Prouk’s Picks

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.

Pepsi Bottles: I include this link because it shows David Carson’s famous type designs fit to Pepsi bottles, done in the 1990s (see above, left). Now look at this ad for Grolsch beer (above, right), which ran in Toronto Life Magazine, in April 2012. Too close for comfort?

The most influential graphic arts blog of late-1920s Tokyo: Gendai Shogyo Bijutsu Zenshu: This is found on recto|verso, a blog done by the staff of  F.A. Bernett Books, showing “rare and unusual images.” The site explains: “So where did the creative class seek inspiration before the Internet?  Books and magazines, of course, some of them eerily prescient of today’s digital resources.  F.A. Bernett has recently acquired the complete run of a 24-volume graphic art and commercial design series from 1920s Japan that bears a striking resemblance to some of today’s graphic design and visual art blogs in its serialized, taxonomic format.”

RGB: This is work created by Carnovsky, a Milan based artist/designer duo comprised of Francesco Rugi and Silvia Quintanilla. They explain: “RGB is a work about the exploration of the ‘surface’s deepness.’ RGB designs create surfaces that mutate and interact with different chromatic stimulus. RGB’s technique consists in the overlapping of three different images, each one in a primary colour. The resulting images from this three level superimposition are unexpected and disorienting. . . .”

Mark Powell Biro Pen Artist: As the site’s name suggests, London, England artist Mark Powell does some wonderfully nuanced pictures with a Biro or ballpoint pen. He states: “I draw with a Biro pen, I paint with anything. I often run into the sea.” Well, who doesn’t?


One Response to “Prouk’s Picks”

  1. I doubt Carson was the first designer to create the shape of a bottle through typography.

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