• Hawaiian Airlines Mobile App Spec Style

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    Art Institute student, Kurt Jay Rasos, recently finished this spec project on an Alaska Airlines mobile app. Kurt's goal was to make the app easy to use and accessible for the frequent flyer. The color palette and design elements were designed to represent the feeling of being in the clouds. The interface has a nice flow to it with tightly structured screens that make the information highly accessible and easy to navigate. We love the student work.

  • INDUSTRY: Billups Hires Industry Hall of Famer as Chief Strategy Officer

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    Rick Robinson, an expert and visionary in the out-of-home media industry, has joined Billups as Chief Strategy Officer. Rick is an industry veteran who resides in Los Angeles, with 27 years of experience spanning every job and type of work possible in the space. He is a member of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America Hall of Fame, and is sure to be an economic and creative force at Billups.

    Following a merger with Strategic Outdoor Shop in January 2014, Billups is now the country’s largest independent out-of-home media agency with 80 employees across 14 cities. The company has placed the highest priority on hiring elite talent. Ben Billups, CEO, says, “Rick is an excellent fit with the Billups culture, and brings the type of strategic capability that we’ve been searching for. His industry expertise and focus on relationships will add value on all levels. I look forward to the leadership that he’ll challenge us with every day.”

    Robinson brings an impressive pedigree of client and brand experience to the Billups team. This move provides him with an opportunity to lead a group of smart, dedicated, resourceful employees, and to help shape the culture of a company at the forefront of the out-of-home media space. “I’m excited to join a company with such a commanding investment in its clients, its people, and technology. They’re in it to win it and so am I,” said Rick.

    Ben Billups started the company with the foresight that technology would be an industry game changer. Billups’ has invested in a platform that simplifies and streamlines the entire media planning and buying process, and will enable them to deliver the highest-quality, most-efficient services to their clients. Rick observes, “Billups’ investment in talent and technology has set our team up to deliver the right message, in the right place, at the right time for our clients.”

  • Malcolm Lee Warms Up the Canadian Countryside

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    Architect, Malcolm Lee, worked with Brian White & Chelsie Lee to create this beautiful warming hut. The lines on this are wonderful and the design is strikingly modern. The idea of seeing this after a cold day in the snow is almost a warming thought in itself.

    Here's a bit of what Malcolm had to say about the project on Behance, “The form of the warming hut recalls the indigenous structures of Canada's frozen landscapes - from early teepees to contemporary ice fishing huts - and borrows from them a central (in this case radial) organization. Dropped onto this frozen public space, the shared center of the warming hut encourages chance meetings with other strangers out skating on the frozen river, and acts as a momentary social condenser, bringing together a diversity of Winnipeg citizens.”

    We'd love to stumble across this somewhere locally. We'd probably never want to leave.

  • Color Designer for Footwear? Check.

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    That's check as in, if we were double checking a list of careers we'd love to have this one would be on it. We've shown Matthew Hall's work for Adidas before, but he has one of our favorite gigs — deciding which colors can be applied to our much beloved clamshells. It might seem easy, but we seriously think this would have to be a very difficult job. We're very particular about the color combinations we see the Superstars in. Matthew does a great job of making us want all of them.

  • Welcome to Hardmill

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    Hardmill // Seattle WA from Watertown Films on Vimeo.

    Started by two brothers, Seattle's Hardmill makes some amazing hand crafted bags and aprons. The workshop aprons are obviously their current area of focus. Each one is tailored to meet their exacting standards of craftsmanship. The short does a good job of getting the viewer into the physical work that goes into each piece they create, and the site just hits that home as you can see (up close even) just what goes into making something of this quality. The piece was done by Watertown Films.

  • Second Story and the Art of Abstraction

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    We threw out some congrats to Second Story yesterday for their nomination at the SXSW Interactive Awards. We thought we'd bring the project to our pages here to give it a little bit of additional limelight.

    The Art of Abstraction website was created for MOMA as an online exhibit celebrating the abstract art movement that took place from 1910-1925. The site explores the movement and the connections between the major artists of that period. The site itself is sleek, minimal and beautiful to look at. We were really into the spider map visuals representing the connections between the artists as well as the strong structural nature of the site.

    Here's a bit about what Second Story had to say about the project:

    “Between 1910 and 1925, a community of artists emerged, brought together by a desire to “lay bare the abstract,” as Vasily Kandinsky wrote. For Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925, the Museum of Modern Art, in collaboration with Columbia Business School, mapped the interpersonal links between ninety-two early abstract artists. This website extends the museum experience, presenting a dynamic, 3D diagram of the connections between the artists. As visitors interact with the diagram, they can explore detailed networks, view artist portfolios, and draw their own conclusions about influence, impact, and invention.”

  • Ioda Media Explores the FRESTcoast

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    FRESTcoast from Ioda Media on Vimeo.

    Here's some new freshness from the Ioda Media camp. FRESTcoast is a documentary exploring Oregon surf culture and their approach to the sport. This short has all the smooth action we've come to expect from Ioda's work, and this should be a solid addition to their growing portfolio.

    Here's what Ioda had to say about the new film, “The dedication that surfers in the Pacific Northwest posses is very inspiring. We set out to learn a little bit more about this community, and their approach to surfing. These are people who don't shy away from the harsh conditions of winter; they embrace it. David Hendrickson of FRESTcoast, let us document his board shaping process and gave us some insights as to what it's like to surf here in the "upper left". Surfing in the northwest requires patience, persistence and passion. All of which David brings to his craft. With performance as the primary focus, FRESTcoast focuses on shaping boards that are designed specific to that rider's style, and the waves they ride.”

  • Establishing Perceptions

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    This is an older one, but it was new to us.Designer Baylee Hart created this absolutely sublime art magazine entitled, Perceptions 2012. We love the die cut cover and the effect of the fluorescent pink paper emanating from underneath. The attention to detail and care put into the typography of this piece is wonderful. While Baylee captures some great shots of this publication, we'd love to wander through the actual pages and spend some time taking this in a bit more.

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