Sunday, February 27, 2011

Rolling in the Deep by Adele

Adele is one of my favorite music artists and for so many reasons. She's so charming, has one of the most killer voices, great style, and amazing artistic talent in writing music and allowing brilliant directors like Sam Brown to push the envelope in her videos (not to mention her totally awesome British accent!).



A few years back I was enchanted by the video for Chasing Pavements where a wonderful dance takes place between two lovers on the ground after an accident. The concept was fantastic and I loved the parallel of what was taking place and the lyrics to the song. Adele is wonderful and she has captured my heart once again with her video for Rolling In The Deep.





The visuals in this video are exquisite. It's almost the perfect mix of aesthetics that I strive for in everything I create or portray. There's a natural/rustic/vintage atmosphere with super clean edges and smooth details. There's motion, energy, emotion, heat, color, flow, form, vibration. There's so many beautiful contrasts I have a hard time keeping myself from continually pressing the play button just to get those gripping elements. Her voice is a rarity in itself. Then add in the passionate delivery and vulnerability of the lyrics...and well...it's almost too much to handle.

Here are a couple of stills of the video. I kind of feel bad for the intern stuck with the job of filling and placing the glasses of water. Sam Brown did a killer job directing such an amazing video.







Related Links:
Adele Official Website


stills via thisiscolossal.com

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Illustrator of the Day: Sara Blake (aka ZSO)



I find it so important as a designer to step away from all the digital tools and put your true self in your work. Like handmade gifts vs. something from the store; they just mean more because you can appreciate the time and thought put into it. Illustrator Sara Blake mixes her intricate hand drawings with digital techniques to do just that.

She creates striking typography and truly original illustrations for a long list of clients which includes Bacardi, Nike, Condé Nast, and one of my favorite fashion designers, Marc Jacobs. She was featured as one of the 120 of the most exciting female graphic designers and illustrators from 39 countries around the world in 2009 by Yen Magazine. Her long, impressive list of interviews in publications goes on and on.

But what inspires me the most about ZSO, besides her staggering illustrations, is her deep insight and incredibly conceptual intellect. She explains why she identifies herself as ZSO :

"ZSO (pronounced |zō|) is a collection of letters that I find aesthetically and phonetically beautiful. Together they make sound much like “so,” the adverb which means "to such a great extent.” I am a person of extremes, for better or worse (most often the latter), so the ring of it was fitting, and the moniker has since stuck for good.

Her blog is full of personal blurbs about who she is and what she makes. One post says:

The skin on my hands is rough and worn and I bite my nails. I don't wear manicures or jewelry, and when I draw for lots of hours I get graphite all over my palms and eventually on my face. I've been wearing the same pair of Levis every day for a while now, and I only brush my hair occassionally—and I think I'm happy with all these things just the way they are.

She truly owns the person she is and wears that with confidence. Her talents and being are much to be admired (and so are her awesome tattoos and great taste in music!). I am a bona fide fan. Below is some of her work and photos of herself and surroundings.





Filthy Process Sample from Sara Blake on Vimeo.



TEDx Brooklyn / Hello ZSO / The KDU from Sara Blake on Vimeo.













Before I get excessive with the images...well, I guess it's too late for that, but you should still head over to her website linked below and check out all that I didn't post (trust me, it's a lot and it's all worth looking at). Until next time, ciao beautiful people!


Related links:
Hello ZSO
Thee Blog Q&A Session





Thursday, February 3, 2011

Style Fetish : Classy Chic



I've loved Audry Hepburn since the first time I saw Breakfast at Tiffanys and that was before I could walk very well. After that, dresses, plastic pearl necklaces, winter gloves (or knee socks on each hand), and my mom's high heels would somehow end up paired with rockin pink sunglasses with star stickers stuck all over them. Thankfully I've come a long way from the plastic pearls or my mom's heels (and socks are now only worn on my feet), but Audry's sophisticated chic style with that confident attitude still remains one of the main foundations for my style choices now.

It's no secret Audry was a fashion icon, similar to that of Jackie Kennedy, in a way that radiated the all-around perfectly kept woman with just a hint of mystery. Desired by men and admired or envied by women. I'm am definitely a huge admirer. Her style is the perfect balance of attractive silhouettes, a variety of contrasting textures, a piece to give a hint of attitude or mystery, and of course that perfect accessory to top off the polish and class.

Below are some of my favorite looks from my favorite places that play off of the foundation that is "Classy Chic" invented by the queen herself.


Club Monaco


Blanco

Country Road




Mango


H&M


H&M



Related Links:
H&M
Mango
Country Road
Blanco
Club Monaco
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