– James Victore writes a stunning piece on 99U about the undeniable benefits of being weird. More than anything Victoire speaks about the courage it takes to take your own path and finding like-minded people along the way.
I’ve been a huge fan of the new Jamie xx album In Colours. I personally feel like it’s far better than anything he did with The zz, *achem*, The xx. Adding to the grandeur of his new album is this epic music video directed by Erik Wernquist, who you may remember from his video Wanderers, which follows intergalactic explorers breaching the undiscovered parts of our universe.
For this music video Erik takes a similar approach yet this time he plots the potential of humans inhabiting Mars. It’s kind of a slow burn, the real juicy stuff doesn’t start till about the 2 minute mark, but I promise you it’s worth it. This should be watched full-screen on the largest monitor/TV in your office.
And if you haven’t listened to the new record yet, get on it.
It’s hard to give such a creative individual like Christoph Niemann an ordinary title like “illustrator” but it would probably serve him best. Over the weekend he created this exquisite sketch simply titled “brush girl” and I rather liked it. Funnily enough may brain immediately goes to Degas when I see this. Perhaps it’s the skin tone, the face that’s hidden from view or the tone of the skin color. Either way it’s quite stunning for such a clever idea.
If you’re a fan of Niemann’s work you should take some time and read his interview over on FvF, it’s a treat and it gives you an idea of what his work ethic and ideals.
Slowly but surely our homes are getting smarter. There’s an app for your lightbulbs, your thermostat understands your temperature preferences, and monitor every corner of your home with the touch of a button. Portland based design firm Instrument have created an impressive survey of home automation gadgets and how they fit into the lives of Gen Y, Gen X, and our beloved Baby Boomers.
You may have heard of some of the items on this list but there were many there totally new to me. Have you heard of the Dyson 360 Eye? It utilizes “complex mathematics, probability theory, geometry and trigonometry to map and navigate a room.” Pretty sweet, right? It will also be interesting to see what’s announced at Apple’s WWDC event and see how they enter the fray. Will the Apple TV start being less TV and more hub of all Wi-Fi connected devices? We’ll know soon enough.
You can read Instrument’s entire list by clicking here.
I’ve had a lot of trouble starting this post, I’ve been attempting to write it for a month or two now. After daily posts of ideas, creativity, and randomness, how do I explain my drought of passion and ideas? Well, a lot of it has to do with my day job. For those who didn’t know I’m a full-time creative director at Disney who nowadays feels most like they’re moonlighting as a blogger. I currently work with a brilliant team of 21 creatives – UX, UI, Vis Dev, and more. Together we’re making some pretty phenomenal web and app experiences as well as beautiful pieces of art that we share with millions of Disney fans across pretty much every social platform out there. Saying it’s an exciting time would be an understatement.
While my career continues to excite me the blog unfortunately suffers for it. Thankfully, taking a break over the last few months has given me some time to rest, to refocus, to regain my perspective. After over 8 years now I can’t simply let this site whither and die, it would be a travesty. So I’ve decided to get back at this, sharing the ideas that shape the way I see the world. It probably won’t be design-centric all the time but the world is large and full of wonders (sorry for butchering your quote Lord Dunsany). Hell, I’ve even decided to throw a new style onto the site. It’s not quite refined yet but it looks sharp on mobile and it’s something fresh to make the return even sweeter. Thanks again for all the support over the years, here’s hoping you’re still enjoying the ride.
I’m a huge fan of Marilyn Minter and her paintings/photographs. They’re sexy, raw, juicy, bold, in your face, and amazing. She’s a powerhouse creatively and gives no fucks about how people try to classify her art or what’s right or wrong in the art community. In conjunction with her upcoming retrospective at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Vogue sat down with Minter and spoke about art, social media, and Photoshop. This part cracked me up.
How do you decide whether one of your pictures should be a photographic C-print or an enamel painting on metal?
I went to an art school [the University of Florida] that was invested in showing only the “truth,” which at the time was Abstract Expressionism. If you didn’t paint like de Kooning, they didn’t pay attention to you. I got a “C” in painting and an “A” in photography, so I thought, “I guess I’m a photographer.” I just didn’t know how to make anything without a subject. I became a photography major, but only ever worked in black-and-white. Color was verboten. With photography there was always something I wanted to change, to get rid of, so I started painting the photos. Now I decide to print a photo rather than paint a copy only if there’s nothing I can do to make it better.
But either way, you use a lot of Photoshop.
When Photoshop came around, I thought I’d died and went to heaven. When I hear artists say “Oh, the good old days” or “I’m old school,” I just want to puke. There’s no tool I won’t use.
Be sure to read the full interview here.
Like a lot of things these days, writing by hand is a “dying art form” that will soon cease to exist, just like books, newspapers, and records. I personally use a notebook everyday to keep track of all the things, which means I have a trusty pen that I take with me everywhere. Having the right writing instrument is pretty key, and these pens by ystudio have me drooling.
The Taiwan based shop has created a series of pens and mechanical pencils made from pure copper and brass. They’re definitely not cheap but you can imagine having these pens for years, if not your entire life. Plus the patina that’s built up with use is a beautiful demonstration of wabi sabi in action.
You can see their entire line-up by clicking here.
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