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Turning trash into art

One Beach Poster

In a very fitting promotion for a film about creative people who support clean and sustainable beaches, American ad agency BBDO SF, along with Barefoot Wine and the Surfrider Foundation, developed this inspiring and eye-catching billboard poster. As you will see from the video posted this mammoth piece of art was constructed using around 18,000 pieces of beach trash, collected from around the Southern California Coasts. The project took four local artists four days of careful selection, positioning and adhesion to create this brilliant display.

The colourful artwork not only successfully promotes Barefoot’s new film ‘One Beach,’ but also sends a clear message to viewers that litter belongs in the garbage and not the beach.



You can also check out the movie Barefoot Facebook page.


Yours in inspiring design


Lomography Society

The Lomography Society  is still strong, armed with a new website displaying new products and keen Lomography enthusiasts sharing their lomo-style photos.

The Lomography craze came about when two Austrian art students, Wolfgang Stranzinger and Matthias Fiegl, stumbled across a second-hand Lomo in a Prague op-shop. Knowing it was a spy camera they took on the spy persona and captured their surroundings shooting from the hip in haphazard directions as opposed to the traditional camera composition.

The results were random moody shots, which boasted obscure light effects against vibrant colour and movement. They spread the word and students from all over Vienna were became obsessed with the spy style that is Lomography. Lomos began appearing as installations at raves; a self defined interpretation of the youth culture. And so, the Lomographic revolution began.

They’ve even set 10 golden rules to live by:

1. Take your camera everywhere you go.
2. Use it any time – day and night.
3. Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it.
4. Try the shot from the hip.
5. Approach the objects of your Lomographic desire as close as possible.
6. Don’t think.
7. Be fast.
8. You don’t have to know beforehand what you captured on film.
9. Afterwards either.
10. Don’t worry about any rules.

I’ve been following Lomography for a while now and hope that one day they will bring out a digital camera as I have lost the will for slide/film. Until the digital Lomo comes out I will keep cheating with the ‘Hipstamatic’ iPhone ap. Here are my results with my iPhone 3…

Yours in Photography,
Amber van Sloten


You Can’t Be Serious – my new favourite photographers

In the midst of planning my wedding I’ve discovered some amazing photographers in Hailey and Andrew Bartholomew – the ridiculously creative duo behind You Can’t Be Serious. Their documentary style photography and film captures the beautiful, raw moments in life – be it a wedding, rolling around in the park or chilling on the beach with your nearest and dearest. Their films are amazing too. Be sure to check out this cute video too: Wishing YOU a sunny New Year! from hailey bartholomew on Vimeo.

Yours in amazing photography,

The importance of colour in design

Colour, or lack thereof, can change the feel of a scene in a movie, a photograph or even a room. How many times have you been indoors blissfully unaware of a storm brewing, and when you step outside it seems like the life has been drained from the trees, grass and the people?

Many photographers and filmmakers use tints in post-production to sway the mood of a scene in their chosen direction. For example, in the 1999 film ‘The Matrix’, scenes are tinted green and colour is overall less saturated in the ‘fake world’ and tinted blue in the ‘real world’. The directors chose this because test audiences had trouble telling the difference.

Colour choices can even translate to real-life objects, such as clothes, cars and furniture. Studies show when people are confronted with a bright red, it can increase their heart rate and breathing. Black is seen as powerful and strong, but in a different context can also imply submission or mourning. Green can be relaxing and calming, however dark green is seen as masculine and signifies position and wealth.

Something as simple as a cast of a deep blue or purple can convey a dark mysterious scene; while a yellow or orange cast can make a dull scene seem bright and cheerful. These can be used to your advantage across many mediums, such as film, photography, graphic design and interior design to help sway peoples’ moods to your liking.

Colour Mood Comparison
Colour Mood Comparison

How do you use colour in your designs, or everyday life?

Yours in design,

Todd Doyle

Todd is a Brisbane-based graphic design student and is Brio Daily’s latest Guest Blogger.

Could art be imitating life in Daybreakers?

Who would have thought there was room on our video store shelves for yet another vampire movie?!

Daybreakers is an Australian epic, filmed at Gold Coast’s Warner Brothers MovieWorld. It’s a visual piece of art by the Spierig brothers, Michael and Peter. Michael is a graduate of Graphic Design and Peter a Film graduate. Teamed up as ‘The Spierig Brothers’, Daybreakers is their second film together.

Not only were the visuals awesome and the technologies thought up for a vampire world fascinating, what else appealed to me was the sense of metaphoric reflection of art imitating life. The metaphor being the vampires are depleting the human race by farming them for blood, likewise—just to pick one from our long list—we are overfishing to the point of adding more fish species to the evergrowing extinction list.

The vampires had a choice to save their race by choosing to intake a blood substitute, as we humans have the choice to go the vegetarian route (or a smarter approach to the way we’re currently living) to save our world’s ecosystems from deteriorating…

Daybreakers is out now on Blueray and DVD.

Yours in design,


Favourite retro movie set designs

I love retro interiors, my own place is an eclectic mix of ‘50s, ‘60s, and a touch of classic design in the way of Persian rugs for the floors.

The movies are a great inspiration, you can see what the top set designers have been able to collect, borrow or copy to make you believe the people on screen are living in the period depicted.

Two of my favourites in the last 12 months have been ‘Cheri’, for over the top Belle Epoque Art Nouveau interiors and costumes (it helps that Paris has preserved so many of its historical buildings), and Tom Ford’s ‘A Single Man’, set in the Valley district of Los Angeles in the early 1960s.

The treats were enhanced for me in that both films move at a slow pace with the camera lingering so that you pick up every exquisite detail of costume, jewelry and interior design.

Cheri is filled with art nouveau swirls, from Michelle Pfeiffer’s hats to the bedroom’s wallpaper and the wrought iron balcony railings. The sense of period is enhanced by the interminable high teas taken by the protagonists, set in beautifully designed gardens and lofty glazed conservatories, all set designed with Edwardian splendour.

Being a classic car tragic, A Single Man was a slice of heaven, with several scenes featuring Colin Firth’s character driving a late 50s Mercedes-Benz 220s coupe, hand built, and with a classic fifties designed timber and Bakelite dashboard.

Firth’s co-star Julianne Moore is dressed in striking designer clothes and jewelry, her character lives in a house which has the most opulent of 60s interiors, with an orangerie to dine in, but it is Firth’s George who lives in a very simple large glass and timber house that made me think ” I could live there “. I even liked the kitchen.
I guess the set designers did their job if they can make you want to move in.

Yours in design,