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Twenty8: a blog documenting a trip around America

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By J. Cooper in Cool Websites on Wednesday 30 May 2012

I was captivated when I spotted this photographic Tumblr blog documenting a trip around the US. I should have been working on a client job but instead found myself trawling through the spectacular imagery on TwentyEight. Retro-infused photography reminding me of shots I once browsed in my parents old photo albums. Check out the wardrobe, […]

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Fuchsia Macaree’s take on Captain Haddock

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By J. Cooper in New Design on Tuesday 29 May 2012

I recently bought a limited-edition risograph print of Fuchsia Macaree’s take on Captain Haddock at an exhibit in Dublin. Check out her fabulous procrastination clock [below], too.

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Irish creative Stephen Walsh filmed by Piers McGrail

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By J. Cooper in New Film on Tuesday 29 May 2012

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Director of Photography, Piers McGrail, in Dublin. See the work of another Irish creative, director Stephen Walsh, as captured by Piers in this sublime and sensuous promo which was shot on a RedOne with Nikon lenses.

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Wicked illustration work by Fabian Ciraolo

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By J. Cooper in New Illustration on Wednesday 21 March 2012

I found the illustrations of Fabian Ciraolo whilst trawling through some Tumblr site. I stuck up his Dorothy and Salvador above my desk and every creative that has come to chat to me stops and says out loud ‘Wow, who did THAT?’ And then I tell them, Fabian Ciraolo. So now I’m telling you. Who else would be mashing up pop culture references, like what looks like Lana Del Rey’s body with Judy Garland as Dorothy and Salvador Dali in a Vampire Weekend tee? I love it.

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Incredible photo of giant type taken from New York hotel

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By J. Cooper in New Design on Wednesday 21 March 2012

Dublin art director Kirk Bannon recently showed me this spectacular shot taken from his window whilst staying in New York’s Palace Hotel. If you’re a fan of type, you’ll recognize the iconic signage from the New York Magazine sign, which was replaced by Burberry in 2009. What are the odds of capturing this moment? Type strapped down, […]

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Alfred Eisenstaedt vs Rich Lam: a new legendary kiss

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By J. Cooper in New Photography on Tuesday 20 March 2012

I was looking at the top images of 2011, for some reason. I couldn’t help notice the similarities between Eisenstaedt’s iconic 1945 VJ Day Times Square Kiss and Rich Lam’s iconic shot from last year (2011) taken in Vancouver (Getty). A similar sort of subject composition can be seen.

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Studio visit with Irish artist Paul Hughes

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By J. Cooper in New Art on Tuesday 20 March 2012

It is an old pig barn, but no one is allowed inside. This is his studio space. This is freedom from noise for Irish artist Paul Hughes, even though he paints with CD albums on loop for hours. Certainly, no one is allowed to watch him paint. I was lucky enough to shoot Irish artist […]

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The Last Train: a gorgeous animated short by Giant

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By J. Cooper in New Film on Tuesday 20 March 2012

I met these boys a few weeks ago in a creative meeting talking shop. Four Irish lads with far too much animation talent for a country of only four million. They call themselves simply Giant. Check out their gorgeous animated short, The Last Train, which to me just reeks of future success on all levels. […]

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Awesome video for The Delorentos: Did We Ever Try?

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By J. Cooper in New Music on Tuesday 6 December 2011

Directed by dynamic Dublin duo, Mark Duggan and Gareth Averill, this new promo for indie poppers The Delorentos makes great use of a tight crop and a monochromatic grade. Taken from their new album, Little Sparks, this is the kind of performance video that reminds you Robert Browning knew what he was talking about when […]

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Amy Sol

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By J. Cooper in New Art on Tuesday 6 December 2011

I heard Amy Sol speak a while back in Sydney and our walls have been filling up with her gorgeous limited edition prints from that time on. Sol paints subtle and beautiful moments. Moments of care and love. Moments of surreal beauty and moments of longing. Her technique brings out the natural wood grain surface […]

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Photographer Clíona O’Flaherty’s Inspiration

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By J. Cooper in New Photography on Tuesday 6 December 2011

In this third inspiration led HD web mini-film, I spend a day on a Dublin shoot with Irish photographer, Clíona O’Flaherty. O’Flaherty has a ‘thing’ for emotive light and soft pastel colours. You’ll see it come through in her work. She also has a penchant for lovely things, which is why, I suppose, she photographed […]

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The Wild Frontier: The Heavens Are On Fire

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By J. Cooper in New Music on Friday 2 December 2011

Perhaps an anthem for our times? If you like a bit of Nick Cave-infused messy grit-pop-rock, then this Sydney-based trio, The Wild Frontier, may be for you. The brainchild of brother and sister, Christopher and Philippa Mayes, with David Mackie, this archival style promo seems to hang together quite well in a sort of sixth […]

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Urban Cricket t shirts

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By J. Cooper in New Fashion on Friday 2 December 2011

If you fancy a stroll around the Union Square markets in New York before Christmas, check out Urban Cricket. I bumped into these guys the other day and was inspired by their crafty and witty designs. My mits grabbed a Woody Allen-infused illustrated tee sporting the line: ‘What would Woody Do?’. All designs are illustrated […]

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Sharon Chai redesigns the cover for Alice In Wonderland

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By J. Cooper in New Art on Thursday 20 October 2011

A major talent in design and illustration is London-based, Australian creative, Sharon Chai. Chai and I worked together a few years back at Stylorouge designing record covers and the like. She has recently been briefed by MacMillan to create design and illustrations for a special edition of Lewis Carroll’s classic, Alice In Wonderland.

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Hand-drawn story of Stuart Sutcliff and Astrid Kirchherr

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By J. Cooper in New Products on Thursday 20 October 2011

The woman John Lennon could never get. That’s Astrid Kirchherr. The man who could? Stuart Sutcliff, the fifth Beatle. What story is more interesting than the rise of the Fab Four? The story of the Fab Fifth: Stu and his lover Astrid. Germany 1960. She’s a photographer, he’s an artist and bassist in the soon-to-be biggest band in the world.

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