A well designed coffee pun

A well designed coffee pun as spotted by Will Miles. It made me smile :D

Music for Mondayitits

After spending the weekend with my 14 year-old bro and listening to countless tracks I've never heard of (who knew Pitbull has more than one song!) I've returned to old favourites this morning - Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Nina Simone.

Make Lionel Bigger

A former collegeague of mine, Dave Glass (affectionately known as Dangerous Dave) has embarked on a crazy/brilliant/incredible project to make Lionel Richie BIGGER. Just watch the video to hear him explain it:

And if you didn't watch the video:

Inspired by the "hello" video we want to celebrate 30 years of Lionel Richie music by making a giant sculpture of his head. There will be a telephone ringing inside the head sculpture. People will be able to walk inside, pick up the phone and hear Lionel Richie's beautiful voice.

Ok team. we have to get on it! Less than 48 hours to go and the kickstarter goal is still two thirds short. Why not pitch in and help this crazy idea come to life!

Click here to contribute now.

Also a big congrats to Dave, I'm very impressed.

Why I create

Given that the primary topic of this blog is often film, and that I've spoken specifically about the movie, I feel it would be remiss of me to not touch on the tragedy of Aurora.

Of the act itself I have nothing to add. I'll show my respect, sadness and sympathies by not dissecting the event as the media has done. Rather I'll use this as an opportunity to mention the why. Why we create movies, stories, videos, posters, art and so on.

On Sunday, a friend who had seen The Dark Knight Rises (after the shooting) said that she watched it in a state of 'ick'. She was grossed out by the film because it was as if the shooting had amplified the grossness of the violence on screen. I haven't seen it so I cannot comment on if this would be true for me but what she said next really struck me, she said:

"Why do we make these things? Why do we create horror
and violence and then feed it to ourselves?"

I couldn't answer straight away because it really struck a chord. In fact I can't even answer right now. So I'll just leave that thought here for a day or two. Feel free to add a comment to help me think it through. x

Exploding nature

This shot by David Bellemere reminded me of Exploding People. Via.


Tonight my bedroom received a rearrangement make over. My contribution was limited to repeating 'measure it be before you move it' every 10 minutes like the nagging wife I am.

It's been crazy hectic for me in life and work lately and as I type this from my bed, which is 90 degrees different than it was this morning, I feel like I am in a hotel! A fancy hotel! This room is a whole new space... and the air is lighter.

Who new a little rearrangement of furniture could be so relaxing. Or perhaps it's because I know that the dumping ground know as 'under the bed' has been cleared out. De-clutter ftw!

Image above from my pinterest board named home

Music for Mondayitis

I went for a walk the other day and listened to my old favourite Ryan Adams. I hadn't listened to Cardinology in a while and when it hit track 4 I whipped out the iPhone and set the song too loop. Magick such a good walking song and so UP compared to most Ryan tracks. Hope this listf your mood today.*

*And let's just ignore the fact it's Tuesday. he he.

A Friday Find

At 10am this morning, I asked myself "Are we there yet?" there being the weekend. Hurry up already! This week has been chaos with work and feeling ill. I haven't achieved much other than figuring out how to open the garage door on my own (a big accomplishment given I've lived in this house for 18 months).

One thing I did manage to notice this week, was a whole lot of meh on the internet being present as gold! For example, this clip called 135 Shots That Will Restore Your Faith in Cinema. It's just a series of good quality shots from films, which is nice and all but the title is so presumptive and arrogant. I mean, have we all lost faith in cinema? Are we ready to cast it aside as it so so lacking in goodness that we have lost our faith in it?

Maybe we have lost faith in the quality of stories on screen as told by Hollywood (I'm look at you Nicolas Spark's adaptations) but have you ever heard anyone say "Man, cinematography is really going down hill these days" or "they don't shoot them like they used to"?? No! And if you have, you need less film-nerdy friends.

The other meh I've noticed is the hoopla around Melissa Mayer being appointed to Yahoo! CEO (a woman! gasp!) while pregnant (gasp! again!) in her late thirties (watch me faint!). This is not a scandal, and in fact it is embrassing that the world seems to think it is. One woman, who's really good at her job, got a new job and she happens to be pregnant. Fullstop. This is not earth shattering for misogynists, nor a win for feminists. It's a good for her.

And finally this instagram from DesignLoveFest's Bri Emery made me feel all sorts of meh about my work from home outfit of tights, flannel and a hoodie. Which, mind you, I do really love most days.

Sorry to be such a downer! I'm not, I promise. Why?

Because it's the freakin weekend! 

So let's crack out the R. Kelly and party on wayne! 

Have a great weekend!!

A clip of the city

While this is a music video, the music is not why I'm posting it. I spotted this on Facebook via YouWorkForThem, "Interesting filming effect" they said. I agree. It's hypnotic, dizzying and the best use of timelapse I've seen in a long time.

I hope you enjoy this video from Kalle Mattson:

Sorry it's been a quiet week on the blog. My to do list for work is ... I have no words! Next week should be back to regular programming. And there will be A Friday Find this arvo, don't worry about that!

Design trend: Exploding people

A new trend I've spotted recently in film key art - exploding people. I like it. It's much more exciting than the standard floating heads design route.

Films shown here are Looper, Snow White & The Huntsman and the new Total Recall (oh Colin Farrell, really?)

Have I missed any?

Music for Mondayitis

My husband showed me this video over the weekend and I've since watched it about 8 times. I'd never seen it before or heard of David Lee Roth or Just Like Paradise but I loved all of it!! It's just classic 80's big hair, stage productions, a love heart guitar with 3 necks, surfboards and acrobatics plus mountain climbing(??):

I can't help but think that the pose on the top of the rock at 2:50 was the inspiration behind Britney Spears' I'm Not A Girl video:

I guess this means that this weeks Music for Mondayitis is rock climbing themed?

Ps. Other Music for Mondayitis posts here.

A Friday Find

If you're feeling down this weekend, just watch a Diane Keaton film. You'll be up in no time. Look at that face! She is so beautiful. Not to mention smart, hilarious and Michael Keaton's namesake (for real). 

What do you think you'll be doing this weekend?

Photo credit unknown. 

Film posters by Jeremy Saunders

For me cinema is still the most magical of mediums; having the opportunity to work with filmmakers and compressing their ideas into a single, reductive, seductive image is a dream come true. Jeremy Saunders.

The Dark Knight Rises poster competition

With the the imminent release of The Dark Knight Rises, the final film of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, fan art for the film is swamping the net. Dendy Cinemas has created a nifty comp for those interested in designing their own The Dark Knight Rises poster. As well as having your poster displayed at Dendy Newtown the prize includes movie tickets, a Kinokuniya voucher and choctops!

I'm thinking of giving it a go. How about you? Entries close Monday, so you don't have much time. Full details here.

Also, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman. I think we need to discuss this further.

Images above: Left. Right.

Why I work alone

Solitude is out of fashion. Our companies, our schools and our culture are in thrall to an idea I call the New Groupthink, which holds that creativity and achievement come from an oddly gregarious place. Most of us now work in teams, in offices without walls, for managers who prize people skills above all. Lone geniuses are out. Collaboration is in. Susan Cain.

I've always been labelled an extravert, and if you met me you would probably agree. But the one thing that I've wrestled with for years is how much I like to be alone and how much I like to be alone especially when I am working. Am I an Extrovert FRAUD!?

As a creative professional I dread brainstorms. I believe, nothing is more capable of killing a good idea than a hungry brainstorming group.

Great ideas are just good ideas with the dirt polished away. In a brainstorming session people love to point out the dirt as soon as possible it won't work, it's been done, too broad, too narrow etc. But to make a good idea great you have to start out by ignoring the dirt (the idea's faults) and just focus on what makes good in the first place. I've seen many good ideas killed because they weren't great. It's a shame and it's wasteful. Why are we wasting our good ideas?!?

... decades of research show that individuals almost always perform better than groups in both quality and quantity, and group performance gets worse as group size increases. The “evidence from science suggests that business people must be insane to use brainstorming groups,” wrote the organizational psychologist Adrian Furnham. “If you have talented and motivated people, they should be encouraged to work alone when creativity or efficiency is the highest priority.”

... the most spectacularly creative people in many fields are often introverted, according to studies by the psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Gregory Feist. They’re extroverted enough to exchange and advance ideas, but see themselves as independent and individualistic. They’re not joiners by nature.

What do you think? Do you work better alone or in a team? Are you an introvert or an extravert?

Further reading: I've recently been trawling the archives of the now closed blog Introverted Church by Adam McHugh also the author of Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture . And I've realised I'm really not a fraud at all. Adam was quoted in and linked to Susan Cain's NY Times.

Top pic from Kubrick's Dr Strangelove. Mid pic Jack Lemmon in The Apartment .

Music for Mondayitis

Edward Guglielmino's song Swam In The Water is my current can't-get-it-out-of-my-head-song. And I am more than happy with that being the case. I hope you love it too.

Bright Titles

Bright and colourful vintage title sequences to make your inner designer smile :D this Friday. From The Seven Year Itch and Charade.

Film & fashion

I know they're going for a more mid-century vintage look, but I feel like a couple of shots in the new Levi's Vintage Clothing look book are actually inpsired by 80s classic Heathers.
Do you see it?


I'm in a mood and these photos by Matt Wisniewski match it.

Music for Mondayitis

A retro 80's clip (from a movie I have never seen). This is Top That from Teen Witch. Have you seen this before? Can you top that?

My favourite line is "Look how funky he is".