Great video by Eric Friedensohn on how to look at life with a different perspective. There are things in life that you have no control over, and if we take a step back and look at the silver lining of things, we can live life just a bit happier.
There are many tools and practices that we use now inside InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator that had practical purposes behind them when they were produced manually by hand rather than by the computer. Some of these reasons and best practices are starting to wane due to the very fact that we rely on the computer to do so much now. It is for this reason that we must understand the history behind graphic design and the old school processes that got us to where we are today.
With that, I say you check out this awesome kickstarter project that delves into the history of graphic design and how our graphic design predecessors worked day to day.
Imagine designing and printing a brochure—without a computer. How would you set the type—making sure it fit your layout? How would you crop the images? How would you place those images alongside your text? And what would you hand over to the offset printer when you were done?
Up until just 30 years ago when the desktop computer debuted, this whole process would have been primarily done by hand, and with the aide of fascinating machines that used a variety of ways to get type and image on to the printed page.
Mad Men gives us viewers small glimpses into this detail-oriented, time-consuming process—but working as a commercial/graphic artist in the pre-desktop computer era entailed a lot more than marker comps for client meetings. Graphic Means will explore these methods and the skilled people who used them.
As 2014 winds down and time presses on forward, celebrate by watching this amazing video of a watchmaker reassembling the intricate pieces of a Rolex. These pieces help us measure the time that seems to always escape us. How will you live in 2015?
Aaron Draplin of Field Notes was asked by Lynda.com to go through the process of designing a logo. I love his process because this is pretty much exactly how I work. I always encourage new up and coming designers to use pencil and paper rather than going directly into the computer and mocking things up.
Be sure to watch until the very end and get Draplin's bits of advice about freelancing.
Pepsi has rebooted an old classic Japanese Fable Momotaro in their new campaign for Pepsi Nex Zero. Interesting.
In one minute, watch the various hair and makeup styles from the past 100 years.
Here is an interesting segment on the differences between the action in the films of Jackie Chan and the action of other films. Yes, he may have the advantage of being a skilled martial artist and other actors may not have the years of training Chan has to emulate the style of action film that is unique to Chan, but it also seems like the point of budgeting and editing really play a bigger role just as the video argues.
Our world is so budget conscious that we always seem to sacrifice quality work versus figuring out a creative solution that can merge the two. What's worse is when the lack a quality is noticed, it is the creative person/team that will get the short end of the stick being stuck with the stigma of not delivering. Maybe I'm still being naive in hoping that if we all just do quality work, the work will show for itself, but in the end everyone really needs to be on the same page.
One thing is for sure, Chan's movies are definitely different from other action films in the market.
By now everyone has seen the Star Wars Awakening Trailer, however, we have another year until it comes out. But that means you have one year to gather supplies and make your own lightsaber hilt to bring to the opening! Check out the trailer again as well as some other videos to give you some inspiration for your own lightsaber builds!
Pan! Warner Brothers has released an official trailer for Pan, the origin story of Peter Pan. This looks pretty good.
I love spinning tops! I played with them when I was little and still do, although I do still hold a slight fear of tops when throwing them because of one incident of having the top whip back at me and giving me a fat lip. Despite that, I still love tops.
Spinning tops have been a part of many different cultures but recently I found a video on youtube called Japanology that delves deep into the cultural significance of tops in Japan.
Official US trailer of Studio Ghibli's Tale of the Princess Kaguya. An amazing Japanese fable that I remember reading when I was little. I'm excited to see Ghibli's interpretation of the classic tale.
This brings back so many memories of my childhood. Popeye was definitely the only reason why I agreed to eat spinach.
Get a look into the workshop of Tanner Goods and the chorus of sounds that emanates from their beautiful work.
HAH! Anytime is good for a Peacemaker Beer! Good luck getting a 99pack of beer home!