perspective

Optimist by john cheng

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.

On August 1st, 2014 I left everything behind. I ran for my life out of my apartment as it went up in flames, taking everything I owned with it. This shocking event forced me into unknown territory with only the clothes my back. When the fire department let us back inside, I went in to see what I could salvage. Amongst some small items was a rough sketch I was working on earlier in the week, a lettering piece –­ “Optimist". Taking it as a sign, I held fast to this notion of gratefulness and positivity, looking for the silver lining at each turn. As luck would have it, that positivity came right back around to me. In the following weeks, I received an overwhelming amount of support and love from my friends, family and extended community, and was able to get back on my feet. This story serves as an important reminder to keep moving forward, even under the worst of circumstances. A huge thanks goes out to my brother Josh, my parents, Casey, Gary & Marlene Dworkin for helping through it all. I also want to thank John Langdon, Swayspace Letterpress, MKG, and Perk Kafe. An extra special thanks to the team who put this video together. Director- Matt Figler | Producer - Jess Lee | Editor- Cory McCabe | Music- Blueberry by Jesiah Read the full story – www.efdotstudio.com/blog/august1 Purchase letterpress prints here – www.efdotstudio.com/optimist (100% of proceeds go to disaster victims in need of immediate aid)

Jinxy Jenkins, Lucky Lou by john cheng

Have you ever felt really unlucky and that the entire world is just working against you? Maybe you just haven't found the right person yet that changes the way you look at things.

Such and amazing and heart warming animated short by Michael Bidinger and Michele Kwon.

A film by Michael Bidinger and Michelle Kwon.
Production Management- Sarah Kambara
Run Time: 3:52
Sound Design- Nick Ainsworth
Vocals- Ed Skudder, Lynn Wang
Original Score- Mason Self
Produced At Ringling College of Art and Design
Copyright Michael Bidinger, Michelle Kwon 2014
Facebook: facebook.com/jinxyjenkinsluckylou
Tumblr: jinxylucky.tumblr.com/
Youtube: youtube.com/watch?v=adVYnGRVaAo&feature=youtu.be

Rethink Homelessness by john cheng

How do we explain homelessness to children? Have you ever thought about it? Do you tell them that it's because they're bad people? Do you tell them that it's because they didn't go to school and get an education? That they're all crazy? How many assumptions have we made about people that we have never talked to? How often do we really think about their stories and the hardships that they have gone through? Are you really as nice and compassionate as you think you are? I'm definitely guilty of this and everyday I hope that I can grow to be more compassionate and understanding.