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Google Doodle for Mary Blair
Mary Blair’s 100th birthday anniversary is honored with a colorful Google Doodle logo. The Walt Disney storyboard artist, born on October 21st, 1911, is fondly remembered for her often whimsical, illustrative style in children’s books (notably Little Golden), advertisements, and concept art for classic Walt Disney animated films. And she especially was known for her wonderful use of color, as highlighted in a new Oscars tribute video.
“…Although Mary Blair is perhaps best known for the design of Disneyland’s “it’s a small world” attraction and park murals, her concept artwork for “Cinderella,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Peter Pan” in the 1950s, as well as for earlier short subjects, reflects her unique sensibility and lasting influence on animation…”  —The Academy on Mary Blair’s World of Color - A Centennial Tribute

karenh:

Google Doodle for Mary Blair

Mary Blair’s 100th birthday anniversary is honored with a colorful Google Doodle logo. The Walt Disney storyboard artist, born on October 21st, 1911, is fondly remembered for her often whimsical, illustrative style in children’s books (notably Little Golden), advertisements, and concept art for classic Walt Disney animated films. And she especially was known for her wonderful use of color, as highlighted in a new Oscars tribute video.

“…Although Mary Blair is perhaps best known for the design of Disneyland’s “it’s a small world” attraction and park murals, her concept artwork for “Cinderella,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Peter Pan” in the 1950s, as well as for earlier short subjects, reflects her unique sensibility and lasting influence on animation…” 
—The Academy on Mary Blair’s World of Color - A Centennial Tribute

Pixar’s Monsters Inc. versus Monsters University
Pixar characters Mike Wazowski and Sulley will undergo slight anatomical tweaks for the upcoming Monsters Inc. prequel, Monsters University. The new film has a release date in 2013.
“…While instantly familiar, due to the original Monsters, Inc.,  it looks like Pixar is trying to do something very different and unique  as well. John Lasseter described the film as an “animated college  movie.” The film is a prequel showing us a time when Mike and Sulley  were not quite the best of friends. They are both 18 years old and some  slight alterations have been made to their appearance. Mike is a bit  shorter and has a retainer, while Sulley is thinner…”—Pixar Times
(images via Slashfilm)

Pixar’s Monsters Inc. versus Monsters University

Pixar characters Mike Wazowski and Sulley will undergo slight anatomical tweaks for the upcoming Monsters Inc. prequel, Monsters University. The new film has a release date in 2013.

“…While instantly familiar, due to the original Monsters, Inc., it looks like Pixar is trying to do something very different and unique as well. John Lasseter described the film as an “animated college movie.” The film is a prequel showing us a time when Mike and Sulley were not quite the best of friends. They are both 18 years old and some slight alterations have been made to their appearance. Mike is a bit shorter and has a retainer, while Sulley is thinner…”—Pixar Times

(images via Slashfilm)

USPS site redesign
The U.S. Postal Service is launching a redesign of their website in hopes it will provide an easier, time efficient experience. With new navigation tools in place, the USPS presents a more organized, simpler website.

USPS site redesign

The U.S. Postal Service is launching a redesign of their website in hopes it will provide an easier, time efficient experience. With new navigation tools in place, the USPS presents a more organized, simpler website.

In one of the more elaborate April Fools’ Day hoaxes of 2011, Hulu.com goes back to 1996 with a GeoCities inspired redesign.

What makes the new look extra fun, is that the television and music content featured is in-line with some of our old favorites from the 1990s.

In one of the more elaborate April Fools’ Day hoaxes of 2011, Hulu.com goes back to 1996 with a GeoCities inspired redesign.


What makes the new look extra fun, is that the television and music content featured is in-line with some of our old favorites from the 1990s.

Vintage book cover redesigns for James M. Cain
Classic backlist books often see many cover repackagings throughout the years. But, the new cover designs for novels by author James M. Cain caught our attention. According to John Gall’s Spine Out, the new editions should be available in Spring 2011. The new look is a collaboration between book cover designers Megan Wilson and Evan Gaffney.
The design for "The Postman Always Rings Twice" does a beautiful job at paying homage to Arthur Hawkins, Jr.’s typographic style for the first edition dust jacket  (published by Knopf, c. 1934). Mildred Pierce looks like it draws inspiration from the 1945 movie rather than the original dust jacket design from 1941.
(view three new Cain book cover designs larger via Spine Out)

Vintage book cover redesigns for James M. Cain

Classic backlist books often see many cover repackagings throughout the years. But, the new cover designs for novels by author James M. Cain caught our attention. According to John Gall’s Spine Out, the new editions should be available in Spring 2011. The new look is a collaboration between book cover designers Megan Wilson and Evan Gaffney.

The design for "The Postman Always Rings Twice" does a beautiful job at paying homage to Arthur Hawkins, Jr.’s typographic style for the first edition dust jacket  (published by Knopf, c. 1934). Mildred Pierce looks like it draws inspiration from the 1945 movie rather than the original dust jacket design from 1941.

(view three new Cain book cover designs larger via Spine Out)

Fonts In Use takes a look at the typefaces behind the Esquire and Condé Nast Traveler magazine redesigns.

Fonts In Use takes a look at the typefaces behind the Esquire and Condé Nast Traveler magazine redesigns.

A Redesign for the Oscars Envelope
To honor the 70th anniversary of the Academy Awards, designer Marc Friedland brings out the bling with iridescent gold paper for his “iconic” makeover of the ordinary white envelope and plain announcement cards.

"…The  outside of the envelope and flap is an Art Deco-inspired satin gold  foil frame with  an ecru inset panel bearing the name of the award  category in a rich charcoal  ink. The envelope will contain a   heavyweight ecru card featuring gold foil accents and a gold   leaf-embossed Oscar statuette along with the phrase, “And the Oscar goes   to…."  The winner’s name will  be printed in charcoal ink and mounted  onto a matching, red lacquer  hand-wrapped frame…” —press release from The Academy
 
We look forward to seeing these designs on the screen on ABC this upcoming Sunday, February 27, 2011 and appreciate the extra attention to detail this year.
(photo credit: Patrick Prather / ©A.M.P.A.S., video via LAT via AP)

A Redesign for the Oscars Envelope

To honor the 70th anniversary of the Academy Awards, designer Marc Friedland brings out the bling with iridescent gold paper for his “iconic” makeover of the ordinary white envelope and plain announcement cards.

oscars best picture envelope back seal for pwc

"…The outside of the envelope and flap is an Art Deco-inspired satin gold foil frame with an ecru inset panel bearing the name of the award category in a rich charcoal ink. The envelope will contain a heavyweight ecru card featuring gold foil accents and a gold leaf-embossed Oscar statuette along with the phrase, “And the Oscar goes to…."  The winner’s name will be printed in charcoal ink and mounted onto a matching, red lacquer hand-wrapped frame…” —press release from The Academy

 


We look forward to seeing these designs on the screen on ABC this upcoming Sunday, February 27, 2011 and appreciate the extra attention to detail this year.

(photo credit: Patrick Prather / ©A.M.P.A.S., video via LAT via AP)