Mixed feeling in this post. For the past year, we have been trying to see how Macchiato should transform. From easy-going post to serious business post, one thing stays firm – it should be a free personal expression when any of us writes something here.
We shared cool stuffs, we shared valuable piece of knowledge, we share inspirations and we shared encouragement. Sometime ago we decided to take out the B2B business related content and have it on another blog – B2Bento.com – which has taken off to a great altitude since it left the Macchiato runway. All other free-and-easy stuffs we would like to share to our friends, to our network – we have been doing the same in our personal networks; via Facebook, via Twitter, via Tumblr, via our photo sharing in Flickr and lately Instagram. So it’s simply comes to one conclusion – we can use our social media channels to share what we value, there is no point repeating the same thing here. After all, most of our friends do not read this blog.
Does that mean Macchiato is dead? Nope. It should sleep for now, into the hibernation until sometime in the future when there is a need to awaken this great part of us. We will update our team page soon too, and we encourage you to find each of us on social media networks out there, and connect and know us even better – and share with us what we value.
Let Macchiato have its rest now… For this season, it’s a wrap!
Xylography is a woodblock carving technique invented in the 18th century. Back in the old days, pieces were being carved out from wooden blocks in such a way that the printing parts remain on the surface while non-printing parts are removed or carved out. The style was very effective in expressing the boldness through the carving lines, and the extent of the details were determined by the size of the artwork. If the carving was large enough it can then accommodate intricate and complicated designs.
In today’s world, this artistic technique has been used extensively for advertising, publishing and logo design. Most probably you will find the use of this technique on magazines or anything of that sort. And with the help of technology, software like Adobe Illustrator or any vector based design tools have replaced Xylography in achieving the desired effect.
To give an example, Chris Gall is an illustrator who specializes in woodcut illustration. His artwork has been seen in almost every publication in America, including Time, Newsweek, People, Fortune, The New York Times, and the Washington Post. His woodcut illustrations still maintain the traditions of old school woodcarving. But in spite of that, he still manages to infuse a modern look and feel into his work.
Here are some of the illustrations that he has done for his upcoming book entitled Cocktail Book. Don’t laugh, that’s actually the title. I’m not making it up. But seriously, I’m a huge fan of the way he uses lines, details, un-orthodox color combination like bright pink and yellow.
I’m still hoping that someday soon, I can get to work on a project for GetIT where I can use this kind of technique that I really like. Yeaaaaah!