New Stuff and Inspiration
Finger painted awesome
Check out painter Iris Scott’s finger painting work. Talk bout refining what you think of when you think ‘finger painted art.’ No longer merely a fridge worthy smudge, these pieces are intricate paintings, with amazing layers of movement expressed in many frenetic finger strokes. Iris was painting in field one day, and needed to make an adjustment to some yellow flowers- yet all the brushes were saturated with dark blue paint. She decided to make a quick fix with her fingertip and seems to have found a whole new style for herself in doing so.
Mr T. loves his mom
In honor of Mother’s Day, we offer you this comedic gold. You rule, Moms.
New work for Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
How do you top a hippo doing a backflip, or synchronized-swimming otters, or a galloping giraffe? Oh, and without actually showing any animals. We had a great line to work with. “Encounter Africa. It’s kind of a big deal.” The kids are shadowed by animals, but you can still see their expressions of awe. That’s because when you’re 3 feet tall, even a rhino is kind of a big deal.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Encounter Africa is a must-see this summer. It has a 20-foot waterfall for the elephants. And you can climb inside the nose of an old bush plane to get an overhead view the new black rhino. There are lions and meerkats, too. This exhibit is made possible by a $13.5 million dollar capital campaign. Yeah, kind of a big deal.
Photography by Bryce Boyer.
Networks are everywhere
Lately, I’ve been reading about network science, which is a blend of disciplines that study how stuff flows through a network. Network scientists study anything from Facebook to the electricity grid, to atoms in cells, to the spread of disease.
Now, I see networks everywhere.
We recently hired a project manager. Her name is Martha Campbell. She has improved our productivity by organizing the way information flows through the agency.
The key is to understand the shape of the network at hand, which is why graphs are so useful. These graphs weren’t really made for Martha. I borrowed them from the book Connected by Christakis and Fowler (see below). They are actually from an experiment in a laboratory designed to test how much network structure impacts people’s ability to produce solutions to problems when working in groups. The networks are similar in many ways. Both networks have the same number of nodes, the nodes have the same number of neighbors, and there is the same degree of separation between any two nodes.
But it took network E five times longer than network D to produce a solution to a problem.
Martha has turned Sukle into network E. And now we can push a lot more work through the agency. So we’re busier than ever. The more coordinated we become, the busier we get. Hold on tight. We’re gaining speed.
Hey photographers, we want your not-so-stock stock photos
Imagine a book full of images of sound. With every page, each image conjures up a specific sound in your imagination. Popcorn popping, a pinball machine on full tilt, birds beating their wings, a baby cooing. These are sounds we all know, because we have heard them all our lives. Now imagine giving this book to someone who has lost their hearing and just needs a little convincing to go see a doctor and learn how to get their hearing back. Cool, right? The crazy part is that our client can actually help them hear these things again. It’s called science and it’s complicated and stuff so don’t worry about that part.
We need images of sound and that’s where you come in.
If you want in on this, dig deep into your archives, and send us your best shots of images of sound. Sounds that are so appealing they will make a deaf person want to hear again. We want you to interpret that thought in your own way.
STYLE MATTERS A LOT
The photography style is very important. Here’s what we are looking for:
• poetic, romantic, beautiful, dreamy
• grungy, raw, real
• personal, unique, candid, not posed
• more fine art than commercial
• editorial style could also work
• studio photography is a possibility if the subject matter is specifically about sound
If you would like to see a sample of the kind of photos we’re looking for, send an email to email@example.com. You will receive a pdf of sample images that fit our subject matter and style criteria.
HOW TO SUBMIT: Email low res jpegs (under 2Mb) to firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: Please submit as soon as possible, but no later than May 10.
If we choose your image(s), we’ll contact you via email to discuss compensation.
Thank you in advance for helping us make this book a worthy tribute to the world of hearing.
Space eye candy
We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about space here at Sukle. No, not because we’re all partially alien, but because we have the distinct pleasure of working with Exede, who brings all mankind high speed Internet from space. And when you spend lots of time thinking about something like space, you end up surfing the web looking at all sorts of neat-o space things. This video is evidence of this. Very, very scientific and interesting evidence.
Dad of the year
Parents of the internets, when you see this display of creative parenting, don’t you just experience an interesting dichotomy of emotions? On the one hand, you can envision the kids excitement to open their lunch and see ‘what did Dad draw me today?’ On the other hand, you feel somewhat inadequate for just simply stuffing an unadorned sandwich into your child’s lunch bag.
Graphic designer dad David LaFerriere has been drawing pictures on his children’s sandwich bags since 2008, and thankfully taking pictures of them. There’s over 1,100 of them and you can see them all here on his flickr page.
The Power of Art to Heal
As design professionals, we hold powerful tools in our hands. And although artists may not realize it, they also have tremendous power. I have been talking to photographers lately about how to use their art form to inspire people who can’t hear to consider getting treatment. So when I saw this photo series, I was encouraged about the power of art to heal.
From Taxi: “In his series entitled ‘The Little Prince’, Slovenia photographerMatej Peljhan captures a 12-year-old boy named Luka—who suffers from muscular dystrophy—‘doing things’ he can’t do because of the disorder.”
A photographer takes on bureaucrats
Photographer Jan Banning set out to capture people who work in the bureaucracy of the executive branch of government. Sounds like the kind of thing most of us want to avoid as much as possible. His approach shows a lot of insight and compassion for his subjects, and that’s what makes it interesting.
“I wanted to get as many squares and rectangles in the picture, and in the middle of the straight lines is an individual who has to interpret these regulations … and adds his own character to the room he is working in. … I thought it was an interesting metaphor to have a round person in the surroundings of straight lines. … So I have always considered this to be a conceptual documentary project. Documentary because I’m documenting the world around me, but it is based on a visual concept, so I’m not just going to any office and photographing just anyone.”
Get free stuff
We’re pleased to announce some new work for the Wyoming Department of Health. Our goal with to increase calls to the Quitline, and once we realized that the majority of the population had no idea that the Quitline provided free cessation medication, our messaging became quite clear: tell them there’s free stuff! From there we developed a campaign that uses comedy and awkwardness to cut through the clutter of today’s visual landscape and remind folks that there’s help out there, FREE help that will get you to finally quit smoking: