Friday, April 29, 2011

Buster Keaton Docu


Buster Keaton documentary storytelling


I love old Buster Keaton movies. Not only because, after all this time, they are still perfectly enjoyable to watch, but also because they are top notch study material for everybody interested in storytelling. Keaton is a master. Impeccable timing, deadpan delivery. Whether you are a film maker, comic artists, cartoonist or whatnot, whenever you rely on visual storytelling to get your message across, you’ll probably benefit from studying Buster Keaton movies.

This documentary is not for wussies who suffer from that “short attention span syndrome” you hear so much about these days. More than two and a half hours! Yes, sir. But it’s Friday, no? The week is over. Relax. Get some friends to join you or invite that lovely girl from downstairs, why don’t you…?

And if not, there is always the weekend.



Buster Keaton documentary storytelling

Buster Keaton documentary storytelling

Buster Keaton documentary storytelling

Buster Keaton documentary storytelling

Buster Keaton documentary storytelling

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Three Muscles of Creativity




Designer Michael Wolff (of Wolff Olins) describes creativity as the working together of three muscles: the muscle of curiosity or questioning and the muscle of appreciation or noticing both enable the third muscle, the one of imagination…



(Found via Brain Pickings)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Kevin Tong: Posters





I like Mr. Kevin Tong. Not only does he make fancy posters, he also makes elaborate blog posts about how he makes them, often including process videos. Nice stuff. He even did an instructional video on how to pack valuable prints to protect them from damage during shipment. (If you're interested, find it here along with plenty of other videos.)




His R2-D2 poster is particularly intriguing. I love the end result, but I can’t help but thinking that making it must have been such a drag! Oh well, Mr. Tong probably couldn’t disagree with me more, so no worries…

Check out the video below and please check out his blog at Lots and lots of cool stuff there. For more of his work as an illustrator, visit his portfolio.





(Found via IllustrationTown)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

N.Y. Adorned “Tradition”




A friend of mine is an aspiring tattoo artist. I’m guessing he’s gonna like this beautiful little video. It’s all black and white, hits the right vibe and actually says some sensible things about an art form about which there is often way too much pseudo-mystical blahblah going around.

Cheers, P. Enjoy.

(Found via Fubiz)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Animation: Apache




This lovely animation is a music video for the band Danger Beach (Dream Damage Records), made by Oneedo/ Ned Wenlock (with character animation by Rodney Selby). Great colors and illustration-style but most noteworthy is the very successful use of a rotating background plane. (It’s too hard to explain, just watch the video, you’ll immediately see what I mean…)

More work of Oneedo can be found on and on his Vimeo page.



(Found via Drawn)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Nokia Pure Typeface Video


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I saw this video on a Monday morning and even then I couldn’t be fooled by it… Sure, it’s probably a nice typeface, but was it absolutely necessary to jump on board of the “letterpress-revival” just to pretend to be (here comes the magic word)  “authentic”. Ooooh, we are so “authentic”. Look at us!



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I’m getting a bit tired of “authentic”. Can’t somebody claim to be fake for a change?


The video was made by Build. The typeface created by Dalton Maag. The letterpress run by paekakarikipress.

(Found via Fubiz)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

M ss ng Murphy


Mister James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem talks about the impact of technology on musical discovery and the future of taste…



(Found via The Casual Optimist)

Friday, April 15, 2011

More Serge Baeken…





We’ve had a little post on Mister SRG, Serge Baeken before (check it here). Today he is presenting his new book “50/50” filled with “wonderful and nauseating” sketches at Galery Lambiek in Amsterdam. If you have the chance, be sure to visit!


















To visit Galerie Lambiek check this. More work By SRG can be seen on

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Animation: Thursday


A BAFTA-nominated short by Matthias Hoegg: An everyday love story set in the not so distant future where blackbirds battle with technology…



Find a behind-the-scenes look at

(Found via Drawn)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bill Bissett documentary


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I had never heard about Bill Bisset before. He’s a poet and artist from Canada. I looked up some of his other work and performances, but to be honest, none of it did very much for me…

But I did like this film. A documentary produced by the Canadian National Film Board in the 60ties. It talks mainly about Bissett’s search for freedom and his struggle with authority (ranging from gatekeepers-to-the-arts, overzealous policemen and father-figure-like landlords). It’s an interesting look into the mind of a young artist and  perhaps these are subjects every artist struggles with…

It is also a real nice film to just watch. Beautiful photography and Beatnik ambiance.




More on Bill Bisset can be found here.

(Found via It's Nice That)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Designers & Books


We’ve had bookshelf porn on this blog, now it’s time for bookshelf voyeurism.


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The site “Designers & Books” gives us a peek into the libraries of some 50-and-counting more-or-less famous designers from around the world (well… Actually, at the moment they have one from Finland, one from Japan, five from the UK and 49 from the USA, so… I guess they’ll have to do some travelling soon…)

The designers show us which books have had an impact on their life and design practice. A lot of the people included are architects or product designers, but there are twenty-or-so graphic designers as well.

So. Do you want to know what Paula Scher is reading? John Maeda? Michael Beirut? Milton Glaser even? Of course you do! It’s silly, I know. But can you resist taking a peek at the bookshelves when you are visiting someone? No you can’t…. Of course not.


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What are you waiting for?


(Found via Brain Pickings)


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Docu: Superman


This is an old BBC documentary from 1981 containing interviews with Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, but also Will Eisner, Trina Robbins and many others….



Found via The Ephemerist


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