“Lemonade: Detroit” is a film about the disarming resilience of a city that can no longer rely on a single industry for its livelihood, and the entrepreneurial strengths of those who are reinventing themselves and their communities.
Instead of sensationalizing blight, “Lemonade, Detroit” will sensationalize hope, told through the intensely personal stories of those who are turning the city into what it will become.
Jessica Hische is a letterer, illustrator, and self-described “avid internetter”, best known for her personal project Daily Drop Cap, she will be speaking at the Denver Art Museum on October 18th as part of the AIGA Colorado Speaker Series. Having found success in a variety of side projects outside of her daily grind, Jessica will touch on the genesis and process that fueled some of her most recent successes, she will also share some recent work and expound up her love of typography while discussing the differences between lettering and fonts.
Skateboarding changed my life in ways that I’m just starting to realize now. It’s amazing to see the impact these little shred sticks continue to have on younger generations around the globe. Those wood planks provide an outlet and escape from the world as most people see it… challenging all who take it up to be fearless, creative and resourceful. The physical landscape you occupy and your connection to it is changed forever, a set of stairs, handrail, or ledge becomes more than just a means of passing, it becomes a challenge, a calling, a hunger. You become used to looking impossible in the face and confronting it head on. I cannot think of a better vehicle of self expression to introduce to the youth and people of a worn torn region filled with oppression. More interesting to me is what the future holds in store for all those whom come in contact with something as simple as a piece of wood, two trucks, and four wheels…. you can already see the world being changed in their eyes, they are looking at the landscape in front of them through a new lens with a perspective all their own.
Translation: New German Wave. More descriptive translation: German techno punk from the late 1970s and early 1980s. I’d heard a tape of this genre years ago, and tried (unsuccessfully) a couple times over the years to figure out what it was. Luckily, Chicago DJ/producer Chrissy Murderbot made a mix every week for a year, and one of them was neue deutsche welle! Grab that mix, and enjoy the incredible lost styles of years and movements past. I love this stuff.
‘The Future of the Book’ is a vision demo video recently released by the Design and Innovation Consulting Firm IDEO. Having been a fan of IDEO’s work, approach, and philosophies for a mega minute, it has been a treat to see them releasing these future-state pieces with increasing regularity. The video is fairly quick and concise and only touches on at a very high level the great thinking invested into bringing a few of these thoughts to life. At the core IDEO demonstrates how technology is shaping our future and changing behaviors. Our desire for context as humans seems to be an interesting challenge that we as designers are facing more frequently as we migrate from creating static printed pieces to rich digital experiences that allow for relevant/meaningful contextual information to be surfaced.
Also check out IDEO’s The Future of Self-Service Banking . A little more lengthy, but well worth the watch. Time and time again IDEO incorporates design principles (Animation, Color Theory, Etc.) into their work to enhance and reinforce communication. To me this is the personification of ‘Human-Centered Design’ and another example of form following function through and through.
Richard Florida talks briefly of the importance in the creative class and its role in reshaping infrastructure; specifically post economic crisis. This lecture from The Economist: The Ideas Economy event in NYC, points out some pretty interesting statistics and references some enlightening concepts regarding the future of our economy as well as the role of the urban center.
For more information on Richard Florida and the topic at hand, check out the Creative Class website.
Musician, producer and label manger (ELM&OAK) Alex B spends a day with XLR8R in Denver, showing off some of the best places to eat, dig for records and catch a show. For more episodes like this, check out the XLR8R City Guide page.
Jeff Staple has always been a fairly huge inspiration to me.. and seems to have taken a path in his career that really resonates with my own ideals. Although this is the first of this series of interviews I’ve seen, Good To Great seems to be a healthy resource for inspirational/motivational chats with heavy hitters in and around the creative community. Check out the first of the series on the R+I Creative vimeo page. R+I Creative site.
Spike Jonze interviews Opening Ceremony about how they got their start as well as a little peek at what it takes to keep it all rolling. Personally, I’m a sucker for behind the curtain peeks at anyone’s operation, but especially young entrepreneurial types. All of this gets me super excited for the next five years.. so much to do so many people to meet.
We found out that one of the two partners, Jon Forss, had moved to St Paul from their London HQ, just a year before we moved to MPLS. The motivational impact the Non Format mystique generated was enough to keep anyone inspired, but to find out they had an office in proximity to your own was pretty great. Aside from that and some familiarity with their work, we didn’t really know a ton about them or their operating procedure. Needless to say, we both thought it was a great lecture and helped solidify some of the ulterior motives we’ve both been scheming on lately.
We also bumped into a slew of our internet homies in the flesh. Always great to meet up and slap fives. Joy.
Whether you know a lot about Geoff McFetridge, this video still has a lot of interesting perspective on being a designer. Catching him speak is kind of radical and reveals his very genuine and the “realness” that is so great about humans. Sometimes I love to watch lectures but so caught up in the persona of the speaker… or even worse, their projected persona. Geoff keeps shit real, I think he inspires from a place only the best of us wish we could.
Make sure to peruse the catalog at DO LECTURES. There are a ton of great talks.
“I know a lot of people who are in our position, who used to work for The Man or whatever, and now are making records or making films or designing clothes or creating products or screening posters or any of a million other things. And all of them, without exception, all say exactly the same thing and they say it in exactly the same words: “I should have done it sooner.”
When you think to yourself, “In 18 months I’m going to start my crocheted beer coaster company,” the problem with that sentence is the 18 months. What you’re really saying is, “I’m afraid.” Do it now. If you bankrupt a company before you’re 25, that’s like a badge of honor! Get out there.”
Legwork Studio has been whoopin aces since their somewhat recent start a year or so back. Just today they announced their progress over that period of time and to no surprise, they have acquired two new partners and updated their site with a firey hot new motion reel. These gentlemen are no doubt a great addition to the swelling Denver creative community.
As most of these types of videos do, this one shares a lot of really interesting ideas.. some of which aren’t even being highlighted. I thought it was odd that Ji put Create above Planning on his list, but then I started to think about how that could actually motivate the creative process. To me its like sitting at home and sketching all day ends up being far more productive than planning an illustration or thinking about it over and over again. The bubble project seemed to be a perfect example of an average brand to consumer relationship. People aren’t being tricked as much as a brand might like to imagine, and in this case it’s clear that people have very withdrawn feelings for most products and services. Transparency reigns supreme. Love it.
We should all strive to do work that benefits the people as opposed to the brand. A brand should be seen as a resource to the people.
I haven’t had the opportunity to check out the rest of the 99% videos but will most definitely recommend taking a peek.