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Expect the 28th to follow the 27th again this year.

Expect the 28th to follow the 27th again this year.

I’ve spent literally seconds scouring the world wide internet for stories of the Pantone color system’s 2013 calendar written in French, and I really feel this is the best one. It’s a really cool idea for a calendar.

It was created by the one and only Pentagram Design‘s Eddie Opara and Brankica Harvey.

You can buy one for $15.00.

Via Fubiz.

(Here’s a repost of a favorite video – a recreation of some great Blue Note album covers, from August, 2010.)

What a cool idea: take some classic Blue Note album covers from the 1960’s, and recreate them with live action and animation. What a big job.

Check out the original covers below.

The video was created by Bante to promote the Bellavista Social Club‘s concert season. Here is another wonderfully-designed music video he/she/they did.

It would be appropriate at this time to offer a four beat rest moment of silence for iconic jazz photographer Herman Leonard, who passed away this week. Leonard invented (accidentally) a style of side lighting for photographing jazz musicians in clubs that perfectly captured the feeling of the clubs, the players and the music.

Herman Leonard’s photo of Duke Ellington in Paris, 1958

Laser-zapped map chart art, from

Laser-zapped map chart art, from

See what happens when that the old school nautical map vibe gets together with talented laser woodwork supercrafters?

The folks at bust out really nice craftsmanship and detail that combines cartography, topography, information graphic-ography, Mr. Remke’s 11th grade Geography, and Great Lakes lunker hunter sweet spot-ography.

Great execution of these disparate -ographies help make a good idea become great.

Thanks Colossal.

The evolution of information graphics saw some cool highlights in 2012, and the New York Times does a great job of compiling and curating it here.  The famous 512 Paths to the White House which played out dramatically in real time in November, the patterns of where the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder hit their shots, how an orchestra conductor’s gestures and patterns flow while jamming Stravinsky. Check the creative examples of visual communication and technology coming together.

This post from Design Taxi crystallizes the argument against creativity in Hollywood. Granted, that’s not a hard argument to make. But its a shame. Hollywood should lead the way in creativity. But alas, with big money comes big fear and aversion to risk which is why it seems my wife and I sometimes spend more time searching for a movie than actually watching them. Some nights, it seems like they all suck.

The Design Taxi post is about the idea of a French film distributor named Christophe Courtois. He found reoccurring trends in the graphic design of Hollywood movie posters. Yellow backgrounds. Women in red dresses. Great big eyeballs. But then he did something really creative with his insight.

He made mosaics out of the repetitive, boring, same–same approaches that Hollywood studios seem to lean on again and again. He kicked Hollywoods butt at their own game: creativity. And uh, why is Tom Crusie always show in profile?

For a breath of creative fresh air, here are a couple awesome offerings from the great Saul Bass.

And here’s a nifty take on the top 20 movie posters of all time.

A fine Guinness poster series indeed. Thanks Google.

“Why Man Creates” is a 1968 documentary animated film from Saul Bass. And sheesh, does it feel like the prototypical tone of animation in the 60’s: that graphic style (which Schoolhouse Rock borrows from), that lush, somewhat cheesy orchestral musical score, the zany wacky sound effects. (Part 1 is seen above.)

While studying film at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I learned about the graphic awesomeness of Saul Bass as a famous designer of movie titles.

As an ad guy, I knew of his legendary logos.

Recently I found “Why Man Creates.” And I’m kinda sorry to say the ideas on why we create don’t do a whole lot for me, despite its Academy Award, experimental tactics and go-go dancers. The style and execution are cool, but I’m not sure I’m smelling everything that it’s cooking. It’s as if the ancient Greeks wrote it. And while The Frogs is a helluva play, it’s a little…inaccessible.