Draplin Designs

Aaron Draplin Takes On a Logo Design Challenge from lynda.com on Vimeo.

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Most logos aren’t designed in fifteen minutes, but most designers aren’t Aaron Draplin. Aaron’s a Portland fixture by way of the Midwest, the owner of Draplin Design Co., and an advocate of “blue collar” design: design that works. Here he takes our logo design challenge, creating a dozen iterations of a logo for a fictional construction company. Not inspired?

Just wait. Watch as he sketches, brings his ideas into Illustrator, and tests and tunes the different iterations. The logos Aaron creates prove design can elevate any company or brand.

Along the way, he provides tips for freelancing, finding inspiration, and providing clients context for logos that won’t just live in PDFs.

Geoff McFetridge

Geoff McFetridge – “Around Us & Between Us” from Ivory & Black on Vimeo.

None of my ideas seem to come from dreams. More often they seem to come from when I am most awake. – Geoff McFetridge

Ivory & Black Soho proudly presents “Around Us & Between Us”, the first solo exhibition in London since 2005 by the Los Angeles based artist Geoff McFetridge – A multidisciplinary artist without creative boundaries who’s life work ranges from poetry to installation, painting to graphic design and many other practices in between.

For his “Around Us & Between Us” exhibition, Geoff has created a series of 10 new acrylic paintings on canvas on his distinctive and reductive style, giving each different subject the same treatment and refinery. In the artist’s own words:
Images are central to my painting. The images are varied, while my treatment of them is very consistent. The imagery is refined to a point of anonymous functionality. The paintings are meant to feel as if they were pulled directly from the lexicon.I paint some things because they are things that I have seen, but more importantly, I believe they are things that the viewer has seen. I am painting from life, but not life purely found in the landscape, but the also psychological, mediated, and transcendental world that infects our consciousness.

Of a fish Ive never heard
That wouldn’t rather be a bird
To leave the water for the skies
And over seas and lakes it flies
– Geoff McFetridge
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Barry McGee

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Barry McGee and Clare Rojas debut a joint exhibition at Alessandra Bonomo Gallery in Rome, Italy. Showcasing the couple’s visual harmony inside the gallery space, the exhibition features sharp geometrical forms inspired by Eastern European, Amish, and Native American tradition.

McGee adds a range of minimalist sculptures and paper-maché pieces to the studio-like installation. In addition to cultural influences, the art selection highlights graffiti art, folk art, and Op art in a playful, yet sophisticated showing. Opened on October 8, the Barry McGee and Clare Rojas exhibition will be open to view until the end of the year.

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Alex Couwenberg

ALEX COUWENBERG : SESSIONS : THE MAKING OF LA FONDA from ERIC MINH SWENSON on Vimeo.

Film by Eric Minh Swenson. Music by The Hitchikers, James Lucchesi, and Mick Cripps.

Born and raised in Southern California , painter Alex Couwenberg creates images that are inspired by the elements indigenous to his surroundings. From Los Angeles , Couwenbergs work references and suggests the aesthetic associated with mid-century modernism, car culture, skateboards, and surfboards.

Not to leave out, paying homage to the historical styles of post-war art making associated with Los Angeles and Southern California throughout the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Couwenbergs paintings give a nod towards the Hard-edge abstractionists, the finish fetish, and the light and space artists. Not content to replicate, he uses the sensibility of Eames-era design and hard-edge geometric abstraction as points of departure for creating paintings. His process, an additive and reductive series of moves and passes, creates multilayered environments that are deep and sensual. He harnesses these ideas into harmonious results, reflecting the visual landscape of his environment.

A graduate from Art Center College of Design and The Claremont Graduate School, Couwenberg worked under the guidance of Karl Benjamin, one of the leading figures in the Southern California based school of Hard-edge geometric abstraction. Benjamin was instrumental in the development of his painting style, process, and philosophy.

A Southern California native, Couwenberg naturally embraced this sensibility and applied it to his art making practices. By instilling the discipline and work ethic associated with these philosophies into his process, the paintings began to mature and develop a visual voice. The vocabulary references the dedication toward craft, process, and the progression of concepts and techniques.

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Barry Island

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The Barry Island wall was created with designer Josh Young at Part-Two Creative, local climber Rob Larney and the Barry Island History Group, and its design is inspired by the area’s heritage: hidden in each letter is a word or phrase with local significance, from The Strollers, the name of a local dance band, to Tafelberg, an oil tanker which beached on Barry Island but was later repaired and used as a military ship during World War Two

Young also held workshops with local school children to determine some of the shapes that could be used for climbing holds (some relate to the area, others have a seaside or sporting theme) and says the colourful design is in part inspired by a toy shop, the Toy Factory, that once stood on the site. “I wanted it to look almost as if the Toy Factory had exploded and its contents had blown away,” he adds.

While many of Young’s previous projects make use of natural materials such as wood and granite, the Barry Island installation is made out of sheets of recycled plastic, cut using the same machine he used for the Comedy Carpet. “I had been looking at ways to use recycled plastics for a while and it worked well for this – it’s affordable, colourful and resilient against salt water,” he explains. “It’s a material we have so much of, but often don’t really know what to do with, and I think it could be used a lot more,” he adds. – CR BLog

 

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Terri Hooley

RBMA ‘Terri Hooley’ from Motherland on Vimeo.

During the 1970’s, Northern Ireland was seen as a musical wasteland. Bands struggled to get recognition and found it difficult to be heard because of geography and politics. There were few outlets for people to go to hear new music and socialise in a worry free environment. Terri Hooley changed all that.

In the late 1970’s Terri opened up the record shop “Good Vibrations” on the most bombed street in Europe at the time. The record shop was a major focal point for the local music scene. Inspired by the people he met through the shop and the talent he saw in Belfast, he set up a label of the same name. The label went on to release music from numerous bands from the Belfast punk and ska scene.

A self confessed, “terrible businessman” Terri oversaw the shop open and close 11 times and the label never really generated much income. Despite all that, Terri kept going.

A colossus of the music scene in Northern Ireland, Terri Hooley is a living legend. Without Terri, many punk bands would have remained unheard of during the Troubles. Terri’s bravery and dogged determination ensured that this would not be the case. He sparked a punk revolution that put Belfast back on the musical map.

We spent a weekend with Terri in his beloved city of Belfast. He showed us around some of his old haunts and shed new insights on his life in music. For a 65 year old man, Terri still has the energy and enthusiasm of a young punk.

Client: Red Bull
Director: Ross Killeen
Producer: Ellen Kenny
Camera Operator: Albert Hooi
Editor: Joe Rigby

Draplin’s Junk

#LIVINGOFFTHEWALL – Aaron Draplin & The Art of the Side Hustle Pt 1 from Vans OffTheWall.TV on Vimeo.

So fun to see other designers making weird noises over small, clean pieces of design. Ohhhhh.

Documentarian: Jared Eberhardt.

We meet Aaron Draplin at his day job as a designer at his studio, Draplin Design Company in Portland, Oregon. The tour quickly devolves into a discussion of his vast collections of well-organized junk, and includes a trip to an estate sale where Aaron picks up an ancient bag of peanut butter chips.

 

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Press Pause Play

PressPausePlay from House of Radon on Vimeo.

The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent in an unprecedented way, with unlimited opportunities.

But does democratized culture mean better art or is true talent instead drowned out? This is the question addressed by PressPausePlay, a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era. www.presspauseplay.com @presspauseplay Facebook: http://on.fb.me/y4gEK1

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10 Seconds

10 Seconds from The Pressure on Vimeo.

Mike Heist has been working in the neon industry in Portland, Oregon for 30 years. He is a master in his craft, and is responsible for the bending of some of the city’s most iconic signage. 10 SECONDS is a short film about work and happiness, and shares a bit of Mike’s thoughts and insight into the amazing process of hand-made neon signage.

The Pressure designed the sign as a component of event branding for the AIGA Portland event “Design and Happiness,” a lecture by Stefan Sagmeister during Design Week Portland. We thought that this video would add some depth to the concept, and we hope you enjoy it.

Reach Mike Heist at neondist.com

 

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