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Movie Poster: Coffee and cigarettes

24 Sep

via imjustcreative

Can you see the coffee cup and the cigarette???? I’ll give you a second. What about now? Okay, if you can’t see it, then you are dumb.

Sorry, that’s mean. But this isn’t like one of those actual optical mind tricks, so hopefully you can figure it out.

I really love this movie poster, don’t you? It’s incredibly simple, yet the design is extremely creative and effective. The black ampersand on an off-white background is so bold that my eyes are just drawn to it.

I liked it immediately, though wasn’t sure why. Then I saw the cigarette and was like, “Ha! A cigarette in the ampersand!” Then I saw the coffee cup embedded neatly inside the design as an excellent use of negative space and boom! Loved it. And had to post it here.

Thoughts?

Ads and Artwork: Eric Van Den Boom is superb

15 Sep

I saw these Ray Ban ads a while back on the street and actually stopped to look at them. As marketing and advertising teachers/professionals will tell, that is an accomplishment in itself. “We see so many ads these days, blah blah.” You know how it goes. But I did. I stopped and stared. Because I thought they were awesome. I think I even said something like, “Those are very designy.” I’m sure people who overheard me were stunned by my astute observation, though they didn’t show it. I really love when art and branding are combined in such a way that the art isn’t compromised and I think these Ray-Ban ads are a fantastic example of such balance.



The other day I was surfing on one of my fav art and design blogs, The Best Part, and I came across some other work by the artist who created the above, Eric Van Den Boom. His other illustrations are awesome, just like the Ray-Ban ads and I thought I’d show you some. All of the below are via The Best Part.

Check out Van Den Boom’s website for more amazing stuff. I’m kind of obsessed.

Have I obsessed you too?