As promised, today is the second and final installation of our celebratory 10×10 series, which chronicles the first 100 features of Ballista Magazine. Yesterday, my partner-in-crime brought you his top 10 images — today, it is my turn. In the spirit of competition, however, I have decided to add an additional element to the equation: a 10-word description of the featured work! I’ve always been a fan of the haiku, but a wordsmith I am not. Without further ado: PART TWO!
Ten favorites for two days and 100 posts and counting…
1o. Alphabet Arm Design, Counting Crows Logo – Colorful and balanced mosaic with excellent composition. More to come.
9. Tobias Wong, I Want to Change the World – Not sure how the binding works, but quite fascinating nonetheless.
8. OhNo!Doom Collective – Digital, yet highly crafted; Odd, yet lovable character. Tooth Fairy-ish?
7. Blaine Fontana – Natural creatures on natural materials with natural aesthetic…just great!
6. Mark Weaver, New York Times – Simple and honest, great re-imagination of nostalgic icon and culture.
5. James Harvey, Dead or Alive – Great characters with slight case of vertigo…leaning, but profound.
4. Fourfivesix, Beautiful Losers – Told you there were more mosaics! Great typography and color.
3. Jans Feliks Kallwejt, SpanAir Illustration – Beautiful, organized, and informative — who wants to go to Barcelona?
2. Daniel Blackman, Bikers Band – Simple, clean, and just weird enough…bike with a gunrack…
And coming in at Numero Uno:
1. Thierry Guetta, Recovery Plan – Politics aside, fantastic execution! One question: Was it Thierry Guetta?
So there you have it — my humble take on Ballista Magazine’s 10×10 series. While there were some noticeable and deserving omissions from the list, these ten thumbnails are my favorites to date; that said, I will be taking bribes in the forms of money and/or commissioned artwork for my living room. If you want on the list, you have to pay the piper (haha)! On a serious note, though…we at Ballista want to sincerely thank our featured designers and ever-growing audience, from the earliest fans to the most recent members of our coalition. Stay tuned for an even BIGGER Ballista Magazine milestone, set to launch tomorrow evening! Cheers!