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April Greiman: "If you have a good idea there aren't any boundaries."
The transmedia artist talks about designing for visual communication in multiple mediums.
The whimsical illustrations of Monica Obaga
“I would say my aesthetic has always been whimsical because all my favourite media as a child were musicals, cartoons, books, comics and fashion.”
Kordae Jatafa Henry
Creative Director and Artist Kordae Jatafa Henry lives and works in Los Angeles.
The Indian woman behind some of Hollywood's blockbuster set designs
Aashrita Kamath turned her love of narrative into a career.
Tropical themed, woven blankets by designer Lilian Martinez
“Craftsmanship is really important to me because it’s the only way that I can reconcile introducing more things and objects into the world.”
Sunu Gonera on finding his voice, afrofuturism and making heroes out of ordinary people
In this opening talk of Design Indaba 2018 that brought the audience to its feet, the filmmaker talks about his career high and lows.
Top 10 Creative Crowdfunding Projects | December 2017
We've scoured the web for compelling creative campaigns around the globe that you might want to support in their quest for funding. Have a look!
SaveArtSpace turns billboards into public art canvasses
The initiative aims to empower artists from all walks of life and inspire a new generation of young creatives.
Department of the 4th Dimension
A Multi-dimensional Storytelling Company.
These teen girls built a solar powered tent for LA's homeless people
DIY Girls is empowering teen girls to pursue the fields of technology and engineering.
This animated series is a hilariously relatable confrontation of gender stereotypes
2D animator and filmmaker Caress Reeves’ shorts address gendered reactions on the current culture.
Meatwreck: the artistic duo challenging the notion of beauty
Mitra Saboury and Derek Paul Boyle’s unusual imagery makes the ordinary uncomfortable.
“The Wake Up Call” by Nazlee Arbee
Directed by Anunaka, the music video/short film is a visually compelling call to action.
SA directed adidas Originals ad calls for the past to be a creative canvas for the future
A first for a South African-directed ad, the new adidas Originals global campaign “Original Is Never Finished” got millions of hits in its first couple of days.
3D-printed maps are a tactile solution for visually impaired students
A team of researchers, teachers and students are helping the blind feel their way around.
The Homeless Studio explores how architecture can help address homelessness
This student-led project creates innovative homes for Los Angeles’ most vulnerable.
Cáustico: Speculating the future of water access
What happens to society if drinking water becomes our most lucrative resource?
The International Space Orchestra takes to the stage
The ISO’s upcoming event, featuring renowned ethereal band Sigur Rós, is around the corner.
New mural by Faith47: Who will guard the guards
New mural by Faith47 in Downton LA, titled "Who will guard the guards themselves", asks how power can be held accountable for the behaviour it allows.
LA strikes silver with the Liquid Shard
Los Angeles citizens add shimmer to outdated public park with a massive installation called "Liquid Shard".
Are human skulls beautiful? David Orr uses mirrors to find their symmetry
Los Angeles-based photographer David Orr’s subject matter might be a bit macabre but his pictures explore cultural ideals of perfection and symmetry.
Project Nourished: A virtual reality experience that tricks your taste buds
Experience designer Jinsoo An’s Project Nourished creates virtual worlds where any food dream is possible.
Allan Amato explores the naked form in SLIP: Naked In Your Own Words
The nude form inspires awe, lust, empathy, envy, anger says photographer Allan Amato.
Concept artist merges Maasai warriors with sci-fi tech
Rodrigo Galdino imagines what it would look like if traditional Maasai warriors integrated alien tech into their culture.
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