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Got the January Blues? Let A Dog Lick You.

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In Los Angeles and feeling like you need some cleansing, healing, or therapy? Then come have your wound licked at this art show.

Dogs are known for licking their wounds, as it’s supposed to expedite healing. For the most part, at least in modern culture, dog saliva as a wound-healer is pretty unheard of and drool in general is considered germy, gross, and dirty, when it comes to humans. What if I told you that in ancient times, dogs were considered sacred, and their slobber could heal you from whatever ails you physically, spiritually, or psychologically? A quick Wikipedia search brings up a list of dogs cited in religion, from Christianity, to Hindu, to Aztec, and more. In this art exhibit, Matt Wardell explores the Asclepeion, the sacred temple where Ancient Greeks and Romans would journey to in search of healing. And yes, dog slobber was involved, and it worked.

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#RestInPrivacy

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Rest In Privacy

California has the most pay phones in America: Twenty-seven thousand, enough for one pay phone for every six square miles in the state. In a metropolitan area like Los Angeles, pay phones seem to be everywhere, until you actually need one. But then again, when was the last time you needed one?

Mobile phones have rendered the payphone obsolete, and not without a price. We willingly surrender our personal information, private conversations, photos and content as currency for the sake of feeling connected.

No longer the “reassuring lighthouse” of yesteryear or the cultural symbol of service, protection, privacy and convenience, the pay phone’s hollowed shell litters the urban landscape as an abandoned relic of an era and culture that valued privacy over connectedness. The #RestInPrivacy installation pays tribute to such a time, and aims to illuminate our obsession with being connected and the lengths our culture will go to achieve that connection; even if it means forfeiting our privacy.

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Design Inspiration : Jean-Michel Basquiat

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Jean-Michel Basquiat is arguably one of the most influential artists of the Neo-Expressionist art movement of the 1970s and 1980s, and certainly one of the most significant artists of his generation. Known for his loose and rough graphic style of painting, Basquiat went from an obscure New York City graffiti artist to art superstar almost overnight. He’s a personal favorite of mine and the following is a brief overview of his life and career.

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Los Angeles Design Festival

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Los Angeles is well known for diversity, whether that be racial, cultural, or in the workforce–more specifically, the creative industry. Think Disney, Dreamworks, Paramount, Universal — LA is a hub for creativity. Aside from larger corporations, there is a significant amount of smaller design studios, firms, ad agencies, and creative companies that make up LA’s rich art, culture, and creative scene.

LA Design Festival is a collaborative citywide convention, where  design-related events (that can be product design, architecture, graphic design, etc.) take place and are hosted by  design/creative firms and open to the public (for some events, ticket purchases/RSVP are required). This year, there are studio tours and open houses, house tours (McKinley House, Venice House, etc.), pop-ups, and more! The LA Design Festival takes place from May 28th until June 14. To check out the events schedule, visit:

http://www.ladesignfestival.org/events-current/

Projection LA : Abandoned Derelict Motel is Transformed Into Haunting Art Piece

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Yesterday, nearly 4,000 people RSVP’ed to the official “opening” of Projection LA. On April 26, 2015, the adjacent residential street of Bates in the East Hollywood neighborhood Silver Lake was blocked off for viewers to marvel at the installation up close.

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2015 AIGA Y Design Conference

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National Quilt Day & CAFAM

IMG_3879National Quilt Day  was March 21st, and I spent it at the Craft and Folk Art Museum falling in love with all these man-made quilts. And by man-made, I mean that quite literally: Every single piece was constructed by a contemporary male quilt artist, and these were NOT your grannie’s patchworks. It was really awesome to see some contemporary masculine artists express themselves through textiles, which is a medium I’m very passionate about because of how much potential it has to function as texture, art, utility, and economic resourcefulness.

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Movie Posters Over the Years

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With the invention of motion-picture cameras, a new age of inspiration and creativity was born. Though film began in the 1890s, cinema became a large hit in the 1920s, largely to escape the harsh realities of the Great Depression (cinema was a cheap form of entertainment). It was also the time when sound was added to film, making it a lot more appealing to the mass. To market the film, posters were designed and created for the public to see.
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Creativity Talks


A while back I posted a talk by cartoonist Matthew Diffee on creativity because I thought it was relevant when discussing process. Creativity is a complicated subject. There’s no formula for being creative or coming up with a creative solution, but I’ve compiled some talks that I think shed some light on the concept and how to put yourself in a place for optimizing out of the box thinking.

This first talk by John Cleese is what got me started thinking about these, and far and away I think is the most important to watch. That said, I think everyone will be able to take something away from each of these, so have fun.
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MINIMALLY – The Movie Trivia App of Minimalist Posters for iPhone and iPad

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Out on the iOS app store today, Minimally is a challenging movie trivia game where you identify minimalist movie posters of classic films. Things start off easy, but as you progress through more and more levels, the questions get tougher to answer. If you get stuck, you can always share the question with your friends or use in-game hints to reveal the answer.

You can find out more about Minimally on its official website, or you can check it out in the iTunes app store!

Glitch Art (Part 2: Photoshop Raw Glitch)

It’s time for Part 2 of do-it-yourself Glitch tutorials! Click here to read Part 1 – The Basic Databend. This one is a little more complicated, but still fun and easy to do, with amazing results!
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FAN ART: Kick-Ass 2 Minimalist Posters

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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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