It’s pretty well known that Kelsey Brookes has a background in science. The San Diego based artist has really started to come into his own, pushing his aesthetic and artistic limits to new levels by throwing himself curveballs making “things that he enjoys seeing.” What does he enjoy seeing? LSD molecules blown up to giant sizes and recreated in crazy, crazy colors that look a bit like you dropped a pebble into a neon rainbow puddle, an effect that he describes as being akin to “taking LSD while looking through an electron microscope at LSD.” Since TFIB has a bit of a subtle drug theme today, it’s only fitting that we share a video of Kelsey making his high-end drug inspired work.
At Herman Miller we think, learn, and communicate through design. It is the language with which we share new ideas and address the problems people face. Before we decide what we do and how we do it, we must first ask “why?” It is in this spirit of inquiry that we approach the stories we tell on WHY. For us, design is never just about a finished product. It is a narrative that extends from the designer’s vision to the people it touches and places it transforms. With WHY, we invite you to discover why we do what we do at Herman Miller.
Luca Agnani, an Italian designer and animator, has taken the classic works of Vincent Van Gogh, and brought them to life. He’s created a short film called Van Gogh’s Shadow which shows over a dozen of Van Gogh’s paintings suddenly filled with life and movement, perhaps giving us an insight into how the artist may have seen the world he lived in.
Russian designer/typographer Ruslan Khasanov (who we’ve featured on the site a couple of times for his typography) has crafted a rather beautiful video titled Pacific Light. Ruslan mixed together colored ink, oil, and soap, producing a wonderfully colorful short video that defies standard descriptions. Sit back and enjoy 2 minutes of trippy, technicolor footage.
“Living better, with less, that lasts longer.” These are the words of Mark Adams used to reiterate the ethos of Vitsœ, the enduring design company of which he is managing director. We continue to applaud—and desperately covet—the classic designs envisioned by industrial designer Dieter Rams which inspired the conception of the company founded by Niels Vitsœ and Otto Zapf. Not only are they representative of good design (as in the tenets of his design principles which cite that products be innovative, useful, unobtrusive, and long-lasting), they continue to be of use to us in the 21st century.
Inspired by a bowl of cereal and the ’99 classic Wear Sunscreen, Like A Lunatic is a delightful little video packed with great nuggets of advice and fantastic narration. Created by TFIB favorite Sean Pecknold, it was made over a weekend with the help of Alina Hardin and Matt Daniels and combines a number of playful animations. There’s little else I can add other then to tell you to check out the video and try your best to follow the advice, who knows, it might just help you!
Long Live The Kings is a film and photographic project by SAGS (aka: Clement Beauvais and Arthur de Kersauson). Shot exclusively on film, it’s a celebration of motorcycles, good company and the open-road. Featuring a short documentary shot solely on super 16mm, the video was filmed during a road trip around the French Pyrénnées.
Some of you may recall the excellent Jameson First Shot competition that was launched last year. Created in tandem with Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti’s production team Trigger Street Productions (The Social Network, 21, Fanboys), the project invites budding writer/directors from the US, Russia and South Africa to submit short scripts in the hopes of getting the chance to have their film made.
Last year, each of the winning films starred Kevin Spacey (we loved The Ventriloquist), this year the winners had the opportunity to work with the excellent Willem Dafoe. It’s a great competition and it’s always good to see such inventive and original work in film. My personal favorite is Shirlyn Wong’s Love’s Routine but all three are worth checking out. You can take along below:
Today, I thought I’d share three videos of three very different projects under construction right now. The projects are all quite different, and this is in no way a comparison of the three. But they are all interesting to different people and are being realized to vastly different scales.
The Red Heels (or Les Talons Rouges) is a very sweet animated short from illustrator and animator Olesya Shchukina. Originally from Russia but currently living in France, Olesya created this film while at college back in 2011. The brief was to make a one-minute film from a child’s point of view and I think she’s done a wonderful job. Made with cut-outs and stop motion, the film has a charming aesthetic and I’m really looking forward to seeing more of her work in the future.