Monday, March 31, 2014

Criar nº1 | GUR

GUR is an awesome partnership between contemporary artists and artisans designed to bring out the best there is in terms of traditional materials and techniques from Portugal. The results are these cool weaved rugs that at first sight resemble the kitchen rugs, I believe, every house in Portugal had at one point (many still do) but with a modern, fun, beautiful approach to them. Besides the signature pieces GUR also launched a special collection called M A L inspired and dedicated to Kazimir Malevich. Check out the rest of the collection here


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Art Files No. 2 | Lernert & Sander

I had to put this in here as soon as I saw it. Maybe most of you already know the Dutch creative duo Lernet & Sander but sometimes I don't discover things until everyone has talked about it so give me a break. I'm completely and utterly infatuated with their art/design/advertising work especially when they create anything fashion related. Explore their site and projects to the maximum if you can because it's worth it, but just for fun here it is the Everything project, the window display done for Selfridges and the really fun video they made for Wallpaper.

Everything. | "Everything is a perfume by Lernert & Sander consisting of all fragrances launched in 2012.
Over the last year Lernert & Sander collected almost 1400 samples of newly launched fragrances. By mixing the content of all of these bottles, they created 1.5 liter of Everything. This unique perfume comes in a specially designed and hand blown bottle, an enlargement of a classic sample bottle."

Selfridges | "To help celebrate the launch of their epic new Shoe Galleries, Selfridges called on us to create 11 sculptural installations that take iconic shoe design to surreal extremes. We have taken the most mundane of household domestic appliances and comedically refashioned  them into divine creations. A humorous take on fashion as an ideal escape from the daily grind."

Handmade | "We were asked to create a film about bespoke tailoring for the Handmade issue of Wallpaper*. They hooked us up with the famous italian tailors of Brioni. We came up with the idea that a hand would be the ultimate customer to prove the skills and craftmanship of a brand as Brioni."

Friday, March 14, 2014

Cité U | Maison de la Tunisie

Finally I finished another post about a house in the Cité. Took me a while, but it's here! I decided to add a simple map as well, so that you can have an idea of the plan and location of each house. 

The Maison de la Tunisie was designed in the 50's by Jean Sebag and it perfectly embodies the architectural style of that time with its strict structure and right angles. It has almost 200 rooms and it was completely renovated in 2006 by Tunisian architect Karim Berrached.
One of the many interesting things about this particular house is that it was made 3 years before Tunisia achieved independence from France, therefore all of the interiors and furniture are designed by born and raised french artists like Charlotte Perriand and Marcel Gascoin. The first Tunisian director of the house only came in 1956 when he was assigned for the position by Tunisia's new president Habib Bourguiba, who… guess what? Was a former resident of Deutsch De La Meurthe Foundation here in the Cité.
 *Important people lived and live here!… Me not being one of them.

Another really cool thing is their commitment to divulge new Tunisian artists that play with different media and supports. You can notice an effort from each house to put out as much of their national culture as they possibly can with concerts, exhibitions, conferences, but most of them don't really go all out in terms of contemporary art, they like to play it safe. Oil-Painting-Opera-Singing-Ocasional-Acustic-Guitar safe. But not Tunisia! Hell to the no! They make statements and in December last they invited French-Tunisian street artist eL Seed to do a bold arabic calligraphy graffiti on the front wall of the house. It's a true work of art and movement, beautiful in complexity and full of meaning. Here's a small video about the process and its significance. 

© Madalena Soares Carneiro and ó/O, 2014. The illustrations showed here are of unauthorised use and/or duplication without permission  Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given the author. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Visual Data

Infographic about Infographics by Ivan Cash.
I have a serious love affair with infographics and with the idea of transforming data in a visual way. 
Some time ago I did a survey to support a school project, and was so excited about the final presentation because of all the beautiful data that I had acquired and the way it was put out in graphics with colours schemes matching the final product. *so proud… at the time
That being said sites like Information is Beautiful by author and designer David McCandless and Cool Infographics by Randy Krum completely make my day, every day. They're a great source of inspiration for designers and data lovers, but also a great source of knowledge. 
Now, visualization of data is not a modern thing, in the 18th century William Playfair was already throwing pie charts and bar charts around like it was no man's land. Before that Christoph Scheiner was using infographics to convey his ideas about the Sun's rotation patterns. 

Statistical Chart by William Playfair
What's really amazing is the way that data treatment as evolved and changed thanks to technology and interaction design. The way all of this is finding its way to the everyday technology user and stop being just a tool for marketers and companies is even cooler. People are becoming more aware and active participants in supplying new data (like in Open Paths), designers are creating partnerships with scientists and institutions trying to go the extra mile in creating virtual experiences for users and attempt to make sense of it all, define trends, figure out what people are doing, what they want and need and how to honor that outcome in the best possible way.

So if you want inspiration about this subject, here are a couple of things that will get you fired up!

TED Talk with Jer Thorp | Now this is a complete game changer on the subject. The way this guy works is brilliant and inspiring and will get your mind blown in 17.30 minutes.

Joel Katz | He's the author of "
Designing Information: Human factors and common sense in information design"
It works almost like a textbook with Do's and Don'ts and you can check more about his work here

This article about David Byrne's book The Best of American Infographics 2013 on Brain Pickings.

Neo Mam Studios did this interactive site with 13 Reason's Why Your Brain Craves Infographics.

Wind Map | a beautiful visualization of the wind current in the USA.

Internet Map | Interact with this "galaxy" of sites and overall views of those websites in each country in the world.
Andrew Vande Moere's Information Aesthetics.

Isabel Meirelles's book | Design for Information

Sunday, March 9, 2014

9 Illustrators 'Round the Web

Top to bottom / Left to right

1| Magali Attiogbé, Togo/France  2| Rilla Alexander, Australia  3| Yara Kono, Brazil/Portugal
4| Mikel Casal, Spain   5| Miss Lotion, Denmark   6| Mike Mitchell, USA
7| Thomas Baas, France   8| Patrick Hruby, USA   9| Tim Biskup, USA

Friday, March 7, 2014

Places | 59 Rivoli

I finally got around to go to 59 Rivoli! And it's an amazing place!

The story goes like this :
On November 1 1999 a group of 3 artists called the KGB (Kalex, Gaspard, Bruno) decided to take over one abandoned building on number 59 of rue de Rivoli. They opened the cemented main door, cleaned the space and created a new place for artists to work. The french government didn't really liked the idea and decided to close the squat and evict the artists. Well, somehow and with the interest of the media, the government lets the matter rest for several years until finally the new appointed mayor of Paris at the time visited the squad love it and made it legal. The city acquired the building from the government, it was completed renovated and now it welcomes artists for residencies and the general public.

There are 20 permanent artists, but 10 studio spaces are in constant rotation with residencies that go from 3 to 6 months. Each studio is unique and you can see art that ranges from sculptures and paintings to rag dolls and articulated puppets. All of this and a gallery on the first floor is open to the public from 1pm till 7pm. Artists are amazingly nice and talented and it's really worth visiting.

© Madalena Soares Carneiro and ó/O, 2014. The photographs showed here are of unauthorised use and/or duplication without permission  Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given the author. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

9 Links 'Round the Web

1| Animation students from Ringling College of Art & Design made this funny short called "Brain Divided".

2| Interesting article of how performance art is going toward mainstream culture.

3| After this safety video for Virgin America, this one for Virgin Atlantic is released by Art&Graf.

4| Shocking video from the Council on Foreign Relations about child marriage. Read more on National Geographic.

6| Illustrations of Detroit buildings for DBusiness Magazine by Eric Jang.

7| Random article about how the ballpoint pen works.

8| Leta Sobierajski Add/Ends project.

9| Video about Kaffe Fasset's work. *in love with this one*

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Cité U | Foudation Danoise

Yesterday I was walking around the Cité Internationale, where I live, going to meet a friend and there were 6 guys with lightsabers fighting near Maison du Mexique. Jedi on my own backyard! I started thinking about all the things that happen in the Cité and its history… so…after very little consideration, I decided to make a few posts about it and the different houses that constitute it, with illustrations that I made myself. This blog series starts, of course, with Foudation Denoise but first a little bit about the Cité. 

| The Cité Internationale opened the doors to its first house in 1925 in hopes of creating a pacifist movement (after the first World War), attract more students to Paris and try to somehow handle the accommodation crisis. 
The point was to gather bright students from all over the world and create a united community guided by tolerance and reflection. Maybe at the time the idea sounded idyllic but almost 90 years later this is now a reality, with 40 residences from all over the world, 12 000 students, researchers, artists and athletes from more that 140 nationalities. |

Fact | Murry Guggenheim and John Rockefeller Jr. both financed the project to build the Cité.

It was designed by danish architect Kaj Gottlob in 1932 and it's the smallest house in the Cité with only 48 rooms, each one featuring engravings themed after towns and cities that donated with funds to the house's construction. You can recognize it immediately by its red bricks and Scandinavian details typical of Gottlob's work. Its furniture and light fixtures are designed by great danish designers like Rud Thygesen, Johnny Sorensen, Paul Henningsen and Arne Jacobsen.

You can do the virtual tour of the house here.

© Madalena Soares Carneiro and ó/O, 2014. The illustrations showed here are of unauthorised use and/or duplication without permission  Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given the author. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Saudade | The love that remains

Saudade, like the Portuguese word is hard to define. It's more than an online shop, more than curated goods and more than a collaborative design studio. It is the love and appreciation for Portuguese artisanal creations of  Pedro da Costa Felgueiras that lives in London and keeps coming back to his roots in search of materials and products. It's the concern for quality, colour, form and this strange nostalgic felling that's somehow lodged into the object itself

One of my  favourite pieces is this wooden cyclist with a bell because me and my brothers actually had one growing up and I love the sound that it makes. I also really like this collaborative piece between Pedro da Costa Felgueiras and The New Craftsmen made from natural cork and lined with 24 carat gold. 

From ceramics to toys you can see the beginning of the project and its meaning in this Amber Rowlands's small film for Hole&Coner magazine called "The Story of Saudade". Btw, with music by Dead Combo.

You can check out their Facebook  page here.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Helpful sites for creative students

So, today I want to share some websites and information that I find useful for every creative student out there. Maybe some of them (or all of them) are already well known to you, but I wanted to share them anyway.
PrintFriendly is a great everyday tool and a green one as well (for everyone really, not just for students). If you want to print something from a website instead of doing a print screen or saving the text/pictures that you want to a different document you just type the website's link onto PrintFriendly and it generates a ready to print document without the ads and useless stuff! You save time and paper - it's a win/win situation. 
Codecademy was created by Zach Simms (watch an interview with him: here) and  Ryan Bubinski back in 2011 and it's basically, in my opinion, the best web design teacher that you could get for free. You just choose what do you want to learn, from basic HTML to Python to Ruby and follow the tutorials. You can join support groups, create tutorials or just clarify any doubts about programming that you may have. It's great, it's simple, it's free and they'll get you all excited about programming within minutes. 
COLOURlovers is just that and much more. To those of you who know the excitement of a good colour palette/pattern that just makes the final product shine and become so much more than it used to be - this is a site for you. Save the colours from your works, create new colours and find inspiration from other's creations! 

Ps. Also, every February the COLOURlovers community votes for the colour of the year.
Icon Finder was created in 2007 and relauched in 2009 and it's a great search engine for icons. You can sell your own, buy or just get inspiration to create something new. 
MailChimp... is awesome! Everything about it is awesome, even their creators are awesome - and you can check that here, in their awesome interview with the awesome Debbie Millman. So what do you do with it? It's easy - create an account and send personalized newsletters to whomever you want. It will be a cool thing to add to a small branding presentation or project. Hope I'll get to use it soon because it's... awesome.

Last but not the least - TinEye! Holy moly, I love this one! So basically TinEye is a reverse image search engine created by Idée, Inc. back in 2006. You can use the TinEye app and upload a picture or provide the URL and find the origin of that picture and how it's being used, or.... You can use their MulticolourEngine and search every image on Flickr Creative Commons by colour! Yes! So imagine that you need a picture featuring a certain colour - just insert the colour code on the engine and tcharam! And it can go up to 5 colours a picture! Awww... beautiful.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Art Files No. 1 | Pae White

I'm currently in love with Los Angeles based artist Pae White and her beautiful installations. 
Born in 1963 in Passadena, Pae challenges the viewer's perception and acuity by using everyday objects and materials to create different illusions.
One of my favourite pieces in result and process is "Metalfoil", a gigantic curtain made for the Oslo Opera House with a computerized loom. Although is looks like an intricate 3D aluminium sculpture from a far, it's actually possible to see the threading up close on this amazing piece of art made out of cotton, wool and polyester. 

According to White "My goal is to cause viewers to stop and consider the bits and pieces of our lives that are most often overlooked, perhaps suggesting a more comprehensive reconsideration of the world around us, even to ask ourselves: What is important to us? What are we seeing? What are we not seeing?"

Popcorn made from porcelain and gold glaze installation2011
Genau or Never intallation with 540 neon tubes | 2014