Required Reading 10.28.2011

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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.

• An intensely thought-provoking piece from consultant Leslie Burns about the difference between love and passion for one’s work, and the illusion of self-risk that stops us from sharing our true passions we trick ourselves into believing.

• It has been a great few weeks of music video discovery for me. This video for Clay Bodies by Zola Jesus may be one of the best of a great bunch I have watched recently.

Scott Gable (Who I share a studio with) rocks in every way. He rocks so hard that he was able to get me, Aaron Ingrao, And Adam Rosina to serve as some of the models for his latest series Things People do on the Toilet – I’m the crazy eyed fella eating the sub.

• Another of my favorite music discoveries as of late is M83’s video for Midnight City , just spooky and weird enough a video to have discovered right before Halloween. I have been listening to this album on spotify non-stop.

• A few months back I did an interview with Design Times, a South African design journal, about my award-winning project – Pigment. I just found out that the interview had been published a while back, and I totally missed it. You can check out their electronic edition of the issue here. 

• Tips for setting an effective backdrop to an efficient creative work day.

• After last weeks feature of a painting of Agent Dale Cooper a reader sent me a link to this gallery of Twin Peaks inspired art – Including this piece, which I feel a sudden urge to track down and display prominently in my home.

• I watched a wonderful documentary this week that fed right into the weird obsession with pinball I had when I was younger. Special When Lit: A Pinball Documentary is a fascinating look into the past and present of pinball. I still remember playing an Adams Family pinball machine for hours when I was a kid at a local restaurant that my much older brother and cousins would go to after their sunday morning hockey league. This documentary is available on Netflix Instant Watch right now.

Sixty second thought experiments in animated form, by the Open University. Ponder some of these in the early AM to keep yourself sharp!

• What may be my favorite Halloween ad campaign of the year so far – from Vodacom.

• Something about Michael Winslow has always brought a smile to my face, undoubtedly he is an incredibly talented artist who has continued to push the limits of what he does with his voice and body. But his take on Led Zeppelin is something truly remarkable to withhold. Also see his equally fascinating piece on the history of the typewriter, which I shared previously.

• 500 photographers is always an amazing source for discovering new photographic talent, it seems I fall in love with the work of someone new every few days this week it is the mysterious and entrancing imagery of Stefan Milev.

• Nubby Twiglet and Bianca Alexis – 1 Dress. 2 Styles. 

• The Last Shadow Puppets video for The Age of The Understatement, directed by Romain Gavras immediately grabbed my attention, probably because I am Canadian, and there is a Zamboni in it. Also… tanks… and very good music.

The Last Shadow Puppets, The Age Of The Understatement from ROMAIN-GAVRAS on Vimeo.

• With all the talk about Lytro being a game changing piece of technology, it is great to see someone like Chase Jarvis deliver a reminder about what is really important to focus on.

• How do our natures as content consumers and content creators balance out? Vincent Laforet is right, we need to do better. – Via

• The evolution of one of my favorite brands – I love you Old No. 7.

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