Smashing Magazine Book 2 is Out in the Wild!

I heard Smashing Magazine published their second book this week and decided to make a presentation to advertise the book with a digital presentation for the smashing mag team. Click the link after the break to check it out! Here are some sample pictures from the presentation.

Smashing Magazine Book #2

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New York HDR

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So I recently went to New York and it was amazing. I saw a broadway show featuring the Beatles titled “RAIN.” Here are some of my pictures that I turned into HDR using photoshop.

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Beauty vs. Repulsion

For our first Drawing II assignment, we were assigned the study of beauty and repulsion and their relationship. Here is my beginning to this project.

BEAUTY: Something that causes awe, wonder, or pleasure in the viewer.

 

Beautiful Sunset

Colorado Mountains

NYC Times Square

 

 

REPULSION: the feeling of intense aversion to something; uncontrollable repugnance.

 

Feet!

Gas Prices and Our Dependence on Oil

Trash and Human Apathy

 

 

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, is an amazing artist who specializes in portraits. He goes outside of the normal medium of canvas or paper though, and uses walls; or in the case of his Expectation Project, land. He captures the beauty of people, and even sees beauty in walls that are falling apart that most would deem unattractive, or even repulsive. His portraits capture emotions of people in the city and are washed away after each storm.

Valencia

Urban analogy 2

Urban Analogy 3

Barcelona

 

 

My idea for the diptych project is to use only colors that are beautiful and repulsive. And for the subject or focal point of each piece, I will use non-objective marks.

 

Beauty vs. Repulsion

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Repulsive

 

 

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THE ZIMBABWEAN Trillion Dollar Campaign

 

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A newspaper that Zimbabwe’s ruler Mugabe has tried to shut down has been resurrected by it’s campaign. To raise awareness and raise sales in bordering countries. This newspaper lives on by printing on something cheaper to them than paper: money.

Click the link below to see the whole slideshow, which is very informative and designed excellently.

via THE ZIMBABWEAN Trillion Dollar.

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I’m Posting Every Week in 2011

I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

And to start things off, I want you to meet Tara. She’s a beautiful women with a wonderful husband who made a video for her as a present. The video is all about their vacation to Portugal. There’s one thing you need to know about Tara first though, she died on January 4th, 2011. So her husband Mike put this video on youtube to show everyone what they had and how much she meant to him. Check it out for a touching experience.

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Dear ….

Saul posted this essay on his facebook account under notes. And I would just like to share in account under recent events. It is also worth noting that not only have Amazon stopped hosting Wikileaks, but PayPal has banned their account to stop donations to them. All due to pressure from the US government. What has the world come to? Thank God for the Swedish company that is hosting Wikileaks now, and is refusing to budge to any request/bullying/threats by the US or any other government. Cheers to the guy that is hunted by Interpol, on the US’s most wanted, and banned from ever going back to his home country of Australia; when all he wanted was for citizens to know what is going on in their government, good and bad, and is being labeled a terrorist.

Enjoy…….

By Saul Williams.

As the media sways between reporting on the huge disservice Julian Assange has done to government secrecy and posting the secrets, as Interpol tries it’s hardest to track him, as the American government places him on the top of their most wanted list, and as the barefoot bandit sits alone in a cell awaiting trial- I would like to take a moment to admit that these guys are pretty much heroes in my book… and I don’t think I’m alone. The hacker is the digital dignitary of the i-generation. These are the same guys I seek out to help me burn hard to find dvds onto my hardrive, the same guys who help me get music off of my ipod and into my itunes. They save me from waiting lists and long lines at the genius bar and overpriced software, they help me replace lost and mistakenly deleted files, and if I had the savvy they did, if I could prove that the government was lying about the number of civilian casualties during a seven year war that I thought was wrong from the start, if I could help make this “Age of Transparency” a bit more transparent, I would gladly play my part. I’m not an anarchist. I shy away from most labels, yet register as a democrat when it means I can vote for someone I believe in. I’ve got my own set of contradictions. I’m also a musician and know damn well that I wouldn’t like someone breaking into my computer and leaking my music before I decided it was time. But I have also celebrated the fact that I could now give away music for free by doing just that. And that freedom is the result of the hard work of people I do not know: programmers, engineers, fellow makers and creators, artists of the wire who dabble between worlds and understand codes where I see chaos. I respect them. Those that can capitalize on it and use it to their advantage are the pioneers of our time and those that would use it for the greater benefit of humanity, are the heroes.

Most of my heroes have been arrested. Many have stood on the wrong side of the law. And the law has not always stood for truth. The law has stood for control, dominance, and sometimes even manipulation. Law, at it’s best, has served to protect. Yet it has also served as a means of restricting growth and has not always seemed to change at the rate of human consciousness. Some laws have some catching up to do. So do some governments. So do some people. And I’m sure that in some regards I am also one of those people. If I was in the military and believed I was protecting and serving my country by fighting in a war and some hacker gave away the correspondents to our barracks or fire-power, I imagine, I’d be pretty upset. Yet, I find it hard to be upset when I think the best support for our troops would be sending them home and enlisting them in college. If you want to help rebuild the infrastructure of a country send engineers, send teachers, build hospital (no preachers).

But I digress. And who says I understand how to fight disingenuous governance, poverty or hate? I’m just saying I understand the importance of counterculture, of those who prefer boom over pop. Hardcore. Underground. The ones who dare to question and expose, who put their lives at risk, like soldiers fastened to their beliefs, but who fight alone or in small packs of the daring and courageous, Those who stand up and speak out even when the masses seem apathetically addicted to the status quo, which is probably good for business. And I’m not anti-good business. I’m just for new business models. And new fashion models, while you’re at it. They don’t have to be so skinny!

But the reason that I’m writing you Santa is because Kanye already rocked a red suit, I wanted to suggest a yellow cape, something with fringes, maybe a few feathers or ornaments. It’s not like you have any connection to Jesus so you might as well change your shit up and get on some newness. The way I see it, you’re another one of them do-gooders. You give kids something fun to dream about while we adults scramble the meaning of things. Things like the meaning of power, or the role of responsibility within it. Things like the power of the imagination and the beauty that can come about when you engage it. Anyway, it’s nice to have someone to write to sometimes and I thought you might like a letter that wasn’t asking you for anything. Do your thing, big guy, my son is counting on you.

My love to the Mrs.

xxx

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Christmas List

So in the spirit of the newly falling snow on WordPress, I’d like to let you in on my wishlist this year. The family has told me I have to choose something less than $100 dollars, and it can’t be cash (which i desperately need). I have come to two objects, each really unnecessary. But here they are:
Item # 1. Sony Ericsson LiveView phone remote.

Essentially a remote to your phone, which is in your pocket. Extremely lazy, I know. But who won’t ask questions about this thing. I can read texts, RSS feeds, accept or ignore calls, take control of your music, read twitter and facebook updates, and more with the power in the Android Market. What more could you want to do with your watch? It’s perfect. Especially when paired with my next item.

Item #2. Jabra Stone Bluetooth Headset.

It’s a beautiful looking bluetooth headset for my phone, that will pair nicely with the LiveView remote. I choose this headset purely on the looks, and I really hope the sound quality is great. Reviews rave about it but I’ve found you can’t always trust them.

There you have it. With the headset being $57 dollars without shipping and the watch being 60 euros, it’s within my limits. So mom. Dad. No pressure.

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