Shepard Fairey – The Men Behind Obama Poster

Meet Frank Shepard Fairey, the illustrator whom created the famous President Obama Campaign Poster.

This skateboard enthusiast, is also one of today’s best known and most influential street artists. He was been a mystery man behind the “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” or “Obey Giant”.

He is the man behind Studio Number One and the art gallery Subliminal Projects. The magazine documents pop culture, fashion, and music, and each issue is released in both soft cover and hard cover. In 2006, Fairey released a comprehensive, hard cover monograph, Supply and Demand, that documents much of his personal and professional design work. The entire book was designed in-house at Studio Number One and it is published by Ginko Press.

Studio Number One

The Philippine International Balloon Fiesta

On February 12 to 15 2009, The Tourism and Promotions Office (TPO) of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) announced that at least 25 countries are expected to participate in the 14th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF).

Aside the Hot Balloon Display, Remote Control Flying, the Aeromodelling group will provide radio controlled airplane airshows of various aspects. You will also enjoyed the Skydiving Ramblings, Kite Flying exhibitions and one of the most awaiting event of Ultralights, or very light aircraft, or light sport aircraft exhibition.

The Philippine International Balloon Fiesta

Doodling Shoes – Instant Art Display

Before we doodling to our old shoes just for fun, but nowadays, we make our shoes as our Art Canvass. I’ve notice some people are really serious about this new form of art expression. This shoes is nice to wear, it also to represent the artist, in a way to display your work in your own feet or somebody else’s.

It fun and challenging, artist unconscious render their symbolic expression. Doodling unleash the hidden symbolic powers of unconscious mind.

Letterpress, is an old techniques and new web trend

In commercial printing, process by which many copies of an image are produced by repeated direct impression of an inked, raised surface against sheets or a continuous roll of paper.

Letterpress is the oldest of the traditional printing techniques and remained the only important one from the time of Gutenberg, about 1450, until the development of lithography late in the 18th century and, especially, offset lithography early in the 20th.

One of the most unexpected trends was the emergence of letterpress (actually pressed letters) in Web design. Probably the most important reason for this trend is the simple fact that this technique has been rarely used in web but it was proven effective and very eye cathcing

Online Services, NGO’s, Service Oriented companies used this commercial printing techniques in web.

Smashing magazine featured Letterpress as Web Design Trends For 2009, which I really foreseen long time before.

I incorporate the letterpress in some of my design such as Basic Golden Frame, Free Church Website and Hills Ville which you can download as WordPress Theme and CSS Layout including the original psd.

sIRF Font Replacement

Last year the craze of font replacement was been a great phenomena. Yes, the increasingly demand of designer on Typography and Font Web Freedom found a refuge in Flash. The sIRF (Scalable Inman Flash Replacement) introduced by Mike Davidson was a huge success, it was a upgrade version of FlashVar that we used.

What really interesting is that these fonts are often seamlessly integrated in the design of websites; they are almost never used for their own sake or simply to “upgrade” the typography of a website.

Graphics Artist and Designers are trying to blend beautiful typography and arresting visual design to improve the appearance of websites and improve the user experience. They also explore the Letterpress which is the oldest of the traditional printing techniques, now the latest trend on website design.

The New Mario Kart named Best Selling Game

Nostalgia. The 2d Game Mario which I played much growing up because I’m an advance in aged and it was regular lunch break habits, the Mario and Princess and Super Mario Bros. was the thing of my younger years.

Mario Kart Wii has been named the best-selling individual format game of 2008 in the UK by ELSPA/GFK. They also credit Nintendo with driving sales during the year, along with multiformat publishers Activision Blizzard, Rockstar and LucasArts. Mario Kart Wii was released in April 2008 and has remained in the top ten ever since.

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I got a chance to played and absolutely love it. The Wii controller is a lot harder to get a handle on than the more classic Nintendo controllers for Mario Kart. Well Mario Kart & Sonic at the Olympic Games (on both Wii and DS) was fourth and Wii Fit was fifth. Amazing. Go Mario!

Moca the cost effective mobile medical diagnostics

The software called Moca has been developed to run on Android, this is a new mobile application that enables easy diagnosis of patients in remote areas. Moca integrates the Android based medical diagnosis application with the open source OpenMRS medical records database system.

The project was started with a mission to provide flexible and scalable IT architecture to empower social entrepreneurs and NGOs to scale rural health diagnosis using mobile information and communication technologies.

An initial trial is set to happen in the Philippines, home of the project’s lead Dr. Leo Celi, where the device promises to be a boon to that country’s remote areas where there is a lack of doctors.

Apple’s 2008 Top 10 Love Movies

Yup, I got time to watched several movies last year and still looking forward the coming soon. Of course the first on my list is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Angels and Demons of Tom Hanks, Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian of Ben Stiller and Fast & Furious the come back movie of Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and others.

Meanwhile this are list of my 2008 Top 10 favorites movies.

10 Twilight
Directed by Catherine Hardwicke. With Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke. A teenage girl risks everything when she falls in love with a vampire. Twilight is a young-adult vampire-romance novel written by author Stephenie Meyer. It was originally published in 2005 in hardback. It is the first book of the Twilight series, and introduces seventeen-year-old Isabella “Bella” Swan who moves from Phoenix, Arizona to Forks, Washington, and finds her life in danger when she falls in love with a vampire, Edward Cullen. The novel is followed by New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn.

9 One True Love
A story about a wife’s struggle for his husband accidents and his true love. Starring Dingdong Dantes (Migs), Marian Rivera (Joy Mejares)and Iza Calzado (Bela). Migs then meets and falls in love with Joy, a pretty albeit simple nurse played by Marian Rivera. Days pass and his feelings for Joy grow deeper while his affection for Bela gets buried in the past. He offers marriage to Joy, which shatters Bela along with her hopes for a reconciliation with Migs.

After the wedding, the young couple meets an unfortunate incident turning their newly-found bliss into a tragic existence. Living with Migs turns out to be an agonizing experience as his new state of mind gets more complicated as days pass. A creature of serenity, Joy refuses to name her pains and secretly vows to make Migs remember their love that was inexplicably lost and waiting to be rekindled; faithful that along the way, his heart will remember what his mind forgets.

8 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
The alien-themed plot (not to mention that scene where Shia LaBeouf channels Tarzan) incurred the wrath of some diehard Indy fans — and earned the flick a hilariously controversial send-up courtesy of ‘South Park.’ But at its essence, ‘Crystal Skull’ keeps up with the previous ‘Jones’es, delivering a long-awaited, and whip-cracking, fourth dose of our favorite globe-trotting archaeologist. — Tom DiChiara

7 Quantum of Solace
Unflinchingly brutal and relentlessly entertaining, the sequel to 2006’s masterful ‘Casino Royale’ is lighter on character and plot, and (way) heavier on the action. Daniel Craig once again does 007 proud, somehow humanizing a man whose thirst for revenge has, by all measures, turned him into an uncompromising killing machine. He’ll leave you both shaken and stirred.

6 Kung Fu Panda
This is a cute animated comedy that also inspires lessons in life. The audience can relate to people who have dreams of doing the impossible, just as Po. Po ultimately learns that if he believes in himself, he can do anything.

5 WALL-E
The gorgeous, wordless first half has the comic grandeur of a Chaplin film; the second half is a biting satire of commercialism that’s far more effective than Michael Moore ever was. And yet at its root this is simply a romance, achingly tender and true, about a lonely little robot and his search for love. Breathtaking in its beauty, scope, intelligence and charm, ‘WALL-E’ isn’t just a Pixar masterpiece — it’s a masterpiece, period.

4 One More Chance
Their love story started when they met as students in a university. Popoy was taking up Engineering while Basha was a freshman in Architecture. They have been inseparable ever since—they did everything together: eating, studying and/or attending parties. Their families loved them, they shared friends, they eventually worked in the same firm and their life plans revolved around each other. But Popoy knows too well that giving in would mean going back to how they were before. And he’s way too scared to get in the way of Basha’s growth once again, especially now that he has seen that she can do it alone. Joining John Lloyd and Bea in One More Chance are Derek Ramsay, Maja Salvador, Dimples Romana, Nikki Gil, Janus del Prado, and James Blanco. Former Pinoy Big Brother Season 2 housemates Robert Woods and Beatriz Saw will be introduced in this Star Cinema movie that opens in theaters nationwide starting November 14, 2007

3 Iron Man
Iron Man is 2008’s most unequivocal cinematic triumph. Robert Downey Jr.’s captivating turn as Tony Stark kicked off a stunning career comeback for the once-troubled actor and proved that heroes can be complex and edgy without taking themselves too seriously. Put simply, ‘Iron Man’ is golden. One can’t forget that this is an action film above all else, every effect is also quite brilliant. Those scenes of Iron Man flying amongst fighter jets in the trailer seemed really lame, but when in context they deliver.

2 Wanted
Angelina Jolie in hot-bad-girl mode, geekily sexy James McAvoy as her trainee, super-cool special effects. Some people hated the quirk with the Fraternity is that it’s assassin’s have the special ability to raise their heart rate above 400 bpm, pumping incredible amounts of adrenaline into their system and giving them superhuman reaction speed…basically “bullet-time”. But the Russian director Timur Bekmambetov brings his original vision and style to a story based on a graphic novel, and it all adds up to a killer of an action flick.

1 The Dark Knight
Good and evil, peace and chaos, Batman and the Joker are two sides of the same coin — with their fates just a wrist-flick. Salute to the director Christopher Nolan’s grim, this a glorious sequel to ‘Batman Begins.’

While the action comes fast and plentifully, it’s Christian Bale’s tortured turn as the demon-knight. Countering him is the late Heath Ledger, who plays such a scary and creepy Joker that I found it impossible to NOT have chills half the time I saw him on screen. Heath Ledger’s unsettling, unforgettable performance as his clown-faced nemesis that will haunt you long after the credits roll.

New Year… New Day… Welcome 2009!

2008 was a blessing year and equally crazy year for me. This were the best thing happen with us.

apple.ilagan.org placed on Best Pinoy Website Galleries last June 2008. We have launched the Persona Digita. Last July Google can Index Flash Textual Content. Then September we attended the Graphika Manila 2008, then I launched the AppleByte.org later part of September.

What happened next? Let me see… Persona Digita featured Free CSS Template while TDP have a Halloween Party!

December… I featured DEO the Crude Oz and The Straightjacket. Then I lost my laptop. Huhuhuu! But glad to attended Party here, party there!

Here I am, TDP welcome me with open arms. Welcome 2009!