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.
‘wich: According to the description on this Behance gallery: “This is a visual identity project for a new sandwich restaurant in Hong Kong. Their sandwiches are high-quality made and they would like [to] project a sandwich expert image.”
Unusual Words Rendered in Bold Graphics: This page offered by New York writer Maria Popova, in her Brain Pickings blog, shows the Project Twins’ visual interpretations of unusual words, originally exhibited at the MadArt Gallery Dublin during DesignWeek 2011. The beautiful illustrations are for words like ‘acersecomic’ (a person who has never had their hair cut) and ‘cacodemonomania’ (the pathological belief that one is inhabited by an evil spirit).
Movie Poster of the Week: Masaki Kobayashi’s “Hara-Kiri”: The writer for Notebook, the digital magazine of international cinema, explains: “With Takashi Miike’s remake Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai next week I thought it was as good an excuse as any to look back at the many gorgeous posters for Masaki Kobayashi’s 1962 original. One of the most startlingly beautiful of all samurai movies, Hara-Kiri is an exercise in stylistic bravado, a masterpiece of widescreen high contrast black and white. I recently stumbled across this unusually stark vertical Polish poster—like one of Kobayashi’s frames upended—by Marek Freudenreich (he of the amazing crossword skull Stage Fright) on a Polish culture site which was reviewing a 2008 show of his work.”
From Quacks to Quaaludes: Three Centuries of Drug Advertising: As the name of the blog suggests, you get gorgeous reproductions of historical drug advertising, with knowledgable commentary. They range from ones for Victorian opium-based remedies to amphetamine ads aimed at World War II pilots.