Most of us have all experienced strange dreams in our lifetimes, but not all of us have the ability to bring them to life through illustration. Two years ago, on a flight from Miami to Madrid, Barcelona-based illustrator Jaume Montserrat had a surreal dream that he could not get out of his mind. In the dream he felt as though he had woken up on an island filled with hollow, asexual, peaceful creatures- one of each species- that lived together symbiotically. He felt as if he was in a space-time vacuum and lived on the island for a month, watching the sun rise 29 times before he awoke and realized it was all a dream. He was inspired to create this series which he calls Emptyland. [Read more...]
Just when you thought Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia basilica couldn’t get any bigger, another tower goes up. The master work of Antoni Gaudi, the fantastic structure is on a truly classic building schedule. Started in 1882 (just 131 years ago) the structure was only half completed in 2010. That means there’s far more to complete, and even at its current dizzying height, there’s far more upward growth to be seen. With a strong final push, new targets have been set for a final completion in just 13 years – at the end of 2026. [Read more...]
The cartoon characters drawn by the dynamic duo of Juan and Alejandro Mingarro (aka Brosmind) are always weird and surprising, so much so that they reveal even weirder things when we look at their insides. Yeah, that’s pretty weird, but we’ve come to expect this kind of thing from these Spanish designers. They created their studio back in 2006 as a professional outlet for their constant sketching which always seems to combine a healthy dose of fantasy, humor and the absolutely bizarre. This latest series, What’s Inside, is no different. [Read more...]
When we arrive in a new place at night, the world looks different. Colors – if we see any – are muted, and dark shapes dominate a landscape difficult to accurately decipher. When the morning comes and we see the same place again, it can appear completely different. Colors invisible in the night now appear bright or even florescent. Objects hidden in shadow reveal themselves. Why bring this all up? Because this new series of posters from Alex Trochut, called Binary Prints, turns the whole light/dark concept on its head, revealing far more at night than during daylight hours. [Read more...]
In the heart of Barcelona is one of the world’s most amazing cathedrals. La Sagrada Familia, which was designed by Antoni Gaudi and is still under construction after 130 years, still moves everyone that walks through its doors. The structure is highly unique, and while it takes inspiration from the common Gothic cathedrals found in Europe, it employs a much more contemporary aesthetic in its form. It is hoped that the cathedral will be completed by 2026, 100 years after the death of Gaudi. [Read more...]
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To mark Typie’s product launch they invited people on the streets of Barcelona to literally launch each letter of their cushion alphabet onto a moving couch with wheels! They filmed the entire experience from A to Z in one day from the beach to the plazas and every side street in between, then edited it into this awesome, fun video. One handed or two, between the legs or over the head, the throwing techniques were as different as the people who threw them. They used B for Ben, J for Jessica, P for Paul, etc. A unique cushion for each person’s initial.The last letter was thrown through Typie’s creator Soraia Balelo’s balcony window. [Read more...]
Celebrating the female form in pencil and vibrant splashes of watercolor, Barcelona based artist Conrad Roset’s intimate artworks express bold sensuality and beauty. He has recently released a video of his process creating the piece displayed above, showing his deft skill at freehand drawing and his spontanious yet perfectly chosen application of color. [Read more...]
Filmed on location in London, Paris, Barcelona and Beijing, this quartet of beautifully produced commercials are almost too seductive to be considered ad material… but that makes them more perfect still. Each film follows a hopeful traveler finding their way about the city, meeting new friends and enjoying the sights. The over exposed images are overlayed with crisp motion graphic typography that describes the scene in local tongue. The effect is elegant, educational and moving.
If you’ve ever wondered what the most popular letters are in the world, a good indicator would be what people search on Google. Smäll, a Barcelona based design firm, has put together a clear look at the popularity of each letter based on just that. Not too surprising the letter “a” tops the ranks and leaves J as the least popular letter. Now, if we could just re-order our keyboards based on these findings we’d type at hyper-speed.