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FAN ART: Kick-Ass 2 Minimalist Posters

Kick-Ass 2 is hitting theaters this August. Since each hero and villain is so distinct, we took a shot at creating minimalist posters showcasing each of their identities. As a bonus, these also make great iPhone wallpapers, so feel free to use them!

If you want these in a bigger size, check out our Tumblr.

EDIT: Since there seems to be confusion, we wanted to clarify that we created these as fan art in anticipation of Kick-Ass 2.
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Animated GIFs from PSY’s “Gentleman”

Here’s a new set of GIFs we created from the video for “Gentleman” by K-Pop artist PSY. “Gentleman” set a new Youtube record this last weekend by being viewed over 22 million times within the first 24 hours of its release, shattering the previous record of 8 million held by Justin Bieber’s “Baby.” Click below to see some of our favorite hijinks from the video, and make sure to head over to YouTube to watch the entire feature.
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[TUTORIAL] How To Choose Between Four Color Or Spot Color Printing

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During a recent project, I ran into some bumps while prepping an Adobe Illustrator file for a printer. After a bit of research, I was able to answer a lot of my own questions regarding the differences between a Four Color Printing and Spot Color Printing. I’ve decided to take that experience and translate it into a few tips that will hopefully help anyone faced with a similar situation.
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How to Make a Halloween Pumpkin Keg – Animated GIFs

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Here are some animated GIFs that can help you make your very own Pumpkin Keg for Halloween!

Finding Nemo 3D – Paper Art

For Finding Nemo 3D’s release tomorrow, we created some paper art of some famous characters from the film! Hope you enjoy.
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The Music Video in 2012

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The role of music videos seems to have changed over the past couple decades. Television stations such as MTV, VH1, and BET have slowly pushed away their music video slots and replaced them with game shows, reality TV, and other similar programs. Music videos themselves are still being released on a daily basis, but now it’s mostly through the web using sites like YouTube and Vimeo. So how exactly has this changed things?
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Hanging Bed

Hanging Bed
Here’s a unique way to hang around the house. Made from reclaimed Douglas-fir and handmade hardware/brackets, this bed is actually suspended from the ceiling by ropes at each corner. Click below to check out more photos and see more original furniture crafted by Ben Riddering:

Ben Riddering Furniture and Doors

Record Store Day 2012: The Amoeba Hollywood Experience

Record Store Day
Last Saturday (April 21, 2012) was annual Record Store Day (RSD). Thousands set out to grab copies of limited vinyl records by some of their favorite artists and enjoy live in-store entertainment. It was a celebration of fellowship among those of us that share love for the tactility music can still offer in the digital era. To participate in this great event, I joined the ranks lined up early at Amoeba music in Hollywood.
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Graphics – Random Fact Cards

During my usual perusal of the Internet, I stumble across a fair amount of random yet interesting facts. The other day, I was inspired to put some of these factoids into little graphics. Hope you enjoy them!
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Experimental Typography: “Breakfast Barrettos”

While making my morning meal the other day, I started to wonder how each ingredient I was mixing in might look on its own if it were to “spell itself.” I set out to display the contents of my favorite burrito recipe by utilizing some experimental typography. I ended up becoming excited by the results you see below, so I wrote out the instructions for preparing the foods as well and added that in. I’ve included a PDF download at the very bottom to act as the first page of an ongoing “Graphic Recipe” book. Any ideas for what recipe to create next?
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Color of the Year: Pantone’s Zeitgeist Chroma

Pantone "color of the year" 2000 – 2012

Last month Pantone announced Tangerine Tango as the “color of the year” for 2012. Executive director of Pantone Leatrice Eiseman described the hue as “sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive.” Great, but what made Tangerine Tango a better choice than Passionate Purple? Or Bombastic Blue? Or Requiem Red? Well according to Pantone, the chosen color is meant to act as a guide through which our culture’s current zeitgeist is being channeled.
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Branding: How Much Can You Take Away?

When scanning a grocery aisle for our favorite products, it’s usually easy to spot what we’re looking for. Brands we’ve grown familiar with have packaged their items in such a way that it’s more of a search for the visual graphics that represent them, rather than for the brand name itself. We decided to take some familiar packages and observe how strong our associations are when key components are taken away.
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