Applied Arts friend and advertising legend Gary Prouk, of Sebastian Consultancy, provides links that will help you kill time, avoid work and find inspiration and entertainment.
Third Chicago International Poster Biennial: Sadly this Kickstarter proposal by Lance Rutter, designer and president of the Chicago International Poster Biennial Association, fell short of hits funding goal. It’s aim was to “undertake a very large public arts initiative that brings the world’s best poster designers and their work together through competitions, exhibitions, lectures, and a variety of learning and public outreach programs.” Oh well. Next time. (Poster above from the first Poster Biennial, in 2008.)
Hunger Games PSAs: College Humor offers a series of public service announcements for the phenomenally popular movie, The Hunger Games. “Stand Up to Bullies . . . Then Kill Them,” advises one.
Startups, This Is How Design Works: This well-designed, informative site, created by user interface/experience designer Wells Riley, aims to tell newly launched companies about how design works. While startups often know they need a logo or WordPress theme, design is ”so much more than that. It’s a state of mind. It’s an approach to a problem. It’s how you’re going to kick your competitor’s ass. This handy guide will help you understand design and provide resources to help you find awesome design talent.” It covers everything from the principles of design to the the different kinds of design. You may have clients that you need to point this way.
Sui Generis: For his Sui Generis exhibit, Belgian artist Stephan Balleux explains, “Sui generis is a Latin expression, literally meaning of its own kind/genus or unique in its characteristics. The expression is often used in analytic philosophy to indicate an idea, an entity, or a reality which cannot be included in a wider concept.” Balleux has taken this meaning to heart in creating his unique body of watercolour, oils, and charcoal and pastel work.
This is Real Art: This site is for a London, U.K., advertising, design and branding agency, “set up by creatives, strategists and account directors from some of the world’s leading creative agencies.” Apparently it’s attention-getting work has even four times “started debates in Parliament.”