I may be a little behind on discovering this new video by Cee Lo, the vocal half of Gnarls Barkley and former Goodie Mob member. "F**k you," the first video from his new solo album "The Lady Killer" is a is pure eye and ear candy. It features only the lyrics of the song, ever so slightly animated against brilliant colors. Stereogum says: "It’s a sunshining piano soul kiss-off just a shade off from Cee-Lo’s Danger Mouse jaunts, and sees him playing a character that is most definitely not based on his life: can’t afford his lady Ferraris, comparing his replacement to an Xbox while he’s just an Atari."
Valencia, Spain-based designers Estudio Estres have created this upside-down birdhouse for bats. "Inspired by and designed to match these minute animals called bats, that suffer the dichotomy of acting as an efficient herbivore whilst being a symbol of man's most hidden fears."
We're thinking it's beautiful, very clever, and quite easy to recreate at home. A basic box birdhouse, some belts from the thrift store, and a permanent marker to add the battiness.
FontShop.com does more than just sell the best typefaces. They also want to help you learn to use them properly. They're offering four amazing free downloads that can do just that.
Meet Your Type is a charming, first-date-themed primer to all things typeography.
Designer Matt Chase thought perhaps the USPS needed a bit of a visual overhaul. The result is an unbelievably cool and complete reworking of every element, including "logo, letterhead, business cards, packing tape, shipping labels, mailbox graphics, worker uniforms, stamps, stamp dispensers, notepad, weights & prices brochure, fleet vehicle graphics, front-of-store signage, newspaper advertisements and elementary school posters."
Colombian artist Juan Jose Posada from Ogilvy and Mather made this genius series of images to advertise the classic boardgame Pictionary.
Get it? They're real world examples of exactly how Pictionary players would draw a helicopter, a bear, and a ship. Pretty striking, yeah?
Brazilian advertising agency Moma created these retro-inspired ads for Facebook, Skype, and YouTube for the Maximidia Seminars campaign, "Everything Ages Fast."
Visual Economics have created this easy-to-interpret infographic that displays what an average U.S. citizen eats each year. Good.is, who featured this last week, remarks, "The quantity of fruits and vegetables we eat is actually a little higher than I'd expect, though we still consume more sweets and sodium than we should. The chart also doesn't expose the extent to which corn goes into other foods. If you want to find out your own recommended daily caloric intake, by the way, here's a calculator."
Click through for a huge, legible version.
The screenprinted gig poster medium is still a viable and valuable scene, with designers and print shops all over the world creating original, catchy, and unique one-off posters for music shows and festivals.
Kansas City-based printers Vahalla Studios teamed up with Micah Smith of My Associate Cornelius to create this cool two-color poster for a free Hot Chip show in NYC, sponsored by MySpace. They made this cool video of the process, from designing in Illustrator to printing to - and passing them out at the show for free.
ManMade readers loved this workout measuring t-shirt last week, so here's another twist on the sternum gauge shirt: a Beard Growth Chart.
At its most basic, its a beard ruler reversed to measure growth from your chin. At its most complex, just imagine the possibilities.
Shannon lost her cat, and asked David, a graphic designer, to come up with a poster, and placed plenty of demands, including an incredibly quick turn around time.
A seriously funny email dialog and some Photoshop hijinks ensued.
It's amazing what a little line can do....
Design Toronto and GLP advertising created this promotional t-shirt for personal trainer Roland Semprie. It's a heathered-gray t-shirt with a gauge down the center - as one works out, the sweat works down the center in fifteen minute increments.
Totally inaccurate, and completely hilarious. And pretty easy to DIY, I'd imagine
Stylized moustache? Hipster.
Stylized moustache tattoo on your finger? Ironic hipster.
So what's the next step? Why removing yourself even one step more.
Wouldn't it be great if you could belly up to a cafe table with a group of friends, order a round of beverages, and be served a line of these handpainted containers, complete with a bit of philosophy and a whole heap of fun?
Designed (and presumably handpainted) by Canadian artist Chris von Szombathy, they're part of a series dubbed "77 Bottles." More about Chris from his bio page: "Chris von Szombathy is a visual & auditory artist/producer, designer and writer residing in Vancouver, Canada. His work deals with modern social, visual and economic culture, with a focus on referencing pop culture products, advertising, character design and sound. His artistic background is within abstract forms of painting, communicative graphics/logos and conceptual art and is also strongly influenced and informed by his 15 year struggle with acute agoraphobia. He would ideally like his work to be easier to see than to not see and is currently working on his brush technique and bird-watching when possible. he is the serving musical director/producer for the groups Audio Ahdeo Awdio, Tour de Fours and Hard Times and is published by celebrated arts & graphic publisher Drawn & Quarterly."
[via Inspiration Lab]