Video Game Characters Showing their Vulnerable Sides

You have never seen your 8-bit heroes looking as sad as they do in these interesting illustrations by Mike Mitchell.  Luigi looking forlorn, Kirby on the brink of a breakdown; Mike Mitchell has certainly taken a unique approach to presenting Nintendo’s cute and lovable characters.  It can be pretty frustrating having to repeat a level over again and again but these Nintendo video game characters look like nothing will cheer them up.  Maybe the midweek melancholy of hump day is also felt in the pixellated worlds of Nintendo’s video games.  Happy Wednesday Basekiteers – the weekend is within reach.

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Pantone Paint Chips Personified

If you have spent a period of time studying at design school or work in the creative industries, you’re probably more than familiar with the Natural Colour System (NCS) and elementary colours.  It’s likely that you are also very well acquainted with Pantone and its famous Pantone Matching System.  Even outside of design communities, Pantone is steadily increasing in universal appeal and getting more recognised.  Inspired by elementary colours and Pantone, DPZ, an advertising agency based out of Brazil, have created a selection of amusing print ads for Stilgraf exploring the relationships between the different elementary colours.  With their amusingly anthropomorphised colours, these ads are both comical and creative.

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Not So Subtle Product Placements

“Conspicuous Product Placement” is a series of illustrations created by London-based designer and illustrator Aled Lewis.  Presenting movies in the styles of the famous brands that they blatantly promote, Lewis’ illustrations are a tongue-in-cheek look at glaringly obvious product placements in famous Hollywood movies and TV Shows.  Product placement is often so strong on the big screen that we subconsciously begin to associate one with the other.  A well placed product can significantly increase revenues for a brand.  Consider the Ray-Ban sunglasses from “Men in Black” and the Nokia 8110 from “The Matrix.”  From the placement of Converse in “I, Robot” to the presence of Nike in “Run, Fatboy, Run,” none of us film and television buffs are free from the influence.  Have a look at some of the illustrations below.

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Make Every Post-It Note an Artistic Masterpiece!

The post-it note is a staple in homes, offices and classrooms all over the world.  Cheap, convenient and easily repositionable; post-it notes are a now ubiquitous piece of stationery.  Many of us have used post-it notes for quick sketches and scribbles, but how about as an artistic canvas?  The highly disposable nature of post-it notes have never made them the medium of choice for aspiring Archipenkos and potential Picassos.  Seeing post-it notes from a unique perspective, the Frame-It Adhesive Memo Pad by Pak Kitae makes every-post it note a piece of work worth exhibiting.  Whether you want to attach your work attractively to the wall or exhibit it in the style of a photo frame, these pretty awesome post-its have got you covered.  Happy Friday BaseKiteers and have a great weekend!

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