It’s something that takes precision and fine tuning but with various devices and software applications adding the feature to their preset tools palette, a properly executed HDR photograph is rare to find. Jeff Ratcliff is a photographer who runs stuckincustoms.com, the world’s premier travel photography website. Check out his website for a collection of amazing HDR photography and a comprehensive tutorial on achieving the highly sought after look.
You would think that an image like this was a digital manipulation made in Photoshop, until you take a close look at it in detail. The models were hand crafted and arranged on big wooden blocks of text. The world of miniature models blending with design and typography to create a spacial piece like this is a very interesting example of making the mostly intangible world of design come to life.
GoPro cameras are on board as base jumpers explore some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. This video by Melbourne based design studio Betty Wants In explores the mountainous regions of Norway, Switzerland and France where launch pads reach as high as 6,000 feet. Some parts of the video were shot at 60 frames per second and slowed down to mimic the effect of zero gravity to inspire awe and reverence towards the rarely seen views of our environment.
Happycentro is a creative studio based in Verona, Italy. Their portfolio features a wide spectrum of designs and disciplines but these handcrafted type pieces really stood out to me. The amount of detail, depth, texture and use of colour really make these pieces a work of art. Check out their portfolio at www.happycentro.it
Esra Rosie is a Norwegian freelance illustrator based in Oslo. She creates amazing fashion/lifestyle illustrations that mix pencil and watercolour media, creating vibrant pieces that really have an edge to them. She has been commissioned by some of the largest fashion/lifestyle/art publications including VOGUE, Nylon, Wallpaper, Vice and Grafik magazine. There’s a lot more work up on here website http://www.esraroise.com. Be sure to check out her great work!
If you’re into Gorillaz then check out Josie Charlwood’s cover of Feel Good Inc. She rocks the BOSS RC-30 Loop Station and adds her natural singing ability to create this sonic nebula that’ll get you through your worst feeling days.
A little while ago we posted a video Lamborghini Aventador By Sehsucht. Now it’s time for Weareflink to take a stab at creating some unique for the same product. The video features a morphing shiny black lifeform which transforms from parts of the car, to type, and jagged shards and shapes. It’s a really well executed video that takes a different spin from the one created by Sehsucht.
NDesign Rio is a national gathering of design oriented students and professionals. This video gives the impression that you’re watching a very standard series of images but yet once you realize its subtle abnormalities they begin to be more prominent. These every day visuals are warped, digitally manipulated and altered to create interest throughout the timeline of the film. The sound design adds to the mystery of the city and creates rhythm with only subtle variations in intensity.
Profile Pictures by photographer Mathieu Grac looks at the various ways people take a self portrait for social networks in order to maximize their appeal. It’s a unique look behind the scenes of that perfect mirror shot, sexy crawl on the floor look and the classic I’ve got awesome abs because the light hits them the right way at this angle.
You have to see this live action film based on Valve’s Portal 2 game. The special effects and soundscapes are one thing but even without a single spoken word the acting is what brings this video to the level that it’s at. If you’ve ever played the game then you’ll know exactly how she must have felt when she realized her perceived freedom is only a digital camouflage.
I’ve seem some artists that have used paper to create beautiful type, but Bianca Chang gives a new twist to the art. She cuts each letter in increments or steps, giving the effect of spiraling staircases, black holes and radiating rays. The effect is really unique giving varying depths to the letterforms. The video features the creation of the letters in stop-motion. Check out her portfolio at biancachang.com
Most of the time design is about trying to make perfect arrangements and finding ideal ways to display a message but once in a while designers need to replicate a glitchy computer monitor or a distorted perspective in their piece of work. These examples from Nei Santos’ portfolio show a few good ways of achieving perfection by using imperfections.