Shigekikkusu: Super Sour and Sweet Gummy Candy

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jun 22, 2009 in Design, Hobbies and Collections

At my local Korean food mart I came across these devastatingly sour and sweet candies from Japan called Shigekikkusu (シゲキックス) which are produced by UHA Mikakuto. I picked up two flavors, the first (shown above) was soda flavored and the second was cola flavored (shown below). The candies were small but packed a punch — the outside was coated with a light dusting of super sour dust, after a few seconds this wears off and you can taste the very sweet inside of of jelly like candy. Read more…

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Japanese Animal Crackers: Learning English with Flavor

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jun 20, 2009 in Design, Hobbies and Collections

Japanese Animal Crackers package design produced by Ginbis

Recently I was wandering through a Korean food mart and I came across this very cute package design for Japanese animal crackers: Aside from the captivating colorful characters the first thing that blew me away was that the crackers are actually teaching kids to understand English, not Japanese! I started to suspect that this was something just done for the American market, but the package actually comes from Japan (produced by Ginbis). The back of the box even had a cute mini-dictionary of animal names (my favorite touch are the cartoons of each creature next to the name): Read more…

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A Surrealistic Stop Motion Vintage Crime Fighting Cartoon from 1940

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 14, 2009 in Animation, Design

Saint Paul Police Detectives and Their Work was a public service color stop motion cartoon produced in 1940. The quality of the animation is itself quite crude and done on tabletop, although the design of each scene which represents a criminal activity is fascinating as each screen is well designed and uses everyday objects. The added touch of the art deco lettering gives you a Dick Tracy feeling offset by an almost surreal sounding soundtrack: Read more…

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Vinyl Toys Come to Life: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Making of Organ Donors

Posted by Guest Author on Feb 25, 2009 in Design, Hobbies and Collections

Organ Donors created by David Foox

Editor’s Note: As a creative person I’ve been watching the urban toys scene in awe — and the first question that pops into my head is always “What’s the process of making these cool art objects into reality?” Long time artist David Foox has just introduced a line of toys called Organ Donors, so I asked him as a favor to write up an article giving his start-to-finish experience as a first time creative tackling the world of designer toys.

Step #1 Concept

The most important aspect of any custom vinyl toy is CONCEPT. “If your concept is solid, your toy is a success.” – Erick Scarecrow, friend. While this is the first step of the project, it is actually the most important step – and the one that is most often neglected. People are typically in a hurry to get to the other steps and fail to adequately delve into the concept that is being developed. In order to best develop a concept, I would advise people to first create an inhabitable environment, world, universe, or cause. Read more…

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Ralph Bakshi: Tips on Surviving In Tough Times

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jan 3, 2009 in Animation, Design

Ralph Bakshi: Surviving In Tough Times

Back at Comic Con in 2008 Ralph Bakshi gave an amazing interview on how to survive in tough times. As a creative working person this inspires me a great deal, so I’d like to share some of my take away points from Bakshi’s insights. Read more…



Pop Art Meets Jaws: Warhol Interviews Spielberg (and Bianca Jagger)

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jan 1, 2009 in Cinema, Design

Andy Warhol Interviews Steven Spielberg

This is THE best unintentional anti-drug commercial I’ve ever seen hands down! In this clip Andy Warhol interviews Steven Spielberg while Bianca Jagger pretends that everything is “just normal”. What’s odd is that Spielberg seems so off the wall — this must have been what it was like to hang out at Studio 54 back in the day: Read more…

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Nick’s Nippon Notebook: Suntory Carbonic Acid Gas Cylinder

Posted by Guest Author on Nov 30, 2008 in Design, Hobbies and Collections

Nick's Nippon Notebook

In my never ending hunt for cool and unblogged about pop culture in Japan, I found this mysterious item at the convenience store:

Suntory Carbonic Acid Gas Cylinder

What sold me was it apparently went fast enough or was powerful enough to shatter it’s own UPC code. My first impression was that it had something to do with racing given what I thought was a speedometer or cyclometer. Then there is the fake signs of scraping and damage printed on. Read more…

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Lou Dorfsman: Designer of the Golden Age of CBS

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 2, 2008 in Design

Photograph of Lou Dorfsman from Interiors Magazine in 1955.

About a week ago I was very saddened to hear about the passing away of Lou Dorfsman. While Lou didn’t design the famous CBS eye (that was William Golden) from the 60s until the 80s he put the tiffany in the tiffany network. The CBS of today is but a shadow of what it was during that era, but back then it was one of three corporations that dominated American media and Lou gave them their signature look.

In my last year of art school my father purchased a copy of the book Dorfsman & CBS for me which showcased the entire career of Lou Dorfsman and it inspires me to this day. The first thing that you’ll notice is that most of what Lou does is in fact print design, and while he did do his share of animated titles and set designs it’s the medium at which he excelled. What I love about his work is that it’s not just about pretty pictures, but about using words and typography in clever ways to communicate his message. The other thing to keep in mind that as a creative director Lou was a manager, so what you’re seeing here is the word of many other talented people including typographers, photographers, illustrators and even printers.

Newspaper ad designed by Lou Dorfsman from 1962 showcasing the CBS News coverage of the John Glenn space flight.

The first time I viewed this ad was in a course on the history of graphic design, and I was blown away! It’s a newspaper ad from 1962 showcasing the CBS News coverage of the John Glenn space flight. What makes it brilliant is that Dorfsman has taken the graphic convention of the american flag and by turning it 90 degrees and adding a rocket made it represent the hopes and aspirations of the space program. Simply put this is conceptual graphic design at its best.

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James Bond Posters

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 23, 2006 in Cinema, Design

With new Bond movie out this is an entertaining gallery to check out:

James Bond Posters

“James bond posters have become one of the most popular items of film memorabilia. Launched to advertise Dr No in 1962, the posters have continued to become extremely popular and successful. With some of the rarest original posters reaching thousands of pounds, the world of James Bond posters forever continues to astound, aspire and entertain.

The James Bond movie posters have always captured elements that have made the films so successful. Often featuring scantily clad seductive women, exotic locations and devious villains; the posters portray a dangerous – sometimes violent, yet exciting, combination of elements. In an ever-increasing political correctness climate, it is perhaps the James Bond posters risqué elements that make them so appealing.”

James Bond Poster Gallery

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