Robert L. Peters

31 January 2012

Bic pen animal portraits…

Paris, France

Impressive ballpoint-works by Abadidabou Melody Nelson (Sarah Esteje)…


30 January 2012

Average Font

(an experiment by Moritz Resl in Vienna, Austria)

“This experiment shows what a font would look like if it consisted of all typefaces installed on my system. Every character from a to z is drawn using every single font with a low opacity. In total there are over 900 typefaces in my library. I didn’t exclude the ugly ones.”

Thanks to Jeff Werner for the link.


Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

—Buddha


28 January 2012

Mimmo is having an exhibition…

Melbourne, Australia

I received an invitation from my friend Mimmo Cozzolino today… so I thought I’d pass this along.

For forty years, Mimmo has been hiding bits of his life in shoe boxes, folders, drawers, and filing cabinets. For the last four years (as part of an MFA at Monash University) he’s been looking at what he put away and choosing the fragments that say something about his life as a migrant and ‘New Australian,’ designer, photographer, and artist. This research has concluded with the creation of nine limited edition books, which Mimmo “wants to share with you.”

The books will be on show at the Monash Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture Masters Gallery D2.09 on Tue. 7, Wed. 8, and Thu. 9 February 2012, between 10am and 5pm. Mimmo will be in or not far from the gallery for the three days. At 5:15pm each day of the show he’ll be meeting friends at the Racecourse Hotel for a drink, and “you’re most welcome to join” him. The hotel is just across the road from the University at 895 Dandenong Rd., Malvern East, Melbourne… wish I could bend an elbow with you there, mate!

You can learn more about Mimmo Cozzolino here, and view photos of his on Flickr account hereI first crossed paths with Mimmo on a trip to Australia in 1999, but we later reconnected during the month I spent as designer in residence at the Monash University Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture in 2006. I drew heavily on his research and writing about early Australian trademarks in the feature article I wrote for Communication Arts magazine about graphic design in Australia back in 2007.


27 January 2012

Worth repeating…


26 January 2012

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.

—Galileo


25 January 2012

MacBook stick-ons…

(source unknown)

These made me smile…

 


24 January 2012

You’re invited to a vernisage…

Winnipeg, Manitoba

You’re invited to the opening this Friday evening of For the Love of Craft, the Manitoba Craft Council’s Annual Member Exhibition and Sale. Take in works by more than thirty craft-based artists (working in ceramics, glass, fibre, metal and mixed media) and mingle over snacks and refreshments… see you there?

The cre8ery : 2nd floor, 125 Adelaide St., Winnipeg

Opening Reception, January 27, 7:30-10pm

Additional Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 12-9pm

Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, 12-6pm

Exhibition closes Tuesday, February 7, 6pm

Ev was chuffed that the organizers chose her sculptural piece “Save her for a rainy day” (above) for use on the event posters, postcards, and e-invitations. Another sculptural piece that will be on display is “The Vamp,” which Ev and I co-created a few years back (below).

 

 


23 January 2012

Czech poetry illustrated…

Brno, Czech Republic

“May” is a gorgeous illustrated alphabet by Czech artist Jakub Konvica using words from a poem of the same title by Karel Hynek Mácha. See more here.

“I created an illustrated alphabet in which every character illustrates words which appear in the poem. Afterwards, I cut the alphabet to pieces and rearranged them into new characters…”


22 January 2012

A new Australian flag… (finally).

Melbourne, Australia

My good friend Russell Kennedy (Icograda President from 2009-2011 and an Adjunct Research Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology) has launched a website to help promote a proposal for a new Australian flag. This comprehensive study features an integrated system of ensigns which represent unity through design and diversity through colour. The proposal is that the Advance Australia National Flag replace the current Australian flag by the year 2020.

“Many people now acknowledge that he current Australian flag is not a unique design and agree that it is not suitable as a national flag—it is actually a colonial flag/ensign. To feature the flag of another country on our flag is perceived as subservient and illogical. And to claim that the Union Jack on the Australian Flag symbolises the historical origin of our people is highly disrespectful to Indigenous Australians. The Advance Australia National Flag both acknowledges and proudly celebrates indigenous Australia as the world’s oldest, continuous living culture.”

Learn lots more about this interesting proposal here. Watch a brief video clip here that shows how the kangaroo on this proposed flag design literally leaps in the wind… beautiful!


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