Monday, 6 October 2008


Charlie Kaufman's the writer of Eternal sunshine, Being John Malkovich and Adaptation has his first stab at directing.

Also go watch Burn After Reading, if you like the coen brothers when they do their odd ball comedies.

Here is how to pronounce Synecdoche!

TYPE and Animals

A really good insight into typographer/illustrator Rian Hughes here

And an a really cute/sad animation here

Friday, 3 October 2008

light night at the common place

if anyone would be interested in exhibit anything at light night the people at the common place have said we could potentially do something between 6 and 8. they have a PA and a projector and i'm keen to get something on there. it would be fun and a good for the common place as well as ourselves.

this isn't in anyway limited to vis com but i though some people might be keen to get involved.

email me if you are,

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Shop fronts have never been uglier.

This is an article from a while ago, but I thought it would amuse. In his usually scornful manner, Charlie Brooker vents his contempt for gaudy shop signs devoid of typographical merit.

If anyone has any good examples then post them!

V&A promotion

Read This! Guerrilla promotion taken to the next level, looks like fun!

Monday, 4 August 2008

Shawn Barber, Character Designs and Paper Craft

First we have Shawn Barber, American Painter and Tattoo Artist, his site here.

Then we have which is a site designed to aid aspiring character and concepty artists by supplying tutorials and samples royalty free and by featuring upcoming artists in the same boat.

And finally is a little blog about making stuff out of paper weirdly. Like this frog which I'm sure only the geekiest otaku will recognise as being from Square's 'The world ends with you'.

Thursday, 5 June 2008


Sunday, 11 May 2008


Found some nice type from a german student

I presume everyone has seen the new fallon advert, they are getting just a bit predictable, and sorry guys I don't feel all yummy inside.

Thursday, 8 May 2008

Bush Biopic

Oliver Stone the director of JFK is adding to his president biography movie list with a W bush move, Josh Brolin, plays the man.

for more info


Tuesday, 29 April 2008


This is doing the blog rounds at the moment, and for good reason! Made by Marion Bataille, a French designer.

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Sunday, 6 April 2008

for giggles..

I did the doritos brief this easter hols, just wanted a bit of fun, don't think at all it what they want.

Monday, 31 March 2008

this lady is a little creepy

She's completely CGI and flash.

Her eyes are really bloodshot for some reason O_O but just watch her for a while, she really starts to creep you out! link

Abandoned rollercoaster 30 years on...

I really like these pictures of a rollercoaster in america that has been abandoned for 30 years, and nature took back its land...


Sunday, 23 March 2008

Thursday, 20 March 2008

3D camera anyone?

"Most of us are happy to take 2D happy snaps with single lens digital cameras. Imagine if you had a digital camera that could more accurately perceive the distance of all objects in its field of vision than your own eyes and brain. That's exactly what a team of researchers from Stanford University are working on — and it could even be affordable for ordinary consumers."


okay, so its ALMOST 3d, pretty nifty though?

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

exhibition on at Urbis in manchester.

Probably will be going at some point in a few weeks so lemmie know if you're interested in tagging along ^^

D&AD exhibition is on til the 6th april. I saw that ages ago. Its pretty cool. I do reccommend you check it out if you're bored over easter.

Monday, 10 March 2008

reeet good

check these yoooofs!
award winners who graduated last year and have set up their own agency, good work.

Food fight and Air Cannon!

'Food Fight' by touristpictures is an abridged look on America's wars using food relative to the countries involved. Gripping!

and who else wants to build one of these?

Saturday, 8 March 2008

science + animation + pretty music = happycathy

I like chemistry, do you?

For Will mostly, and any other concept artists and illustraitors alike!

A fantastic community called (shockingly) Conceptart! includes a great forum where you can put up your own work for critique! has some great excercises in honing your skills and also to practice for when you may be working for people, especially art directors...

the website

where your digital sketchbook goes

a great post with all sorts of practice ideas!
i'd reccommend book marking that one if you wanna go back to it, took me ages to find it second time around!

if you do decide to join, my "handle" is missvacant so throw a message at me so I can poke around your sketchbook.

P.S - Will, how come you havent got your shiny butt on there yet?!

RE: Greatest Achievement

well, they're not hugely amusing, cept for the big cartoon crow esp the dude playing the sax ^^, Nothing as fun as a certificate for bouncing (what were you bouncing?) But i found some old school reports and i think they're pretty funny, just like, at that age esp with large class sizes, there are so many sweeping statements and coverall terms in my old primary school reports!

most of these are for swimming or dancing pretty much, oh well (blame Matt)

I like how in the first one they spelt my name wrong! Some people just dont pay attention

i did loads of dancing exams, lost most of the certificates though, only have the really early ones

Friday, 7 March 2008

Greatest achievement..

Found this while cleaning my room out, anyone else got amusing certificates from their youth?

My greatest achievement.

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Hmmm... interesting, perhaps?

animation made with the soundtrack and based on interviews about people's first "crush" I like the idea and how its presented, and its kinda sweet i guess, i'd like to see more about other topics, the topic seems a little... superficial. nice idea though ^^

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Justice type video

song's a tad waffer, but the video is boom-boom-banana!

Monday, 3 March 2008

Fringe magazine

Not sure if you're all aware of this. BUT thought it might strike a chord with a couple of you..

Not techy enough to set up links properly

Sunday, 2 March 2008

nothing to see here are well good innit. if you are interested in music atall check out the porter report, a very witty alternative to the interview!

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

littlechimp society

If you have any interest in illustration and havn't heard of this site, then go there now and reap the rewards!

Some stuff from Think Geek that I think is reet neat

Here are a couple of objects I would like to own for their own special reasons.

With the Emoticon Transforming Stamp, you don't have to limit emoticons to online chatter. It's made of 100% silicone, which means it can squish and flex to make almost any sort of face. Once you get the emotion you want, stamp it on your letter. Once you let go, the stamp will snap back into its original face, ready for action. A great way to make love letters more fun, board meeting minutes more enjoyable, and paychecks more playful. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words - so an emoticon must be worth at least 487! :-D

Here at ThinkGeek we're pretty lazy when it comes to technology. We expect our gadgets to do all the busywork while we focus on the high level important tasks like reading blogs. That's why we hate to have to crack open our laptops just to see if there is any wi-fi internet access about... and keychain wi-fi detectors, we would have to actually remove them from our pockets to look at them. But now thanks to the ingenious ThinkGeek robot monkeys you can display the current wi-fi signal strength to yourself and everyone around you with this stylish Wi-Fi Detector Shirt. The glowing bars on the front of the shirt dynamically change as the surrounding wi-fi signal strength fluctuates. Finally you can get the attention you deserve as others bow to you as their reverential wi-fi god, while geeky chicks swoon at your presence. You can thank us later.

Imagine! You could be running around the shop, stamping how you currently feel all over people's faces with the greatest of ease and then quelling their anger as you diligently inform them of the wi-fi connection strength in the area!

Monday, 25 February 2008

Fish box?

Designed by Benedetto Bufalino as part of Lyon’s Light Festival, he says:

“With the advent of the mobile telephone, telephone booths lie unused. We rediscover this glass cage transformed into an aquarium, full of exotically coloured fish; an invitation to escape and travel.”


Sunday, 24 February 2008

Crowded Teeth

This looks like a bit of an epic project:

In order to 'celebrate' her 25th Year of existence, Crowded Teeth has set about creating a set of 25 handmade books over the course of a year, creating new content with a different project every day.

Pretty Nifty

She's got a pretty cute style and seems to live an insanely hectic life. Truely an inspiration :D

Saturday, 23 February 2008

Design Agency Interiors

This ain't no's where we work.

An insightful portfolio of the spaces in which professionals work.

Gumball machine... coooool.


Go here to experience your new web-based addiction.

Lyle Owerko

NYC based photojournalist, Lyle Owerko, was one of the first photographers to the World Trade Centers on September 11th and captured some disturbingly intense photographs, one of which ended up on the cover of Time Magazine. These are his words and images of that horrible day.

Her words on that day...

Akira movie

(taken from empire)

Despite most right-minded people yelling, ‘nooooooo! It can’t be done!’ or ‘Nooooooo! It shouldn’t be done!’ or even ‘Noooooo! It can’t, and shouldn’t be done!’, Warner Bros. is pressing ahead with plans to turn the anime classic, Akira – the manga film for those who can’t stand manga – into a live-action American film.

And, following the modern trend of Tintin, The Hobbit and the new Terminator movies, all of which have announced franchises before anyone’s even paid money to see the first movie, they’ve actually decided to turn it into two films.

The studio announced today that, under the auspices of Irish first-time director Ruairi Robinson – who was appointed last year – the live-action Akira will be based on Katsuhiro Otomo’s six-volume graphic novel, instead of his 1988 animated movie, with each movie comprising three parts.

The movies, which the filmmakers describe as Blade Runner meets City Of God (far more reassuring than, say, Blades Of Glory meets City Of Industry), have been relocated to the States as well, with the action taking place in “New Manhattan”, a vast conurbation that has risen from the ashes of New York, 31 years after it was destroyed in a nuclear attack.

The first movie is now being fast-tracked for a summer 2009 release, with scripts written by Gary Whitta.

There’s no casting as yet, but we’re intrigued to see that Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way, is on board, with Leo and Jennifer Davisson on producing duties, along with Andrew Lazar’s Mad Chance. Of course, DiCaprio’s involvement as producer doesn’t necessarily mean that he’ll be involved as an actor, especially given that he’s currently working on Scorsese’s Asheville. But there may also be no smoke without fire…

As for the movie(s) it(them)self(ves), we'd be the first to put the original Akira, and the graphic novel, on a big list of unfilmable properties. But we wish Robinson all the best - with Warner Bros. and a big sack of cash behind him, he's got a chance at least.

How the heck can they do it?

Go see....

Musical Interface.

Friday, 15 February 2008

more brown day ideas.

Thursday, 14 February 2008

Indiana is back...

kate moross

kate moross is fucking cool.

i swore on the blog.

Sunday, 10 February 2008

started a podcast.

is a link to the rss feed so you can just put it in itunes then it will update each time something new is posted. one mix of electronic styles, the other of some old blues and folk into more modern aim style hiphop. enjoy. x.

Saturday, 9 February 2008

Friday, 8 February 2008

Thursday, 7 February 2008

best plush toys ever


Ghana movie posters

With the arrival of video and video cassettes during 1980s In Ghana (West Africa) a small-scale film distribution / mobile Cinema was created.

This small size mobile " Cinema " operators were equipped with a television a Video and some times with a small portable generator and were moving from town to town from village to village operating and showing their films! (During the day inside social clubs or houses and during the night in the open air).

In order to attract more customers and in order to advertise their mission and business the need of huge posters was created and born!.

Talented artists after viewing the film were creating large size posters using oil paint on canvas!

The artist had the freedom to add or change scenes seen or not seen in the film in order to make the poster more attractive! (This is the reason that this hand painted posters are more interesting as ART than the normal posters since each of this hand painted poster is UNIQUE! and except the film content it also express the artist him self!)

These posters were rolled or folded and easy to move around with the mobile Cinema.

Because of the posters " hard " life (Folded or rolled, under the rain and sun and display for several months during their rounds all over Ghana) most of the surviving posters have damage at the end of the canvas, peelings, cracking and other damages.

By the mid 1990s the mobile Cinema business declined and almost collapsed since television and video was more widely available in Ghana.

The profits of the mobile Cinema operators were also reduced ! and they were not able to afford the " expensive " talented artist to paint their signboards any more !!!! And at the present days they have to rely with Photocopy paper posters in order to survive and reduce cost!

Take G

take G customized wooden toys.

merlins tingzz

Bryony and Jason: you said you looking at light/dark images, this guy does some ace illustrated type and swirly things that might be inspiring??

I reckon everybody should have a go at this tshirt competition on

here is my entry for it,
thought I'd move away from their really graphic style and try to do something different. I guess you'll either love it or hate it.

Also anybody seen this?
Could be something to submit competition work to as a double chance of winning!

and if anybody is interested I've given my own site a complete overhaul.
see it here, if you want.

Also shut magazine are looking for contributions for their next issue (the money issue), if you can think of anything funny and probably slightly pretentious then they might be interested. you can download previous issues as pdf's from their site.

wooopwooop xx

banned cartoons.

bizarre japan

Simple french animation.


Didn't mean to put stupid guy drumming on. this was what i meant to put on.

not that i can get up for breakfast.

some stuff i like:

check the 'stuff' section. first video some guy in new york who goes round putting speech bubbles on adverts that others then fill in. quite funny.

don't know how old this is, but frickin cool. take some light emitting diodes and some magnets. throw them at things made of metal like trains!

the brother of one of my chums is wicked. this is his visual blog and portfolio.

graffitti meets illustration meets dribbles etc. bit girly, but i like it!

pro-diggy motion/graphics/3d... absolutely everything designers. probably from new york again. oh, and they judge the D&AD!

Make me look nice.

If anyone has code skills, feel free to make this page look better! Log in details on Moodle.

Another good blog to frequent is Bibliodyssey. It is full of illustrations and books of historical and scientific origin. 'Matera Obscure' if you will.


good work on setting this up guys, seems like a really good idea!
this is my favorite website at the moment, it is updated everyday with lovely stuff,

best british film of 2008?

vodka martini

into your craft. get crafty

brown day ideas.