• 8.22.16   Shotopop and Nike Remind Us to be Great

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    The Olympics are officially over (sad we know!). The multiweek jubilee of sports and sportsmanship has come to a close and now is the perfect time to reflect on the incredible moments that unfolded over the last days. Dreams were realized and broken, stories were written with hope and controversy, and records were shattered (including one that dates two thousand years back to Leonidas). It was a celebration of our global community through competition, and we’re here for that.  More than the huge stage, it was about the athletes who endured during these incredible feats and Nike, one of the sponsors of the event, wants their athletes to be front and center – for good reason. They asked Shotopop to put together a series of looping GIFs that could tell their stories within tiny parameters. Nike is an international company so if you’re looking for them to choose sides in any competition you’re going to be disappointed. The side that Nike chose, instead of a nation, is that of sport, that of the athlete, that of competition. For that reason they had Shotopop create imagery for a serious collection of athletes from Allyson Felix and Vashti Cunningham, to Neymar daSilva, Mo Farah, and Dafne Schippers. Each one of these athletes was at the center of their own drama in Rio, but their presence in these pieces remind us to keep going, focus on our goals, and when it comes down to it: Just Do It. In Shotopop’s pieces we see these athletes in a white space, decontextualizing them so we can see them for the people that they are, interacting with space and often with Nike’s motto “Just Do It.” The Olympics is a reminder that we can all be great, as thousands of human beings who have trained and focused and explored human limits find success and break through what we all imagined possible. It’s up to us to rise above and Shotopop shows us how it’s done.
  • 8.25.16   Herring & Herring Give Us Metallica from Every Angle

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    It’s no exaggeration to say that Metallica is one of the most celebrated bands in the world. They’ve been able to maintain relative cohesion, a legacy, and a fan base for more than thirty years – a feat that is pretty much unparalleled. It has been almost a decade since they released a new album, so fans are hungry, but when it comes time to create imagery to pair with their work they pull no punches. The cover work for Load and Reload were incredibly controversial (we’ll let you Google that on your own), striving to visualize their messaging to pair seamlessly with their music. Eight years since their last album it was time for them to concept the cover of their newest album, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct, and they turned to photography duo Herring & Herring to bring that vision to life. Like any band, Metallica is a collective of creative minds who must constantly blend, collaborate, and compromise to keep their work moving. Put that to their heavy metal music and the energy can get manic and wild. Metallica wanted to bring that emotion and energy to the cover for this album, and Herring & Herring who are constantly collaborating, were the perfect partners. “The beauty of working with real people, other artists, celebrities, is that they bring their own character and personality to the work,” says Dimitri Scheblanov who makes Herring & Herring with Jesper Carlsen. For Metallica they took those characters and stacked them one on top of the other creating a depth of imagery. But unsatisfied with one composite, Herring & Herring compounded the compilation by projecting images of the band members faces on top of their faces like illuminated masks. What looks like pure Photoshopped mania actually employs analogue techniques to create a final image that is unique, surprising, and totally Metallica. Herring & Herring is famous for their distinctive way of collaborating. Most photographers bark (or gently suggest) directions to their subjects to get the desired image. But Herring & Herring take their subjects aside, have an in depth conversation about what the goal is and then let the subject interpret it on their own. They go wild. With a group like Metallica this process opens them up to express themselves in their best way. Their music is usually the source of expression, but with this concept they were able to rip free and Herring & Herring was there to capture it, package it, and deliver it to us. The final images show Metallica for who they are, what they do, and help us understand this highly anticipated album from a whole new angle. Hardwired… to Self-Destruct is scheduled to release on November 18.
  • 8.24.16   Serge Seidlitz Brings Personality to T-Mobile

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    Our mobile devices connect us to the world. Through these LCD scenes we experience more than what we can see in the tangible world around us, connecting us to people across the globe, keeping us in touch with loved ones who are physically out of reach, and expanding our own education with information that would otherwise be inaccessible. We end up creating relationships with these pieces of metal and wire, but from the outside they’ll always look like bricks of aluminum and glass. We know that what they enable is so much more, and that story needs to be told. For T-Mobile’s latest campaign, the cellular giant teamed up with Serge Seidlitz to bring personality to these devices that are so personal. To illustrate the relationship between users and devices, Serge created a series of “icons” that crystalize how we use our phones. In one, a girl uses the phone to show off her illustrated smile. In another, a music fan reveals her VIP wristband made possible through her tablet. In another, an amateur singer uses his phone as a microphone to jam out in his own space. Each of these moments was made possible through the world the user found in their phone, but for us to understand it we needed Serge’s visual translation. This is an artist’s job: to translate the inexplicable into the immediately understandable. That’s exactly what Serge did with T-Mobile.
  • 8.17.16   Gregg Hubbard Keeps YesJulz Honest for Puma

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    You might not know who Julz (@yesjulz) is and that’s okay. It just means you’re totally washed and out of the loop. As a brand ambassador and influencer she uses her social reach to tip the scales on what’s worth paying attention to. Her hundreds of thousands of fans follow her every move on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat and each one of them know what she looks like from day to day. So when Gregg Hubbard was tasked with designing a makeup look for her in a recent shoot with Puma it was a special challenge. Unlike movie stars, Julz’ face is seen every day and from every angle. She’s become a star for being herself, so that’s what Gregg had to highlight. Julz is not someone who can hide behind angles and contouring, instead she interacts with her fans in person and has to be recognizable from one day to the next. Gregg brought in a taste of her signature street glam with a well shaped eye and glossy lip, and even offered a little bit of shadow on her cheek, but nothing that feels too formal or loud. It’s a balance that Julz strikes every day and with a little help from Gregg it’s sure to never go out of style.
  • 8.17.16   Celyn Imagines a Healthy DNA Future for Wired

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    All life on this planet starts with DNA. All the information necessary to create life is packed into these tiny helixed threads spooled up inside every cell. But what if that map could be changed? What if the instructions to build life could be rewritten at an atomic level, allowing human beings to edit the development of life and shape organisms from their conception? That’s exactly what biologists are at the edge of doing and with that comes incredible implications and a wealth of knowledge. As we understand how to do these things, we learn more about the building blocks of life and how to make life richer, more effective, and work for everyone better. Until it’s mastered, reshaping DNA will be something of a walk through the woods, so when Wired asked Celyn to illustrate the complex issue for the magazine he went with that feel. Celyn’s illustration shows a climb towards enlightenment up a staircase made of DNA. Towards the bottom of the illustration the staircase is degraded, a representation of the “errors” we find in DNA. When DNA becomes damaged or is filled with bad actors (like a predisposition to heart disease or other ailments) it’s carried forward down the bloodline forever. With new advances in DNA technology we can repair those errors. In Celyn’s illustration we see this staircase studied by scientists and becoming cleaner, more solid, an easier climb. It shows a future of health, sculpted by scientific study.
  • 8.18.16   Money Is Time for Andrew Rae and The New York Times Magazine

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    Money is a tough subject that makes a lot of people uncomfortable, and for good reason! Economics is complex with a myriad of rules at every level, and on top of that money is something we all need. Everyone needs to plan for retirement even if we don’t understand the laws that govern that section of the economy. Trade agreements eventually affect all of us at the register, but when they’re in debate they’re too dense for most people to understand. There’s a sense to it all and it seems like most of us are written out of the conversation. But that’s something that The New York Times Magazine is working to fix and they’ve asked Andrew Rae to help them do it. In their ongoing collaborative series, On Money, Andrew provides two drawings for each of these pieces and he uses the opportunity to expand his own understanding. “Economics is so complex and confusing and I’ve enjoyed being pushed to try to get my head round some of these ideas,” says Andrew. “There's always a way of making these drawings entertaining cause it’s such a bit scary subject that affects us all. I enjoy making work about a subject that actually matters and effects people.” When Andrew was first approached by the Times to work on this project, he was happy to take it and gave the newspaper two options for what he thought his illustration could be. The Times liked both of them, so since then he’s had to continue offering two illustrations instead of just one. It’s twice the work but he’s found that it actually helps him tell a richer story. “It’s not always easy but it’s interesting how you can make them work together, for instance creating a narrative between the two images or using the second image to expand on the idea in the first,” says Andrew. “I enjoy the challenge.” Instead of condensing the entire message of a piece into a single image, Andrew gets to create a visual conversation that explores the topics from multiple angles. His latest with the Times was for a piece entitled “Has Wall Street Been Tamed?” that explored how the aftermath of The Great Recession has changed our banking system. The thesis of the piece is that Wall Street really has changed, really is being better regulated but Andrew wanted to show them out of control. “It was about banking regulations which sounds very dry but when you think about the fact that the bankers caused a global meltdown it’s clear that it’s important,” says Andrew. “I thought about the banks as these big faceless scary organizations and then it was clear to me that I should show the bank as a giant robot attacking people.” The corner that Andrew had painted himself into requiring him to create two illustrations per piece is now working in his favor: he can create amazing (and hilarious) imagery and tell the story that needs to be told at the same time. This is what it looks like when an artist does great work.
  • 8.19.16   Jonathan Mannion and Gucci Mane Make Limitations Work

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    One of the musical marvels of the last decade is how Gucci Mane was able to continue recording music while serving his time in prison. In the past two years he worked on twelve projects, including work with Young Thug and Migos, all from behind bars. So when he was finally released last month his next course of action was obvious: it was time to release another album. That EP, called Everybody Looking, released in July, includes all new work, and features Drake, Kanye West, and Young Thug. It's a short amount of time to put together an entire project, and considering he's still under house arrest Gucci needed creative collaborators who could work around some real obstacles so he invited Jonathan Mannion to photograph the artwork for it. The house arrest and ankle monitor meant Jonathan and Gucci were limited in what they could do but rather than trying to fit their concept into a keyhole, they exploded it into a fully realized vision. The wide shoot covered more than just the album; Jonathan and Gucci created imagery for the singles off the album as well. The whole experience shows a series of situations that uses their limitations to their advantage. One set up finds Gucci in front of a massive, colorful mural. Jonathan didn't work to avoid showing the ankle bracelet. This is what's happening in Gucci's life right now, and what is an album but a snapshot of an artist at a certain point in time? Additionally, it’s the interest of his recent corrections experience that has brought so much incredible attention to this album - the highest charting of his career - so better to embrace this story than to shy from it. In another set up we find Gucci in his car engulfed in a special kind of luxury reserved for artists of his caliber. This image builds a whole world in what is essentially Gucci's garage, but paints a picture of him that is complete. The entire frame is filled with a relatively small area, but Jonathan was able to tell the whole story. The fact that Gucci Mane asked Jonathan to photograph this album isn't a surprise, Jonathan has shot some of the most iconic imagery in the history of hip hop. But this was a special project, both because it marks the next phase of Gucci's career but also because it required creative problem solving. Jonathan was the right choice to successfully handle both aspects and balance the logistical needs with the creative.
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  • @bosecollinsuk created a veritable menagerie of life for their double helix on the cover of @natgeo. #natgeo #nationalgeographic #cgi
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  • This helix staircase is rising to a cellular sun. Illustration by @celyn_brazier for @wired. #DNA #illustration
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  • Table tennis animation by @shotopop SFX by @soundsmithstv #rio2016olympics #animation
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  • A little doggy wink from @joepug with @andysamberg for @outsidemagazine. 😉🐶
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  • To celebrate the liberation of Manbij, Syria we’re sharing some of @joeyldotcom’s photographs from his time in the Middle East. This is the Kurdistan Workers
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  • To celebrate the liberation of Manbij, Syria we’re sharing some of @joeyldotcom’s photographs from his time in Kurdistan. This is Mohammad Abo Adel, a General Commander of the rebel group Jaysh al-Thuwar, sitting by the Euphrates River.
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  • To celebrate the liberation of Manbij, Syria we
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  • Happy #WorldElephantDay! This little bit of CGI by @eevolver for the @villagevoice. It
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  • TFW you want to count a couple more sheep. Photo by @jamiechungphoto. #🇬🇧
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  • @jamiechungphoto brings #internationalcatday to a whole new level.
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  • Rio 2016 Olympic Opening Ceremony tonight! Animation by @shotopop #rio2016olympics #olympics2016 #animation
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  • CGI peace dove by @eevolver 🕊#rio2016olympics #olympics2016 #olympicpeace
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  • Olympics animation @madebyradio #rio2016olympics #olympics2016
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  • Break free. @joepug for @espnmag
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  • We wonder how happy Barack Obama is about getting older. Either way, Happy Birthday Mr President! Illustration by @mr_bingstagram for @washingtonpost. #HBD #obama
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  • @Eminem by @stan_chow. Kinda shady. #Eminem #slimshady #marshallmathers
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  • 8.27.16
    Dirty Bandits: D I A L E C T | A Type Based Group Exhibition

    On display through Aug 27th @ 111 Minna Gallery

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