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Art Directors Guild Archive video cotillion

I recall sitting at the last archive committee meeting at the ADG. I was so excited, a bit like an overexcited dog wagging its tail wildly, so much so that it knocks things over around the house. Yep, that’s me. But with good reason – there are amazing things happening there. To be in touch […]

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LA – City of Fakes

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It has always been thus. LA. Two simple letters that instantly evoke a fantasyland on America’s left coast. At a recent lecture presented at the LA public library, I was apprised on just how elemental this concept has been throughout our history. Of particular interest was the idea that, unlike Las Vegas, themed environments were […]

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3D Illustration comes of age. Image renders as stock photography.

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I was recently combing through the user gallery on Luxology’s website. I am constantly amazed at the creativity of others. I’ve taken an increasing interest in 3D as stock photography, photo-real renders are becoming the norm. There have been many occasions looking through scripts, where I can instantly see the advantage/application. Cast photos for one […]

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Piracy is here to stay…

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A thoughtful article in the NY Times about piracy. Particularly interesting is the notion of pirated physical objects, something I had not considered. The future is shaping up to be a potentially strange place. As far as Hollywood goes, I can say from experience that there is little impetus to change. The institutional culture of […]

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Where old signs go to die.

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The Neon Boneyard ᔥ Style Sight

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Dazzle ships

My first concert at age 14 was The Thompson Twins, with O.M.D. I remember being struck by the cover art for O.M.D.’s 4th album, Dazzle Ships as a teen. Although the tracks on that album were too Kraftwerk-ian compared to the saccharine hits from their ’85 release Crush, for my tastes at the time. Today a facebook friend […]

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From a future that was not meant to be. Googie.

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Will our contemporary visions of the future retain as much style? Googie ᔥ disinfo.com

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The first movable type and printing presses were invented in Asia, not Europe.

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Thought I’d share this fascinating exploration of Japanese moveable type. http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2012/04/intricate-japanese-movable-type-sets.html ᔥLipa

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Malware targeting AutoCAD files could be sign of industrial espionage?!

An article crossed my radar today, Malware targeting AutoCAD files could be sign of industrial espionage. Are set designers at risk? Would you laugh or cry if you saw your set designs in a foreign film you had nothing to do with. I think it’s high time we in the Art Department world start paying attention […]

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Your New Scenic, Title, and Graphic Artists Council Member

  In case any ADG members happen to notice that there’s a new member on the STG craft council, and find this post I thought I’d write a statement regarding what I bring to the table: In an increasingly globalized business, the Guild faces challenges from competition abroad, breakneck technological change, the labor environment under […]

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