Feet First

Tom Robins is a traveler and a photographer extraordinaire. I really enjoy his series called “Feet First.” It makes me want to jump on a plane and see the world right…. now!

More by Tom Robins

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Hope and Fear

I love these creations by Phillip Toledano. His work is witty and powerful and has a shock value that you would enjoy! See a few of his photographs from his Hope and Fear series >

MORE by Mr Toledano

If Pac Man were real

Check out these photos by Patrick Runte. His new series titles “Jump ‘n’ Run,” displays scenes from old videos games in a real life setting. “The work is inspired by Oskar Schlemmer and his idea of the ‘Triadic Ballett’ and the term ‘Streetplay’”, Runte explains. “I wanted to compile old video games, which are based on simple geometric forms and make them able to be experienced / felt by the human body.” I think they are hilarious. =)
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More photos here.
(via Format)

Photography by Matt Rainwaters

rainwatersI came across Matt Rainwaters photography on the Subtext website. I love his portraiture. Especially the way he couples it with a one sentence fact or little tidbit about the person he photographed. I skimmed through these on my lunch break and I feel like I went on a fabulous journey. Love it. Beautiful work Rainwaters! See more on his website.

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Compelling Photography by Miwa Yanagi

Miwa Yanagi‘s photography is truly engaging and unique. In her new series titled “Fairy Tale,” she explores the roles of the female characters in classic stories including “Rapunzel” and “Snow White.” We love this.

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See all of Miwa Yanagi’s photography. Her work will be featured in the 53rd Venice Biennale where she will represent Japan. I was fortunate to go to the 52nd Venice Biennale and I saw some amazing work from around the world. Good show.

(Found on We find wildness)   OH and they do 🙂

20 Questions with Andy Hixon

So we are starting a new series of artist interviews called “20 Questions with…” We will be talking to painters, sculptors, designers, animators, filmmakers, you name it! We love to learn more about the people who inspire us so we can see the heart behind the creations. If you have any artists that inspire you, hit us up on twitter @dailydesignfix and we will get in touch with them. Enjoy!
hixon1 When I first saw Andy Hixon’s “The Bedroom,” (seen above) I was overwhelmed with emotion. I think I held my breath for a good 12 seconds. Sometimes you come across compelling art and I truly believe that is what we have here. Now, more about Andy: Andy hixon pic 2

1. Name: Andy Hixon

2. Location: Manchester

3. Date of Birth: 18/06/82

4. Height: 5.7 (I think)

5. Whats your favorite medium?
Mixed media & Digital

6. Whats your work environment like?
A total and utter cramped mess full of cable wiring and clay everywhere

7. About how long do you spend on your art pieces?
Anywhere from 1 day to a month

8. Whats messages or themes do you portray in your work?
I like to portray the ‘everyday’ aspects of life through a slightly warped visual style.

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9. What is your first art-making memory as a kid?
I used to have a fascination with drawing Big Rig Trucks with Felt Tip’s when I was about 6 or 7.

10. What are you doing when you are not doing your mixed media projects?
Usually going down the pub with my mates

11. Something about yourself the average person wouldn’t guess?
Emm… I’m a Left Handed, Half Irish ,Diabetic that can cook an awesome curry!

12. If you could be a color what would you be?
Purple I think

13. What makes you smile?
My girlfriend and her increasingly bizarre scenes of humour

14. Can’t stand:
People that talk too much and really have ‘nothing to say‘ and pretentiousness

15. Can’t live without:
My head

16. Words to live by
Humbleness = Happiness

17. Last passport stamp:
Berlin

18. Most played in your itunes?
At the moment Protest the Hero, Minus, Head Automatica and Cult of Luna

19. Who are the designers/artists who have influenced or inspired you?
There are loads!, but I suppose Dave McKean , Jordin Isip and Henry Moore are the main ones

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20. Have you any advice for new and aspiring illustrators?
Yes, don’t follow trends too closely that you see in design/illustration etc, especially if you are studying, gather a wide and varied source of influence/inspiration.  That and loads of experimentation, make a total mess learning your craft and have fun with it but also learn from your mistakes, and most of all and by far the most important thing is to enjoy what you do!

-Andy

Learn more about Andy here:
www.andyhixon.com
www.behance.net/andyhixon
www.myspace.com/andyhixonart
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Subtext

subtextWe were there for the Subtext re-grand opening with photography, wine, and live music! Subtext book store and gallery has just moved to a new location near downtown on the corner of Kettner and Laurel. This little gem showcases urban contemporary, pop surrealist, and lowbrow artists from all around the globe. They also feature select design-based goods with a focus on illustration, art, graphic design, architecture, and photography. From hard-to-find books, to limited edition toys and art, Subtext continues to inspire and inform San Diego’s creative community.

frankThe gallery was  packed full to see “366 | 08,”  the featured collection by local photographer Frank Rogozienski. Frank began his “Picture a Day Project” in January 2008 and has featured a photo each day on his blog. This collection of photographs includes street corners, children, the barbershop and other tidbits of San Diego that go unnoticed everyday.

Later that evening The Traditionists performed in the alley/walkway behind the gallery and the music echoed off the buildings around us. They have a comforting and uplifting sound to their music… I loved it.  Check out their site to listen to some of their tracks and keep an eye out for the release of their new record in March.

This was an exciting move for Subtext to expand into this new location and they are dedicated to featuring up-and-coming artitsts and musicians year-round. Check out their schedule of events and I hope you see you there.

-Mel