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What We Learned This Week: The Visual Trends of 2017

What will 2017 look like? Colorful, global, gritty, unfiltered and immersive. So says Getty Images, which has released its forecast of the trends that will drive visual communications in the new year. As we noted this week, Getty's team of "visual anthropologists" - aka editors and art directors - analyzed significant developments in media, pop culture, advertising and art, as well as millions of downloads and search data from, to divine the future. Meanwhile, the 2017 Pirelli calendar arrived, and it continues a trend toward unretouched photos. Something else to look forward to in 2017: Trump.

Stop Motion Showcase: Uncharted Territory in "Lighthouse"

It took filmmaker Simon Scheiber over seven years and 14,000 photographs to make The Lighthouse, a stop-motion tale about a lighthouse keeper whose daily routine is upended when he discovers a mysterious phenomenon. The eleven-minute film’s “imposing aesthetic combines classic techniques with modern technology (rapid prototyping and digital motor/light automation),” notes Short of the Week. “I had no practical stop-frame experience whatsoever when I started on The Lighthouse. Because of that I had to teach myself the fundamentals,” says Scheiber.  

notePad: Holiday Pop-Up Books & More

Saturday, December 10 Holiday Signing Extravaganza at Aperture Gallery, from 3 to 5 pm. A holiday celebration featuring an all-day book sale and special book signings from artists. From 3 to 4 pm: The Cat Photographer with Walter Chandoha, New York with Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, Home Around the World with Elliott Erwitt, Rescue Me with Richard Phibbs, Photographs and the limited edition artist book Range with Penelope Umbrico From 4 to 5 pm: Kids In Love with Olivia Bee, New York with Jeff Ch...

Latin American Ilustracion: Ze Otavio

"I just found it really interesting straight away," says Brazilian illustrator Ze Otavio, who in 2015 was commissioned to create work for an article in Intelligence Report magazine focusing on a number of hardline anti-Muslim activists in the US -- all of who are women. He used ballpoint pen and nail polish to create the illustrations, focusing on the color orange to capture the fiery speech of the women. His image of Cathie Adams, former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, was a winner of the Latin American Ilustracion 4 competition.

Illustrator Profile - Ward Sutton: "Just make stuff you feel great about"

Ward Sutton is an illustrator and cartoonist based in Fort Collins, Colorado. His bright, bold, comic book-influenced illustrations, cartoons and humor pieces have appeared in numerous publications, and he contributes regular graphic political commentary to the Boston Globe and other newspapers and magazines. Sutton also moonlights as Stan Kelly, the editorial cartoonist for The Onion, "a fake cartoonist for the fake newspaper," as he describes it. A collection of Sutton's work as Kelly has just been published. Kelly: The Cartoonist America Turns To received a glowing write-up in The New Yorker, and should be on anyone's holiday gift list who enjoys humor and cartooning.