George Widener is an extraordinary artist. Widener is autistic with savant syndrome. He has demonstrated phenomenal abilities with regards to numerical computation, far beyond what is to be considered normal.
At age 18, George Widener joined the army intelligence, based in West Germany, using his pattern recognition skills to analyse photos from the Stasi and the KGB. Later he attempted to study engineering but was unable to cope as he was overwhelmed by historical dates. Semi-professional gambling would be his next occupation, winning him thousands of dollars from casinos. However, it was not until he was exposed to the art world that he found true fulfilment.
Widener is an extremely accurate super-computer. He obsessively analyses historical events, particularly catastrophes. Widener then interprets his idea of the structure of the world through large-scale calendars, mazes and diagrams. In finding patterns in historical events, he attempts to predict future happenings.
Apart from being a fascinating human, his work is incredibly aesthetic. The intriguing hand drawn figures, diagrams and typography come together to form beautiful art pieces and have caught the attention of the critics. George Widener is currently exhibiting his work at the exhibition Save the World at Art et Marges in Brussels.
Can you guess the album cover?
This is a series of minimalist posters created by the designer Nicholas Barclay. Known for his distinctive style, Barclay deconstructed iconic album covers into simple colours and shapes. Barclay is the master minimalist design. We think these album covers are beautiful and rather nifty, don’t you?
To This Day is an animation based on the poem by Shane Koyczan’s spoken word poem of the same title. It is a poem about childhood bullying. The animation contains a 20 second animation collaboration from 87 different animators. It is absolutely stunning and it addresses many of the traumas that occur during childhood. It concludes by deeming the strength of the victim as beauty. The design is elegant complimented with an extremely well written piece of poetry; I tear up every time I watch it.
We’re always looking for simple ways to improve our lives – this video shows some excellent time-saving Mac keyboard shortcuts
For instance, pressing your volume button increases or decreases the volume by six percent. However, by pressing “option + shift + volume up”, you can finely tune the audio volume as it moves 1.5 percent instead. This also works for the brightness key.
The video also shows you quick shortcuts to taking screenshots, how to “force quit” an application and how to quickly store a group of files in a new folder.
Watch the full video here to find out more.
The new year is a great time to step up your design skills. There so many tools and skills that you need to master, and missing out on any of them would also mean missing out on a lot of huge opportunities.
So if you’re ready to take your career in design a step further, grab your clipboard and start making a checklist containing these essential skills that you should learn:
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Keen to learn a new skill this year?
Hand-lettering is making a comeback and gaining popularity, just check out the sheer volume of hand-lettering projects that could be found on the internet. However, the art and process behind it can be daunting for beginners.
Writer at website Creative Live, Emily Potts, enlists the help of two lettering experts Annica Lydenberg and Roxy Prima to share some tips on how you can navigate the colourful and creative design technique, before eventually finding your personal lettering style.
Tips include getting to know the range of pens, pencils and paper you can experiment with, along with recommendations on what has worked well for the experts. Warm up sketching exercises are also crucial in “help(ing) you with balance and kerning in your future hand lettering pieces,” according to Prima.
1.Choose Your Pens & Pencils
2. Choose Your Paper
3. Do Some Warm Up Exercises
4. Start Lettering!
5. Produce a Finished Piece
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40 Little Things You Can Do to Break Your Creative Block
Stuck in a rut? Beat your creative block with these few tips
Step Away from Your Computer
Yes, really. Do it!
Go for a Walk
If you only do one thing to get your ideas flowing, go for a walk. Studies show that people have more creative ideas when they walk. After walking for 30 minutes, your creativity is increased by an average of 60% and your creative boost extends long after you have returned to your regular activities. Since you don’t have to devote much attention into the effort of walking your mind is free to wander. This is precisely the kind of mental state that studies link to innovative ideas and sparks of creativity. If you take up walking you’d be sharing a daily creative routine with history’s most famous creative geniuses such as Aristotle, Charles Dickens, Ludwig van Beethoven, Virginia Woolf and Steve Jobs.
Do Something Different
Albert Einstein said that “We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them”. It can be easy and comforting to go into autopilot, but when you do something new, your brain actually creates new pathways. When you look at things from a new perspective, or learn something new, your brain literally remodels itself based on your new experiences. The brain loves being stimulated and it adores novelty. Maybe you can take a different route to work. Or change the music you listen to or sit at a different spot at the table. Just do something to switch things up, and you’ll rewire your brain, enhancing your capacity to be creative.
Take a moment to listen to your own thoughts. Go within. Reflect. Find focus. Unwind. It can be as simple as enjoying a cup of tea in your garden. As artist Pablo Picasso put it, “Without great solitude no serious work is possible.”
Take active part in life around you. Spend time with family and friends. Read. Be curious. Ask questions. Notice the small details. Pay attention to what’s going on in different areas of art like street art, magazines, packaging design, fine art, fashion, dance and film. Be present in your life.
Travelling lets you see the world from a new perspective and is an effective way to broaden your perspective. You also tend to notice even the smallest details more clearly when you travel, so being in a new environment can heighten your senses. But you don’t have to go far. Perhaps you could explore a different neighbourhood close to you or carve out a little mini retreat for yourself.
Grab a stack of magazines, newspapers, glue and a pair of scissors and make a collage. Since the images and text already are there, you can focus on curating, making shapes, combining and creating something new. If you like you can scan your collage and add some finishing touches digitally. Collaging makes a great break from working on a computer and is an easy way to start working more off the computer.
Add Doodling to Your Daily Routine
Did you doodle at school? Research shows that doodling can help you stay focused, grasp new concepts, retain information and even increases your daydreaming. As a kid you draw without any thought. You just enjoy it. But when you go to art school or become an artist chances are that it becomes serious business and that the playful part goes missing. Take up doodling as a daily practice. Brilliant ideas often start as a scribble on a cocktail napkin or envelope.
It expands your mind, boosting creativity and innovation.
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Manchester-based artist Jordan Bolton creates striking photographic posters inspired by film and music, using only his iPhone. Jordan states that: “The original plan was to use famous lyrics in the artworks but after it turned out to be too expensive to license the words I decided to do the artworks as though they were alternative posters for actual gigs played by influential Manchester bands at influential Manchester venues.”
Jordan describes his style as: Detailed. Colourful. Organised.
Church & State lets their wines speak for themselves, even if they’re a bit mouthy. Their vineyards demand to be heard, and in the cellar, the wine has free reign. The result is a collection of refreshingly honest expressions, boldly emblazoned across a series of 150+ labels…and counting. These bold and fresh design were created by Brand Ever.
Grab a glass of wine and enjoy these designs. Head here for more from Brand Ever