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New Studio Spotlight: FOOL

Started by artist and designer Chas Barton, the manhattan-based photography studio FOOL is quickly becoming one to look out for. Their unique take on lifestyle and fashion photography is blended beautifully with a wanderlust-worthy portfolio of beautiful backdrops and effective compositions that leave you wanting more.  What I love about Fool’s style is how classically cinematic it is — and how it captures the spirit and feeling of each moment without being too content-forward. Their stories are told through tiny glimpses into wider experiences, their meanings open to interpretation. With such a nostalgic approach to photography, their work is inspiring enough to keep you reminiscing on where you’ve been or what you’ve done, perhaps when you were younger and a little more foolish. Truth be told, I found myself flicking through their website, seething with jealousy that I was sitting in a box in Mountain View, and not on some sun drenched rope swing in Hawaii. But the thing that keeps me coming back is that every photo seems to feel like part of a greater narrative — like these moments are somehow all intertwined in a way, and I'm following along on a story of someone's life. I reached out to Chas about what Fool is to him, and where he's trying to take the studio. In his own words:   "Fool is a world of beauty attempting to inspire people to live intentionally. Today, we’re focused on photography. But in time we hope to be collaborating with the ‘fools’ of tomorrow, capturing the essence of their ‘foolish’ ideas. This could be photos, writings, social experiments, designs, and eventually products. It’s never been about making money, It’s about playing with the most important ideas in my life and sharing them with anyone who will take a look.“ Check out FOOL on Instagram, or visit their website at www.fool-official.com.  

Inside the Studio of a Traditional Sign Painter

Inside the Studio of a Traditional Sign Painter

Take a look inside the studio of traditional sign painter Antonio "Tj" Guzzardi and get lost on this amazing space full of vintage signs and beautiful lettering. All photos by Tatanja Ross. For more from TJ visit tjpinstriping.blogspot.com.au. Traditional HAND PAINTED Vintage style signs and art. Tj's been pulling dagger lines since he started building his first hot rod with his dad at the tender age of 15. Ten years later his still doing what he loves plus a whole lot more.This blog is all about life,loves and art. Spending his days designing and covered in paint with his two crazy boys and darling wife.Fueled by coffee and ideas... he's living the dream.

Stylish Work of Ptarmak Design

Stylish Work of Ptarmak Design

We post about designers and design studios all the time and it's really cool to see the variety of work they create. Some with a very specific style. That's the case of Ptarmak, a design studio from Austin that, we can say handcraft their branding work mixing old and new to come up with a very modern work.Ptarmak is an Austin-based designery that collaborates intensively with a handful of clients each year. We’re a collection of behavioral analysts & cultural contributors. We craft brands, design packaging, move graphics, and make thingsFeatured WorkAll Rights to PtarmakAll Rights to PtarmakAll Rights to PtarmakAll Rights to PtarmakAll Rights to PtarmakAll Rights to PtarmakAll Rights to PtarmakAll Rights to Ptarmak2011 Animation ReelAll Rights to PtarmakAll Rights to PtarmakAll Rights to PtarmakAll Rights to PtarmakAll Rights to PtarmakAll Rights to PtarmakAll Rights to PtarmakAll Rights to PtarmakAll Rights to PtarmakAll Rights to PtarmakAll Rights to PtarmakAll Rights to PtarmakAll Rights to PtarmakAll Rights to PtarmakAll Rights to PtarmakAll Rights to PtarmakAll Rights to PtarmakAll Rights to PtarmakAll Rights to PtarmakFor more information about Ptarmak visit their website at http://www.ptarmak.com/

Case Study: Cafeka by Studio Alopra

Today we are going to show a irreverent project done by Studio Alopra, Cafeka is a oustanding experimental project realized with the will to mix stop motion with 2D animation. This is probably our first case study about a video/animation, so I hope you guys enjoy and also learn something from the steps took on this production. As the directors told me, this production was developed during more than one year, with everyone of the studio involved. During the 4 nights at the location 600 frames were generated from this final photo shoot and at least 400 of cups of coffee were used. So let's see it and If you want to know more about Studio Alopra, please acess their Website or follow them on Twitter or Facebook. Brainstorm and Storyboard All this idea of mixing concepts relates to coffee and the writer Kafka ("Cafeka") began on a brainstorm between the directors of Alopra on a late night day. The main idea was to develop a visual concept that could express the metamorphosis of Kafka but also using the coffee as a analogy. As you can see, the movie go quite similar with the original storyboard. Pencil tests Having the ideas set, the first thing they had to do was to create and develop the 2D animations that would be engraved on the coffee cups. This was a really important step, since not only the number of frames were going to be defines, but also the number of cups. The drawings in this step are just sketches, later they will receive a ink and shadowing using the pointilism technique. Pencil Test - Cafeka by Studio Alopra from Marcos Torres on Vimeo. Pencil Test 2 - Cafeka by Studio Alopra from Marcos Torres on Vimeo. Acetate sheets and Studio Photo shoot In this part, the original drawings were engraved on the cups, by using acetates sheets involved on them. This was quite necessary, since this was the way that they could understand how the drawing would be on the round cup chape. To avoid waste they used both sides of the cups, later they would donate all the cups as gifts to cliente and friends. Having all set, they tried a first photo shoot inside Alopra Studio, to undersand aspects like animation speed, number of frames and time limit. Studio Photo shoot by Alopra Studio from Marcos Torres on Vimeo. Final Photo shoot After all theses tests and studies, they made a 4 nights photo shoot at Café da Oca. If the help of a professional photographer to take the photos, they had enough material to start editing. Post-production After the photo shoot, the photos needed some treatment. So, after many hours of work in Photoshop, trying to adjust color levels, light and retouch minor flaws, they had all the material to do the animation. Also, they hired a Sound Studio to create the soundtrack. Cafeka - Making of from Alopra Estudio on Vimeo. The Final Video Cafeka from Alopra Estudio on Vimeo. Thank you guys! I really want to thank Elton, Armando, Nicholas and all the rest of the team at Studio Alopra for letting us show this awesome project and for all the material that they gave us to make this post. Also thanks for the little gift.

Inside the Studio of Jet Black Tribal Ink

Jet Black Tribal Ink is a four man design boutique and advertising agency located in South Africa. The works that come out of this studio are totally awesome and as they say: "is a collective consciousness of four uniquely talented creatives". The Challenge The challenge was the fact that there was only 28m2 of office space to fit four creatives, desks and storage - and a budget of only R100 000 (€8 800) for the entire project, from dry-walling and electrical, to furniture and floor treatments. The budget and space constraints created a unique opportunity for custom-fitting the shop. From concept to designing to drafting the plans to construction, all the elements would need to be handmade to save on costs and to use the available space to its full potential.

Wonderful Ateliers at City of Arts

Today our architecture inspiration comes from Cordoba, Argentina. It's a campus with ateliers to several art classes, such as painting, sculpture, photography and music. I can say that the mix of colors and the vibrant forms are amazing, and I can imagine how all this architecture can influence each one who study in there! The project was made by Lucio Morini architects, they abused the double height making each studio a 2 store unit. And to bring even more light inside the ateliers, the building has glass on the both sides, north and south. We can realize a strip with vertical red walls separating each studio. The north facade is cover with perforated-metal, which vary in transparency depending on the light conditions and position. The beautiful photos are by Lucio Morini and Sosa Pinilla. Lucio Morini e Sosa Pinilla © Lucio Morini e Sosa Pinilla © Lucio Morini e Sosa Pinilla © Lucio Morini e Sosa Pinilla © Lucio Morini e Sosa Pinilla © Lucio Morini e Sosa Pinilla © Lucio Morini e Sosa Pinilla © Lucio Morini e Sosa Pinilla © Lucio Morini e Sosa Pinilla © Floor Plans

Introducing Morning Breath Creative Studio

Morning Breath is a creative studio founded by Doug Cunningham and Jason Noto back in 2002. Their illustrations are inspired by their collective history and experiences in graffiti art, music packaging and skateboard design. They even were nominated for a Grammy Award for "best special music packing". I believe some cover design will be familiar to you. Where to find them on the web MorningBreathInc.com - website and portfolio Where to find them on the web MorningBreathInc.com - website and portfolio

Stylish Illustrations by Mopa Design Studio

Estudio Mopa is a creative design studio with 5 young artists based in Brazil. They say that they "believe in the good side of things". Since August 2006 they've been designing a good deal of wonderful colored illustrations Where to find them on the web: www.EstudioMopa.com - Website with portfolio Where to find them on the web: www.EstudioMopa.com - Website with portfolio