It’s always intriguing to find a new meaning to the everyday things and it’s also an act of rebellion to play with food to achieve this feeling.
I took a photo of a salad fruit and instead of posting it on Instagram, it was uploaded in Illustrator where I scaled down the image at different sizes and made a pattern. I changed the colours to make it pop, created lots of colourful backgrounds (here is the restricted version of me :|) and put together the GIF in Photoshop.
Rebel yourself, play with food!
Do not play with food! Illustration
Already thinking of other tasteful stuff to create flying flowers with… any idea? 😀
I am in love with Noma Bar’s work and I have showcased some of his illustrations before on the blog here. He is using very cleverly the negative space and symbols to bring forward the intended message. Once again he did it with a current topic of discussion, the Brexit, through a cover for the British daily newspaper “The Guardian”.
Cover by Noma Bar for “The Guardian” publication
This seems to express the disappointment for Great Britain leaving the European Union. First you see that the eye is shaped as a tear falling on what it seems to be the cheek of the British people, created out of the negative space of the EU flag. Then there are the curves of the face drawn in such way as to give the impression of an open mouth in a shout, which can be a symbol of the voices that voted to remain in the EU or the desolation felt after the results. With minimum elements, he manages to create a very powerful effect, don’t you think?
Song of the Sea is a unique animation, directed by Tomm Moore and nominated for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year to the Academy Awards 2014. It wins you over through stunning visuals in a way that at the end of the movie, even if you liked the plot or not, you can’t feel anything else than mesmerised by the amazing artwork with deep roots in the Irish mythology and folklore.
A nice surprise is that Song of the Sea is a traditional animation made up of hand-drawn illustrations. It strikes by its simplicity of execution with attention to symmetry that flows from natural lines and geometric patterns. As Tomm Moore states in an interview for Vox:
2-D for me just has a timelessness. It doesn’t age the same way that CG does.
The mythological creatures are as beautifully drawn as the backgrounds. An array of emotions is captured by geometric designs in clean lines. The characters are all built to showcase the legend of the selkies, that are living in the sea as seals but also on land as humans, similar to the mermaids. How not to be fascinated by eccentric and quirky characters that reveal stories of their own and bring emotions in flasks?
The palette of colours is wide, from pastels to vivid hues of blue and green to paint the sea. It is present the warm feeling of watercolours that draws you more into the story, making it feel “a bit mysterious” like Tomm Moore puts it, ending by saying that “it has a dreamlike feeling”. Dreamlike it is also the genius use of light that creates an even more magical, mesmerising atmosphere. All nicely embellished by the patterns on rocks and tree barks and the textures used on surfaces.
If you’re still not fully convinced, here’s what Tomm Moore himself says about his lovely animated film:
open yourself up to a gentler, modern fairy tale, to see something that’s more organic and handmade and full of heart and not so much of a commercial endeavour
Full of magic and emotion, this tale is visually incredible! Must watch if you haven’t already and please let me know your impressions!
Developed by ShaoLan Hsueh and illustrated by Noma Bar, Chineasy is a visual-based learning system that teaches Chinease in a non-painful way and even more, quite creatively!
ShaoLan created a system of building blocks, compounds and phrases where the building blocks are basic characters and the compounds their derivates while phrases are formed by putting them together, side by side. Each building block is represented by a simple illustration that makes it easy to remember and the same illustration is adjusted in a way that makes sense to bring to life a compound. Below you can find some examples of the concept and also of the brilliant graphics that enhance the learning of one of the most difficult languages in the world.
I have learned about Chineasy last year at Design Museum in London where it was part of a 6-month exhibition following the nomination received for the Best Design of the Year.
It all started one year earlier in February when ShaoLan Hsueh gave a 6-minute TED talk to prove that even though the Chinese language seems to be to an outsider “as impenetrable as the Great Wall of China”, you can still “learn to read Chinese with ease”!
She then launched on July 23rd a project on Kickstarter that got funded in 10 days for £75.000, reaching 200% of the target in day 16 and raising in the end £197,630 from the contributions of 5,475 people that believed in this great idea. That seems like a successful campaign! 🙂
The Chineasy products consist of the Chineasy Book (physical and ebook), 60 Flashcards and 100 Postcards that can be bought from various online locations including Amazon. A second book will be released in Chinese New Year 2016 and I am sure that ShaoLan will come with many other surprises in the future given the fans that Chineasy gained during the time.
Have a look on the Chineasy Facebook page as it is daily updated with quizzes and new phrases, building a strong community of learners. You’ll be welcomed if you’d like to give it a try and you might catch up in no time!
As learning and visual communication are my main interests at the moment, I could not be anything but deeply fond of this project that makes so obvious the role of visual communication in the learning process.
What is your opinion: do you find this a strong example of innovative design?