I have been following Esra on Intstagram for about a year and I love it when she posts a new work-in-progress shot of one of her illustrations, and I have been having a good poke around her site which has a great showcase of the finished products. I have been hoping that now I am freelancing I might have a little spare time to start getting myself back into sketching, and I think Esra is beautiful inspiration. My favourite part? Her ability to get such thick glossy hair. Pretty bloody wonderful.
“We can use the efficiency and power of interfaces to help people do what they already wish more quickly or enjoyably, and we can build up business structures so that it’s okay for people to put down technology and get on with their life once their job is done. We can rearrange how we think about the tools we build, so that someone putting down your tool doesn’t disprove its utility, but validates its usefulness.”
I’d highly recommend reading What Screens Want by Frank Chimero if you have any interest in User Interfaces and design. The above quote rings particularly true with what I hope to achieve with a number of the projects that i am currently working on. Designing and building applications that reduce the amount of time people have to interact with them is an excellent target. Sure we would all love long engagement with our products but simply because the users wants to rather than needs to.
I am forever trying to find a decent way to manage all my bookmarks. I have google chrome updating my links all the time. I used to have a delicious, I have here, and then when it all comes together I get lost and can’t find the link I am after.
I’m not suggesting that Linkli.st is the solution to this but it has a super handy interface, the ability for me to then share these with people (happens more than you’d think) and then I can stalk around other people’s links. What is not to love?
Whilst finishing up at work today I dropped in on The Little Black Jacket, a site recently launched by Chanel. The site has bene made as a digital support to the Exhibitions featuring over 100 black and white photos of Karl Lagerfelds muses (both male and female) wearing the simple black tweed jacket in their own personal way. It’s a beautiful site. With large behind the scene videos, an interesting take on an interactive gallery where your keyboard “swirls” you through the images. I would recommend taking a look around if only to sneak a peak at the beautiful photography. Such a shame that I missed the exhibition in London.
Another amazing find from Lucy Vs The Globe. Copenhagen’s Mø has been pleasing my ears for the past week. She has been dubbed as the new Grimes but I am gonna say she is the new Mø. She is way cooler than Grimes. End of.
Give her a listen then shower her with love over on twitter. @KarenMOMOMO
My friend Ed Walker has been a bit of a photography superstar in my eyes for a while now. I remember when he first really started getting into street photography having moved from shots of buildings (damn they were tasty too though) and now to getting shots of people that really capture the motion and pace of city life. The style and attitude he manages to capture really make me want to know more about each picture.
On top of that I have endless respect for his ability to lift a camera and point it at someone with them knowing and not freak out. I would just get too worried about how they would react.
To put it in his words though:
“This is the way forward. The buzz you get from getting this close, provoking a reaction and walking away with a shot that pops with the very best of humanity in it’s many forms. I’ve gone from taking pictures of buildings to taking pictures of people and wondering why on earth I bothered with buildings at all, to not being happy with wider images of people and wanting to get in so close that not only do I see them, but they see me.”
Found this trailer by Sebastien Montaz-Rosset the other day and I posted it up on twitter but I just had to put it on here so that I don’t lose it into the void. Its totally insane, these guys basejump like its totally natural thing to do. I wouldn’t be able to get even remotely close to the edge of any of these buildings or cliffs. So I require films and clips like these to let me see what it is like. Maybe one day I will build up the courage to leap into the air. Probably not though.
Seb has done heaps of work but I have come across him before because work he has done with Ultra marathon runner Kilian Jornet. Summits of My Life is Kilian’s film and similar to I Believe I can Fly it looks to be filled with stunning photography and truely outstanding human achievements. Definitely on my To-See list come its release in Autumn. Watch the trailer below: