A selection from Dilka Bear's new exhibit Sleepwalkers Dreams
A selection from Dilka Bear’s new exhibit Sleepwalkers Dreams

Required Reading is a monthly roundup of things that catch my attention: news, links, videos, blogs, and cool projects by other creatives that I want to share with you – fun, inspiring, and a little addictive. 

I am kind of obsessed with the meat pies from this local Buffalo producer that was just named the Best British Shop in the World by the Telegraph Newspaper.

The Evolution of the MTV Animated logo from the 80’s to today — Just for the record, the 90’s ones are my favorites.

A great new Tumblr I have been reading  — Art Buyers are people too.

The work of Dilka Bear has been making its way into my inspiration file a lot recently and Behance has a treasure trove of galleries where you can see her work, including selections from her new exhibit Sleepwalker’s Dreams

Shauna from on giving back, being genuine, and making real connections with other bloggers and creatives. 

Take My Picture is a short documentary from GARAGE Magazine that looks at the changes in fashion photography and journalism over the last 20 years – charing it from its beginning as a modest trend to the epochal rise of the street style blogger and the positive and negative changes it brought to the movement.

TAKE MY PICTURE from GARAGE Magazine on Vimeo.

I have wanted to add some more plants and natural elements the new studio since we moved in, this article gave me some great ideas on how to incorporate them into the space – I really like that pallet planter idea.

A list of buzzword double talk BS to never ever use again.

I am a huge fan of TeuxDeux, it is one of two tools (along with Evernote) that I find it really hard to do without. An updated version was recently launched and it adds several new features that make it a great time to check out this invaluable task manager.

One of the keys to being a good freelancer is to be a great negotiator, yet this is one aspect of business that a lot of creatives seem to have trouble with – it seems to clash with the don’t rock the boat / go with the flow mentality a lot of freelancers have when they are first starting out and trying to get work. The 99% has  posted some tips for changing your negotiating mindset that  I really like and were a bit of an epiphany to me as well.

Drift is a hypnotically beautiful video created from footage taken in flight, it goes way beyond your typical Instagrams of plane wings and scenery.

DRIFT from Tim Sessler on Vimeo.

Does your uncertainty about yourself lead others to feel uncertain about you? An interesting question posed by Ash Ambirge on the Middle Finger Project

Google Reader is going away and I am pretty bummed out about it, but alternatives are starting to pop up in the wake of the news of the service shutting down. 

Paddy is a fascinating new analog solution for working with Lightroom, I don’t know why someone didn’t think of this sooner.

Frank Turner, one of my favorite musicians (and pretty much in constant rotation on the playlists at the studio) has a new album coming out next month and the first single sounds pretty great.

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