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The Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies

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Are you familiar with any of the old school tools shown in The Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies? It’s a showcase where “tools of the trade that have died or have just about died a slow slow death are cheerfully exhibited.”

Some Useful iPhone Apps for Graphic Designers

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What The Font

Can’t figure out what font is being used in a poster or ad? No more guessing games. Snap a photo of the font in question and What The Font will work its magic and identify it for you.

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Layers

You can use up to five layers in this drawing app and export it as a Photoshop compatible file.

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CliqCliq
Manage palettes and extract colors from photos taken with your iPhone camera. You can email these palettes to yourself and use them in Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop.

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Organize your thoughts and map out your ideas then email it to yourself as a pdf.

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BeamMe
Send your business card to any other mobile device.

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Sketches

Use Sketches to organize ideas or sketch an image. You can also draw on top of photos and twitter or email your art to your friends. Use it for business (or if you just want to see what your friend would look like with a moustache).

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iFreelancer

Try iFreelancer for quick access to freelance jobs.

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Illustration Trends in Advertising

I was a having a look through adsoftheworld.com and noticed a trend in the use of collage and illustration. Check out some of the bold, graphic, and visually captivating ads I found. They show that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

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ACT TV PRINT AD

The copy for this ad reads “Size doesn’t Matter. Numbers do.” In this ad,
a flock of small birds congregate together to form a large bird.


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DON PASCUAL PRINT AD

A brilliant collage made using Don Pascual wine labels.

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TORONTO ZOO AD

The polar bear in this Toronto Zoo ad is made up of elements
and icons that represent the city of Toronto.

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SIDANNE HAIR GEL

An advertisement for Sidanne Hair Gel using bold graphic elements.

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HIV FOUNDATION

An excellent print ad for the HIV Foundation with an
image of a man made to look like a map with copy that reads “Explore Safely”.

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WWF AD

An incredibly detailed image of a tree made up of people.

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GREENPEACE HONG KONG

A Greenpeace Ad for Car Free Day 2009 using cars to form a tornado.

Want to see Rotating Snakes?

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I’m not a fan of snakes but I am a fan of optical illusions. Yes, I probably should be working but I’m so mesmerized by this optical illusion by Akiyoshi Kitaoka, Professor of the Department of Psychology of Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. It’s all an illusion, nothing is actually moving…funny how the brain works.

Great for Young Artists

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We came across Clementine Art products just in time for back-to-school. It’s the perfect gift for the young budding artist in your life.

What’s even better is these products are all high quality, all natural, and non-toxic. Their line of products include crayons, markers, paint, modeling dough, and glue, all made with environmentally friendly ingredients such as soybean and non-toxic mineral pigments. The packaging is also made of 80% post consumer recycled and reusable materials.