April 11-17, 2010

April 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

002 – This week, I came across some great contests to dip your creativity into…along with some very inspirational sites and posts.

A few sites are showcasing some amazing contests that also benefit amazingly worthwhile causes. Yeah – I meant to write ‘amazing’ twice. That’s how amazing they are…

Haiti Poster Project
The Haiti Poster Project is a collaboration of artists and designers from around the world, benefitting victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

“The Haiti Poster Project was launched three days after the January 12th, 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The project is a collaborative effort by the design community to help effect change through our work. Signed and numbered, limited edition posters have been donated by designers and artists from around the world. All money raised will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.”

Check over all the CALL FOR ENTRIES details to ensure you know all the rules.

(highlighted poster design by Shauna Mae Luedtke; Calgary CA)

Deadline: May 1, 2010

Shutterstock's 2010 Photo Safari ContestEnter Shutterstock’s 2010 Photo Safari Contest with your most amazing travel photo & you could win a 6-night African Photo Safari.

Check out all the official rules because that ain’t a bad contest at all! (via @shutterstock)
Deadline: May 12, 2010

Greenwala's Beautiful Earth Contest
In honor of Earth Day (April 22, 2010), Greenwala wants to celebrate how gorgeous planet Earth is with their ‘Beautiful Earth Contest‘.

Submit a photo of the coolest, most beautiful and/or amazing place you’ve visited and tell why it’s worth preserving – and you could win a NEW Apple iPad!

Oh yeah… I said it. iPad, Baby.

(highlighted photo entry by Jennifer Wilke; San Francisco, CA) (via @greenwala)
Deadline: May 28, 2010

Wonder WomanCheck out these fantastic pieces of Comic Book Inspired Artwork: Wonder Woman.

After seeing these illustrations, it’s hard not hard to imagine Lucy Lawless in the upcoming flick (due in 2011) but it’s especially fascinating to see the different styles and representations of Wonder Woman – not only here in designrfix’s post but since her debut in 1941.

The woman is always portrayed as both strong and sexual – sporting her little corset. A force to be reckoned with – or avoided – or admired from afar.

The mediums used range here from digital to marker comps. (via @designrfix)

Super Mario
Since we’re talking ‘SUPERHEROES’, (I know – it’s a stretch but what a great segue!) and for the love of my son, I present a pop-culture icon and 25 Awesome Illustrations Inspired by Super Mario. Of course, Mario would be no one without his baby brother, Luigi – so he’s in there too.

While, obviously, Nintendo has done a grand job marketing the two, take a gander at these illustrations showing Mario in a whole new light. The art, style and illustrative-ease are gorgeous in some of these – even if Mario himself is not. (Nothing personal, Mario)

I especially love the simplicity of Mario styled with the different mustaches by Mike Stefanini. He (or anyone) could be a rather sexy man if workin’ that Gable ‘stashe just right. But, then again, I might say the same for the artist’s neighbor. (via @richbugger)

When I was working my nifty research skills – and clicking and reading (and clicking some more) for the Mario post, I came across the artist of the mustaches: Mike Stefanini ~ and WOW ~ talk about some beautiful art! Between his mad skill set and vision – this guy is awesome and inspirational.

Stefanini’s style is a combination of retro, modern, grunge, and fantasy. I don’t mean to necessarily say that each design differs in these various styles – but that each holds all of these styles. Not an easy task and one that Stefanini hits dead-on.

Mike Stefanini on the Behance Network

The Neighborhoods Issue Cover Project is a gorgeous collaboration between GOOD and Society 6. They teamed up to promote four different artists, creating four different covers for the upcoming “The Neighborhoods Issue”.

The Neighborhoods

“the idea was to represent in simple fashion the diversity and distinctive aspects of different neighborhoods around the globe.”

The Artists:
Loren Brown, (Newhall, California)
Miss Lotion (Copenhagen, Denmark)
The Public School (Austin, Texas)
Valeriya Volkova (Brooklyn, New York)

The illustrations are electric and refreshing. I’m particularly a fan of New York’s cover – centaur and all.

But here’s my gripe… if one is claiming to give recognition to four different artists “around the globe”, then one should look at the globe and take note: there are more than two countries out there. Spread the love.

Issues are hitting the newsstands in April 2010. (via @GOOD / @society6)


The design and illustration work of Jesse Kuhn is whimsical with a strange morbid twist. I love it!

For whatever reason, it reminds me of Willy Wonka. Or, at least, in my mind of what Willy’s Chocolate Factory really looked like.

I think that’s the chocolate river we see flowing on by. Where’s my straw?

If you fall madly in love with Kuhn’s art, you can also follow the collective of visual ramblings, points of interest, and byproducts of Jesse Kuhn’s noggin“.

(via @rawtoastdesign)

MakeUseOf.com is a “booming daily blog that features cool websites, computer tips, and downloads that make you more productive.”

Their aim is simple… guide and tell you about the hot site you may have never heard of; free alternatives to programs; and all kinds of how-to’s. To make this whole thing even easier for you, MakeUseOf.com just launched an iPhone app on April 13 too.

calculate your carbon footprintAlso gearing up for Earth Day, MakeUseOf.com wrote a worthwhile and incredible helpful article on How To Calculate Your Ecological Footprint Before The Earth Day.

In their post, they offer a few different sites that help you calculate your own carbon footprint. Through Q&A based on your current lifestyle, your personal imprint can be measured where you can find out approximately how much of the Earth’s resources you we use through your day-to-day activities.

Here are the direct links to the sites where you can calculate your footprint:
* My Footprint
* Carbonfootprint
* Zerofootprint (Kids Calculator)
* World Wildlife Fund’s Footprint Calculator
* Earth Day Network Footprint Calculator
* Carbonfund
* Wattzon

Earth Day is on April 22nd… “So, have you checked out an ecological calculator lately?”

(via @MakeUseOf)

history.com and 4squareI’m getting a little obsessed with Foursquare. I’m not talking Twitter-obsessed but it has potential. I want a badge – even though I have no idea what I’d do with my make-believe medal. If I got a real one in the mail – I’d be checking-in a lot more often. But, regardless, I want a badge.

I listed Foursquare here in my All-Things-Design blog because of their user-friendly design interface within the app. It’s concise, easy to navigate, and not so bad on the eye. I’m not saying it’s stunning beautiful but it’s certainly obvious that it hits all the marks that it’s aiming for.

Which means, they’re doing something right.

When I’m sitting in a little corner café, eating my lox bagel and feel the need to spread the word of my exact geographic coordinates – to the whole world, mind you – well, they’re doing something right. And, that’s creative in itself.

Plus, on April 13th, it was announced that History Channel Launches Foursquare Campaign and a New Badge. When users check in at various U.S. locations, they can also get a mini-history lesson.

“For example, users in New York who check in to St. Paul’s Chapel will discover George Washington worshipped there on his Inauguration in 1789, and users in Los Angeles who check in at the Cinerama Dome will find out it opened in 1963 with the premiere of ‘It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World’ and that it’s the world’s only concrete geodesic dome.”

And, word on the street has it that users will be automatically entered into a sweepstakes with ten random users selected to win prizes each week from April 25 through June 6.

I’m getting there… as of this post, I’m the proud winner of two badges! Oh, so shiny.

(via @foursquare)

Here’s a post by another photography-lover and is a wonderful collection of breathtaking photographs that inspire… 40 Awesome National Geographic (Editor-Picked) User-Submitted Photos

These kind of photos are the perfect example of my growing love and affection for the art… and my “need” for my own skill to flourish. (via @designbeep)

Diving Tiger, California“Diving Tiger, California”
Tree Branch Swing“Tree Branch Swing”
Lightning, Cape Town“Lightning, Cape Town”


In the same idea of this blog, Ali Edwards picks a week, every year, to document One Week in the Life with photos and words… and she’s asking all to play along.

What a wonderful way to pull all of our lives together with the same goal.

“Some of you out there may be thinking: my life is boring or I do the same thing everyday or what story do I have to tell? As with many of the projects I have created, the documentation process is just as (and maybe more) important than the creative process of actually putting the album together. Most likely you will learn something about yourself over the course of this project. I learn something new every time.”

This year, her project is from April 19th-25th and she’s pulled together the basics for documenting (including preparation tasks, photo ideas, note-taking advice) to set everyone on the right/same track. She’s taken the time to organize our organization. I like that!

It’s important to remember that it’s not about scrapbooking. It’s about documenting a time in your life in the true light of your day and night. Take advantage of that and check out the results of this project in the past. (via @aliedwards)

Peter Funch is a very talented Danish photographer. Specifically, his Babel Tales series is worth a thousand words. Or even more considering each finished photo took about two weeks.

Funch captured dozen of pedestrians sharing the same actions/visuals (on the phone; wearing white; smoking – you get the idea) and edited them into one single image. Basically, he staked out a corner and snapped pics of people passing by – always from the same spot. The concept is ingenious and the outcome is so very cleaver.

My fav is “Memory Lane” in Times Sqaure.

Color Scheme Designer

Color Scheme Designer is a wonderful and helpful site that breaks down the nitty-gritty for exact colors that match in one way or another.

Through clicking and playing, you can adjust the Hues and Scheme (Saturation & Brightness; Contrast; Variants)… creating color schemes that are not only coordinated but the site also passes you the beautiful HEX codes. Yeah –that’s right. They’re beautiful.

Color Scheme Designer (CSD) also throws you light/dark page examples and Vision Simulation. Covers all the palettes, so to speak.

The color schemes availability:
CSD - Monochromatic
Monochromatic : Based on a single color tint, and uses only variations made by changing its saturation and brightness.

CSD - Complementary
Complementary (contrast) : The primary color is supplemented with its color on the opposite side of the wheel. One warm and one cold color are always created.

CSD - Triad
Triad (soft contrast) : The primary color is supplemented with two colors, placed identically on both sides of its complement.

CSD - Tetrad
Tetrad (double-contrast) : This scheme is made by a pair of colors and their complements. It’s based on the Tetrade – the foursome of colors evenly distributed on the color wheel (by 90 degrees).

CSD - Analogic
Analogic : This scheme is made by the primary color and its adjacent colors – two colors identically on both sides.

CSD - Accented Analogic
Accented Analogic : This is the Analogic model with complementary (contrast) color added.

If you click the upper HELP > SHOW TOOLTIPS, you’ll find lots of clever hints, recommendations and tips via mouse-overs.

Truly, this site is magic and a must-save for designers.

Oh Darn… since the latest 3.1 release, MSIE 6 is no longer supported (she says with the oh-gosh-darn-snap-of-her-fingers).

Have a great week…
~ Jennifer

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