Required Reading

• A follow up to last weeks article on regarding the proper presentation of a treatment and pre-production book.

• Another one from interviewing head Keith Gentile

• Weekend warriors are one thing, but are you a week long warrior, blazing away on a laptop right through the weekend? maybe you’re not alone according to freelance switch

• Smiths legend Johnny Marr’s guitar collection is a thing of beauty to behold

• Via – astounding and surreal constructions by Minimaforms,  and the philosophy of letting your ideas find their form

Required Reading – The Irregular Edition

The last few weeks have been hectic, filled with 15 hour days, endless cups of coffee, frantic scribbling sessions in my notebooks coming more frequently, and trying to balance that all important work/fun ratio. However, I felt it was time to give all my blog readers the attention they have been lacking this month with an update to required reading that is long overdue.

Jak & Jil Blog

The most minimalist and simply presented fashion blog I have seen since The Sartorialist, though Jak & jil is starting to give that blog a run for the money as my current favorite. Much like The Sartorialist, Jak & Jil is image based, capturing slices and impressions of fashion and style. But where The Sartorialist captures those beautiful random encounters with fashion on the street that he is so well known for, Jak & Jil is a little more twisted, and a little more aggressive in the styles they present, flashes of alternative and more extreme street styles are right at home among captures of models being prepped for the runway. I have always been a bit of a nerd about research and reading sources with interesting viewpoints. Jak & Jil has quickly risen to the top of my list.

Minjae Lee

Inspiration can come from anywhere, lately I have been fascinated by the work of South Korean painter Minjae Lee, his electrically colored rendition of faces have captivated me as well as his ability to use such simple figures to evoke such a response. His work is absolutely worth checking out, if for nothing else than the eye candy.

EDIT: His site currently seems to be down, but you can see several examples of his work HERE, HERE, HERE And HERE

Letters To Dead People

Sad, insightful, rude, funny, and poignant, Letters to dead people has quickly become one of the favorites of my morning read. The format is simple, a well designed block of white text on a black field, deliver a quick, to the point statement about a well known dead figure. Some of my Favorites are: Sigmund Freud, Victor Hugo, Ayn Rand, and Freddie Mercury.

Required Reading: Week Four

Up extremely early today, in fact, I just got back in from an early morning assignment. I’ll be forgoing coffee for the time being so that I may possibly sleep for a few hours before I head back out for a day full of meetings. In the meantime, heres a weekly round up of reading material to get your morning going.

Burns Auto Parts

Leslie Burns-Dell’Acqua is a photographic consultant and marketing specialist. Aside from the numerous services offered on her site including: consulting, marketing services, and a number of manuals of various topics relating to creative business, she also maintains an extremely interesting and helpful blog. Recent articles include her thoughts on protecting your concept treatments with NDAs, and the correlations between marketing and dating and their similar strategies. This blog should be considered essential reading for anyone interested in the current movements in photographic marketing.

Feature Shoot

An interesting blog featuring interviews and in-depth looks at the work of both up-and-coming photographers and well as established professionals whose work has taken a new or interesting turn. The work presented is of a high caliber and cover s multitude of genres and styles. Its always exciting to discover a new and talented photographer like François Coquerel or to see a known favorite like Angus Rowe MacPherson get some exposure.

The 99%

Tips and articles on productivity and creative business from the common sense to the experimental. The 99% is another one of the great sites brought to you by the Behance network. While not always practical, many of the entries are thought provoking and innovative. An recent post about the benefits of working on short deadlines offers just a taste of the true benefits if reading the 99%. Though it may not always be applicable to  your specific venture, it is always an intriguing read.

Required Reading: Número Tres

The last week has been hectic, between bouncing back and forth between Buffalo and NYC and wrapping up a major project, I’ve barely had time to sit down and have a cup of  much needed coffee. Here is a quick weekly fix of some links for you to check out to get your AM started off right.


John Keatley is one of the most talented editorial portrait photographers working today, and his work is a personal favorite of mine. Much like his images, a visit to Keatley’s blog is always quirky and engaging. Whether he’s dropping some science on you by breaking down the lighting scheme of one of his shots in minute details, or announcing his arrival on Twitter with a series of humorous self portraits; there always seems to be something different going on. It guess it doesn’t hurt that in addition to to being able to make great images, the man can also write, he is an excellent storyteller, both visually and through the written word.

Fashion Served

Fashion Served, and its various counterparts including Photography Served and Typography Served are a compilation of the best projects in their respective Genres from the Behance Creative Network. Behance is a handy little social networking site for artists and designers where you can post your work in an interesting project based format. Fashion served, and its analogue sites are a great aggregate of these projects from all over the web. Whether you are interested in fashion photography, industrial design, or one of the other genres covered, the served sites are a well edited way to see what people are working on. Its a media rich experience with little to no filler.

Freelance Switch

Regardless of your chosen medium, freelance switch is a universally useful site with a plethora of articles and links for those working as full time freelancers, or those considering the move. Business tips, productivity theory, and product reviews constitute a significant quantity  of the entries, a bonus feature is freelance freedom, a comic strip that any freelances can relate to. In addition to the blog, Freelance Switch also includes a well posted job listing board, an active forum, and number of links to services available to freelancers in a variety of areas.

Nubby Twiglet

There are only a few sites I visit on a regular basis to get my graphic design fix, and Nubby Twiglet’s blog is one of my favorite. Responsible for some of the beautiful design you might have seen in Coilhouse magazine , which you may have seen in a previous required reading post. It was through Coilhouse that I first became aware of the work of this skillful designer. When I stumbled upon her blog, however, was when I considered myself truly impressed. Beautiful examples of typography, intriguing thoughts on personal branding, the philosophy of blogging, fashion, style, and how design can affect all aspects of life. Her site breaks down the wall between professional and personal sites in fresh and compelling way.