VW Takes on A-Ha’s “Take on Me”.

Over the last few years the broadcast advertising for VW has been really strong playing off pop culture icons like Star Wars. Two days ago VW dropped an ad based on the classic 1980’s music video “Take on Me” by A-Ha. Once again VW nails it with a solid commercial balanced with just the right amount of humor. Both  the new VW spot and the original A-Ha video are below.


Paper vs. Pixels.

I always appreciate artwork that doesn’t involve the computer. In the business of graphic design these days, computer generated or tweaked art is the norm so it’s always refreshing to see something that is still done by hand with scissors, paper, pencils, and glue.

Montreal based designer/art director Julien Vallée creates hand crafted illustrations that are unique one of a kind works of art. I love this stuff, it has an obviously hand-made feel to it, and yet it mirrors an aesthetic that looks and feels in many ways like early computer graphics from the late 1980’s.

His clients include some heavy hitters like The New York Times, Print Magazine, MTV, and Computer Arts Magazine, in addition to being featured in hundreds of publications world-wide.

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