Heartstorm is what happens when a graphic designer decides to get his hands dirty.
After years of working primarily in pixels, artist Michael Buchino decided to give printmaking a try. He bought a slab of linoleum, painstakingly carved it by hand, and eventually ended up with this handsome print. Now he’s wondering if his new endeavor will find an audience.
Laura Brown is a printmaker who approaches her work like a musician. She spends hours improvising in the studio until new ideas begin to stick, then brings her work out on the road to share it with the public at art spaces across the Midwest.
With just three days left in her Kickstarter project, Brown is almost 70% of the way to her goal. Here’s to the homestretch.
Prospect is a sci-fi short that tells the story of a girl and her father struggling to survive on a toxic planet.
While hunting for a valuable resin — in a lawless land evocative of the Gold Rush era — the father is attacked, forcing the daughter to plunge into adulthood. Inspired by the handmade artifice of classic sci-fi films like 2001 andBlade Runner, Prospect features an entire world of technology and design meticulously constructed by the filmmakers and let loose in the mysterious forests of Washington state.
The creators just revealed this beautiful poster for the film, available as a reward to some of their backers.
Chicago artist/designer/maker Rob Loukotka is obsessed with the Acme Corporation. The fictional purveyor of shoddy novelties to Loony Tunes’ ravenous Coyote, Acme makes just about everything — and none of it ever works.
Loukotka rewatched every episode of the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote cartoons, making note of the endless array of Acme-branded products that appear throughout. From tornado machines and anvils to rocket skis and exploding bird seed, Acme seems to have just what Coyote needs to finally catch the speedy bird. Except, time after time, it just blows up in his face.
Take a look at the poster that Loukotka has illustrated and designed, featuring every shoddy Acme gadget from the entire series. You’ll just have to imagine the unique ways in which all of them malfunctioned, leaving Road Runner to “beep-beep” for yet another day.
Now the team is creating visualizations of the census data and turning to Kickstarter to help fund the project. Want to get your hands on the most lovingly detailed depiction of Atlanta’s squirrel abundance ever made? Then become a backer, Ranger Rick — the Inman Park Squirrel Census is our Project of the Day.
A rapper, producer, and art director with a love for all things Việt, Sabzi and his goons know a thing or two about phở. Taking their love for the staple Vietnamese soup to the next level, Sabzi has designed a Kickstarter campaign to celebrate the miraculous beef broth in all its belly-warming glory.
Sabzi’s Saigon-style swag will let you rep phở all day. Hoisin homies take heed.
The National Poster Retrospecticus is an annual exhibition of hand-printed event posters from across the US.
The small crew of artists behind the show just launched a new Kickstarter project to take next year’s Retrospecticus on a seven-city road trip. Backers can kick in a little gas money to help make the dream a reality and ogle last year’s inspiring designs completely free of charge.
Last summer, the Chicago-based art and print studio Sonnenzimmer hosted a satellite print shop at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. It was in this setting, surrounded by every poster they’d ever made, and the inquiring eyes of enthusiastic museum-goers, that they were put to the question: “What are these?” After much contemplation, debate, sweat, and consideration, they have they answer. Warp And Weft: Poster Construction is a book exploring “the compositional approach, historical influence, and individual story” behind 30 of their favorite screen printed posters, pairing graphic design with thoughtful writing and single-color wire frame breakdowns of each composition in order to creatively display how they arrive at their final product. A Project of the Day so good, we want to frame it and hang it on the office wall.
OH EXPLETIVE! is a series of illustrations about “ass kicking and mayhem” and “some of the most awesome things life has to offer.” What does that mean?! Well, in addition to the 8-bit mayhem you see above, artist Safwat Saleem creates illustrated chaos with unicorns, lions, zombies, knife fights, sharks, and grenade launchers. He’s also played by a teddy bear in his project video. (Seriously.) Safwat hopes to turn his images into high-quality, handmade prints, and we want this one for the office.