Alice Herz-Sommer died recently. She was the oldest living pianist and the oldest known Holocaust survivor.
This is a beautiful film, made last year. The fact that a Holocuast survivor could say: “every day life is beautiful” is a testament to the human spirit.
This is brilliant. Honda’s ad agency is really doing some wonderful things.
[via Steve Splonskowski and Elia Insider]
This is a fantastic two part documentary on ceramics in Japan produced in 1968 by Richard and Marj Peeler, american potters from Indiana. Part 1 above, Part 2 below.
I have a background in ceramics: BFA in 1975, MFA in 1980 both from the University of Oregon where the source for this post, Ken O’Connell taught basic design (among other things) and was on my MFA committee. Ken is on his way to Japan again soon and that’s why he sent out this link.
[via Ken O'Connell]
This is a brilliant How It’s Made piece on weaving and finishing a rice box in Thailand.
Wow, I want one of these: beautiful shape and process.
Watch two Russian guys, Vitaliy Raskalov and Vadim Makhorov trespass and then climb up stairs and finally, a crane on the still under construction Shanghai Tower. Watching this video will make you squirm but it’s well worth it.
This has been making the rounds and it’s old now but I find both the video and their still photography spectacular.
Here is their blog post about it which contains the above video but also some incredible still photography: Shanghai Tower.
While I don’t condone what these two guys have done, getting to the places they get gives them an opportunity to get some incredible images, both as dramatic videos and in still images.
GIZMODO – Film Restoration at Criterion Collection from Gizmodo on Vimeo.
I have a number of Criterion Collection DVDs and I can say without a doubt that they’re incredible. This video is an overview of their process and its worth watching.
Sid Caesar died today at 91. Rest in peace Sid.
This is a brilliant ad, very well done. And Apple is pushing iOS into cars so this is timely.
This is a great Pixar short, very nicely done.
This Apple advertisement was shot entirely with iPhone 5S’ on a single day at fifteen locations around the world and edited and put together entirely on Macintosh computers.
More on the making of it here: Apple Posts New Ad Shot Entirely on iPhones, Edited on Macs.
Watch Elijah Aaron use a loop machine to quickly put together a cover of No Scrubs. He’s such a natural, both as a percussionist and as a musician it’s astonishing to watch.
Here he is doing a cover of Paul Simon’s Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes:
Here he is with fellow musician Noah doing some percussion improv live. Most excellent:
iuka session :: drum brothers from rachel joy baransi on Vimeo.
Tom Scott is a great explainer of things and this rant on how a programmer deals with time, time zones, and other variables in time in computer code is brilliant.
This is a brilliant presentation by the photographer Martin Schoeller for National Geographic. The prelude on how he came to a “cataloguing” style by seeing the series of water towers by the German photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher is a wonderful self-reflection on how he came to his portrait style.
The idea of keeping many things constant: lens, lighting, aspect ratio, etc. and just varying the subject is attractive to me and it’s part of the reason I enjoy using cameras that have fixed prime lenses: the angle of view remains constant.
Petapixel interview with Martin Schoeller
Tom Scott explains the effects of different alternating currents on lighting and video. Brilliant.
This is an incredible short video documenting a piece of the process of hand-dyeing, crocheting, and other forms of decorating on a Japanese kimono.
This is brilliant, very well thought out. Henry Wang and Chris Curro, students at Cooper Union have come up with a new kind of cardboard box. I hope this makes it, I’d love to use it.
The Ox from Ben Proudfoot on Vimeo.
The Ox is a biographical portrait of master woodworker Eric Hollenbeck and the mill and school he founded Blue Ox in Eureka, California (on the northern coast).
Eric is a Vietnam Vet who came back, struggled and got traction with doing things with his hands. Blue Ox works with kids who are having a rough time in school and Eric is planning to work with vets of our current wars who are coming back in desperate need of exactly what he’s offering: understanding and a way to use one’s hands to build useful things as well as self esteem. There is no doubt about it, engaging in the process of making things is a great way to feel better about yourself.
This is a brilliant Apple ad. The ad is called “Misunderstood” no doubt because these days there’s a lot of concern about everyone checking their iPhones every minute (like this young man seems to be doing) instead of being in the moment with family and friends. What he’s doing is making short video clips of his family and shows them with AirPlay on the TV at the end. Great title. Great piece.