Too old to have fun, too young to die!

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    “Is someone different at age 18 or 60? I believe one stays the same.”  – Hayao Miyazaki     How old is ‘too old’ to have fun? Games company Ubisoft think it is 45.… Continue reading

Nae Energy? Nae Danger

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When Glencrest Director Ross Gourley approached SDDP with colour sketches of a new pack design the brief was simple, create a brand that would last the test of time and a range of… Continue reading

Swan Lake Monday

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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are… Continue reading

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

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Here at The Iconophile we don’t normally post on a Sunday. Hey, even God took a day off. Deal with it. Today is different though and I bring you an extra post for the… Continue reading

He Sees/She Sees: If Walls Could Talk

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“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or… Continue reading

Up in Smoke

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“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke,… Continue reading

Evolving design

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The Evolve range. Energy, Sugar Free and Stimulation   I have been working as a packaging designer for many years and in the last 4 years SDDP have become specialists in design for the… Continue reading

Spring sprung upon me like a randy fly

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Yup. It actually feels like spring. The smells, sounds, sights are all springy. The sun is out, the birds are tweeting and it feels like a new world is opening up. Oh and love… Continue reading

My other preciouses!

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Two posts for the price of one. A companion post to today’s earlier one. I loved shooting the rings and mentioned the bracelets so I thought I’d shoot some of these, again for… Continue reading

My precious!

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“We wants it, we needs it. Must have the precious.” – Gollum- JRR Tolkein I love jewellery. Watches, rings, pendants, bracelets. I collect shiny things like a magpie. I am lucky that my… Continue reading

Living Paintings of the Rooms of Life by Dorothy O’Connor

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Tornado 2011 by Dorothy O’Connor . . “My ongoing series “Scenes” centers around transforming spaces, often a room, into fantastical landscapes which frequently utilize elements of nature and the natural world to tell… Continue reading

He Sees / She Sees

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“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the… Continue reading

Iconoplaylist: The Decemberists

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“Don’t know how I survived The crew all was chewed alive I must have slipped between his teeth But, oh, what providence What divine intelligence That you should survive As well as me… Continue reading

Cover Story with a Twist

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. “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” ― Mark Twain . Ever wondered what it would be like to be featured on the cover of a magazine. To have your face… Continue reading

A New Look for The Iconophile

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“The only true voyage of discovery is not to go to new places, but to have other eyes.” – Marcel Proust   The ability to look at something anew, with fresh eyes, to see… Continue reading

Black and Blue and Read all Over

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. . The look in this photo of our cat is the one she gives us when we’re talking about things which humans talk about and the wisdom of the cat is something… Continue reading

That’s the way, aha, aha….

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We often get asked about our studio setup and the equipment we use so I thought it might be fun to show a few pics and run down the details of our setup.… Continue reading

BaselWorld International Watch Fair

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The run up to the Baselworld International Watch and Jewellery Fair in Basel, Switzerland, is always an extremely busy time for us at SDDP (for me in particular) and this year has been no different… Continue reading

All work and no play….

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Ok, so when I’m not working I am sometimes to be found sat at a keyboard writing, but unlike ‘Jack‘ I am not typing the same phrase over and over again. Well, not unless… Continue reading

A Roll of the Dice

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. . “Man must become comfortable in flowing from one role to another, one set of values to another, one life to another. Men must be free from boundaries, patterns and consistencies in… Continue reading

Stop Motion Update with Guest Star

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Drumroll…………… Ladies and gentlemen, the stars of our movie are now ready for their dress rehearsal. More or less. I say more or less because I can never resist tinkering and there will… Continue reading

Bashooka: Inspiring designers

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“Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” – Thomas Edison What Thomas failed to point out is that without that 1% of inspiration you’re just a sweaty mess. We are all looking for… Continue reading

Bottled Feelings for Sale?

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What is it about feelings which can sometimes overwhelm, you and those around you, when they are unleashed, that you may utter “I thought we’d never come back from that one.” once the… Continue reading

The Sole and Beautiful Inmate of the Isle

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“This scene of the physical and mental world in an agony of fruitless and incessant motion, might have suggested a profound and singular image, had not the whole attention been riveted to a… Continue reading

And finally, monsieur, a wafer-thin watch

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Two wafer thin watches to be precise and these almost certainly won’t make you explode. (For those too young to know, the headline refers to a Monty Python sketch taken from the film,… Continue reading

The Intimate Sea

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. . “I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in… Continue reading

What immortal hand or eye…

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“Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry?” . ― William Blake . . I must admit that I can’t think… Continue reading

Do Play with your Food

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“Love After Love The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror and each will smile at the other’s welcome, and say,… Continue reading

Love for the Human Soul

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“This fire that we call Loving is too strong for human minds. But just right for human souls.” ― Aberjhani . It’s that time of year, you know, the one where everywhere that… Continue reading

Iconoplaylist: Neutral Milk Hotel

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“What a curious life we have found here tonight. There is music that sounds from the street” – In The Aeroplane Over the Sea, Neutral Milk Hotel The Flying Victrola by Brian Dewan We’ve… Continue reading

Stop! Motion.

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“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” – Frank Zappa I promised you regular progress updates on The Iconophile’s new stop motion animation movie and here we have some early pics of the two… Continue reading

Why would he do a thing like that?

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. Captain Bennett: He let the killers in himself? Why would he do a thing like that? Frank Bullitt: I’m waiting to ask him. Captain Bennett: What about the setup? What do you… Continue reading

Artificial Intelligence

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“Facts are ventriloquist’s dummies. Sitting on a wise man’s knee they may be made to utter words of wisdom; elsewhere, they say nothing, or talk nonsense, or indulge in sheer diabolism.” ― Aldous… Continue reading

What’s on your wall? Art imitating life imitating art.

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“For as long as I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster. To me that was better than being president of the United States. To be a gangster was to own… Continue reading

The Unspoken Law of Gravity

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“You know how sometimes you lie in bed at night and think, “What if the law of gravity just wears out and lets go and I drift into space?” Does that ever make… Continue reading

Giving Animated Life to Concepts

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“Some things that move us are beautiful, others are sublime. But the sublime moves us more profoundly than the beautiful.” . Edmund Burke on the Sublime – See how Edmund Burke tied the… Continue reading

Grand is the word!

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“You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.” – Andy Warhol I watch a lot of movies. I always have. Good ones, bad ones, I will try anything… Continue reading

The Gift of Nature

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“When someone masters something, it becomes a part of that person. It becomes part of the individual’s thought and creative process. It adds the quality of its essence to all subsequent thought and… Continue reading

How Deep Is Your Love?

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“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” – Robert A. Heinlein . Why do you do the job that you do? To put a roof… Continue reading

It’s just Pirates being Pirates… or is it?

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“Are you as surprised as I am that I’m the only one here behaving myself?” ― Charles Van, Black Sails. . I’m a lover of the visual arts. Always have been since I… Continue reading

Tools of the trade

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“Man must shape his tools lest they shape him.” – Arthur Miller Work has begun on the new models for The Iconophile’s very own stop-motion animation movie. Laid out here are the tools of the trade.… Continue reading

Where is my mind?

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“With your feet on the air and your head on the ground Try this trick and spin it, yeah” – ‘Where is my mind’ – Pixies Right now, my mind is straying in to the… Continue reading

At home with SDDP

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“A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.” – Roald Dahl Following on from the success of our original stop-motion animated website intro, we naturally decided that The Iconophile needed… Continue reading

The Shock and Awe of Inspiration – Cymatics: Science vs Music

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“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ― W.B. Yeats Every now and then we come across something which makes us stop in our tracks… Continue reading

Don’t Hide the Madness

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“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” ― Allen Ginsberg . . What does – Express Yourself – mean? More often than not when someone asks me to express myself, I get… Continue reading

The Beauty in the Flaw

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 “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” ― Leonard Cohen Have you ever dreamed of owning something which in some way represented an ideal to you. Dreamed about… Continue reading

Bringing Philias Switchmoat to life

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“Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying.”  – Jean Cocteau Philias Switchmoat and his runaway bed. Illustration by Marcus Wild A couple of years… Continue reading

That 70’s Style

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“Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them. ” ― John Updike   I’m a child of the 70’s, so it shouldn’t be any surprise that I… Continue reading

Out, Damned Spot!

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Removing a speck of dirt from a camera’s delicate sensor can make Lady Macbeth’s dilemma seem like a mere triviality. “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”… Continue reading