Anyone in the industries of marketing, graphic design, advertising, film-making, journalism, publishing, and way more knows that the indispensability of Getty Images ranks right up there with Apple and oxygen. It’s a one-stop place to shop for a mind-bogglingly huge array of images, footage, and music and is relied upon by creative types worldwide.
Now, Getty Images has tapped even further into the mindset of right-brained creative types with Moodstream, a kick-ass new brainstorming search tool. It's amazingly intuitive user interface starts with a presets wheel where you start the foundation of your search by choosing feelings that stabilize, simplify, intensify, refresh, excite, or inspire. Then you fine-tune from there– make the mood happier or sadder, turn the images nostalgic or contemporary, go for a vibe that's warmer or cooler, and much more. As you adjust the settings, the site plays different tracks from its music library to match what you've chosen, and each time you refresh your settings you're taken down a completely new road of imagery, sound, and video footage.
As you gather materials that ‘work,’ you can collect them together into individual Moodboards that you can save online– ideal for working on multiple projects at once or, if something's not working, forgetting about it for a while before coming back to attack it again. Though with a creativity boosting tool like this at your fingertips, inspiration probably won't be much of a problem.
In her photographic series "The Real Story of the Superheroes," Mexican-born, Brooklyn-based photographer Dulce PinzÃ³n explores the cultural identity of Mexican immigrants working low-wage jobs in the U.S. and the value placed on the labour they provide. PinzÃ³n doesn't shy away from addressing some hot button issues. She takes into account the now-ingrained but seldom-examined idea of American "heroism" post 9/11 and looks through the lens of her own immigrant history and experience in Mexico to ask "what really is a superhero?"
To raise the point, PinzÃ³n creates a comical but photographically engaging contradiction. Her subjects, all Mexican immigrants working low-wage jobs to send money home to their families, are pictured at work wearing culturally iconic superhero costumes. Spider Man washes windows, Cat Woman changes diapers, and so on. The photos enlighten through their sense of entertainment, but there is something deeper. We’re trained to instantly relate to the legend of the superhero, but the juxtaposition becomes clear when you read the caption: each photo lists the name of the worker and how much cash they're sending home to their family each week.
The series doesn't provide definitive answers, but like all good art, forces you to think for yourself. Are these workers tragically over-looked and maligned by the very people they are serving, or are they taking advantage of flawed immigration policies and then being celebrated for it?
Though art is truly in the eye of the beholder, sometimes our brains can lead our eyes to a certain conclusion. An artist's reputation, how hot the gallery is that they're showing at, or a good review, can all predispose us to liking something we may not have if we'd seen it without any context at all. Do you really like that Picasso, or do you just think you should like it"¦ because you know it's a Picasso?
That's the exact question being confronted at the recent multi-media exhibit "Untitled, Anonymous" sponsored by the London-based office of ad consultancy agency Naked Communication. Everyone working at Naked, from the founding partners to the cleaning staff, was given carte blanche to create a piece of art. They were free to choose whichever topic and medium they wanted. The works were put on exhibit without any info: no artist, no title, and no explanation. Each work had to be considered purely on it's own artistic merit. A week later, a special online gallery was launched revealing who had done what and why they'd done it.
"Untitled, Anonymous" stripped the act of viewing art down to its purest form and allowed people to judge and interact with each piece without any bias. If you liked what the cleaning lady did more than the creative director, why should your opinion change once you know which artist did what? After that, perhaps the ultimate goal of the exhibit was realized: if your opinion did change, then what does that say about you?
Soft & Furry needs you. A logo competition created by designers for other designers, the winning logo will be the face of a new line of hand-made designer toys. You can put yourself in the running by submitting up to 3 hot new designs each week over the next eight weeks. Soft & Furry's panel will review all the submissions and, each Sunday, will post one winner for that week. In the end, the eight weekly winners will battle it out for the top spot. Besides general bragging rights, the winning designer will get a bunch of Soft & Furry swag and, as the site mysteriously teases, "who knows what else." Most importantly, they'll get exposure as fans of design worldwide check out their work.
The site is up and patiently waiting to display everyone's submissions, with just a countdown clock giving a hint at when all those fresh new ideas will burst onto the screen. The first submission deadline is in just over a day, so it's time to put pen to paper, hand to mouse (or whatever your design process is), and get hustling. If you're going to watch this unfold from the sidelines and not submit, then keep your eyes peeled as the first weekly winner we be posted on Sunday, June 15th.
The one-of-a-kind collaborative playground that Zune Arts offers to artists, musicians, and designers has created some of the most innovative, beautiful, and sometimes plain whacked out digital shorts we've ever seen. For their fearless support of pushing artistic boundaries, they deserve as many accolades as can be thrown at them. When it comes to being honoured, there's nothing quite like having your work inducted into the permanent collection of New York's iconic Museum of Modern Art.
On June 3rd at the 17th annual AICP Show, the announcement dropped that Zune Arts' "Masks" is headed for a permanent home in MoMA's film archive. Created by legendary NYC-based animation collective PandaPanther (a.k.a. Jonathan Garin and Naomi Nishimura) and set to music by The Black Angels, "Masks" takes the timeless idea of seeing the world through someone else's eyes and gives it an exceptionally well-crafted spin. The result is relevant and undeniably powerful. If you haven't seen it yet (and even if you have), check it out now in all it's glory.
Zune Arts is on a roll. Last year, "Generous Monster" was the first of their films to be inducted into MoMA's permanent collection. No pressure or anything, but we can't wait to see which new Zune Arts masterpiece will possibly make it three in a row…
We've never made our love of Threadless much of a secret. From their appearance on SpearTalks to the opening of their first retail store, to MIT’s business school’s labeling of them as master innovators, we've had our eye on them for quite a while. As both a constant flow of fresh creations from a plethora of designers and a source of hot new clothes, what's not to love?
The only thing better than getting some new summer tees to freshen up your quiver is getting them on the cheap. Say hello to Threadless' Summer Blockbuster Sale. From June 2nd to midnight on June 6th, 18 brand new designs and 18 reprints of smashes from the past will be on sale. Plus, the first 250 people to order over $100 worth of product (and we all know spending that much won't be difficult) will get their hands on a limited edition Threadless print.
Once you're decked out in your new gear, only one question will remain: should that cash you saved go toward a beer on the patio"¦ or more Threadless?
Snap-Shot-City is an "urban photographic treasure hunt" that encourages folks to pick up their cameras, head out into their cities, and see things in a whole new light. After 2,000 participants, who've taken 6,000 pics in 78 cities around the world, they know a thing or two about how to get people's artistic juices flowing
Now Snap-Shot-City is back for it's third year, and to kick things up a notch they're starting a good ol' urban throw down. Posing the photographic challenge to two of the world's cultural powerhouses — New York City and London the aim is to start a trans-Atlantic photo battle that will bring people together while also showing each city's unique urban landscape.
Get registered (if you're seriously hardcore, trying entering the team category) and on the big day you'll be given a list of top-secret interpretive categories. Then, hit the streets to complete the hunt. The challenge is also linking together two of the world's biggest gaming festivals — NYC's Come Out & Play on June 6-8 and London's Hide & Seek on June 26-28.
We can't get enough of the bold, clean work of design master and JoshSpear favorite Matt W. Moore. As the man behind MWM Graphics, we're not entirely sure where he finds the time to get as much done as he does, but we're not complaining.
His latest solo show, MWM 20/20, is up right now at ROJO Artspace in Barcelona. Exploring the collision of geometry and abstract art, his wall-sized works combine sleek lines with in your face color. No matter where you first gaze, your eye is always led on an optic trip to another point of focus. If you happen to be in Barcelona (and if you're heading there, please take us with you) now's your last chance as his show is running until the end of May. All good things come to an end, and you don't have much time left. So go "¦ now!
If you're not able to jet over to Spain, don't despair. His recently released hardcover book, MWM: Vectorfunk, is 160-pages of pure creative vector goodness. Featuring various works from his ongoing Vectorfunk geometric illustration series, the book gives you another glimpse into Moore's world of acid-bright color, symmetry, and light. Plus, it will look damn hot on your coffee table.
Time for some hard numbers. More than two million people die every year from water-related diseases and there are a billion people in the world who live without clean water. That's "billion""¦ with a "b." Think about that the next time you take a 45-minute shower. Singer Jewel and Virgin Unite want to change all that. Teaming up to support Project Clean Water, an organization Jewel founded in 1997 to provide safe water on a global scale, the not for profit foundation of the Virgin Group and the acclaimed singer-songwriter are looking for you to show you care with their latest campaign, Give A Drop.
The idea is beautifully simple; show you "give a drop" by donating at least $2. For most of us, that's less that what we'd spend on the average bottle of water. Add your name, location, and personal message to your donation and your drop appears on the homepage. Messages range from humane ("Clean water is a basic human right") to the truthful ("Because good intentions alone aren't very hydrating") to the hip ("I dropped it like it's hot").
All those drops can add up to make a big difference, with all donations going towards Project Clean Water's work creating sustainable solutions for villages around the world to access fresh, healthy water.
Urban cool is everywhere, but appreciating without imitating is more of a challenge. As the brainchild of must-visit NYC sneaker boutique Classic Kicks, the goal of Reine et Roi is to deliver a completely unique clothing line that’s as fresh as the sneakers they’re already known for.
Their recently launched website makes Reine et Roi up for grabs to everyone worldwide, showcasing threads that have street and vintage influences while still breaking new ground. The quality lies in the details; reversible hoodies give you twice the bang for your buck with equally hot patterns on both sides, and their original psychedelic florals make sure you won’t look like everyone else on the street. Plus, they haven’t forgotten their kick connection. Inspired by their own Classic Kicks x Vans collaboration, their Plaid Vans Reversible Sweatshirt features a pattern designed by Liora MannÃ exclusively for Classic Kicks and Reine et Roi.
Having already been spotted in photo shoots and on the street by trendsetters like Justin Timberlake and Chris Brown, Reine et Roi is already one step ahead and gearing up for some street fashion domination. Our other faves include the men’s colorblock nylon windbreakers (shown above), complete with matching kidswear, so that you can keep the little tykes in your life looking as slick as you do.