Graphic Design Posters to help aid Japan

I guess we were all shocked because of the earthquake last week. I spent many hours worrying about relatives that live in places where the tsunami was possibly headed after the disaster in north-east Japan.

Here are some posters that were released after the earthquake to raise awareness or funds to help the people in their time of need.

Help Japan poster by James White (profits donated to help relief efforts in Japan. While the poster is currently sold out, James White is planning to release a second batch.)

 

Graphic designer Max Erdenberger of Wieden + Kennedy has designed this screen-printed poster to raise money for disaster relief following the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan at the end of last week. Purchase this poster here.

Fukushima Mon Amour designed by Yossi Lemel.

 

Daniel Freytag and Editions of 100 are offering this poster in memorial of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. “We will donate 100% of all proceeds to the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal. For more information visit the British Red Cross website.

 

Help Japan poster designed by H-57 studio.

 

Lend a Hand to Japan poster designed by Ryan Hageman.

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boximals

So, I’ve fell in love with these box critters, boximals since I saw the featured comic on FML. Brought to you by Jeffrey Jang, a freelancer graphic designer and illustrator living in Coquitlam, British Columbia. I’d say these are lovely character designs, I especially love the cats and the turtles. Enjoy!

Working at the Pera Museum, the Japan Media Arts Festival and Maywa Denki’s Otamatone

Remember my post about the Pera Museum? Well guess what, I have been working there under the Japan Media Arts Festival for two weeks now, therefore I haven’t had much free time to update here, but it has been wonderful. You should definitely drop by if you are in Istanbul because it will definitely be worth it. I work at the fifth floor, where all the interactive media art works are, to guide some people who have a hard time understanding what’s going on, and are reluctant to touch some of the works. I still have one week left (or three days, which makes today – oopsie, it’s already 2 A.M.!, wednesday and friday, I’m there from 3 P.M. to 7 P.M.) so drop by if you want to see me AND the exhibitions. I figured I would have seen more familiar faces, but so far, apart from the friends I dragged along, I only saw one of the assistants from college and some celebrities that I didn’t recognize but was told later on who they were (why am I so bad with faces? WHY?)

Ahem. So I’ll tell you my favorite work at the exhibition which is the Otamatone by the Maywa Denki corporation. Before I started working in the museum, I attended the seminars (because I wanted to, I hadn’t even seen the job posting at the time) where the artists introduced their works so that helped a lot while answering questions. I saw the guy who invented the otamatone and he was an adorable person. So basically the otamatone is a music-note shaped cute toy/musical instrument where the stem of the note is the handle of the instrument, the head of the note is actually… a head, and the flag of the note is a rotatable piece. This all sounds really confusing, but to sum it up:

Behold, the otamatone! To play this very cute instrument, you have to use two hands. While pressing on the touchpad on the handle, you have to squeeze the cheeks of the head so that the mouth will open and a high pitched or bass sound will be played through the small speaker inside the head. The notes start with Do from the top. You do have to press on the cheeks or there will  be no sound at all. I find this ingenious and adorable at the same time. And today for the first time, I have looked at the price through amazon.com, and the price of this black otamatone is *drumroll please* – only 35.95$! I was expecting it to be over 70$ so I guess this is pretty decent. There are a lot of different versions of the otamatone, the black one being my favorite. There is also a white version, and another version with a face consisting of teeth (the black one has a silver colored handle while the white one has a gold colored one). You could purchase one from this link.

Anyway, you could play with them for free (once you pay for the museum ticket) as long as you want on the fifth floor of the museum. The exhibition will continue until the 3rd of October, so be sure to pay a visit before it’s over.

More updates soon!

Philippe Intraligi

Found impressive and inspiring illustrations by graphic designer Philippe Intraligi (who is also the designer of FIFA’s new corporate identity.) on lookslikegooddesign, which I very much  find myself staring at for awhile. Much much more on Intraligi’s website.

jacket + bookmark

Interesting and amazing idea to use book jackets and bookmarks together, by Igor Udushlivy.

I love how the jackets and bookmarks work, as a book lover and a bookmark collector.

Marius Bauer

Marius Bauer is a very talented designer/illustrator who has fascinating vector work. Here are some samples of his work, and more on his behance portfolio.