vs.YOUxWACOM/FRGMNTZ

ARTWORK, BLOG, GRAFFITI, vs.YOU

Titel_WACOMvsYOUFebruar 2014 – I came across the new WACOM Companion/Cintiq. After testing it for a while and reviewing several product clips – I had the feeling that It would be nice to show my feeling of the product within a video. With the aim to show that the “Companion is not a toy” – while being a portable workstation with no compromise.

FRGMNTZ-01_WACOM-COMPANION_vs.YOUI came up with a concept I believed would be interesting and contacted WACOM EUROPE. They where quite exited and open to my concept and intention to create a Testimonial. From there I contacted my colleagues and friends who’s work I admire since years, Chris from SNDY.tv and DanielGrundPhotography – asking them if they would be up to shoot what I had in my mind – aka FRGMNTZ.POP-UP_WACOMvs.YOUFrom here on we started the quite tough timeline of 12-days, me creating artwork digital to analog from 2D to 3D and directing the guys how I´d like to everything captured while changing locations….

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and finally setting up the 2-day Pop-Up gallery.

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To see the result you might jump here to YOUTUBE or VIMEO.

The creative outcome such as artworks displayed, as well as a few T-Shirts, are currently available in the STORE.

Prototypes as the 3-D printed PORCEPLANEv.01, PORCEPLANEv.02 and the hand-crafted SPRAYCANDLE will follow by end of 2014.

I enjoy such short project collaborations that take place during my holidays a lot – and I guess there are more to come.

 

FORM N°254 stylewriting

BLOG

The newest FORM N°254 is focused on STYLEWRITING! They have featured one page of my works as FLATAU/THESIGNER with the focus on my transportation design stuff in the foreground and my “URBAN-AESTHETICS” as I prefer to call them as the resource in the background.

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You can read the article here FORM#254-STYLEWRITING or buy it online HERE.

 

VERNISSAGE FRGMNTZ

ARTWORK, GRAFFITI, vs.YOU

The past 12-Days where quite exhausting, but a lot of fun! Thanks to everybody who showed interest and had time to drop by! For everybody who missed it, no worries as there is a little flick in the making. Here some impressions of the opening.

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RELAX

ARTWORK, GRAFFITI

I`ve done a few sketches of a few abstract pieces I am looking forward to continue. They are mainly based around the alphabetic structures of  – FLAT – or go beyond.

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This kind of works/studies and ideation is ULTRA RELAXING for me – so I enjoy them a lot in my spare time.

10-YEARS THEvs.YOU

vs.YOU

Time for a little retouch on THEvs.YOU mascot, the very first vs.YOU-Attitude-Mascot sculpted back in 2003. After the CHARGED version from 2011, it felt like revisiting the original design of THEvsYOU.

As the CHARGED was an drastic change in formal language with its fragmented surfacing, I wanted to respect the original design within the 10-Year anniversary a bit more.

Below are some screenshots form the digital-sculpted figure.

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The MASCOT was mainly scaled in size, as I felt it deserved a little more attention. So it got even a little bigger then the CHARGED & EVO version.

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The facial area was asking for new proportions and more symmetry, similar to what the EVO had received 2011.

The extremely reduced shape of the eyes, the white-rectangles, where often noticed as buttons. THEY ARE NOT.

BUT – instead of changing them I decided to stick to the initial concept. Inspired by classic cartoon figures in darkness, strongly reduced down to simple white shapes on a black background. This image was so strong to me, that I wanted to keep it. As I also always try to give my designs something that is a little thought-provocateing, I knew this is the element to keep. Regarding that already several people used to ask “What are these white things – buttons, or what?”, others did not even bother I guess – while a few got it right away. Stable cue NOT to change => eyes.

THEvs.YOU is an abstract figure – it´s an unique MASCOT of the vs.YOU attitude.

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The feet have also grown, to give the mascot more stance and an even stronger cartoony look, with the new proportions!

THEvs.YOUAs the very first THEvs.YOU series, called “HEAVYWEIGHT” (released2003) was done in a run of only 30pcs – MAYBE – it´s getting time for a new very limited series, done by myself again. Lets see if I can organize some time and a little workshop for this. Would be fun!

THESIGNER 1st T-SHIRT

ARTWORK, vs.YOU

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When I started to print T-Shirts back in 2001 – all my designs where very strong Graffiti based. That was what I was kind of doing 24h a day, since my first wall in 1994.

Today, having interest in various other creative fields – I still believe this is one of my strongest, if not the strongest to express myself. Whenever I get time to play around – I find myself doing some Graff, as it still is for me, no matter to what it has might evolved or is called by some today.

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More then just a T-Shirt. Might sound silly – but this has become more than just doing another T-Shirt – for me this is time is spend doing Art. Having the final print-result in hand and taking photos, opens me another door, viewing the design from a new perspective. Like the image above shows quite nicely – the folded T sneaking out behind the wrapping paper – generating a play of material and graphic shapes. In one particular area it looks really 3D.

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FOR THOSE WHO DREAM. FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVE. FOR THOSE WHO FIGHT. FOR THOSE WHO NEVER GIVE UP.

The vs.YOU-ATTITUDE described in a few more words.

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THESIGNER_all-blog1st T-Shirt design from THESIGNER for vs.YOU, black/silver limited to ONLY 20pcs. Available now here in the STORE!

Hope it suits you well – so there can be a few more to be released.

CARR MAGAZINE

CARDESIGN

A few years ago, while still studying at Pforzheim University (2006) – I was introduced to a site called SIMKOM.COM. A website dedicated to the art & passion of Car-design. Displaying one sketch after the other. An typical layout style I have so far only known from Graffiti magazines, seemed to become the successful principal for others – following SIMKOM`s origin transfer.

After following the online sketch site and being asked to contribute some work, the CARR-MAGAZINE was launched !

carrr-magazine_FLATAUI was happy to be part of the CARR-MAGAZINE next to such famous people as Formula-1 Engineer Adrian Newey .

TODAY – I would like you to jump over to KICK-STARTER and help Marek Simkom and his friends to get the first Carr-Magazine moving ahead!  CLICK HERE watch their story and spread the word!