This year, thanks to Superstorm Sandy, Halloween festivities were rescheduled in my neighborhood. As it turned out, many adults celebrated in costume the weekend before the storm so this year we get to enjoy TWO Halloweens in Baltimore.
A while ago, I was traveling in New Orleans and stopped for brunch. It was a hot sunny day and we ended up in one of the French Quarter‘s hidden courtyards with flowering trees and a jazz trio. After a leisurely meal in the shade, I noticed the scratched walls of the passageways on the way back out into the sun.
Layers and layers of paint…
As I was taking these photos, I couldn’t help but think of Saul Bass’ end titles for West Side Story.
I will admit I’m not the biggest fan of the movie or production in general, but I really appreciate the beautifully executed titles.
I did not know her personally or follow her movements too closely, yet when the news of her passing was announced on the radio, I shouted “No!”. I remember her from when I was a kid– her dry delivery and over-the-top look. The fact that she found her way onto Scooby Doo cemented her status as a star in my kid universe.
After what feels like the last eight months of obsessing a bit too much about work, sometimes it’s hard to remember just how to make yourself smile. Tonight, catching up on literally thousands of unread articles I found this beautiful short of Danny MacAskill exploring an old ironworks. Gorgeous, inspiring and a genuine delight to watch:
Here it is finally, dear readers–a summary video of last year’s daily365 portrait project. Many of you have asked for or inquired about it and my apologies for keeping you all waiting… the last few weeks have kept me busy with holiday celebrations and visitors.
What do you think, dear readers? Seeing a year’s worth of portraits alone in a few minutes just makes me tired to watch. Phew!
For those who attended the 99% Conference a few weeks ago in New York, got a preview of stills from most of this commercial; but now that it’s be released to the public, we can all enjoy it:
What do you think, dear readers? Can a bank really stand for something? Would you do business with Standard Chartered Bank if it were in your town? And how about the visual side of the piece? Love it? Hate it? Are you a fan of Sagmeister and his work? Never heard of him before? What do you think??
Next week holds the promise of the US release of the first film by Banksy. Last week, an extended teaser for the film was released which begins to outline Thierry Guetta’s (aka Mr. Brainwash) pursuit of the mysterious artist. Check it out:
The event itself was great; bigger and even better than IB4.
Here are a few of the more memorable presentations:
transcript of Brian Sacawa’s talk
Part of what I liked about this talk was the belief in Baltimore he expressed– that we are not simply, “Brooklynâ€™s farm team.” His tongue-in-cheek humor didn’t hurt either.
Wolverine AND Teddy Roosevelt in the same presentation?! Yes, please. Why do I have a feeling Tom has a master’s thesis worth of notes on this topic lurking in his sketchbooks.
A great, smart young woman who is working hard to change the world around her.
To me, this was the most important talk of the night–a brand strategist talking about the power of storytelling and the values of theatre being applied in business.
So it’s Valentines Day, for those who celebrate the occasion…
Can’t say I’m the biggest romantic– I gravitate towards the Baudelaire and Poe end of the spectrum versus the Keats and Byron end. Even so I enjoy thoughtful observances of the day whether experienced first hand or not–it is a shame really that we need a scheduled holiday to get us to articulate our affections but whatever works, right?
For those who prefer the greyer end of the spectrum, here are few tunes for you:
This video was made by a fan after Mark Sandman‘s death but it’s a good song, imho.
So dear readers, how do you observe this special day?