I absolutely love coming across amazing things by my friends on the internet. This one especially. It is a photo essay and interview by my friend Fiona Breslin and Grace Villamil about my friend Mark Firth. For those of you who don’t know Mark the names of his restaurants are pretty much household names for anyone who has spent anytime in NYC. He founded Diner, Marlow and Sons and the long since shuddered Bonita(the Fort Greene one was a personal favorite!). A few years ago Mark left the urban life with his wife Bettina and two kids in tow and relocated to the Berkshires where I grew up and still spend a great deal of my time. Fiona’s article captures Mark in his element farming and hanging both on his property and on the porch of his new restaurant Praire Whale in Great Barrington, MA. Head over to Freunde von Freunden to see all the photos and read the interview.
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Tom Donhou of Donhou Bicycles, inspired by the speed seekers on the Salt Flats in the 1960s, built a fixed gear bike with the sole intention of testing the limits of speed. This video by Spindle Productions captures Donhou’s insight into the process of building the bike as well as riding it and going for speed. Donhou also collaborated with Royce to to create the drivetrain for the 100mph Bike, which features a 104 tooth chain ring(that’s really really huge).
Public Record made this awesome video for Doc 2 Doc that explains what it is their organization does. If you are currently trying to validate the potential for positive impact of your startup idea, you should take some notes from D2D.
After hearing about the new series Beat Making Lab from PBS a few words are filling my head. Empowerment, activism, creativity, strength, community, music, and of course beats. The lab itself was initial started by DJ and producer Stephen Levitin(Apple Juice Kid) in collaboration with professor and hip hop artist Pierce Freelon. The premise of the program is Levitin and Freelon travel around the world and set up music studios and teach beat making. Over the course of their stay in a locale they both teach and collaborate with their students to create unique and amazing tracks.
The video below is episode 1 where they travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo and partnered with local organization Yole!Africa to engage its students in cultivating new music making skills.
(via The Fox Is Black »)
Michael Kiser of Good Beer Hunting talks about and shares with us some great shots of the holistic process behind the beer at Solemn Oath Brewery in Naperville, Illinois. Similar to any other craft manufacturer or skilled laborer with a focus on the end product, the folks at SOB are focussed on each element of the process, from the ingredients they use, to the bar top in their tap-room, and on to the logo their beers wear out into the world. This video was made for Issue 1 of Apartment Number 9†, a new editorial project by the Chicago based menswear shop.
Credited with being one of the forces that shaped how we view 20th century design, Irving Harper is an industrial designer and artist. The Why Design series by Herman Miller recently posted a video interview with Harper talking about his paper sculptures and his innate need to create. His paper sculptures range from masks and other African art references, to models that demonstrate complex architectural engineering concepts. One of my favorite statements made by Harper in the video was on the subject of sketching and how he never does it. Instead he envisions the end result and constructs it in his head and then goes directly to the creating the finished piece in paper. “All you have to do is sit down, cut paper out, and score it, bend it, and glue it.” Harper says, which demonstrates his immense modesty and also illustrates how his mind is able to solve problems in paper.
Definitely check out the rest of the Why Design series, which features some of the greatest designers and creatives both contemporary and past.
I have followed the work of Instrument in Portland for a little while. All of which is super impressive. It’s really cool to see in side there space and see where all the great work is being created. Extremely open and fun looking space that feels like it would inspire play as well as work. Guess we will be starting on an office remodeling tomorrow. Checkout the whole studio visit over on Visual Supply Co.
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Last month’s CreativeMornings/NewYork was an extra special one. Legendary art director and author George Lois shared his inspiring words in the awe inspiring Metropolitan Museum of Art. Lois is best known for his nearly 100 covers for Esquire magazine created between 1962 and 1972. It is truly amazing to see how far CreativeMornings has come.
The saga continues with another installment of the Tall Tales From a Large Man tour of Aaron James Draplin. Draplin opened up Brookly Beta this year to a roomful of the best, brightest and coolest people from around the web. This talk from YAY Festival in Stockholm is another great appearance by the big guy.
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Even if you aren’t familiar with Jon Contino there is a pretty sure chance you know his work. Beautiful hand drawn type and extremely natural textures wielded as the tools for creating unique and amazing logo designs, illustrations and just about everything else you can imagine. Kevin Steen recently created this great profile of Contino, which encapsulates his process, drive and vision a concise three minute film.
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I have always appreciated both the mission, the products and the services that Behance makes. This video they created is both visually stunning and inspirational. Their content is always succinct and eloquent at summing up creative pursuits. Especially in the areas beyond being creative. The darker harder parts which require perseverance and perspiration.
In the beginning of this video the flight attendant says “those of you have flown us before know that we do things a little differently on Southwest”. Different can be better and a change from the norm can be enlightening. So many people know air travel to be drudgery of straddling increasing rules regulations and extremely crammed uncomfortable spaces. A little bit of good fun can improve even the most infuriating or annoying things. Let’s give a big thank you to this flight attendant and to Southwest for creating a work environment where people can experiment and make the experience more enjoyable for their customers.
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I have been in awe of artist Stephen Wiltshire’s work since first seeing it several years ago. Stephen is autistic and his condition allows him to see the world differently. He understands and remembers places, skylines, cityscapes in ways few others could even comprehend. Last year UBS commissioned Stephen to draw a cityscape of New York City, and this video shows his process and the resulting artwork. During the video some audio of his sister talking about him and is artwork is overlaid, which gives an added context of his creativity and also his personality and profound need to draw. She describes his drawing as if it were water or air for regular people.
Herman Miller has recently launched a new series entitled Why Design. The site features profiles, images, and videos highlighting influential designers and aims to explore the world through the eyes of these designers. Through October 29th a new profile will be posted weekly. Check out the line up below.
9.10.12 — Yves Béhar — “Surfing Is Like Improvisational Jazz“
9.17.12 — Don Chadwick — “The Camera Becomes an Extension of Your Eyes“
9.24.12 — Ayse Birsel — “Your Life Is Your Most Important Project“
10.1.12 — Irving Harper — “Paper Is a Versatile Medium“
10.8.12 — Gianfranco Zaccai — “Great Food Should Be Like Great Design“
10.15.12 — Studio 7.5 — “Design by Its Nature Is Collaborative“
10.22.12 — Steve Frykholm — “It’s the Breaks That Allow My Mind to Refresh“
10.29.12 — Sam Hecht + Kim Colin — “We Need Contrast and Tension to Be Able to Create”
Even though it has been a rather beer filled week Beer Friday still holds the same allure for us over here at campsite. Catalyst Ale was produced as a fully collaborative project on every level for the 2012 Create Denver Week. From the yeast combined from many local Colorado micro-brewers to the locally grown hops and barley, local design, printing, and fabrication work. Catalyst came together as a demonstration of how the creative talents in different fields were greater together than the some of their parts. The logo and branding was handled by Design & Image, and dons a rugged yet refined tap handle fabricated by Public Works. Also the promotional materials and coasters were printed by MATTER.
(via Beer & Coffee »)
Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine left Germany in 1989 on what was supposed to be a 18-month tour of Africa in their Mercedes Benz G-Wagon. That 18-month trip was quickly extended and has now been ongoing for 23 years. In the accompanying audio documentary and slideshow my favorite quote and undeniable truth is that Gunther Holtorf “is a man who has to be one of human histories greatest individual travelers”. His Mercedes jeep congenially named Otto has been there every step of the way clearing a remarkable 800,000km(+500,000 miles) on the odometer, comparable to 20 trips around the equator.
During a recent stint in Vietnam photographer David Lemke caught up with Gunther to document part of this great adventure. Another remarkable part about the entire story is that it was all done without the aid of a corporate sponsor, or any sponsorship for that matter. Gunther said “sponsorship was offered, but sponsorship is never free of charge”. Christine, Gunther’s wife recently passed away, and one of her final requests was for him to continue the journey for her.
It’s great to see that co-working spaces are spanning out around the globe, and giving creative folks the opportunity to come together and be inspired. The Sync is one such place recently opened by Change Fusion and Soramist Chintanamanus, a recent MA graduate from the Interaction Design program at the Umeå Institute of Design. Now that co-working has broken into the Bangkok scene I am excited to see the cool new projects coming out of that city.
(via Inhabitat »)
Globe has really created a gem here. I don’t know a single person who wouldn’t want to hang out and possibly try shredding some waves in this oasis. This short film titled Electric Blue Heaven features a mix of aspirational and dream like imagery of cars, clouds, mountains and beach babes interspersed with some seriously bad ass surfing by Dion Agius. After the sweltering weather this week I am ready to move here.
I am extremely surprised I just hearing about Industry City Distillery and The City Foundry. These are an extremely motivated and collectively talented group of gentleman making amazing stuff right here in our great city. A well deserved hat tip to these guys. This film, by Christopher Parker was a nice way to find out about them. It captures the process and intentions behind why they do what they do.
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The Wrecking Crew was the most influential band of the 20th century, that no one ever heard of. This documentary delves into the history of the group of session musicians in Los Angeles, California during the 1960′s. They laid down the music for many of the most defining rock and roll artists of that period including The Monkees, The Mamas and the Papas, The Carpenters, and many many more. The concept that a single group of studio musicians could be entirely responsible for changing the course of music history sounds impossible, but they did it.
(via NPR World Cafe »)