Batman/Ian Curtis from the  Post Punk Super Friends by Butcher Billy
Batman/Ian Curtis from the Post Punk Super Friends by Butcher Billy

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. 

PDN’s Promos We Kept is a wonderful collection of marketing inspiration for photographers. Some of these projects really break away from the generic. I really like this quote from Troy House that I came across on this blog “Photographers hate it when we hear an art director shot their own job, but why are we art directing our own promos?”

Henry Miller wisdom – Go explore the world and let your ego go. Via The Impossible Cool 

These heroes of 80’s music re-imagined as ultra-hip superheroes appeal to both my music and comic nerd tendencies.

It is a bit of mass transit fun to watch people run for trains in slow motions

These images of paper boulders are a perfect example of a simple idea executed ridiculously well.

The twenty-two rules of really good storytelling according to Pixar.

I just love the idea of using a Not to Do list when you are tight on time to help focus.

An oddly meditative collection of images featuring one hundred different abandoned houses. 

Some very smart Bauhaus inspired design comes to the world of food photography in this clever project by Nicola Walsh.

This incredible self portrait work from fourteen year old Zev has totally blown me away – I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot more of his images in the future.

Off Camera is an interesting magazine concept that focuses on long format stories about celebrities without the interference of overly brand conscious PR people – to really get back to fascinating and genuine editorial images.

I was pretty sure I could have gone the rest of my life without seeing any more cheesy bullet time effects until I saw this music video by London Grammar that combines the bullet time idea 600+ low-tech pinhole cameras shooting 35mm film – This is beautiful.

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