Author: Mark Wagoner

5 Places We Dream Of Going This Summer

1. To this colorful cafe in south Florida . . . 2. To this perfect patio in California  . . . 3. To this gorgeous North Carolina beach front rental  . . . 4. To this delicious wine and cheese tasting in Arizona . . . 5. To this fun summer pool in Colorado . . . If only we could, they are all computer generated!!  For help making your dream images come to life, please give us a call! And head to our social media pages to check out more of our summer inspired images....

Tile Week Recap

Last week our designer, Morgan, took over our social media! She spent the week going over all things tile. But if you missed it you’re in luck because we've put together a recap of everything that Morgan had to say. TUESDAY: MIMICKING ORGANICS Tuesday Morgan touched on different styles of tile and how they can be a great substitute for natural materials such as wood, granite, and metals. Of course these materials are very popular and have a great look but sometimes they require sealing and other maintenance where tile doesn’t. WEDNESDAY UNEXPECTED LOCATIONS Wednesday Morgan discussed how tile can be used outside of its traditional purpose. It can be used to add texture, color, and patterns to surfaces. She also showed us how tile can be a design tool even though “tile can often be an afterthought when planning a design project”. THURSDAY MIX & MATCH Thursday Morgan talked about using a tile mixture to break up grids and patterns. Using different sizes and colors can create a fun look that changes up the traditional look of tile. She also showed us an example of how different colored tiles can create shapes in an otherwise simple layout. ...

This is Gerda Taro

This is Gerda Taro, and today is her 108th birthday. She is a long forgotten war photographer and is credited as being one of the first ever woman photojournalist that captured the front line of a war, and died doing so.     She was born on August 1st 1910 in Stuttgart, Germany to a Jewish family and fled Germany in 1933 after she was arrested for taking part in anti-Nazi propaganda activities, specifically handing out flyers. She eventually settled in Paris, France where she met her partner Andre Friedman (later known as Robert Capa). This is where she learned photography and helped create the alias “Robert Capa”. It was very difficult for foreign photographers to get their images into the French press so the couple came up with a very successful and rich American photographer that would create buzz and would help their photographs succeed. They both were very successful and captured a lot of crucial moments in the Spanish Civil War and Taro was known for putting herself in very dangerous situations just to capture an image. On July 25th, 1937 while returning from the front lines of battle she was crushed by and out-of-control tank and died the following morning (less than a week from her 27th birthday). Although she was largely forgotten for a number of years her work was a crucial part of the Spanish Civil war and was continued through her partner’s work.   (Here is a small collection of Gerda's Images)                           Robert Capa is known as one of the most successful war photographers to date. Some of his best known and most influential images were the ones he shot at D-Day on June 6th, 1944. After a very successful career Capa later died in action by stepping on a landmine on May 25th 1954. So overall Gerda is a pretty awesome woman that is finally getting some of the recognition she deserves. Setting the way for other women and photographers in general to be fearless and to follow their passion. If you want to learn more about Gerda and Robert here are some links:      https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/photography/gerda-taro-google-doodle-death-photography-war-capa-born-spain-a8471891.html https://www.cnet.com/news/google-doodle-honors-pioneering-female-war-photographer-gerda-taro/ https://www.icp.org/browse/archive/collections/gerda-taro-september-26-2007-january-6-2008 https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-25108104 https://www.cnn.com/2017/03/15/europe/gallery/tbt-gerda-taro/index.html https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-photographer-robert-capa-risked-capture-d-day-images-lost https://www.icp.org/browse/archive/constituents/robert-capa?all/all/all/all/0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wISNDLNiNrg...

Quick History of CGI

  Did you know that the world of special effects and CGI as we know it all started with a cat? That’s right cats have been a trend since the 1960s, more specifically 1968. This is when a group of Russian mathematicians and physicists developed a groundbreaking mathematical model that allowed them to move a cat across a screen.   The journey that CGI has taken over the years since have been astronomical, and I mean that in the most literal sense.The first feature film to use 3D animation was Futureworld in 1976  (Westworld used 2D in 1973) followed by movies like Star Wars (1977), Alien (1979) and Superman (1978) to more modern movies and like Avatar (2009), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), and Black Panther (2018). Of course CGI is used in many things outside of movies like video games, still images, and even things like medical training. CGI is more widely used than ever and has helped us expand the possibilities of art, storytelling and technology. Computer Generated Imaging has given us opportunities that many would have considered impossible.             Companies have greatly benefited from the use of CGI when it comes to advertisements, it has not only cut down on cost but also time and equipment.  Car commercials, for example, have the ability to shoot a commercial without even having the car on site. This awesome device (shown to the right) is called The Blackbird and it is used in the production of car commercials to give the CG car a realistic feel. This has helped create a relationship to the road that can be difficult to create otherwise. PIX-US works in the domain of advertising and marketing images and was founded to do for the home fashion and products industries what CGI had done in the automotive industries.   Outside of cars CGI is used in advertisements all the time from sports, to clothing, even food, the abilities of CGI are only limited to your imagination.         So in the end we owe all of this to a cat, which just means that cats have always owned the internet and always will. ...

Pantone’s Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

        In 2017, Pantone’s Color of the Year, Greenery was a fresh, invigorating shade of green that reflected new beginnings surrounding the political turmoil of the 2016 Presidential Election. 2018’s Ultra Violet wasn’t chosen for its representation of power and wealth, but was selected to evoke a counterculture flair, a grab for originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking.   The color violet has been associated with royalty, power, and wealth for centuries. It’s elite status stems from the rarity and the extraordinary expense of dying fabric purple. Since only wealthy rulers could afford to buy and wear the color, it also became associated with individuality, uniqueness, and originality. Today, purple is still regarded as a bit of an “ooh” color. Purple’s rarity in nature and the expense of creating the color and has given purple a supernatural aura for centuries. Perhaps because of its heritage, it has never been a mainstream choice, which is Pantone’s reasoning for it being the 2018 Color of the Year.   Ultra Violet is one of the more complex colors because it is a combination of two shades that are seemingly polar opposites – blue and red – and brings them together to create something new. It also escapes some of the easy descriptions of other colors – red is hot, blue is cool… but what is the quality of purple, exactly? In our current political climate, where red is linked with Republicans and blue with Democrats, purple is periodically identified as a symbol of bipartisanship — or, in the case of swing states, as a signifier of uncertain affiliation. Pantone hopes the blue and red, the colors used to designate America’s liberal and conservative politics, can become a more harmonious purple. Violet speaks to a global audience, not the left (red) or the right (blue), but everyone. Recall the Ralph Lauren ensemble that Hillary Clinton wore to deliver her official concession speech following the 2016 election: a slate grey suit, with a deep purple silk blouse and matching lapels. Clinton later explained the significance of the color in her book What Happened, writing “The morning after the election, Bill and I both wore purple. It was...

Merry Christmas from PIX-US!

We promise the Grinch didn’t steal our Christmas! All of us Whos down in Whoville (Greensboro)—the tall and the small—are thrilled at the progress being made in our new headquarters. By this time next year, the cavernous space you see here will be full of character, creativity and innovation on top of the regular holiday hustle-bustle. And you’ll have no problem finding us since we’ll be just across the street from where we are now on Wendy Court. Stay tuned for progress photos, and in the meantime, have a holly, jolly Christmas and a happy New Year!...