Not sure how many people have seen this months The New Yorker magazine’s cover (shown on right). What looks like a water color painting is really an illustration created on his iPhone. The app is called Brushes along with a companion app that will provide an animation/video of the process. The New Yorker’s blog offers more details and a video of the illustration being made using the companion app.
I never had a reason to go to Gatorade‘s website before but the link was sent to me from a designer friend of mine (Neuarmy). Once going there it was obvious as to why he shared it. Sporting the new aesthetic of the Gatorade “G” the site takes it to another level of sophistication rather then pure simplification. It’s an all Flash site boasting lots of black, simplified layouts, vibrant images and large video headers. Navigation is through the use of large black and white silhouettes for both the products and the athletes. Which acts as a great accent to a highlighted item and it’s inline videos. While you may learn more then you ever needed to about Gatorade check out the site for a great sample of extending a brand’s aesthetic across media.
Another gem sent my way from Neuarmy is by Boone Oakley and their use of YouTube for their website. Ok, so it sounds a bit like Skittles attempt to use Web 2.0 tools to stitch together a web experience…well this isn’t that. It’s literally their website embedded in humorous and (a touch) twisted little videos. Very innovative use of such a common medium and a great way for them to show off their conceptual/strategic muscle. They also feature some great work from that last few years, I’m sure you’ll recognize a few. Well worth checking out.