Required Reading 9.16.2011

Required Reading is a weekly listing of all the bits of visual inspiration, cool videos, news, hip links, and miscellaneous information that rattles my head during the week. The stuff that’s worth bookmarking and gets my brain-juices flowing.

Since I was away last week, here is an extra dense version of  required reading.

• I have been following the THREE PANELS OPEN series over at Warren Ellis’ blog these past few days. There have been some great examples of short form comics on there, but these two entries by Annie Wu and the group of Esquivel, Godlewski, Cody, and Barajas specifically caught my eye and got me thinking.

• If you haven’t been following the Strikt Street Fashion blog lately, it is a great time to jump into following, metric tons of style.

• My best friend Adam, a usually angry and sarcastically funny writer, shared this clip with me recently. I had not seen it in years, but it never ceases to have an effect on me when I do. While he may be known best for his silent work, this speech from the end of The Great Dictator is truly one of Chaplin’s greatest moments, and a powerfully stirring monologue.

• If only this was real…. Photoshop introduces the Photo bomb tool. 

• Bucky Balls were cool, but so…. spherical. Bring on the Bucky Cubes. Little metal pixels that I have an urge to put everywhere.

• I am having a Canadian moment, and getting geared up for the start of the season by digging these vintage NHL media guides. I am especially into the 67-68 Flyers media guide.

Film Biz Recycling is a great site I came across recently for providing a channel to reuse old props and furnishings from the production industry. There are some incredible finds on here.

• I really hope more and more artists start to think about alternative display and hanging methods for their artwork like this one – Plywerk is a very eco responsible outfit, and I just love the way these look. I can’t wait to order some of my own.

• An article from The 99% about something I have thankfully been getting better at the last few years – Saying NO. 

Nine iconic sweaters, who knew knitwear could be so… memorable.

• An Architect’s Dress Code – Has to be the funniest thing I have read all week.

• 500 Photographers is featuring some amazing work this week from Hein-Kuhn Oh.

• I love these illustrations. I want to fill my workspace with the work of Riccardo Guasco suddenly.

• The fact that it is shot on the Canon 5D MKII is very cool in and of itself, but I am really fascinated by aesthetics of the footage captured by Danfung Dennis for his film Hell and Back Again.

• With the resurgence of my insomnia, James Bond has been my late night Netflix companion as of late. So I was very excited to come across this collection of Goldfinger on vinyl.

• More compelling action footage shot on a GoPro, this time some of the most compelling base jumping footage I have ever seen. 

• A collection of engrossing behind the scenes images from some of history’s greatest films.

• 100 amazing views from airplane windows is definitely not the sort of thing I normally like, but I find that I can’t stop looking at this collection of images.

Ugmonk – I want so many of these.

• Emilie Sornin’s video for Cut Copy’s Blink and You’ll Miss a Revolution is campy/inspired fun, a perfect video for this track.


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