Madagascar travel book excerpt (Madagascar, carnet de voyage, extrait)

Posted January 29, 2011 by Desiree Perry
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Madagascar, carnet de voyage, extrait

This animation by Bastien Dubois looks like a travel sketch book come to life. It uses 3-D animation with a traditional look and music.  Read the rest of this post »

A sexy song and beautiful type design

Posted January 25, 2011 by Desiree Perry
Categories: design, Music, Music I'm listening to..., Typography, Video

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The sublime type foundry House Industries has a new video that’s a visual treat. You’ll see many of the fine fonts, books, posters and other products by their designers. There are scenes of the designers in action. All the visuals are timed to the catchy, slightly 1960s sounding Polite Dance Song by the duo of Inara George and Greg Kurstin — better known as The Bird and the Bee. Kurstin, is a music producer and keyboardist that has worked with Lily Allen, Barenaked Ladies, The Flaming Lips and Beck.

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Posted January 23, 2011 by Desiree Perry
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“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”
—  Laura Ingalls Wilder

This TED talk by Neil Pasricha is funny, sad and very inspirational. Enjoy!

Neil Pasricha: The 3 A’s of awesome

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The movie title stills collection

Posted January 16, 2011 by Desiree Perry
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The opening design of a film — the editing of the first scene, the music and title sequence — sets the mood. Here’s a web site with many title slides organized by year.

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Vivian Maier, Street Photographer

Posted January 7, 2011 by Desiree Perry
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Vivian Maier, Self Portrait

This will appeal to anyone who hopes to find a treasure at estate sales or auctions. It’s a mystery story about a talented photographer who chronicled life in 1950s, 60s, and 70s.

In 2007, John Maloof went to an auction and bought a box of 30,000 negatives. He started looking through the negatives and found an incredible body of work of a street photographer. He could only learn that the photos had belonged to an ill, elderly woman. The auction house would not tell him her name. He was intrigued. Who was this wonderful, unknown photographer? Read the rest of this post »

Thought of You

Posted December 6, 2010 by Desiree Perry
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Thought of You is a lovely animated short by Ryan Woodward.  Figure drawing, 2d animation, contemporary dance and music are combined into a thoughtful animation. The drawings are simple and beautiful with fluid, natural movement.  Read the rest of this post »

Short documentary “Influencers: How Trends & Creativity Becomes Contagious”

Posted November 16, 2010 by Desiree Perry
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The short documentary Influencers: How Trends & Creativity Becomes Contagious looks at people who have influenced music, fashion design trends, and pop culture over the years. It’s interesting take on how creative people are inspired by creative work in different fields.

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A look at HTML5 in action

Posted October 22, 2010 by Desiree Perry
Categories: Flash, HTML5, Journalism, Multimedia, Storytelling, Web design

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More than 50 years ago, the criminal justice system was both the same and very different. The Burton Abbott case is one of the best examples of this contrast – or lack thereof.

Executing Abbott: 50 years later is nice example of HTML5 design and what kind of interactive experience that can be created with it. It’s just one part of a larger project called Behind Bars, a report on incarceration in California. The work is by a team of 14 journalists at the News21 project at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. The whole project is well done and worth spending some time with.

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Music I’m listening to… “Getting Higher”

Posted October 14, 2010 by Desiree Perry
Categories: Music, Music I'm listening to...

Getting Higher — Paper Tongues

“Get higher, and higher, and higher
When my back’s against the wall
You’re the hand that breaks my fall”

Music I’m listening to… “Magpie To The Morning”

Posted September 19, 2010 by Desiree Perry
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"Magpie To The Morning" (ArtStudio & Photoshop)

Magpie To The Morning
— Neko Case

“Magpie comes a calling, drops a marble from the sky
Tin roof sounds alarming, wake up child
“Let this be a warning” says the magpie to the morning, “Don’t let this fading summer pass you by””