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I love this video. ¬†Excellent advice for all creatives…especially the newbies… ūüôā

(Thanks Art DepartMENTAL!)

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In May, I ventured to Gallery 1988 (of Damon, Carlton and a Polar Bear fame) to see a new, mysterious show by graphic artist Olly Moss.  The theme and media for the gallery opening were kept tightly under wraps, but I was game for a new show so I met up with my friend, Amy, and stood in line for whatever might be unveiled.

Moss is known for his bold, simple graphics and illustrations for all manner of pop culture clientele, so I assumed I’d see more of the same…

…but that’s when my mind was blown. ¬†ūüėČ

Amy and I were waiting in line for a while and so we didn’t get a glimpse at the show inside until we were almost near the front door. ¬†I took a peek over people’s heads to see row after row of what appeared to be those old-timey papercut silhouettes…the kind your grandmother took you to get at Knott’s Berry Farm when you were 8 (OK, that’s my own memory).

Hmmm…strange, I thought.

But as I looked closer, the first papercut I could sort of make out looked vaguely like…Mary Poppins? ¬† And then when I got a bit closer, I spied another that looked a tad like…Pee Wee Herman?… And then the smile grew wide on my face.

The entire show was an ode to pop culture in the form of papercut.  Frame after frame was a loving little homage to each of our favorite characters from the past:  The Dude, Willy Wonka, Mr. Miyagi, all of the characters from The Breakfast Club.  It went on and on.

Every person in that space had the look of childlike delight. ¬†Such a simple concept that brought out the joy in every person who attended. ¬†And the added fun was trying to figure out exactly who was represented in each papercut…it was sort of a game that encouraged everyone to interact, guess and ask questions of one another. ¬†Real. Human. Interaction. ¬†There was even a “Where’s Waldo” piece that was “missing” and you had to find Waldo somewhere hidden in the gallery. ¬†It was so enchanting – as art and as experience.

This speaks to the incredible power in a simple, elegant concept that has ties to our happy memories.  Charm, with a bit of humor, wins every time.

Here’s a video about the show from Threadless:

And click here for a link to Olly’s own blog post about the show.

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One of my favorite design thinkers, John Maeda, recently re-posted an article he wrote for Forbes.com, which reveals his predictions for life in 2020.

He foresees a resurgence of hand made and individually crafted pieces – things that are qualitatively special rather than technologically nifty. ¬†If we think about it, we’re already headed in that direction with sites like etsy.com or with the rise of the ragtag “maker” movement, both of which are exciting signs of what’s ahead. ¬†But unlike the cute and simple designs of those crafty etsy purveyors, or the down and dirty machines made by motley makers, we are in need of a new elegance…a return to craftsmanship that shows not only an affinity for making something, but a love of the aesthetics and quality that elevate handmade items to acts of accomplishment. ¬†Truly, things to hold on to for the long run.

Maeda’s piece gives me something new to look forward to. ¬†ūüôā

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Your Life In 2020

John Maeda

Forbes.com

In 2020 we might just regain some of the humanity that was lost in 2010.

The future of “ubiquitous computing” has been heralded for decades. It sounds grandiose–computing, everywhere!–but ironically, a future of ubiquitous computing is one where computers actually go unnoticed. That’s 2020. It is when Nicholas Negroponte’s assertion in 1995 of “being digital” switches to “been digital” because we will have been there and done that. Kids who have grown up stealing free views of recent movie releases online or regularly chatting with a friend in Bangalore or Atlanta will be working adults in a world where the notion of “work” has changed because of digital technology. But it’s no longer “technology” in 2020 anymore–it’s just how we get things done.

Click here for the full article…

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