Ah flattery. It might get you nowhere, but sometimes it’s worth a try! This week’s idiom: “Heuning om die mond smeer”, means just that.
Takayuki Nakazawa and Hiroshi Manaka, are the founding members of NAM, a collective of artists who create the most incredible images. These whimsical photographs are created not by using special effects or digitally altering the layout, but rather by suspending an intricate web of objects to create these gravity defying images. You almost expect everything to come crashing down at any second. Truly mesmerising. Have a look at some more of their work here.
Much has been said about the issue of fracking, both on an international scale and closer to home in South Africa, specifically the Karoo. Government has decided to lift the moratorium against exploring shale gas reserves in the Karoo and will be conducting exploratory drilling. (Read more here.) Regarding the benefits and dangers of fracking, after much debate between government and concerned environmentalist, the jury is still out. Many believe that will soaring oil prices it necessary to seek viable alternatives, and consider fracking an effective solution that will also provide large scale... Read The Rest →
I just love this! Have a look at this wonderful project from Ireland based illustration duo The Project Twins. They have illustrated a list, from A to Z, of unusual words such as enantiodromia, montivagant and recumbentibus! The full collection was exhibited at the MadArt Gallery Dublin during DesignWeek 2011. I love the minimalist style of their work and have promised myself that I will attempt to one day use at least one of these words in a sentence. These are some of my favourites, but have a look at... Read The Rest →
The second poster in this mad project of mine. But I am starting to enjoy it more and more. This Afrikaans idiom “My hande is afgekap” directly translated means that your hands are chopped off…gulp. But the less grizzly meaning is that you are powerless. More to follow!
Okay, I’m officially Hunger Games obsessed. I’m am halfway through the second book, Catching Fire and the suspense in our household is intense. To make matters worse we are also moving house at the end of the month, which really doesn’t help. But when we were thinking of prints we could frame for all the empty walls in the new place, I knew I had to get a tribute to the girl on fire in there somewhere. In case you are as devoted to Katnis Everdeen as I am, download a... Read The Rest →
These animated GIFs are beyond amazing. New York based visual graphic artist Kevin Burg and photographer Jamie Beck have created these beautiful and haunting images that I feel I could just look at forever. They called them Cinemagraphs and describe them as, “an image that contains within itself a living moment that allows a glimpse of time to be experienced and preserved endlessly.” To see more of these little moments, head over to their website Cinemagraphs.com
One day I casually decided that I’ll turn 100 idioms into poster designs. You know, as one does. (Admittedly it did sound much easier in theory than it is in practice) But then I stumbled on an awesome project where designer Nicole Meyer is Branding 10,000 Lakes. Talk about daunting. She writes that by doing one logo every day, it should only take, oh roughly 27 years! I love the clean and contemporary style of her work and am truly in awe of this kind of ambitious undertaking. Luckily this... Read The Rest →
Eek! The dreaded first blog post! Scary enough to strike fear into the heart of even the most bright-eyed of optimists, hoping that someone (of no relation) will read it. So here’s me stepping with much trepidation into the blogosphere. Hello world! *This blog will not be particularly ground breaking. Just me posting some illustrations, inspirations and insights into catvertising.