Category Video

Netflix teases upcoming documentary series, ‘Abstract: The Art of Design’

Abstract: Art of Design

At this point there’s a documentary about nearly every topic these days, and now thanks to Netflix, design is continuing to become more mainstream. Sure, we have Gary Hustwit’s documentary trilogy of Helvetica, Objectified, and Urbanized. Outside of Helvetica though, they mostly played to those particular audiences.

Abstract: The Art of Design, will be a documentary series that focuses on a wide variety of creatives (think Chef’s Table but for design) which Netflix describes as showcasing “their creative process, explore their work, and discover how their innovative designs have profoundly affected our every day lives.” Featured in the series is Paula Scher, Christoph Niemann, Platon, Tinker Hatfield, Ralph Giles, Bjarke Ingels, Ilse Crawford, Es Devlin.

It’s a pretty phenomenal line-up, but I find it interesting that there are some folks like Bjarke Ingels who I’d classify as an architect, not a designer. Same with Christoph Niemann, phenomenally talented but I’d certainly put him more int he camp of illustrator. Either way, it’s great to see creatives in our line of work being highlighted in this way. Hopefully the show is a hit and we get several seasons to enjoy.

The series starts streaming February 10.

Mark Pritchard’s “Beautiful People” featuring Thom Yorke

Mark Pritchard - Beautiful People music video

Since 1991, Mark Pritchard has been making genre-spanning electronic music that ventures from House, to Ambient, to Drum and Bass. His most recent effort Under The Sun was aptly described by Pitchfork as “deeply atmospheric and richly impressionistic, Under the Sun is an easy album to disappear into.” The album feels like science fiction journey with moments of wonder and mystery.

The music video for “Beautiful People” is a perfect manifestation of this feeling. The song features TFIB favorite Thom Yorke, both vocally and as a transcendent robotic spirit wandering a seemingly deflate landscape. Director Michal Marczak has truly encapsulated the feeling of the album into six minutes of visual narrative.

Kia LaBeija vogues through the streets of Bogotá

If you’ve never seen Paris is Burning (streaming on Netflix) do yourself a favor and put it on your to-do list. It’s a documentary about drag balls in Harlem in the 1980’s, a fantastic glimpse into a vibrant, unique subculture (one which Madonna “borrowed from” for her song, “Vogue”). One of the many drag houses you meet is the House of LaBeija, fronted by the house mother, Pepper LaBeija, who in her own right is a fantastic character.

The house LaBeija still lives on, thankfully, as evidenced by this music video for Pillar Point which features Kia LaBeija representing her House marvelously, dah’ling. Watching someone vogue is always entrancing. There’s such a fluidity and poise to the act, like a form of ballet that was born from a queer place. Setting this intriguing dance against the lush, color-filled streets of Bogotá and you’ve got a music video you can’t take your eyes off of. I’m so glad to see

Editor’s note: I do realize that my writing has been sporadic lately. I’m hoping to get back into it with more regularity.

‘Endless’, a hypnotic video of unending routines by Moli Studio

The mundaneness of repeating task is often tedious, but what if it was actually something beautiful? Perhaps this is Moli Studio’s take on the matter? Their video Endless takes a mono-colored world and adds in a series of machines which perform random tasks. In the context of the video though they’re oddly hypnotizing.

ENDLESS is a story about seeking and not finding.
It’s the mechanized routine.
It’s to get up, go to work, eat, fall in love, buy, throw, fall out of love, accept, sleep, wake up.
ENDLESS is a story about seeking and (not) finding.

Moli Studio - Endless video

Moli Studio - Endless video

Moli Studio - Endless video

Lavender fields of Provence from above

Lavender. It’s an incredible scent and color that’s unfortunately been abused by corporations, perverted into abysmal scents that linger in an Airwick “air freshener” or mangled into a dryer sheet. Lavender is an incredibly vivid plant that, when seen en masse, is actually quite stunning. Back in July, Stories In Motion filmed the lavender fields of Provence with stunning results.

What you see here is a *single* day of shooting with the DJI Phantom 3 by Joshua Karthik! This is the very first day we flew this amazing little quadcopter which in its 3rd iteration has revolutionised the way aerial cinematography is done – it is quick to set up, painless to operate and delivers mind blowing results.

Agreed.

Geoff McFetridge talks with Monster Children

Geoff McFetridge

If you’ve followed the site for a while you’ll know my favorite artist/designer is Geoff McFetridge. He’s been an inspiration to me since the early 2000’s and his style and aesthetic has certainly influenced my own. Monster Children sat down with McFetridge to speak about his past (working with Girl Skateboards, Grand Royal magazine, and XLarge) his process (which is extremely process driven and a bit OCD) and the themes that continue to show up in his work over and over.

After watching this all I want to do is draw and paint.

The most incredible 1 minute of food porn

The most incredible 1 minute of food porn

Terms like “food porn” may have passed their heyday, perhaps “_______ porn” is a passé phrase anyhow, but it felt apropos for this short spot for Marks & Spencers by foodfilm. The piece employs time-lapse to great effect, showcasing the process of a meal, lots of macro close-ups so you truly connect to the food, plus high-contrast lighting which makes the food look fresh and delicious. Tying the whole video together are the hyper-cuts utilized which both unifies and invigorates the work, giving it a frenetic energy that you can’t turn away from.

If you enjoyed this be sure to check out the rest of food film’s work on Vimeo.

Opening titles for ‘True Detective’ Season 2

True Detective Season 2 Titles

The new episode of True Detective premiered last night and with it, a beautiful opening title that helps to set the tone and mood of this new universe. A washy mix of Los Angeles imagery and the A-List talent that stars in the show, the intro was masterfully constructed by Elastic, a graphics studio out of Santa Monica, CA. You probably know their title design work from shows like Halt and Catch Fire, Daredevil, and last year’s gorgeous Academy Awards. Watch it below.

True Detective Season 2 Titles

True Detective Season 2 Titles

True Detective Season 2 Titles

True Detective Season 2 Titles

My Favorite “Vision of the Future”: ‘Wanderers’ a short film by Erik Wernquist

'Wanderers' a short film by Erik Wernquist

'Wanderers' a short film by Erik Wernquist

Being a science fiction fan I can always appreciate the concepts of people who envision the future. This is especially true of Wanderers, a short film crated by Erik Wernquist that explores what our future expansion into the Solar System could look like.

Although admittedly speculative, the visuals in the film are all based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. All the locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available.

There’s a subtlety to Erik’s film that sells it for me. While the locales are exotic the ships and suits are in the realm of believability. At parts it felt like it could be a poignant, artistic version of a Red Bull commercial, echoing the Stratos jump made by Felix Baumgartner.

I think the short beautifully encapsulates the ingenuity and creativity of man. If we can imagine incredible achievements such as these, why would they not be possible?

My Favorite “Designer as Teacher”: Aaron Draplin Builds A Logo In 10 Minutes

Aaron Draplin Builds A Logo In 15 Minutes

Portland based designer Aaron Draplin is well-known for his straightforward attitude and no-nonsense sense of design. You could even describe him as a “champion” for the design community, a person who has an immense output of quality designs, and by all accounts I’ve heard, one of the nicest and most supportive folks on earth.

Last week he took Lynda.com‘s logo design challenge, creating a really simple, strong mark in less than 10 minutes. He walks you through his process and his reasoning which gives you a fascinating look at how he gets from nothing to something. His confidence and the easy way he demonstrates his work makes you feel like you should go out and make 100 logos on your lunch hour. Love this guy.