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Oil Paintings of Retro Vehicles by Kevin Cyr

Kevin Cyr was born in 1976 in Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada. He grew up in Madawaska, Maine and received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Cyr is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. He commemorates commercial vehicles inundated with graffiti and rust, working vehicles, and well-traveled recreational vehicles.

At a fist glance I thought these were just illustrations created with Adobe Illustrator, but boy was I wrong. The most mind-blowing part about Kevin’s drawings, is that they’re all oil paintings. His attention to detail fooled me and made me appreciate his beautiful work even more.

Kevin has been featured in numerous publications such as Juxtapoz, The New York Times, Classic Driver, Walls & Frames, Dandyhorse Magazine, and much more. Currently he is on the move showcasing his work at art exhibitions. The latest one is called; In Praise of Rust. It is running May 19—June 16, 2012 at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. So if you are in NYC be sure to check it out!

“In a culture in which people are easily lured by the appeal of status-enhancing symbols, I find beauty in derelict cars and unkempt landscapes. I have always been interested in painting vehicles and scenes that have defined the evolution of the American landscape.” – Kevin Cyr

Note: All Rights Reserved by Kevin Cyr.

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Outstanding Illustrations by UK Artist Petros Afshar

Petros Afshar is an up and coming graphic designer born in London, England. He Specializes in Typography, Print making, Logo design, Illustrations and Gardening. Petros has a proficiency in working within professional environments as well as having a great passion for design, ensuring the best outcome is achieved. Client list includes Microsoft, Verizon, Hugo Boss, Puma, Adidas, Red Bull, O’neill, Metro, Digital Arts, Sunday Times and Popular Mechanics. Today we are proud to showcase Petros beautiful works from his portfolio.

Note: All Rights Reserved by Petros Afshar.

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The Phenomenal Office Of The World’s Most Creative CEO

Nike is a major publicly traded clothing, footwear, sportswear, and equipment supplier based in the United States. The company is headquartered near Beaverton, Oregon, in the Portland metropolitan area. With Adidas on their tail, Nike is currently the world’s leading supplier of athletic shoes, apparel, and a major manufacturer of sports equipment.

Fast Company named Mark Parker “The World’s Most Creative CEO”, and if his office seems like something pulled out of his mind, we’re in front of a genius. Today we will showcase his inspiring office where he works on a regular basis. I love his appreciation for art and if I ever occupied a similar office, my mind would never be short of imagination!

Note: All Images were captured by Patrik Giardino.

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30 Cool Food Logo Design Ideas

After the industrial revolution in the 19th century advertising industry gained the boom with the advancement in the technology. It is said that “that shows that sells”.

Now a day’s every trademark or the big industry has their logo and design which represent it and the customers also follow it. The logo of a product is telling about the quality of the product or even the story of the product. Top sellers are very cautious while selecting the design, style, theme and color of their products logo.

Artwork along with alphabets and numeric are usually used in logos. A strong ideogram with a company name supported by a symbol is the main style used today. The logo is the identity and quality of the brand. It is also the acceptability in the eyes of the customers, as they buy the products of good brands without any reluctance. Companies are going towards branding of products and so as customers.

Different color of logos are used to represent different products like;

  1. Red is used to gain attention on highways or to represent something important
  2. Red, white and blue are used for patriotism in US
  3. Green represents hygiene and health
  4. Light blue or silver is for diet food
  5. Lower saturation shows quality, reliability or mix traits.

01. Corner Sport Cafe & Restaurant

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02. New logo proposal

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03. Chicks n Salsa

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04. Zambuka

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05. Danny Boy Catering

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06. TOASTEA

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07. Biel

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08. Yellow

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09. Salutar

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10. Pacific Fish Grill

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11. Taco Sliders

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12. Ice Cream Love

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13. Cia do Suco

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14. Tour De Pizza

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15. Sips & Soups

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16. Newcastle Food & Wine Festival

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17. Blake Makes

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18. Plated

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19.  COCO cafe

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20. L’assiette Restaurant

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21. Almeda Bakery

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22. Chicken Hut

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23. Bio Organic

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24. Bite Spokane

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25. Networked Food System

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26. Cristiane Tecchio

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27. Cal’s

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28. Foodmobile

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29. Soulful

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30. Panetteria

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The History Of Photo Sharing [Infographic]

Photo sharing has come a long way. 20 years ago the process of taking, processing, and distributing a photo could take weeks or longer. Now, all you have to do is pull out your smartphone, snap a high-resolution photo, add a few filters to it, and you have a decent looking photo.

These sort of technological advancements create/destroy opportunities for entrepreneurs. Many small startup companies were stunned to see Istagram being bought for a billion dollars. Now we have an image sharing based social network pop-up every month or so. This kind of saturation cannot go on forever, the next market disruption is bound to happen very soon. The question is; who will it be?

Note: Click the image to view full size.

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From: Kissmetrics.com

 

18 Creative Elevator Advertisements

Key ad exposures include when consumers are leaving and returning from work, go to buy groceries or go out for evening entertainment. Our world is saturate with logos, ads, and brands. Coming up with fresh exiting material is becoming a harder task, because many ideas have been already implemented. You have to come up with something that slap the competition in the face while maintaining originality. It’s not an easy task by any means, but there are still a handful of creative geniuses out there pushing the limits.

Today we will showcase some inspirational examples of creative elevator ads. These adverts are bound to make you look twice. According to statistics the average number of riders in a high-rise building is 500 people per day. These ads cannot be turned off like tv ads, and by some people are viewed more than once a day. Some experts even say that elevator advertising reduces vandalism in elevators by giving riders something to do between floors.

Swiss Skydive: Elevator

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Oreo: Elevator

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Kagatani Knife: Elevator

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Achilles Forklift

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Air Aisia

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Becel: Take action. Love your heart

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Coca Cola Zero

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Divorce Lawyer

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Superman, The Movie: Elevator

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Great Lakes Science Center Bodyworlds 2: Elevator

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Gold’s Gym: Elevator

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Folliderm: Bald man

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Volkswagen: Hospital elevator

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Movie: Kill Bill

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Maxwell House: Morning Alarm

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Resident Evil

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Stop abuse

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Plastic Surgery Clinic: Be Born Again

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20 Excellent Abstract Illustrations by Russ Mills

You might have already heard of Russ Mills. If not, let us tell you who this incredible artist is. Between urban fine art and contemporary graphics, Russ creates collisions of real and digital media with a firm foundation in drawing. He mainly focuses on the human form, particularly the face, interweaving elements from the animal kingdom often reflecting the absurdity of human nature.

Graduating from Leeds Met University in 1995, after completing a BA in Graphic Art and Design, Mills started finding gainful employment in various non-creative institutions. Starting with the basics, he began working with pen, pencil and a computer. Russ has spent almost 20 years crafting his skills, absorbing influences from every facet of visual culture and archiving found objects and ephemera to substantiate his work.

He has worked as a freelance illustrator with numerous clients in publishing and entertainment, more recently pursuing the more traditional gallery/exhibition path with solo shows in London and Bristol and group exhibits in the U.S. Numerous sell out print releases and coverage worldwide.

Today we present to you some of his greatest creations. Enjoy!

 

Note: All Rights Reserved by Russ Mills

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Optimized for Opulence: 7 Incredible Hotel Designs

There are some things money can’t buy; happiness, love, true friendship. For everything else, such as totally awesome hotel room, money will do the trick quite nicely. For a bill measured in tens of thousands of dollars a night, you can live in the lap of luxury with your own cook, butler and concierge while taking in the most amazing views from your private balcony.

Hey, if you’ve got the cash, why not? Just in case you ever find yourself on receiving end of a hefty lottery win or discover a sizeable oil deposit in your garden, here are the most incredible hotel designs money can hire:

Ritz-Carlton, Moscow

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For $18,200 a night you can grab a suite at the Ritz-Carlton, Moscow and enjoy your own private library, bar, boardroom and even grand piano. The views are so amazing that you have the floor to ceiling windows from which to enjoy them and the furnishings are so luxurious you will feel like royalty. The suite is 232 square meters in size and has heated flooring throughout so although Moscow may be cold, you certainly won’t be.

Royal Suite, Burj Al Arab, Dubai

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Dubai has always been a place of luxury and opulence where the rich go to play and nothing fits the bill better than the Burj Al Arab. If you are looking for a hotel room, this is not the place for you as individual rooms are not on offer. A suite on the other hand is available with the Royal Suite topping them all at just under $19,000 a night.

Royal Suite, Four Seasons Hotel, Paris

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For just under $25,000 a night you can experience one of the most impressive hotels in Paris. Full of expensive antiques and artwork, the Royal Suite has a private balcony overlooking the fountain of the Three Graces. If that isn’t enough for you the marble bathroom and walk in wardrobes may just swing it instead.

The Bridge Suite, The Atlantis, Bahamas

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This beautiful suite is priced at $22,000 a night however there are ten bedrooms in it which can sleep two people so it is almost affordable if you all put some money into the pot. The suite has amazing 360 degree views around Paradise Island and is rumoured to have been the choice of many celebrities including Oprah Winfrey and Celine Dion. However, we really think that the big draw of this hotel is its exterior. The hotel quite literally occupies an island paradise that’s just breathtaking.

Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, Palms Resort, Las Vegas

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This villa is as famous as the man himself and has been the location of many celebrity parties and events, as well as being featured on numerous television programmes. It has a distinct Playboy theme and guests can enjoy a rotating bed, rather rude artwork and a huge bath, perfect for a romantic soak. For just $35,000 a night you can enjoy all this while absorbing the view over the famous Las Vegas strip.

Villa la Capula Suite, Westin Excelsior, Rome

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If you are looking for all out opulence and elegance, Westin Excelsior is the suite for you at $29,000 a night. There are several balconies with beautiful views, amazing furnishings and expensive art adorning all the walls. It cost $7 million when redesigned in 1998 and also has a Jacuzzi like no other and stained glass windows. The mini bar is one of the most impressive elements to this suite with over 150 vintage wines and not a salted peanut in sight.

Royal Penthouse Suite, Hotel President Wilson, Geneva

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For an amazing $65,000 a night you can stay at this luxurious twelve bedroom suite which has amazing views of Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc. It has bulletproof windows and a security system fit for a president meaning that it is favoured by powerful political leaders when they visit the city. It also has a library, office, gym and several reception rooms perfect for politicians to conduct meetings.

 

Fascinating Factual Illustrations by Marcelo Gallegos

Marcelo Gallegos was born and raised in the dusty mesas of New Mexico. He attended the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, where he received a BFA in 2005. He currently resides on the lower east side of NYC, while spending most of his days making paintings, illustrations and design. We really enjoy his factual artwork and decided to share it with you. Enjoy!

Note: All Rights Reserved by Marcelo Gallegos

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Anatomy Of A Perfect Landing Page [INFOGRAPHIC]

What is the main goal of a landing page? If you said online sales, then you are correct! Although there is no exact formula for making the perfect landing page, there are some common rules of thumb to increase your chances of making a winning one. Today we will take a look at an infographic that will assist you on making the right decisions during the  planning period of a landing page.

All landing pages should have just the right amount of information the customer needs. You can scare the user with too little or too much information, it has to be just right. Providing the key point about your service/product is key. If a potential customer clicks on the call to action button, that means he/she is somewhat interested in what you have to offer. The step after that is completing the sale. Many companies provide a price chart to showcase/compare different pricing models.

Color is also an important aspect of any website. The colors cannot be too bright or dull. Finding the perfect combination of complimenting colors is vital for a successful page. Who know, maybe a CSS gallery will pick up your website and showcase it to their readers. To help you achieve this task, check out our previous article: Top 22 Helpful Color Tools for Designers. Enjoy!

Note: Click the image to view full size.

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From: Kissmetrics.com

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Sleep Utopia: 5 Hip Capsule Hotels from Around the World

 

The most innovative design in the world today is mostly found in the hotel sector. The smart designers, architects and artists are already hard at work in this market redesigning and redecorating a fleet of boutique and design hotels all over the world. In these financially malevolent times it is often boutique hotel owners who are willing to take new risks in architecture and interior design as a means of making their mark in a crowded marketplace – as a result, have become some of the best patrons of the arts today.

Some new players even dispense with the most basic elements – guests pay for and open their rooms with iPhones. Others have no fixed location. The entire hotel is loaded on the back of a truck and transported… Paris one day, the Swiss Alps the next. For these new hotel owners it is not about prestigious designers any more. Today the top hotels are fresh and unique. In fact, it is not unusual for artists, poets and designers to be given free rein in the decoration of guest rooms.

The movement has given rise to new niches. The eco-lodge movement, for example, combines sustainability, social enterprise and design to create new thoughts in tourism – they are carbon neutral, benefit the local community and source produce from their own organic gardens. Art hotels are further pushing the boundaries functioning as both galleries and hotels.

The Japanese capsule hotel is the single biggest (or smallest) revolution to come out of Japan since someone thought that, instead of cooking fish, the best thing would be to cut it up very small and put it on a some sticky rice. The idea was to provide a bed for people who may not require a full hotel service. The West has been slow to catch on to these hotels but is starting to come around.

Here are five of the best:

9 Hours Capsule Hotel

When was the last time you got a full nine hours blissful slumber? These luxury pods come with an en suite shower and a fully controllable ambient environment… basically, a lullaby for big boys.

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Capsule Inn Sapporo

Guests leave their shoes and clothes in lockers and are provided with slippers and dressing gown in this old-school style capsule hotel. It is male only which is not so unusual in Japan as most capsule hotel customers are men.

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sapporo 2 Sleep Utopia: 5 Hip Capsule Hotels from Around the World

sapporo 3 Sleep Utopia: 5 Hip Capsule Hotels from Around the World

Yotel

Flatscreen media centre, iPod dock and more bandwidth than Queen Latifah’s trousers, this is a pod hotel for the media generation. From the team behind “Yo!Shushi” these hotels rent rooms for 4-24 hours, perfect for resting up between connecting flights.

yotel 1 Sleep Utopia: 5 Hip Capsule Hotels from Around the World

yotel 2 Sleep Utopia: 5 Hip Capsule Hotels from Around the World

yotel 3 Sleep Utopia: 5 Hip Capsule Hotels from Around the World

Capsule Hotel Asahi Plaza

First opening its doors in 1979, the original capsule hotel provides segregated accommodation for males and females and traditional Japanese saunas. Communual areas stock Mah-Jong sets, massage chairs and vending machines.

asahi 1 Sleep Utopia: 5 Hip Capsule Hotels from Around the World

asahi 2 Sleep Utopia: 5 Hip Capsule Hotels from Around the World

asahi 3 Sleep Utopia: 5 Hip Capsule Hotels from Around the World

Capsule Hotel

Different to the traditional capsule hotels in as much as you stay in a “survival pod” like the one James Bond drank champagne in the final scene of “The Spy Who Loved Me”. In homage to this moment the capsules are decorated in 1970s glamour with disco balls and white rugs.

capsule 1 Sleep Utopia: 5 Hip Capsule Hotels from Around the World

capsule 2 Sleep Utopia: 5 Hip Capsule Hotels from Around the World

capsule 3 Sleep Utopia: 5 Hip Capsule Hotels from Around the World


Best Ad Campaigns of All Time [INFOGRAPHIC]

 

Ever wonder what the average cost of a Superbowl ad is, or the average internet advertising revenue? You’ll find out here. This infographic showcases some very interesting historical advertising campaigns including information like:

  • Top 10 Slogans
  • Advertisement Situations
  • Product Placement
  • Best Celebrity Spokesperson
  • Best Slogan
  • Lessons
  • What Makes a Good Ad
  • Best Logo

Our only issue with this infographic is that none of the top 10 ad campaigns dates past the ’80s. Were things really that bad for the last 20+ years? We think not, however this is a great insight on what was hot back then. Remember: History always repeats itself, so take notes!

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