• 9.27.16   The Campaign Gets Technical with Mario Wagner

    It’s estimated that last night 100 million viewers tuned in to watch Hillary Clinton and Donald trump engage in their first Presidential Debate. It was a raucous 90 minutes that caused the audience to burst into cheers and jeers more than a few times against the protest of the Debate Commission who requested silent spectators. Of the 100 million that watched at home, a huge portion of that contingency watched online, streaming video through their website of choice and experiencing these candidates through the portal of their personal computers. No artist has a better grasp of how we relate to technology than Mario Wagner. His aesthetic and resulting work constantly plumbs the relationship that our real lives have with technology so Inc. Magazine asked him to identify that relationship and how it involves our presidential candidates. A huge part of any presidential election is the “horse race”: what people call the almost daily tracking of polls. Pervasive technology has made these snapshots faster and easier to complete, and therefore there are a lot more of them. We understand them almost immediately as the information is streamed to users instantly – it’s gotten to the point that who the candidates are is almost irrelevant. We can just watch the numbers. Wagner illustrates this idea with his split portraits of the candidates, dominated by Venn diagrams and scatterplots. He takes it further with an additional image showing a faceless citizen engage in the electoral process through his devices. Additionally, three faceless women engage in their own political cheering, behind a graph that tracks how ideas and passions change over time. Technology has the opportunity to democratize the world, and help us understand our processes better than we already do. But there’s always a risk there. We must maintain the humanity of what we’re doing and how we’re engaging with each other. Mario shows us how it works, and works successfully today, but also asks if we’re going in the right direction. Only time will tell.
  • 9.29.16   ilovedust Builds Communication with LA Magazine

    Language is a construct – we know how that sounds. Bear with us for a minute. Thoughts are like little building blocks that we stack on top of one another, and with each little thought we create real communication. Through this process of linguistic carpentry we’re able to take ideas in our heads and essentially beam them to others’ using a process that is half mystical and half construction. Ilovedust butted up against this exact idea in a recent issue of LA Mag for a story that featured Ava Duvernay, with photography by B&A photographer Joe Pugliese. The collective created original typography to match the story, and use the opportunity to explore. “We created a wide selection of options, and after a few rounds of modifications we landed on this modular 3D type treatment,” explains Elliott Grubb, the lead CG Designer at ilovedust. “The modular system enables us to create a selection of ‘objects’ in 3D, almost like pieces of sculpture, that when arranged together can then create a very unique type face.” The depth of the typography is evident through color choice and shadow, blending together to take lettering that’s presented in two dimensions and pulling it into the third. “This was definitely inspired by woodblock lettering for sure,” says Elliot. “As you see a lot of that style around we wanted to explore how it could be pushed further, so rather than each letter being one block we created almost a jigsaw of pieces that could be combined together over and over to create a modern interpretation of the wood block athletic.” In many ways, letters are like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that we combine and reconstruct into words and sentences. ilovedust took this concept to its very limit, referencing the building and variable nature of language inside to typography. “LA Mag was great to work with, they gave us a lot of free reign to make this commission look the best it can,” says Elliot. In fact, ilovedust worked with LA Mag in a collaborative process all the way from the very beginning to end. They worked together to pick the shapes, the colors, the styles. It was truly a group effort, and one that paid off. “It was very much a collaborative effort,” Elliot says. “And we look forward to working with them again very soon!”
  • 9.28.16   We Are The Rhoads Solve a Creative Challenge with Humanity

    If a technology company does their job well you don't notice them. Their products work seamlessly into your life, making your goals easier to achieve and facilitating communication. That's why when Verizon and McCann Erickson teamed up with We Are The Rhoads for their latest campaign for the Verizon Fios system, the focus was not on the product. Instead it was on the lives of their customers. Sarah and Chris Rhoads are experts at showing lived experience, so they just had to bring in the concept of speed (Verizon Fios is, after all, very fast). Conceptually it makes sense, but it was a true creative challenge and one that the Rhoads were up for. “They’re one of our favorite creative teams we’ve ever worked with,” says Sarah about McCann and Verizon. “The idea they presented was fairly conceptual which is always fun, but with lifestyle elements at play.” The concept of speed arrives in many ways throughout the campaign whether it’s a train whizzing by a station, a motorcycle kicking up dust as it races through the frame, or a child heroically swooping in. They found the moments where humanity meets speed.  “Chris and I were really excited about doing something that was different than most lifestyle advertising campaigns,” Sarah explains. “It felt like a fresh perspective and that’s always something that’s really exciting to come across your desk. It’s still in our wheelhouse because we shoot things that are spontaneous and have the moment driven feeling to them, but we also love doing more conceptual driven projects that have that humanity to them. That’s what they really wanted.” It's rare that a brand can blend so easily into their customer’s lives, and the campaign had to show that. That’s why there’s a human touch on every image. Each one is relatable, recognizable. We can see ourselves in these single frame stories, but the Rhoads are also reminding us of what Verizon can do for us. It’s a perfect blend. There are a few stories that the Rhoads told in this campaign that were more than one frame: three separate, silent, almost mini-films were created and projected in Times Square. They're moving versions of the still ads, bringing extra life to these moments like a fun secret. But the campaign wasn't just shown in New York, it was created there. They shot the project in and around New York and although it was an action packed shoot, one particular portion of it stood out for them. “We got to bring in a stunt motorcyclist and have him jump off this big stunt bridge,” Sarah says with a laugh. “It was awesome. It’s stuff like that you don’t get to do everyday.” Sometimes we forget about our internet service provider when we’re zipping from one webpage to the next, focusing on the next task or learning more about our world. That’s exactly the way it should be, and that’s why We Are The Rhoads focused on the humanity living at the heart of this campaign.
  • 9.23.16   Serge Seidlitz Gets Down with Google

    Communication is about more than just words. It’s about expressing our thoughts and feelings to those around us. In an increasingly visual world our communication has gone from textual to using small images we call “Emojis.” When Emojis were first introduced they were just expressive smiley faces, but have since developed into almost their own works of art, that go beyond expressing a certain emotion to communicating full ideas. We use Emojis to an incredible degree on our mobile devices, and Google teamed up with INT Works to commission illustrators for their Allo app, and asked Serge Seidlitz to be a part of it. Each artist got their own theme, and Serge went with “Let’s Party,” creating a series of images that begs us all to boogie down. Getting together with friends can be tricky business, working out schedules and staying in communication while everyone gets ready and is pitching ideas. But Serge does the work for us in the series of 24 different Emojis. The images on offer include more than a few that have to do with drinking, but Serge gives us everything we need. A demand that the slow friend hurries their preparations, a low-key request for pizza, and even a proposition to bring someone home (who wants to snooze solo?). Serge’s playful style brings just the right tone to the project, extending the party vibe from the club to your phone. You can bring that all the way home by downloading the Allo app, and don’t forget Serge when you’re pouring your next cocktail. 
  • 9.22.16   Amanda Marsalis and People Magazine Invite You

    Film festivals are no joke. As the bar has been raised for Hollywood profits, most international movie stars also work on smaller, independent films that do the film festival circuit to drum up interest and support on their way to wide releases. They’ve become the training room for smaller projects, and one of the most reliable places to find a huge amount of celebrities. This year at the Toronto International Film Festival, People Magazine asked Amanda Marsalis to set up a photographic experience and capture the names and faces as they floated by. It was an incredibly intense five days with just a few minutes per sitting, but Amanda knows exactly how to get her subjects to open up quickly no matter how famous they are. “I tell a lot of goofy stories. What we’re going to talk about just depends on the person,” explains Amanda. “Honestly, I’ve been working at it for twenty years.” Facing some of the biggest names in Hollywood like Ryan Gosling, Oscar Isaacs, Bryan Cranston, Sigourney Weaver, and Nicole Kidman could be intimidating for anyone – especially in the tiny amounts of time that Amanda got to sit with them. But for Amanda, it’s less about handling a personality and more about creating the right tone for the right moment.  “I really make sure I have a moment where we feel like collaborative equals,” she says. By putting everyone on equal footing, their time together opens up so they can work together towards the same goal. It’s not an easy charge to keep the energy up for five days but Amanda and her team made that the center of what they were doing. That’s how they got so many incredible photos over their time by making the set an enjoyable place to be. “We had a good vibe on set, a good playlist, and basically invited everyone to the party,” says Amanda. “Welcome! We’re having fun over here, come join us!” The festival is over now, but thanks to the expressive nature of the photographs that Amanda created with People the party continues in each image and you’re invited.
  • 9.26.16   The First Presidential Debate

    If everything goes as planned tonight’s Presidential Debate will be the most watched debate in American history, and likely the world. The 90 minutes that the candidates will spend on the stage together with Lester Holt will be the most viewed political discussion in human history, an event that will not soon be forgotten by those who watch it. As an artists agency we’re lucky that we constantly butt up again history, and tonight is no different. A handful of our photographers have met with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for various projects and we present a selection of that work here. Most recently, Hillary Clinton sat for Joe Pugliese with her Vice Presidential Nominee Tim Kaine. It was a quick, productive shoot for People Magazine that struck the tone Clinton was probably angling for. She comes off as warm and open, both elements her fans love and her detractors say are missing.  Joe has also photographed Trump. Last fall he tailed The Don for a day from the office to the street, to receiving adulation from his fans. It was the early days of the campaign long before anyone could even guess he’d be the nominee. But here we are a year later and it’s all eyes on Trump as he prepares to take on Clinton who has, arguably, been preparing for this moment her whole professional life.  Through his own storied career Marco Grob has also had the opportunity to work with both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, bringing his signature gravitas to these two political animals that have their own versions of what leadership means. Marco also embedded in Obama’s White House, giving us looks at what the Presidency means that we haven’t seen before. In 2012 when Barack Obama was Inaugurated for the second time, Stephen Wilkes set up for his signature ‘Day to Night’ series, photographing the whole day that hundreds of thousands of Americans collected on the National Mall to watch their President take the oath of office for the final time. Finally, Douglas Friedman had the opportunity to photograph Hillary Clinton in 2013 for the cover of New York Magazine in a shoot that decontextualized this woman who brings with her a career of work and controversy, offering her up unadorned and markedly human.
  • 9.21.16   Nathan Fox Goes Deep for The Village Voice

    Whether or not you believe climate change is real, NYC is facing a host of issues around rising sea levels. Back in 2012 the city braced for impact as Hurricane Sandy gave it a thrashing, and recovery is still in process. Residents recently learned that one of the busiest subways in the five boroughs is set to close for a year and a half to clean up the mess left behind by Sandy and it, understandably, has left riders confused and angry. But as The Village Voice tells us, this is just the beginning. For their cover story, ‘NYC vs. The Sea,’ they needed an image that would encapsulate the desperation and tapped Nathan Fox to do it.  Nathan brings a reference to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in a visualization of the L train being eaten by the sea. A giant squid holds a train car in its clutches, ready to consume our good nature and our feeble attempts to live so close to the abyss. As millions of riders are stranded by the MTA’s closing of this vital line, we’re literally at the mercy of the rising seas and Nathan crystalizes the point perfectly on this cover. It’s a savage battle against rising tides and one we need to understand or risk falling into a murkier, wetter future.
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