Monday, December 6, 2010

★ Inspiring Young Minds

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the Art Department of Technology High School in Newark, New Jersey and speaking with one of the Art teachers, Ms. Davis. From the moment I started speaking with Ms. Davis, I was impressed by her love for her profession. Since I generally deal with designers or printers on a commercial level, it was refreshing to see someone that loved the traditional side of art. Above, is a stock print of an American Flag that her class laminated, dissected into little pieces, and then reassembled using tiny metal rings. Besides teaching her students that art consists of creativity, hard work, and precision, she has also imparted that even familiar things can become beautiful in the right hands. Notice the beautiful mosaic effect the piece now has and the motion of the flag blowing in the wind that is captured! Great job Ms. Davis and Technology High Students!

Monday, October 11, 2010

★ 5Qs with Radim Malinic

Rob: Today I have the extreme pleasure of chatting with a man who is globally known for his unique concepts, vibrant use of color, and award winning style, today I welcome Radim Malinic to 5Qs!

Q1: Hello Radim. Can you tell me a little about yourself?

Radim: On an average day you’d find me tapping into my Wacom tablet, listening to loud music of pretty much every genre, being sarcastic, happy giving advice to people who ask for help and generally smiling all day. Though technically I work as a freelance art director, commercial illustrator and print designer. I’ve been full time freelance since Spring 2007 and I can proudly say I have been having a lot of fun working on some amazing campaigns during that time. My commissions have been very different and provided me with generous scope to experiment with various media and platforms. My up to date portfolio can be found at

Rob: I am such a big fan! I came across your Book of Colours when it first came out in a design magazine and have been hooked ever since. You have been contracted by so many awesome companies!

When did you first realize that you wanted to do this?

Radim: I wish I could put a finger on that moment that made me realise that I could be creative and get paid for it too. I believe in happy accidents and getting into design could be counted as one of them. As a teenager I was fascinated with all then new graphics applications but only had a little play back then. I wanted to do music and decided to spend next few years playing in a band and then djing, traveling and generally not thinking about what I’d like to be or do. Then when I was almost in my mid twenties, I’d pick up the basics that I learned almost a decade ago. I was fascinated how far graphic design and computer graphics have moved on and I wanted to know everything about it. I guess the moment when I realized I wanted to be a designer, it was when I got my first job as a junior designer and I never looked back ever since.

Rob: Creativity always seems to start with curiosity and fascination.

Q3: What do you feel is your strongest asset?

Radim: I’d like to think it is the diversity of my art direction and work itself. I was lucky not to struggle in the economic down turn, due to a fact that I can be approached with a lot of different projects. My signature style plays a key part in new commissions but overall the end result is always something new. I’m primarily working in CMYK for print, which still accounts for 85% of my overall output but in the recent years I’ve been increasingly working for web and interactive tools. I don’t follow templates, I don’t follow formats therefore I can always produce something that doesn’t look out of the box.

Rob: That's great to hear you say that print is still 85% of your work. A lot of the work in our industry has seemed to migrate to screens, but I too have found that designers who can produce high quality work will still be sought after now matter what state the economy is in!

Q4: What would you like to be known for?

Radim: I’d like to think I’ve been very generous with help towards anyone who approached me for advise or help at some point of their and mine career. I’m rather plain speaking person and I do hate when people try to cheat their way in the front of you. Creative industry is full of people who’d like to achieve celebrity rockstar status but don’t really have the talent to back it with. I had never thought I would be making pretty pictures for living and I never thought I would be making them for some of the biggest companies in the world. It was never my plan and for that reason I think it worked out. I would like to be known for putting smile on people's faces.

Rob: Radim, you are a "rock star" of design and yet you responded to my interview request. I think I'm still surprised, lol.

Q5: What was your most successful moment?

Radim: If I was only allowed to pick one moment, I’d pick the day when I realized I could quit my day job and be full time freelancer. There have been many successful campaigns, amazing illustration jobs and the press coverage ever since, but none of it would be possible if I was still working in the environment that wasn’t as fun to work at. I believe one can only produce work of the best quality, if they work for themselves and put their time and passion into creating it. If you were to look at the majority of amazing work produced now and very recently, you can spot the majority of that chunk would be done by individual artists. They can be left to their own devices to experiment with new styles and techniques as they don’t feel under pressure to obey companies corporate guidelines and rules.

Rob: Words to live by and a great note to end on!

Brand Nu, it has been such a delight to have you with us today. Please make sure you to view all of Radim's work on especially this promo vid for Book Three, Central St Martins, and this campaign illustration for Fuze. Follow Radim on Twitter for all the @Brand_Nu News!

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Monday, August 2, 2010

★ My Stop Motion Fetish

To jump start my week a classy designer I know, my very good friend, Oscar Furtado sent me a link to a video called The Pen Story. This amazing display of creative genius, utilizing over 60,000 pictures, animates a story of a life with my new fave technique, Stop Motion, left me speechless.
Needless to say, after watching this vid I had to watch the second production entitled Pen Giant (pictured above) where Olympus cameras contracted the source of their inspiration forThe Pen Story, 26 year old director, Takeuchi Taijin.

Click Here to visit the set and learn more about this wonderful project.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

★ Spot Light on Invisible Creature is nifty little showcase of creativity put to good use. With 4 Grammy nominations for music packaging and a client list of heavy-hitters such as: Target, Nike, New York Times, Interscope, Sony, MTV, Nickelodeon, etc. they are their own creative community.

My personal IC Favs include: the Pedal Punk Poster, Spin the Stork Game, the T-Shirt design for Grain Edit , Ivoryline's "There Came a Lion" packaging and the grand finale- Hawk Nelson "...Is My Friend" packaging which unfolds into a candyland looking game!

Hurry and surf their site and tell the world which IC masterpieces are your favs!

Friday, July 2, 2010

★ Spot Light on Patrick Boivin

The other day I stumbled upon a Tweet that contained a stop motion video by Patrick Boivin. Patrick Boivin is the super genius behind stop motion animation pieces such as AT-AT day afternoon, Black Ox Skateboard, Iron Man vs. Bruce Lee, and the below, which is my favorite Jackson vs. Bean.

Even though Patrick is Amazing at directing, writing scripts, and the art of stop motion animation, he has also produced masterpieces in the categories of short films, music videos, and even some interactive games. Click here to see more of his work and intellect on YouTube and Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

★ Spot Light on Youth Explosion

AMAZING!!! Amazing Concept, Amazing Talent, Amazing Ministry, that is what Youth Explosion means to me.
Hit play to experience a flutter of memories from Youth Explosion's last year. In only 5 minutes, Wolf Soto warps you directly into YE's memory bank, musically orchestrated by urban composer, Dave Rodriguez. It takes a lot of hard work, killer creativity, and flawless execution to create a media experience this vivid and I applaud you guys. Keep pushing out that stellar work and keep putting Christ on display!

To my readers, If you heart "a year in 5 minutes" Trend it (#YEyearin5) and follow the brilliant minds behind it (@FlavahDave | @WolfSoto) on Twitter. Also click to learn more about YE.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

★ Garden of Eden Gourmet Market Illustration

Recently, I came across a disc in my studio catalogs entitled "Garden of Eden Logo Comps." Back when I was the Art Director at Met Speed Label, one of the partners came in my office and said that his client, Eden Gourmet, needed some labels done for their fresh produce. Pointing to a basic drawing of a red apple which was their current logo, he said, "Now they want exactly what they have now, but be creative and give them some options. This company is a huge chain in the city and I know you can give them something better." The above image is what I came up with and my good friend, Oscar Furtado came up with some killer comps too!

Obviously, Eden Gourmet never ended up using any of our logos, but imagine if they would have. Then this store front in Union Square (seen below) and all the Eden Gourmet stores around the Tri-State Area would proudly display mine or Oscar's original creation.

Monday, May 17, 2010

★ 5Qs with Heidi Jimenez

Rob: The other day I visited a cute little website called "Oh So Beautiful Paper" where I came across the marvelous creations of Heidi Jimenez, founder of Zenadia Design. The blog post highlighted some of her recent work on Retro Carnival style wedding invitations. The mixture may seem a bit odd if you just saw that description on a notepad, but you have to see the invitations. They truly are a modern work of art!

Needless to say, when I saw Heidi's genius, I just had to ask her the 5Qs. I guarantee you will be inspired after seeing her work and hearing her story. I hope you enjoy the interview.

Q1: Good Morning Heidi. Can you tell me a little about yourself?

Heidi: I'm a couture invitation designer for my company Zenadia Design ( I love paper, typography, fabrics and textiles. I'm inspired by nature, history, Europe, fashion and vintage style. I love old movies, the color red, my family and ballet.

Rob: It's an honor to interview you today. I love your style and innovation. Your work is so much more then just beautiful invitations, response cards, and envelopes; they truly are one-of-a-kind mementos that should be framed or placed in a display case in the home of every one of your clients.

When did you first realize that you wanted to do this?

Heidi: I took graphic design in high school and college, and I always wanted to work for a magazine designing layouts but didn't want to live in a big city. When I was married in 2003, being a graphic designer, I decided to design my own wedding invitations. I loved that invitations combined my love for typography and layout design so I decided this was what I wanted to do with my life. The wedding industry is really a special industry to be in, and I feel so honored that I am able to help create each clients invitations for this special day in their lives.

Rob: The wedding Industry is very special and should be tailored to each individual.

Q3: What do you feel is your strongest asset?

Heidi: I think probably my ability to incorporate materials other than paper into invitation suites. I love creating invitations with texture and depth. I also try to really get to know each client so I can create something personal and unique for them, so I would say being a people person is a good asset, especially in the wedding industry.

Rob: Too true. How can you create a suiting invitation for each client without ever getting to know your client's personality lol? It would never work.

Q4: What would you like to be known for?

Heidi: I'd like to be known for my designs, of course, and my ability to incorporate different materials into my designs that's not overdone. Also, being fun to work with and easy to talk to.

Rob: I think you have accomplished that already Heidi and from your recent press on Junebug Weddings and Nonpareil Magazine, I would say that other professionals in your industry would agree with me!

Q5: In the work showcased on your site, what was your favorite project? Why?

Heidi: So difficult to pick one favorite! I really enjoyed working on Tara and Justin's invitations. They had such great style and were really fun to work with. Jessica and Matthew's carnival invitation was also a really fun one for me to create. Their invitation was a style I had yet to work with so that one was a fun challenge.

Rob: I love Jessica and Matthew's invitations, but my FAVORITE is Tara & Justin's! (The Whole WORLD has to see this Piece!) I am BLOWN AWAY by the Save the Date ALONE! Zenadia, keep creating History one celebration at a time!

Make sure you click, Follow Heidi's musings on Twitter and her current news on FaceBook!
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

★ TAOS Trade Show Graphics

Have you ever heard the saying "Your gifting will make a way for you?" Recently, I found this saying to be true when I landed an account with one of my newest clients, the Technical Art Of Science or TAOS. When TAOS' president, Alicia Miletic saw the motion graphics I did for Soul Purpose ym's the Première, she was so impressed that she contacted me soon after to set up a meeting to discuss a few projects for Suppliers' Day, an upcoming trade show at the Raritan Center. The projects I completed for the show included: a Motion Graphics presentation of TAOS and their 5 domestic and international clients which was displayed dead-center in the middle of their booth, 2 beautiful 52" full color pub table tops, circle diecut memo pads and brochures, and 3 display ads that looped with other companies on flat and oversized projector screens throughout the show on the "In-Show network." It was my extreme pleasure to work with TAOS on these projects! They present themselves so wonderfully and it is clear that they are truly dedicated to Natural & Exceptional Beauty! Enjoy the pictures from the show.

To find out more about TAOS, their products, partners, capabilities and services click TAOSINC.INFO.

Technical Art Of Science's BEAUTIFUL 20 Foot Space
The Big Picture
Motion Graphics on Display
Close up of the 52" Full Color Pub Table Tops
I also Designed the Diecut Memo Pad
Screen Ads displayed on Flat & Oversized Projector Screens
Screen Ad No. 2
Screen Ad No. 3

Thursday, April 22, 2010

★ Spot Light on Bryan Katzel

I have never highlighted an artist on my blog after only seeing just one piece of their work, but when I came across a site entitled I was astounded by the clever ingenuity of Bryan Katzel. The site header has a door with paint dripping down a few steps which looks cool, but was a little too simple for my taste. But as I scrolled down the page I noticed that the paint drips scroll with you as you travel through a cool little world of video-game-type illustrations. IT'S JUST SO COOL!!! I must have scrolled this site up and down 50 times to take in all the fine detail and ways the drips seem to morph before they flow into a pool of paint at the bottom of the page. The site doesn't use trendy animations and sounds or all the other bells and whistles that so many times deems a site to be amazing, it just uses a little elbow grease and some good old fashion creativity!

Bryan's whole marketing scheme called "we bleed design" is potent and seamless. You have to check out his business card in the print section and peep his merch at the bottom. Bryan, we can all see that design is in your bloodline and we tip our hats to you! Keep up the good work.

Monday, April 12, 2010

★ Your Creativity is the Limit

About 6 months ago I designed my Creative at Heart greeting card to give out to my past, present, and future clients. While the cards came with a standard, free envelope, I didn't feel that they added to the content held inside, so I ended up buying colored euro flap envelopes that I finished with a kraft paper wrap that said "BE CREATIVE AT HEART".

Recently, I found all those plain white envelopes and didn't want them to go to waste, so I designed custom rubber stamps to have a little fun personalizing them. The great thing about rubber stamps is that you can "print" the graphic on any paper in any ink color you want, however you want. On the Envelopes, I overlapped stamps to give a transparency effect, applied uneven pressure to give a distressed effect, and filled the pad with more than one color to give a gradient effect. With these fairly inexpensive stamps, I instantly upgraded these plain white envelopes and I can't wait to use them on other marketing pieces in the Future. Remember your Creativity is the Limit.

Creative At Heart ★ DuoTone Stamped Envelope
Creative At Heart ★ Asymmetrical Stamped Envelope
Rob Jelinski Studios ★ Destroy Stamped Envelope

Monday, April 5, 2010

★ One of the most unique companies ever born!

The headline reads "AHHHHHHH!!! Time Is Running Out!!! 3 Nails Bobber Giveaway Ends June 5th!"

Back in September of last year, I was commissioned by the Three Nails Motorcycle Union to develop their line of merchandise and to create their marketing and signage. I even had the pleasure of designing vinyl and cast-metal logos to accessorize their steel steeds as seen in the photo above!

I LOVE working with Three Nails! They are a Not For Profit Company worked by volunteers, yet such focus and precision goes into every detail of their work. It's quite amazing, and even more amazing is the mission that drives their work. Three Nails was created exclusively to raise funds to keep the Renovation House- Substance Abuse Program alive. These men believe in something. They believe that even banged up addicts can shine like new if they just have the right polish. They also believe that if they polish their bikes and merch with that vintage sheen we all love, Renovation House will be able to help restore millions of lives everywhere.

Support the dream by making a donation, purchasing some road wear, becoming a fan on FaceBook, or Trending on Twitter (#3NailsMU).
*A donation of $25.00 or more will make you eligible to own the Bobbed Out Beauty below.
© 2010 Three Nails Motorcycle Union. Images used with permission.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

★ Spot Light on Caleb Kimbrough

If you have never heard of the Texture kingpin, Caleb Kimbrough, you should click and dive into his beautiful high-res images that will multiply your designs instantly, free of charge! Caleb is a freelance photographer, web designer, and blogger who understands the struggle of artists such as myself and decided to give the creative community a helping hand by creating a hub of free high-res textures called Lost and Taken. As you can see from my spot light post images, I LOVE his textures! I use his set of "5 Colored Grungy Bokeh Textures." Caleb has already been widely recognized for his talent and one day every designer will know the name Caleb Kimbrough and

Sunday, March 14, 2010

★ Spot Light on David Ellis

When Artists stand out even amongst the most creative, I call them geniuses! Allow me to introduce my new spot light section that will highlight the brilliant minds of our time.

Today, I present to you the work of David Ellis. My attention was drawn to him when a fellow designer tweeted a link of a collaborative animation he did with Blu on vimeo. After I picked my jaw up from the floor, I clicked on and viewed more of his work. All of his work is inspiring, but these are a few of my Favs: Granny (Installation), Orchestrion (Installation), Speakers Catfish (Painting), and It's Yours (Painting).

Monday, March 8, 2010

★ Maternity Photo Shoot

Preparing to have a first baby is a very surreal and beautiful time in the life of a couple. With each new fact you learn about the development of your little one and every stirring you feel the baby make in the womb, your breath is taken away. Maternity Photos attempt to help you savour those precious moments for a lifetime. Choosing the right photographer for this occasion is nothing short of a huge task, but when all is said and done, everyone who views your maternity photos should find themselves in a similar state as you- in awe of the wonderful miracle that is taking place.

Many of you may be aware that my wife and I are currently expecting a baby boy. We knew we wanted to capture the unfolding of this journey with a professional maternity photographer. Our top choice was Sara Molnar-Urbano of John Molnar Photography. When you view our photos, we think you'll agree with others who have said, "Gorgeous Photos," "Beautiful, simply beautiful," "Oh my gosh- the little shoes," "Can't wait to meet him," and "Love this!" Hopefully you will call Sara Urbano to arrange a photo shoot for when it's your time to celebrate this priceless season.
All the Beautiful Curves of the Baby Bump
Baby Talk
A Dream Come True
Baby Shoes
The Nursery
The Blueprint

Need to contact Sara Molnar-Urbano of John Molnar Photography?
Phone: (973) 444-8449
FaceBook: Sara Urbano

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

★ 5Qs with Valp | Maciej Hajnrich

Rob: Recently I came across the work of a man who gives meaning to the design phrase "make it pop." Valp gives life to all the work he's commissioned to do and from the conversation I had with him off-the-record it sounds like his work is only growing stronger. Visit his showcase at to see the amazing work he did for My Chemical Romance, Duke Nukem, Pakarabanu DJ Team, and Copernicus Science Center. Also, be sure to click here to view his blog. I have book marked it to a post where his work was included in a design book entitled "Crossover Design" but, there is so much inspiration and info in other areas of the blog as well : ).

Now let's jump into my conversation with him.

Q1: Hi Valp, Tell me a little about yourself?

Valp: Hi Rob. I'm digital artist, graphic designer, illustrator, player, music fan, and movie watcher. Also, I love coffee with chocolate croissants.

Rob: I never had a chocolate croissant lol. I love the cafè pic btw and obviously from everything I just said in my opening, i'm crazy about the work you do.

When did you first realize that you wanted to do this?

Valp: About 10 years ago, I was (and still am) keen on new technology and used to experiment with software from Adobe. I spent a lot of time doing some simple graphics just for fun, but soon I realized it was my biggest passion. Exactly 7 years ago (Feb 2003) I set up my first online portfolio. Even then, I was pretty sure I want to focus on design and graphics.

Rob: That's the great thing about being an Artist- Artists are born, not trained. We only need training to express our creativity in the right medium.

Q3: What do you feel is your strongest asset?

Valp: Being able to learn new skills and gain experience in a self-taught process.

Rob: That is always the best answer anyone can give. As a creator, you can never become comfortable; you always have to reach a little higher and push limitations back.

Q4: What would you like to be known for?

Valp: An Experimental imagination player and trend setter, or something close to that : ). I want to be known as unique artist with extraordinary skills, for sure.

Rob: You are on your way Valp, you are on your way!

Q5: Why Valp Now?

Valp: Now is instant, present time which is always actual. From a wider perspective it means what I am doing (now) and where I am in my career.

Rob: I always love the answer to this question because it gives me and my readers a deeper understanding of who you are as an artist. Thanks for your time Valp! More 5Qs to come.