Strange Inventions

Dr. Alderete in TRImarchiDG, a graphic designer with a style Argentinian Mexican

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Saturday, 18 May 2013 16:13

On Saturday, May 4, the city of Buenos Aires received the reduced version of TRImarchiDG, graphic design congress largest in Latin America, attended by graphic designers as Dr. Alderete and Lin Rico, among others. We take the presence of Dr. TRImarchiDG Alderete, to discuss their latest work, the magnificent work of the Argentinian graphic designer with a very Mexican.

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In this year, TRImarchiDG proposes "Back to the office" which reflect on the "Current Dialogue between traditional graphic trade and new technologies. Disenchantment with the trades derived from an overestimation of the digital age. Finding that the digital age is less than quench our search in the visual field, we realize that much of what we seek is still in the offices of our past. We complement our digital training with knowledge of graphic artesanato our newest generational legacy. Ours is the last generation that lived part of that era and digital. The purpose of this project is to raise this concern revaluation of office in the new generation of digital natives. " A speech very consistent with what the Hipsters defend, apparently, but that's another story, what concerns us today is Dr. Alderete participation in this event.

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For those who do not know say that Jorge Alderete, better known as Dr. Alderete, was born in Argentina came to Mexico City, with his wife Clarissa and, thanks to his love for music, managed to position itself as a designer in the rock scene . Recognized for his album covers for numerous artists, including highlights Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Lost Acapulco, and several artists on the label, Isotonic, also emphasize Alicia Multiforo cartels. His works have been published in the popular Taschen twice, in the book Graphic Design Illustration Now and has also collaborated with the publisher Actar in the book Place, among many other publications. He is co-founder and owner of Isotonic Records label, store-gallery KONG and since 2012 a founding member of Vertigo Gallery. In his long career as a designer and illustrator, has worked for several TV, among which is the creative MTV, Nickelodeon, Channel Fox and Once TV. Since 2011 participates as a musician and artist in a project called Black Rooster Sound.

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The journalist and music producer Leonardo Tarifeño, comments on the work of Dr. Alderete: "I see in the work of Dr. Alderete a Latin American identity mutant, which ultimately is the one that best represents us. An evolution that goes from pop to post-punk, but always refers to a continental scar. In the Latino culture is not plenty of examples that combine a popular sense the elegance and daring. I think the greatest achievement is to cross these roads Alderete and make it look completely natural. "

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Des his works, this is one of my favorites, Editions Acapulco makes a selection of various pictures taken directly from the personal notebooks of Dr. Alderete. Ciudadosamente edited, designed, printed and bound, this book allows you to enjoy the pictures of daily life of this unique artist. In a way, these pictures remind me of James Siqueiros.

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A book of portraits, people, friends of Dr. Alderete. Edited by Black Cat Bones Editions, with texts by Bruno Galindo, Warpig and Gary Panter. A clear example of the work of this graphic designer.

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Cover for album The Fabulous Thunderbirds

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Home Sound debut Black Rooster

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12 drawings

12 drawings is a beautiful tabloid publication containing 12 drawings, sketches of some work done in pencil. Silkscreen printed on newsprint by Color 75 º, is a limited edition of 150 copies, that accompanied the launches of books Sonorama, and Yo.

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Image of the 10th anniversary of the station 90.9 radioIbero

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Promo for MTV Latin


Book containing 20 years of work by illustrator and designer, with a foreword by Mr. Flavio Los Fabulosos Cadillacs and texts of William Fadanelli and Leonardo Tarifeño, the book published by Ediciones La Box Matches are 160 pages of posters, CDs, vinyl, etc.., With commentary from the musicians on the relationship between art / design and music.

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Dr. Alderete is the result of the mixture of many cultures and aesthetics, and most of the heritage of our most immediate culture, Pop Art, with a clear influence of its greatest exponents the great Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, the popular Mexican aesthetic and work of Frida Kahlo , his iconography and symbolism, also draws on his own history of graphic design , taking full advantage of the world of art and illustration, not to mention the film from Tarantino to Saul Bass , and last but not least inspired by the world Kitsch . This concludes with a vivid and shocking, which generally uses contrasting color abarroca in the best sense of the word his still lifes, with grotesque figures and illustrations with a fun use of aesthetics rockabilly, hairstyles and aesthetics of the 40 and 50, give this show of color and shapes so creative, wonderful and expressive, is a clear example of 2D neoKitsch.

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No. 4 Block House, one contemporary pagoda in Nanjing, China

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Friday, 17 May 2013 22:15

Nothing like the combination of ancient and avant-garde, a mixture very handy in buildings of recent times. The architecture of the ancient pagodas study inspired the AZL Architects for the design of a contemporary Pagoda, located amidst the lush greenery of the jungle Loshan, in Nanjing, China.

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The name of this building is No. 4 Block House and it is an architectural complex created by four architects of the study, determined to realize their ideas in a unique built environment. This pagoda brings together 20 contemporary homes and consists of four cubic blocks (hence its name), a reinterpretation of traditional buildings from countries like China, Japan, Thailand and Korea.

The exterior appearance is most striking, especially if we pay attention to the contrast (and also harmony) that is achieved between No. 4 Block House and the surrounding landscape. Moreover, the organization of space was made ​​with a minimum of excavations in the valley.

The result is a building that plays with textures, curves, straight lines, and has an interesting congruence with where it is located. We face a sober geometry that helps redefine the landscape, making it more dynamic and at the same time reminding the aesthetics of Chinese gardens.

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The division of each block, and the appearance of the facade is marked by balconies or terraces with open corridors. Although not noticeable from a distance, the building has windows, large glass surfaces.

Do not forget to look out the gallery to take a look at the interiors: a bath playing with the contrast between white and black, and spaces for use by all residents, spacious and well lit.

Another success: the way it exploits the rooftop terrace with a wooden deck dark. This is the ideal place to sit and contemplate the surrounding vegetation. The experience will probably cause the illusion of being in the middle of the quiet of the forest, and not in a modern building. Suffice downstairs to meet with a safe, friendly and, above all, very well laid out.

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Photos: Designboom

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Internet versus school, is an educational system obsolete?

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Friday, 17 May 2013 13:59

Is school an educational system obsolete, requiring review? Internet versus school, a rising Internet, developing a large industry versus school, based on a system that began with the industrial revolution. While the traditional educational system has become more expensive, showing its limitations and futility, a system that kills creativity, curiosity and motivation, online education saves 60% of costs and time, a more niche educational system as a our capabilities. The online education industry grows exponentially in developed countries .


Great thinkers throughout history have advocated alternative education systems, to enhance imagination, reflection and creativity versus knowledge and storage capacity, as Plato said, "Learning without thinking is wasting energy", or Confucius: "The self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education that exists "and as Albert Einstein said:" Imagination is more important than knowledge ".

School or University are no longer the only way to acquire good training. In recent years, Internet has emerged as an alternative system with such force and accuracy that we set the obsolescence of the education system and the changes that should be made.
The changing demands of the labor market, forcing you to constantly recilarte, where better to do that from home or the office?, To reconcile your work and personal life.

The trends are Online service of universities that offer the same classroom courses via the Internet. Or as training platforms that offer short courses and workshops on any subject, many of them facing to new technologies or design, among many others.

Thanks to the internet you decide you want to learn, and when they want to learn, and especially given the possibility to either teach what they are expert, without having graduated as a teacher. How often the lack of evidence of subject matter experts, are impossible to access a university professor position for not having the required qualifications, great professionals, experts in their field, they are superseded by mediocre towards their degrees. Ridiculous.

We speak of an educational system outdated and obsolete, with unmotivated teachers, but prohibit centered in opening the mind, appears more castrating system of creativity, where the maximum is to create an army of personiladades lacking spark, with a single speech narrative.


Where we teach skills that are useful for the economy and the progress of the capitalist system, without any possibility of alternative strands of thought or opportunities to enhance the virtues and abilities of each student individually, unique teaching and equal for all , molding the mind to be productive members of our society, with a single thought, that fear. They are strict in their organization, structure and schedules, some agendas set by the government, which promote good memory and compressing the topic.

The current education system should be geared towards a new paradigm of teaching. An education based on the qualities of each person and not on a particular age group. As Isaac Asimov predicted and advocated for an individualized educational system, where you can take advantage of the potential of our children.

Some of the knowledge it imparts such a system, are required to have a minimum knowledge and globally to better understand the world. The current education system programarios, power and scientific knowledge and underestimate forget art. The worst is not the agenda that study, but just basic studies, full of knowledge that you are useless, you have been instilled by force without having been able to digest and analyze, you've memorized.


Isaac Asimov, in I, Robot, tries to make us understand that apart from scientific knowledge, and technical, art makes us human and gives us the ability to create, imagine and invent, to shell and analyze, for calculations and data storage capacity we have to machines and robots. That is why we extend our knowledge of art, art, philosophy, cuisine, literature, music, helps motivate most human part of our being, the creative part. Philosophy teaches us to think with reason, away from superstition founded by ignorance of our surroundings, that everything they do not understand is rejected, for having undermined the reasoning and analysis Capacitya.

It is important to question yourself, why we'll be interested to learn something, he first got curious about it, the fact that education leads to repetition and memorization of knowledge, a danger to our ingenuity.

The difference you find when a teacher motivated, passionate experts in their field conveys passion in classrooms or conference knowledge, first posing riddles, creating curiosity and expectations for students to meet with enthusiasm until the end of the paper. These classes do not require memorization taught, the way to present the facts easier to understand. If you are passionate about a topic that will be a before and after in time to focus on your career or vocation. And if you are not interested, that teacher will accompany you throughout life, along with a good knowledge of insurance the've applied many times in your life. But these are exceptions, and in general the system corseting kills any passion, the students and teachers. The education system should be able to transmit to his students this curiosity and passion to each of the students, teach you to think, to study and then later create.


Who has not had in its environment, examples of intelligent, with great potential, who have failed in the studio and even in your working life, for not well-focused capabilities and curiosity, were bored in class and failed in studies, thus killing great minds of our society. I've even been hearing caliber nonsense "too smart gives parents problems first and then in your life gives you adjustment problems."

I leave a video of Isaac Asimov reflects on education and proposes a better alternative educational system to enhance maximum a student.

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Type Letterpress, calendar printed on cotton leaves

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Friday, 17 May 2013 05:00

The passion for vintage is something that never dies, it is the grace to get a little time capsule in the form of art / functional object that represents us an echo of that time but finds its way to reinvent to stay alive his speech. The Type Letterpress Calendar is one of those cases, with the curiosity that their creation is current, but following production processes that were used 50 years ago.

Originated as a project of Kickstarter by Jordan Mummert, professional and passionate about letterpress printing. The idea of ​​your calendar on the idea of ​​recreating everything as if it were the 60s, with some additions that give an air force. There is a card for every month of the year, around the month are in circular formation every day that make the month, the cards are placed on a bamboo, 100% eco-friendly, where they shift every 30 days . The cards are stiff cotton sheets, so it is possible to write marks on them to keep track of our daily agenda.

All production of Type Letterpress Calendar is done using a 1960 letterpress printing, which makes the process a bit slow and laborious, but the result, with that impression management relief and subtle black and gray on the feel of cotton, is something that is simply impossible to emulate on a digital press.

The draft Mummert needed $ 3,000 on Kickstarter to be done, because there were only printed series for the months of July and August. Seven days after the start page already has over $ 18,000 raised, it is therefore an interesting example of how you can achieve this kind of aesthetic rare commercially successful, as there are people willing to pay for it.

Once finished the first batch of 500 calendars, special edition everyone who supported the project in the beginning, open to the public will be sold at a cost of $ 35 per issue for 12 months, and 45 for one with 18 .

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