Every designer (or at least this one) knows it is smart to share your logo presentations with your kids before your clients. Our daughters have been giving us advice for years, and they are usually spot on. They just see stuff…like Adam Ladd’s five-year old daughter does in this video. In fact, she sees stuff I haven’t seen (and am a little embarrassed to admit). The McDonald’s logo as an M made out of french fries? Very cool and pretty darned cute.
Archive for the 'video/film' Category
Tags: eames documentary, ray and charles eames
No question, Charles and Ray Eames are two of the most important designers of the 20th Century. I remember seeing Powers of Ten when I was in elementary school…it blew me away even before I knew what design was. Not only did they blend art and industry, they blended curiosity with productivity. As someone who has shared a design studio with her husband for over 30 years (can it be?), they have always been the standard for a creative partnership. Can’t wait to see the new documentary of their lives and work.
Tags: design, Holstee Lifecycle, inspiration, life, video
Last March I posted the Holstee Manifesto. Today Holstee released a fantastic video, celebrating the manifesto through bicycling.
Here’s what the fine Holstee folks say about it on their blog:
Tags: everynone, film, radiolab, symmetry
Tags: art cars
I have always loved art cars. One day I will have/make one. My glue gun and my collection of girl superhero dolls are just waiting for the right moment. In the meantime we have Automorphosis.
Featuring a perfect poster by Calef Brown:
Plus, access to camera van postcards (c’mon, you know you want to get a closer look).
And of course, a reason to visit Douglas, Arizona (to visit Art Car World).
Eight minutes to slow you down and remember why we all love printing. The poetry of ink….I can smell it now.
My favorite things all rolled into one: Activism for the power of girls, especially those living in poverty….a message carried through with power and persuasion… and simple, elegant execution. The Girl Effect’s latest video – The Girl Effect: The Clock is Ticking – just premiered at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. The first Girl Effect video was probably my favorite communications piece done over the past two years, and I am thrilled to see the follow up.
Don’t let the simplicity of this piece fool you, there is some incredible talent behind this. And from my point of view, not only a situation, but a solution.
For more on the Girl Effect, check here.
Tags: American Masters, documentary films, John Antonelli, Mill Valley Film Group, PBS, Sam Cooke Crossing Over
My friend, John Antonelli, has been working on a documentary about Sam Cooke for 12 years. Twelve years! And tonight, the country will get to see the result, as American Masters on PBS is opening their season with the premier of John’s film.
Here is the trailer:
Sam Cooke infused the spirit of the Black church into popular music, altering the landscape of American popular music. With You Send Me in 1957, Cooke became the first African American artist to reach #1 on both the R&B and the pop charts. He proved that it was possible, with his unique (and somewhat risky) pop/gospel hybrid, to appeal to white teenage listeners as well as gospel followers.
Within two years, Cooke was on the charts with Soothe Me, Feel It, Bring It On Home to Me, Wonderful World, Cupid, and Twistin’ the Night Away. His music crossed over, literally, as he sang meaningful lyrics with the fervor of gospel and the romance of pop. Cooke brought us Chain Gang, written during the Civil Rights era, and the poignant and powerful A Change is Gonna Come (in 1962).
“Sam Cooke accomplished what no other black performer had ever even attempted, founding his own music publishing and record label, opening doors for and writing material for other artists – mentoring Aretha Franklin and launching Otis Redding. He had the courage to take an open stand against racism, refusing to perform at a segregated venue in the south and garnering the support of Dick Clark. But, his story ends abruptly at the height of his success when, at the age of 32 in 1964, he was, inexplicably, gunned down and killed in the company of a prostitute – leaving a profound legacy filled with extraordinary talent – and all the questions about what might have been.”
And John didn’t have an easy time making this film either. The San Francisco Chronicle described his experience last week, in this article.
John’s dedication to this project is inspiring and I am so thrilled for him. And for us. Because now we get to tune in, learn, enjoy and even sing a little. Thank you John! Please check your local PBS listings (in the Sacramento area it will be on at 9:00 Monday January 11).
Tags: creativity, graphic design, lady gaga, neutraface, typography, video
Lady Gaga redux. A clever four minutes to lighten your day.