs for her. Since I don't get to see Birth announcement cards very often, I guess these are kinda "classic"... maybe someone could make somewhat of a more "hipster" style, or like we've seen yesterday, something awesome like Swiss Style. I don't know, these are ideas! Anyways, Winand, we hope these will help you and some future daddies and mommies around the world. Also, check out each designer's page by clicking each piece. Cheers! ;)