Justin Bua – Artist Spotlight

As much as I love the digital artists in the graphic and web design field, I am also a big fan of urban art. One artist I really enjoy is Justin Bua whom has made world wide recognition with his “Distorted Urban Realism”. A mix of Hiphop, Jazz, Graffiti, and fine art is what makes each of his pieces unique and outstanding.

BUA’s art is representative of today’s ethnically diverse urban culture. He has a complete grasp of all the elements of Hip-Hop and the inner feeling of its music. BUA truly represents the Hip-Hop movement: the most popular culture of our era.
– Crazy Legs

Starting out as a Bboy/Graffiti Artist in NYC, Bua’s journey began as an artist. His first step in the industry was painting slick bottom skateboards which lead to the freelance world. He created numerous CD covers for companies such as Warner Bros., Atlantic Records, Sony Music and BMG Music, and also animated the opening title sequence for MTV’s “The Lyricist Lounge Show”. He has developed the characters and backgrounds for the EA Sports video game, “NBA Street” & “NFL Street”, and has also created the world for Slum Village’s award winning music video, “Tainted”.

Paintings by Justin Bua

Justin Bua Art

Justin Bua Art

Justin Bua Art

Justin Bua Art

Justin Bua Art

Visit Justin Bua’s Website: www.justinbua.com

Greg “Craola” Simkins – Artist Spotlight

As a Torrance resident, I am proud to say that Greg “Craola” Simkins has put Torrance on the map in the world of artists and Graffiti. Going by the name of “Craola” since he started Graffiti Art at South High School around the age of 18, he pursued his artistic talents receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from California State University of Long Beach. From there he was involved in numerous large projects such as Treyarch/Activision where he worked on video games including Tony Hawk 2X, Spiderman 2 and Ultimate Spiderman. Since then he has become an independent full-time artist.

A fantasy sideshow, of your more outlandish dream of creatures is what you encounter in each Simkins piece inspired by elements from pop culture, the old masters, nature, carnival kitsch and most importantly, a warped imagination.

His dark and mysterious paintings are one of a kind and has inspired artists and designers around the globe.

Paintings by Craola

Craola Art
Craola Art
Craola Art
Craola Art
Craola Art
Craola Art
Craola Art
Craola Art
Craola Art
Craola Art
Craola Art

Craola Graffiti Art

Craola Art
Craola Art
Craola Art
Craola Art

Visit Craola’s Website: www.ImScared.com

Search Engine Rap Battle

Early this week, a friend sent me a link to the Search Engine Rap Battle and I thought this was pretty funny and clever. Ive always been a fan of watching MC battles (MC’s like Juice, Super Nat, Craig G, etc), but a SEO Rap battle just sounded too good not to watch.  How great can it be to get both (the geeky and the hip-hop) side of the spectrum!

MSN vs Google

MSN vs Yahoo

Google vs Yahoo

Cast your votes at Search Engine Rap Battle now

Featured on Designer’s Interviews

I had the pleasure of interviewing with Lillian Wells from DesignInterviews.com a few weeks ago and was featured on the site early this week. I was a bit intimidated being on the site with great designers like Yaron Schoen, Nick La, Rob Palmer, Rich Brown and many more, but it was quite an honor to be able to participate.

Soh Tanaka: Dedicated to Sharing Experience

The site is packed with great interviews from a variety of people with different backgrounds and specialties, definitely a great place to subscribe to and check out for updates.

If anyone is interested you can check out my interview here.

Nomination & Judge @ the .Net Magazine Awards

I was recently contacted by the crew at .Net Magazine and had been asked to be part of the judging panel for this year’s .Net awards. It was an honor to be part of the panel amongst the other great designers, bloggers, and developers.

Later on I received a few emails and tweets congratulating me for the nomination of the .Net awards for the “best blog of the year” category. Once again I was shocked and flattered to be with some of the giants of the design/dev blogging world. I have been blogging for about two years now, and reflecting back to the beginning, this blog would not be where its at without all the readers and peers who have supported me. Thank you very much for your continuous support and encouragement, I truly appreciate it!

Nomination & Judge @ the .Net Magazine Awards
.Net Magazine Awards 2010

Quick Interview with Yours Truly

A couple of weeks ago, Chris Coyier from www.CSS-Tricks.com had emailed me asking to do a quick interview. I was very honored that he had considered me for an interview since I am a big fan and long time reader of CSS Tricks. I must say that I have learned a tremendous amount from Chris, and I consider him one of the most influential people in this industry.

If you guys are interested, you can go check out my interview here.

10 Japanese Typography Websites & Free Downloads

I was browsing through some of my old bookmarks and stumbled across a lot of Japanese typography/font websites and I thought I would like to share them with some of you. Although Japanese fonts may not be something you would use on a typical day, maybe it can be of use one day. If you like some of these and would like to see more, just respond on this thread and Ill drop more of what I have. Enjoy!

*Edit – I just posted 20+ Free Fonts by Flop Design, be sure to check those out too.

Japanese Fonts - Japanese Typography
Japanese Fonts - Japanese Typography
Japanese Fonts - Japanese Typography
Japanese Fonts - Japanese Typography
Japanese Fonts - Japanese Typography
Japanese Fonts - Japanese Typography
Japanese Fonts - Japanese Typography
Japanese Fonts - Japanese Typography
Japanese Fonts - Japanese Typography
Japanese Fonts - Japanese Typography

Win a Free Membership to Vandelay Premier! *Contest Closed*

I recently created a simple one page HTML/CSS/jQuery portfolio template for Vandelay Premier and they have offered a free one-year account for three lucky winners!

Free Template

Vandelay Premier was created by Steven Snell of Vandelay Design and serves as a membership-based community for designers. They provide web and graphic designers with premium-quality design resources that make their lives easier, plus they offer career resources to help designers and freelancers with all facets of career and business. Members also get other perks like access to the exclusive marketplace discounts on products and services relevant to web designers.

» Visit Vandelay Premier

 Premium Design Resources & Community

Membership Details

  • Provides a variety of premium quality design resources including textures, brushes, vectors, PSD files and more.
  • Provides career resources, such as interviews, reports, and short e-books to help designers with the business and career aspect of design.
  • Will be updated with new items multiple times per week.
  • Resources from a variety of talented designers.
  • Members have access to a marketplace with discounts on products and services like hosting, PSD to HTML coding, WordPress themes, stock photos, and much more.
  • Cost is $9 per month or $79 per year (For those who want to purchase a membership).

How to Enter?

Since this blog is dedicated to sharing my experiences, to enter, share one experience/advice that you feel benefited you in your career. For students, it can be an experience/advice that benefited you in school. The contest will end on Friday August 13th, 2010.

1. Drop your REAL name
2. Use a legit email account where we can contact you
3. Share an experience/adivce.

Congrats to these 3 winners!

Below are the 3 lucky winners, and their advice! Winners will be receiving an email in within the week!

1. CHRIS MORATA

“One of the best pieces of advice I can give that helped me as a freelancer is to work with contracts. I think that is something that most people have to learn the hard way (as did I), but working with a solid contract, invoice, terms and conditions, etc. will not only protect you, but help you become more organized and will help you grow your business.”

2. KOSTAS N.

“So here’s the advice that helped me a lot:
When you’re learning something new, don’t just read about it! Get your hands dirty!

Reading books, blog posts, watching tutorials, is absolutely great and you can learn so much but… there is no point if you don’t try them out yourself! Not just follow the instructions while you’re reading let’s say a tutorial, but try to do it yourself afterwards without the help of the tutorial. If you’re stuck, try to figure it out without opening the tutorial. If you’re completely stuck then look for help. Then repeat! Make sure you understand what you’ve done and why you’ve done it that way and that you’ve memorized it so you can use it on a project later.”

3. THOMAS GRIFFIN

“The best advice I have ever received was from a professor in one of my Entrepreneurship classes. Everyday he started with the exact same manifesto: “If you want to be successful, you’ve gotta have passion”. Did I mention he invented the wings for the Virgin Galactic space jet “Proteus” that will be pioneering space tourism?

I took his advice to heart.

I’ve got more clients wanting my services than I can keep up with. I don’t even have time to build my own website and portfolio. I’m a decent designer and a decent salesman. I’ve got passion.

Passion permeates and overcomes. All you need is passion.”