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Art & Copy Film Trailer

“ART & COPY is a powerful new film about advertising & inspiration. Directed by Doug Pray (SURFWISE, SCRATCH, HYPE!), it reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time — people who’ve profoundly impacted our culture, yet are virtually unknown outside their industry. Exploding forth from advertising’s “creative revolution” of the 1960s, these artists and writers all brought a surprisingly rebellious spirit to their work in a business more often associated with mediocrity or manipulation: George Lois, Mary Wells, Dan Wieden, Lee Clow, Hal Riney and others featured in ART & COPY were responsible for “Just Do It,” “I Love NY,” “Where’s the Beef?,” “Got Milk,” “Think Different,” and brilliant campaigns for everything from cars to presidents. They managed to grab the attention of millions and truly move them. Visually interwoven with their stories, TV satellites are launched, billboards are erected, and the social and cultural impact of their ads are brought to light in this dynamic exploration of art, commerce, and human emotion.”

The film is screening this weekend in NYC. Click here for show details.

Dubai Metro Red Line Launched

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(image source | Dubai Metro)

Dubai is planning on creating the worlds largest full automated train system to carry residents between all the insane building developments. The first 2 lines of the project, started in 2006, is expected is be completed in four years, fully opening in 2010, with additional lines to be added in the future. So I ask, when is that 2nd Avenue subway opening?

See the full project details here.

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(image source | Dubai Metro)

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(image source | Dubai Metro)

Seksi Spam Buttons

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(image source | Seksi Spam Buttons)

Sure porn-site spam is an annoying burden, but you must admit the way they mutilate the human language to trick spam hunting software into allowing the mail into our inboxes is hilarious. To pay homage to the language of porn-mail are these Seksi Spam Buttons available in sets of 5 pins for $4.00. Get yours here.

Filed Under: Culture, Design, Fashion, Sex

Volkswagen L1 Hybrid in NY Times

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(image source | NY Times)

The green theme of the Frankfurt auto show was consistent through-

out the first news media day, and it reached its pinnacle at about noon, when Volkswagen introduced “the most fuel-efficient automobile in the world.”

No one argued.

Calling it, the L1 concept an automobile is something of a stretch, although it does seat two and moves on four wheels. But that’s where convention ends.

The bullet-shape L1 — perhaps the first-generation Honda Insight reinvented? — sips diesel to the tune of 1.4 liters per 100 kilometers (61 miles). It is a hybrid, and the diesel engine is supplemented by an electric motor. The carbon fiber-reinforced body shell weighs only about 280 pounds, and the whole car checks in at about 650 pounds, thanks to its aluminum brakes, carbon-fiber wheels, titanium hubs and ceramic bearings. The fuel tank — tank, indeed — holds just 1.7 gallons of fuel.

The L1 is incredibly small. In photos, it looks like a car. In the metal, it has the appearance of a small plane, to which someone forgot to attach the wings and a tail. Walter de Silva, Volkswagen’s head of design, says the shape “redefines classic and aesthetic vehicle traits. All of its moving parts are integrated so accurately that the body resembles a rocket or jet.”

Ergonomically, the interior offers a 180-degree view of the instruments and controls, and a round start button doubles as a shift lever for the seven-speed Direct Shift Gearbox transmission. For the display screen in front of the driver, VW uses high-contrast OLED (organic LED) technology.

VW says that the L1 hybrid will be available in 2010, in limited numbers.

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(image source | Telegraph UK)

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(image source | Telegraph UK)

Source | NY Times

IMBUE Turns Vandalism into Art

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(image source | imbueuk)

Most people hate graffiti, but accept art and advertising that has been placed around the city by various artists or corporations. While this may seem strange as all infiltrate the worlds of the very same people, graffiti is the one deemed a visual nuisance. But, what if graffiti was viewed as donated art work to the landscape of cities? Hmm, then people just might start to like it. That is exactly the question artist IMBUE is investigating with his latest project. The project is simple, place small placards below graffiti informing the public that the works were donated by local artist. Who wouldn’t love free art?

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(image source | imbueuk)

Filed Under: Art, Culture, Politics

A Sneak Peak at New Works by Greg Lamarche

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(image source | Greg Lamarche via 12oz Prophet)

Greg Lamarche posted some teaser shots of new collage pieces he has been working on to the 12oz Prophet blog.  The new collage pieces find inspiration in the true appearance of NYC subways, so don’t expect any watered-down, shined-up works like you would find at the MTA store here. Nothing but an authentic look into the subway we all hate to love. The piece shown above is reminiscent of the layers of advertising’s past that show up on empty ad spaces in the stations, while the second piece brings us back to the days of graffiti covered subway cars. While the first piece is more subtle in it’s details, the second piece shows all the little nuances of our subway system – the cracks in the subway tiles, the appearance of rust on the no-clearance striping and even tags inside the subway car. I am really looking forward to seeing where Greg can take these. Well done!

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(image source | Greg Lamarche via 12oz Prophet)

Filed Under: Architecture, Art, Culture, Design

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