If you never had the opportunity to visit The Sistine Chapel here is your chance. This amazing 360 degree enabled view of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, Rome, Italy, took 3 years to create. You can rotate around the room with your mouse & enlarge any part you wish. It is like you are standing there.

Some views of what you can see…

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Daily Design Inspiration is just that. A dose of eye candy to highlight artworks that we find for your viewing pleasure and inspiration. In the last edition we covered the world of Rainbows. Today we are highlighting Superheroes.

Here are renditions of Superman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman, Captain America, Brainiac, Batman, Flash Gordon, Incredible Hulk, Earthworm Jim, Green Lantern, Ghost Rider, Space Ghost, Thing and Wolverine for your inspiration.

by Phoenix74n

by Steve Greaves

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Megan E. Bluhm started a project called 365 Days of Drawing in August 2009, by which she draws at least one object a day, and continued on with the project throughout 2010. Here are some of those drawings in her ongoing project that show us bigger is not always better.

Glow-in-the-dark zombie finger puppet

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Alex Steinweiss invented the album cover as we know it, which created a new graphic art form. In 1940, as Columbia Records’ young new art director, he pitched an idea: Why not replace the standard plain brown wrapper with an eye-catching illustration? The company took a chance with this concept, and within months its record sales increased by over 800 per cent.

Steinweiss’ covers for Columbia Records—combining bold typography with modern, elegant illustrations—took the industry by storm and revolutionized the way records were sold.

“I love music so much and I had such ambition that I was willing to go way beyond what the hell they paid me for. I wanted people to look at the artwork and hear the music.” —Alex Steinweiss

Over three decades, Steinweiss made thousands of original artworks for classical, jazz, and popular record covers for Columbia, Decca, London, and Everest; as well as logos, labels, advertising material, even his own typeface, the Steinweiss Scrawl. He launched the golden age of album cover design and influenced generations of designers to follow. Less well known—but included in the book Alex Steinweiss, The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover —are his posters for the U.S. Navy; packaging and label design for liquor companies; film title sequences; as well as his fine art.

About the Artist: The father of record design is Alex Steinweiss, who in 1940, at the age of 23, single-handedly invented the album cover. He made thousands of classical, jazz, and pop covers for Columbia, London, Decca, and Everest and his modern designs graced the packaging, logos, and covers of dozens of distilleries, film studios, and magazines; earning him an AIGA Medal and the Art Directors Hall of Fame lifetime achievement award. Also a fine artist, Steinweiss and his wife live in Sarasota, FL.

Previously available in a limited edition, the book is finally available in an affordable trade version. The Art Edition is limited to 100 numbered copies, each signed by the artist and accompanied by a signed serigraph, The Firebird Suite.

Photos courtesy of Taschen, where you can also purchase book.

As if the world needs more reasons to super size their eating habits, folks in South America will have pleasure of viewing this amazingly creative ad from Las Mesa Advertising Agency (Chile) for Pampaverde’s Extra Big Burgers.

One can fit a whole cow inside a mouth that large.


Advertising Agency: La Mesa, Santiago, Chile
Executive Creative Director: Sebastián Katz
Creative Director: Sebastián Katz
Art Directors: Jorge Llewellyn, Cristian Toffolo
Copywriter: Cristián Zarzar


A factory-sealed First State copy of The Beatles’ famously banned “Butcher Cover” mono LP , Yesterday and Today, without a doubt the Holy Grail of vinyl, is expected to bring $30,000+ when it comes up as part of Heritage Auctions Feb. 18-19 Signature® Music & Entertainment Auction.

“There are likely less than 25 sealed copies of this record in existence,” said Garry Shrum, Consignment Director for Music & Entertainment Auctions at Heritage, “and that’s probably a generous estimate. More than that, we’ve never seen a copy in such great condition, and we sold a ‘Livingston Copy’ of the ‘Butcher Cover’ in 2006 for more than $38,000. That price is, to date, the highest amount ever realized for a piece of wide release, non-autographed vinyl. This may well exceed that.”

Many serious collectors of Fab Four memorabilia have diligently searched for even a tattered copy of this rarity, which was pulled from record store shelves in the US almost immediately after its release in 1966, ordered to be destroyed and replaced by the more subdued “Trunk Cover” version. Millions bought the second version, but few managed a copy of the infamous original, let alone one that remained sealed.

“This ‘Butcher Cover’ is rare enough in and of itself in good condition,” said Shrum, “but to have it sealed is mind-boggling. Who has ever bought a Beatles record and not opened it?”


GHOST, an exhibition exploring the idea that in every work of art there resides a “ghost.” Whether it occurs in the subject matter or just the lingering presence of the artist’s hand, art contains a life of its own within representations of the artist/creator. Bringing together six up and coming artists with international reputations spanning London to Los Angeles, GHOST features compelling work in diverse mediums and disciplines.

One such artist is Aya Kakeda, born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and currently living in Brooklyn, New York, brings a wealth of cultural influences to her watercolors. With a childlike sense of honesty and innocence the characters she creates interact with each other in a manner that hints at profound adult emotions. Aya’s work has been featured in Juxtapose Magazine, on the cover of the British pose Magazine, on the cover of the British arts magazine Rooms, and throughout exhibitions from New York to Los Angeles.

Here are sample of her work…

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