Keep a sense of wonder

Posted September 8, 2010 by Desiree Perry
Categories: design, humor, inspiration

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Oh my goodness! It's a pony in the Apple store!

Following is a link to an essay on keeping a sense of wonder and magic. It’s also a good observance of the people in an Apple Store. It’s a great read. (If it’s not true that a woman brings a pony  into the Seattle Apple store… well, I don’t want to know.)

Frank Chimero’ essay: “There is a Horse in the Apple Store
What the hell? A beautiful little pony, with a flowing mane, the likes of which my sister would have killed to get for Christmas when she was 7 or 8. And, NOONE is looking at this thing. I wondered: if there were kids in the Apple Store, would they notice? “Yes,” I say. “Yes, they would.” ”

Frank Chimero is an illustrator and designer.

Gizmodo has another photo of the pony: Yes, That’s a Horse Inside an Apple Store

The squealing at Cute Overload (OMG! Pony!)

Arcade Fire’s amazing interactive HTML5 music video

Posted August 31, 2010 by Desiree Perry
Categories: animation, HTML5, Multimedia, Music, Video, visualization, Web design

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“We Used to Wait”

Arcade Fire

I had a lot of fun putting in different addresses and watching this amazing interactive HTML5/music video/Google maps mash-up for the indie band Arcade Fire. There is so much going on I had to watch it a few times. Windows pop open and shut, maps spin, photos of streets that you may know appear.

You have to use a HTML5 compliant browser, and be warned the film is processor intensive. You’ll want to shut down other programs first. It will take a while to load, but it’s worth the wait. I was able to view it with Safari 4 and 5.

“The Wilderness Downtown” page

Arcade Fire’s The Wilderness Downtown

More about the video

[UPDATE 9/6/10] NPR: The Secret Ingredient Of Arcade Fire’s New Video? You

Arcade Fire: Using social media to score a number-one album
Much like the now-fabled Old Spice Guy campaign, Arcade Fire and Merge Record’s use of social media is sure to be a model for album releases to come.

Official Google Blog: Arcade Fire meets HTML5

Google Chrome Experiment page
Choreographed windows, interactive flocking, custom rendered maps, real-time compositing, procedural drawing, 3D canvas rendering… this Chrome Experiment has them all.

Windows pop open and shut, showing video and Google maps all timed to the song “We Used to Wait” off of the new album

2,000 watercolor paintings to create this video

Posted August 23, 2010 by Desiree Perry
Categories: animation, Illustration, Music

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The band Breakbot's music video "Baby I'm Yours" animated by Irina Dakeva

Over 3 months Irina Dakeva painted the 2,000 watercolor paintings used to create this music video for the band Breakbot. The resulting film is lovely and mesmerizing.

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Top notch animation for a music video

Posted August 4, 2010 by Desiree Perry
Categories: animation, Illustration, Music

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Bill Sneed's animation of a surreal night journey.

A charming video of a pickup truck’s trip to the moon. I love the color palette and the illustrations. It really has a unique look.

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Music I’m listening to… “Deadline”

Posted August 4, 2010 by Desiree Perry
Categories: Music, Music I'm listening to...

DeadlineChristopher Ave

“Here I sit, I’m waiting again
I can’t quit until you hit “send”
Taking your time to polish all your phrases
Never you mind if I make some changes ”

A guide to 5 top sketchblogs

Posted July 29, 2010 by Desiree Perry
Categories: animation, Illustration, sketch, sketchblog


From Loish sketchblog

We were encouraged to keep a sketch book in art school. Today young illustrators and animators are creating sketchblogs. These blogs can have drawings, sketches, roughs, finished art, iPod art, short animations or a mix of all. Read the rest of this post »

NPR animation: Travel the invisible highway

Posted July 16, 2010 by Desiree Perry
Categories: animation, Illustration, NPR, visualization

NPR animationI loved this charming animation for a science report by Robert Krulwich about insects using high air currents to move great distances. The art and visualizations by Benjamin Arthur are well done and illustrated the story so well. Of course, since it’s NPR, the audio is wonderful. What a great way to make science fun.

Audio report, animation and story:
Look Up! The Billion-Bug Highway You Can’t See

Documentary: We Are All Workers

Posted July 8, 2010 by Desiree Perry
Categories: Advertising, Documentary, Storytelling, Video

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The city of Braddock

The city of Braddock

An ad on the New York Times’ home page caught my eye this week. It was for an eleven part documentary series on the economic issues of Braddock Pa. I’m from Western Pennsylvania and went to college in Pittsburgh, so I was curious as to what this film was about. Read the rest of this post »

Short films

Posted July 2, 2010 by Desiree Perry
Categories: Audio, NPR, Storytelling, Video

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The tools to create a great looking and sounding film are becoming less expensive all the time. It’s exciting to see what filmmakers are posting online. I’ve been seeing some rather interesting experimental storytelling in short videos. Read the rest of this post »

Music I’m listening to… “Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk”

Posted June 30, 2010 by Desiree Perry
Categories: Music, Music I'm listening to...

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Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk — The New Pornographers

“A mistake on the part of nature, you are a tall glass, a blast from the past
Where things were simpler then…
You ask exactly when? ”

Crash Years — The New Pornographers

“You got those old eternity blues, eternity blues
Your fingers raised, you’re looking for the word
What you want is accident, another drag, spectacular view
What you can lose… ”