The folks behind WMC Fest have finally gotten around to posting some of the talks from this year’s event. I’ve been waiting for this particular talk to go online so I could share it with EVERYONE I know. Jen and Omar, better known as These Are Things, share an honest story about the ups and downs of being in the business of creativity. It’s a story about resilience… one that rings true for most people lucky enough to make art for a living.
If you’ve ever designed and developed a typeface you know how painstaking it can be. For me, a novice type designer, it can be a challenging (read: frustrating) process of iteration upon iteration before any sort of real refinement or programming can begin. As shown in the video above, the team behind Prototypo is looking to streamline that process, making the manipulation phase rather painless. I’m looking forward to trying it out.
NOTE: If you haven’t designed a typeface, but you’re interested in seeing what goes into making one, I highly suggest watching this interview with Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones.
I was fortunate to be able to attend the 2013 Weapons of Mass Creation Festival in Cleveland. Here is a small snippet of what the event is all about. I’ll definitely be attending again, and I’d like to thank Jeff Finley and Go Media for creating such a worthwhile event for all of us landlocked creatives in the Midwest.
Awhile back I posted some of Andy Gilmore’s work. Here’s a short video, produced by Ghostly, to accompany that earlier entry.
Merging technical fabrics with stylish and contemporary cuts, Berlin-based ACRONYM has quickly carved a space for itself in the world of fashion. Under the direction of founders Errolson Hugh and Michaela Sachenbacher, ACRONYM has been deftly treading the line between function and form while always taking care not to stray too far into one at the expense of the other. The military-inspired gear sticks to a simple color palette of navy, black, olive, and tan but backs it up with serious technical materials including GORE-TEX and Schoeller fabrics. On offer are shorts, tapered pants, button down shirts and plenty of outerwear. Acronym is equally at home on the streets and out in the woods.
Nixon has topped my list of brands to watch (no pun intended) for over a decade. Their dedication to minimal and timeless aesthetics is second to none in my opinion.
Thanks to the power of social networking I had the opportunity to spend the afternoon at Nixon’s headquarters, talking shop with Abe Vizcarra, a designer for the brand. Touring their offices, chatting with their studio manager, and picking Abe’s brain about design and creative process was one of the highlights of my vacation.
As a skateboarder, an artist, and all around unique individual, Mark Gonzales has helped shape many of my views and personal interests. I hope you all enjoy this video, presented by adidas Skateboarding, as much as I did.
Last week, while working in Miami, I had a chance to checkout the Wynwood Arts District. I really didn’t know much about the area except that it’s rapidly becoming a Mecca for street art with some of the more notable walls covered with pieces by the likes of Ron English, The Obey Crew (not just Shepard Fairey), Retna, Ryan McGinniss, R.O.N.E., and way too many others to name. To my surprise many more types of art beyond graffiti were well represented, and the streets are lined with galleries, bars, boutiques, and restaurants.
“The Wynwood Arts District is home to over 70 Art Galleries, Retail Stores, Antique Shops, Eclectic Bars, and one of the largest open-air street-art installations in the world.
The Wynwood Arts District Association has been legally operating since 2009 for the well-being and improvement of the Wynwood Arts District, one of the largest and most prominent creative communities in the United States.
Taking over what used to be the warehouse and manufacturing district of Greater Miami, developers have rehabilitated neglected warehouses, shuttered factories, and other unused buildings, transforming them into the numerous art complexes, galleries, performing art spaces, restaurants, cafes, and other creative businesses that are seen here today.
With the introduction of the Second Saturday Art Walk in the District and the arrival of the Art Basel fair in 2002, Wynwood has seen some unexpected growth in a relatively short period of time as it gets more and more attention by the locals as the go-to place for an alternative and more cultural nightlife in the City of Miami.
Though the influence and relevance of the arts community in Wynwood is undeniable, new, creative businesses of all types are opening their doors in the District and encountering success here.”
With that said, Wynwood is a must see for art enthusiasts. Other major cities should take note on how Miami is cultivating a proper art scene.
I’ve been shopping for a new bicycle for more than a year. Frankly, the number of choices are a bit overwhelming. To make matters worse I’m exceptionally frugal and I feel most comfortable when I’m certain I’m getting the absolute best value for my hard earned money. Add in the fact that I’m a bit obsessed with well thought out design and aesthetics and I usually find myself back at square one–paralyzed by the decision at hand, researching, test riding, and asking lots of questions at every dealership in town.
With that said, if you haven’t watched Barry Schwartz’s TED Talk on The Paradox of Choice, you should. It’s a perfect explanation of the feelings most of us face when dealing with too many options.
I love an artfully filmed action sports video. Watch this footage of street trial rider, Danny MacAskill, doing things you never thought were possible on a bicycle.
Saul Bass (May 8, 1920 – April 25, 1996) was an American graphic designer and Oscar winning filmmaker, best known for his design of motion picture title sequences, film posters, and corporate logos.
During his 40-year career Bass worked for some of Hollywood’s most prominent filmmakers, including Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger, Billy Wilder, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese. Among his most famous title sequences are the animated paper cut-out of a heroin addict’s arm for Preminger’s The Man with the Golden Arm, the credits racing up and down what eventually becomes a high-angle shot of a skyscraper in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, and the disjointed text that races together and apart in Psycho.
Bass designed some of the most iconic corporate logos in North America, including the AT&T “bell” logo in 1969, as well as AT&T’s “globe” logo in 1983 after the breakup of the Bell System. He also designed Continental Airlines’ 1968 “jetstream” logo and United Airlines’ 1974 “tulip” logo which became some of the most recognized airline industry logos of the era.