01 September 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Design By Humans: New this week

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Flashlight by pinkstorm arms a ninja with a lightsaber. It’s one of those things that looks pretty cool- I love the way the red glow picks up the folds in his black uniform- but makes very little sense. I mean, the point of a ninja is to be stealthy and hidden, while the point of a lightsaber is to basically be flashy and noticeable. They’re opposite in a way that the art and concept doesn’t seem to acknowledge or attempt to resolve. There’s also another issue in the artwork itself- how exactly is the ninja holding the lightsaber? His hand position is bizarre, and I can’t tell what is meant to be going on. All in all, this is a design the looks better at first glance than it does after a closer look.

Hunter Deer by Eyesore427 is my favorite design this week. It’s a really fun idea, putting a typical prey animal in the position of being a mighty hunter. There’s appeal in seeing the tables turned, and the deer seems especially formidable since he has so few advantages in a hunt. The choice of a tiger as the slain predator is a great choice, since it’s very quickly recognizable, allows the art to maintain it’s orange-y palette, and doesn’t involve any physical features (like a lion’s mane) that could obscure the deer’s antlers. Facial expressions really nail the humor- it’s neat to see the deer’s steely confidence paired with the “OMG how did this even happen” shock of the tiger’s wide eyes.

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The Future is Bright by wotto does a great job of revitalizing the skull shirt. The skull sports a thick complement of classic tattoos in grey tones (I especially enjoyed the ALIVE lettering on the forehead), and his personality is further enforced with a dapper mustache, cynical eyebrows, a pirate-like eye patch, and even a tiny hat. He’s clearly a shady character- his hat’s VILLAIN text says as much!- but the doodled drips and swooshes of color keep things fun and light. He might be a bad guy, but he’d be cool to hang out with.

Falling in Reverse by Studio8Worx definitely has a lot going on. Hands grasp a rough triangle that contains a falling man. Below the triangle’s bottom corner he falls even further, colliding with the trunk of an upside down tree. The top of the triangle tells another story, with a skyline of oil machinery covering it corner to corner. So what exactly is going on here? Are we watching technology fail, leaving only the remnants of the environment to form a safety net? Who do the hands belong to, and what do they symbolize? For me the pieces don’t quite come together to form anything coherent, although I do like the roughness of the art. It speaks of passion, speed, and aggression, and has a cool graffiti-like flair that makes me want to keep looking.

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