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Journey of a Lifetime

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.

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The Sync

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 »)

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Electric Blue Heaven

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.


Industry City Distillery

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.

(via Quipsologies »)


The Wrecking Crew

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 »)


The 99% 2012

The 99% Conference, beyond having the greatest line up of speakers and the most inspiring subject matter, has one of the most distinct and beautifully evolving brands of all conferences. The ephemera for this years event was designed in collaboration by Behance and 99% cofounder Matias Corea and designer Raewyn Brandon.


South by Leo Burnett

I have admired and followed the Austin based collaborative creative group Public School for a few years now. They are a wildly talented and varied group working as individuals and coming together when the project calls for it. Leo Burnett, a partner at PS made this short video of Jay B Sauceda talking about their studio and its members.


Tony DiSpigna at Cooper Union

Last night I saw Tony DiSpigna lecture on typography, design, life and rejection at Cooper Union. The lecture, which was entitled The Art of Letterforms dealt more with DiSpigna imparting to us that even thoughtful and amazing work gets rejected. A huge thank-you to Justin Thomas Kay and to Type@Cooper for hosting this lecture.


Procrastination

Procrastination plagues everyone from time to time. Creatives and freelancers face the greatest challenges to overcome in this department. Ryan Perera made this amazing motion graphic, which visualizes the data behind many facts and figures associated with procrastination.

(via Quipsologies »)


Goodbye Hillman Curtis

On April 18th graphic designer and film-maker Hillman Curtis passed away in his Brooklyn home surrounded by his loving family. Curtis was a visionary in the web community and helped revolutionize this space during the 90′s and early 00′s. I had the honor of meeting Curtis at an early Creative Mornings talk back in 2009 and I will forever remember the insight and inspiration he imparted. Thank you Hillman.


Tom & James Draw

Artist James Gulliver Hancock has been collaborating with his brother on some drawings recently. James’ brother Tom was born in 1981 with Downs Syndrome. Their work is amazing and I love the balance between simplicity and depth. You can follow their work over on their blog Tom & James Draw.

(via Quipsologies »)

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Kern & Burn

Kern & Burn is a web and print publication on the subject of design entrepreneurship. Cameron Koczon’s article, An Important Time for Design, for A List Apart closes by saying “This year, thanks to a spike in demand, designers have a chance to actively nudge the world in any direction they like. It’s a huge opportunity with a tiny window. Let’s not let it pass by.” Cameron’s article talks about this open canvas we as designers currently have in front of us, which is exactly where K&B comes in. There goal is to give us as designers resources and inspiration on how to fill said canvas.

Ben Pieratt of svpply is quoted in that very same article saying “The internet, at this time in history, is the greatest client assignment of all time. It’s offering you a blank check and asking you to come up with something fascinating and useful that it can embrace en masse, to the benefit of everyone.” I am not sure exactly where or when this change in consciousness surrounding the value of design occurred, but I know, 1 it had to do with the internet and 2 it is the greatest opportunity for designers ever.


The Future Belongs to the Curious

I have been a huge fan of Skillshare and their goals ever since launch, for more reasons that their stellar branding(by Ed Nacional). Garrett Johnston, aka One Year Studio, was able to capture the visceral feelings of curiosity and discovery in this promotional video for Skillshare titled The Future Belongs to the Curious.

(via PUBLIC SCHOOL »)


The Landfill (of the Future)

Jessica Edwards and Gary Hustwit (the genius behind Helvetica, Objectified, and now Urbanized, a group of the most powerful contemporary documentaries) have together made this short film about a forward thinking landfill facility in upstate New York. Looking at waste as a potential resource as opposed to something we cast aside is the only way to change our perception and approach to handling it. Instead of just making our garbage disappear this landfill is actually putting power back into the grid through a great new technology, which converts organic material into gas and them burns that gas to create electricity(powering about several hundred local homes). Going forward we as a planet need to vote innovative solutions like this into law!


Teach Logic

Some fabulous branding and interface design by the always impressive Hyperakt. Commissioned by WNYC’s Studio 360 to rebrand teachers, Hyperakt has truly redefined the image of teachers as what they are. The stewards of our future, and the creators of change. I truly love all the connect the dots elements from the typography it is used to create to the fun little icons.

(via NOTCOT »)

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Store Front

Olson Kundig is by far one of my favorite architecture firms. A lot of what I love about them has to do with their unique approach and the distinctly different look and feel of their work from others. This innovation and fresh thinking is something that spawns from doing things differently and being open to change and adaptation. Experimentation is a key component to the design process, and that is exactly what they have done with their Store Front space. It has been a record store, a volunteer center, sand arts education popup and more. Exploring what a space can and should be helps inform how to design for circumstances we may have never even thought of before.


MLK

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”


Burton Kramer

After the release of the Burton Kramer Identities Book earlier this year it became abundantly clear that Burton Kramer’s ideas and approach to design deserved to be captured in a documentary. Kramer talks about how design is more the sum of our output, but extends to the products and objects we elect to surround us and the homes we live in. Design for Kramer has been both a way of life as well as what his life has been defined by.

(via Surfstation »)


Work Experience

James Edmondson shares his insight on why he does what he does, and why he finds such enjoyment in it. Working with letterforms for him is a way of continuing to play the way we do as children, tapping into that powerful state of imagination to create things. The background for this monologue is a process video of James taking some letterform sketches on paper and turning them into a beautiful typeface called Ticonderoga.

(via Lost Type Co-op Blog »)


Made in Iceland

The time and freedom to hike across Iceland sounds like the best possible thing right now. One thing I know for sure is that I couldn’t document it with quite the same amount of pizazz as Klara Harden was able to do. During the 15 minutes of this film you are taken through the ups and downs, the shear solitude, the raw beauty of the landscape, and the humor a person creates to keep themselves going. Also there is a great easter egg during the end credits, so watch the whole thing. Klara is an Austrian film maker, photographer, and designer.

(via Oh, Pioneer! »)


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