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April 30, 2021

Blue Stag Selects: April 2021

Rita Neves @eyes.of.rita

Welcome to Blue Stag Selects: April edition, where we serve up some of the most inspiring and interesting stories we have seen each month.

Celebrating and showcasing the innovative work that is shaping and influencing our culture today, April Selects include …

Joshua K. Jackson

Sleepless in Soho

Photographer Joshua K. Jackson delicately captures the textures and tones of the nightlife we’ve all been missing.

Joshua’s portfolio beautifully captures the finer details of a night out in Soho. The stolen moments of romance in the street. The weary bus ride home. The drops of rain scattering the lights of the neon signs. Through reflections, shadows, and steamed up windows, he teases the stories of his subjects, but leaves us to fill in the blanks for ourselves.

His photography is a reminder of life before the pandemic, and how life will be again. He captures beauty and stillness in the chaos, and takes me to a different time and place. It’s a pretty powerful skill for a photographer to have. He finds a mood in the little details as well as any photographer I’ve ever seen. Basically, I’m a huge fan.

Covid Art Museum

The world’s first museum for art born during COVID-19 quarantine

Created by three art directors, Emma Calvo, Irene Llorca and  José Guerrero in the midst of a pandemic to support artists and find strength through art and creativity.

The Covid Art Museum is a product that came about because of the strange current state of the world. A virtual museum through necessity and accessibility, collecting art produced during quarantine via Instagram that reflects the current moment: the Covid19 crisis. Through submissions, they collect various types of art including illustrations, photographs, paintings, drawings, animations, videos, and more.

“We noticed that many of our friends used art as an escape during confinement. We quickly realized that they were not only our friends, during quarantine the art production was exploding. We looked at this trend and asked ourselves: what is going to happen to all those artworks that people are creating in their homes?. Then the idea came up: A museum, necessarily digital, that would collect all that quarantine art or covid art. It is important that among professionals in the art and creativity sector we support each other and give ourselves visibility.”

Artists can send their artworks by tagging in their post @covidartmuseum or using the hashtag #covidartmuseum. Of all the works received or found, a selection is made to publish those that best reflect the current moment.

Cards for Humanity
Cards for Humanity (Idean)

A tool for better inclusive design: Cards for Humanity

Not to be confused with cards against humanity, this website is a practical tool to help you design more inclusively.

Created by the team at Idean who champion human experience, Cards for Humanity is a game that provides scenarios to test your product. Scenarios you probably never had thought about allowing you to view your concept from a different perspective.

You deal two cards: a person and a trait. Together they make a random user scenario. Use this scenario to test your product, service or concept from a different perspective. Swap out individual cards or deal again to get a new random scenario.

It’s easy to forget when designing websites that people have a variety of needs. We test for bugs and ways to improve accessibility, but is this realistic for the everyday person?

Focusing less on the technicalities and more on the actual people interacting with our designs, this tool and workshop allows us to humanize the experience.


Mesmerising 3D animations

Arben Vllasaliu a visual and 3D artist from Kosovo, creates beautiful, mesmerising, abstract 3D looping animations of surreal devices.

These animations are a perfectionist’s dream, perfectly synced and perfect colour combinations make them a welcome distraction from a busy and imperfect world. While you watch them, it almost feels like you enter a relaxed trance and get lost in the endless loop. He uses Instagram as his main platform to share his creations, and they even have been featured on Instagram’s official account. 

“I post my loop animations on social media, such as Instagram and Facebook, and I have had many positive reviews from people all over the world that enjoy my satisfying videos.”

Arben’s attention to detail and the craftsmanship of being able to calculate these seamless physics-based devices is inspiring and the work and hours that must go into each animation is mind-boggling!

Arben has worked with many well-known international brands like Ford, Twitter, Burberry, Samsung, American Express, Universal Music Group, Wacom and many more.


A deck of cards to play and work with colour

The creator of the popular ‘Print Handbook’ Andy Brown has developed a way to better work with colour in design, introducing ‘Swatchos’.

Swatchos are a box of 129 cards to help you choose and work with colours. And because they are cards they’re perfect for moving around to create colour schemes for your project – whatever the project might be. Each card has one colour on the front and six on the back. The front colour is the main colour and the reverse shows darker and lighter version of this colour. 

It’s often difficult working with colour to find palettes that work well together both on-screen and off. Having colours in front of you in a loose deck of cards as opposed to a bound version offers greater flexibility and more realistic results for CMYK print jobs. Pantone is great but not every client wants to go down that route.

The cards are printed in CMYK and Andy provides the matching palette file for design programmes so you know that the colour you have in your hand will match the one on your screen.

I think Swatchos can revamp the design process (it certainly will with mine!) with a more hands-on approach and bring the fun back into choosing palettes within design.

Thanks for reading Blue Stag Selects: April! Check back next month for our next selection of inspiring and interesting stories from around the world. In the meantime here’s a fun video we found on Twitter, check it out!

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    There’s a rustle in the Welsh woods that has been whispered about for generations. They believe it to be Blue. They say it’s not sasquatch, but Stag. All that’s been spotted is the odd antler in the overgrowth or hoofprint on the forest floor.

    We’ve taken matters into our own hands and set up a series of cameras to try and locate Seb the Stag for ourselves. Brave visitor, can you help us in our quest to unravel the mystery and marvel at the myth?

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    Number 4
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