REQUIRED READING: 8.28.2013

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 love hearing insights into the lives of other artists. The Reserve Channel keeps impressing me with their unique interview series like Artist Tlk with Pharell Williams and On the Table with Eric Ripert., but my favorite is Capture with Mark Seliger. Check out the episode above with Matt Mahurin and Judd Apatow

Things American: Buffalo is one of the most interesting pieces of writing that I have ever read about my hometown and the direction it is heading in.

Every opening line that the great Elmore Leonard wrote.

Stop being so afraid of change,  I love the last line of this post by Seth Godin “It’s not ruined, it’s merely different”

Chris Capozziello has already successfully funded his Kickstarter campaign for his project The Distance Between UsBut you should still check out the video and work he has produced to tell the story of him and his twin brother Nick, who has Cerebral Palsy. Though this project has reached its goal there is still time to get involved and help it gain additional funding.

This video examination of the Uncanny Valley is fascinating… and not at all (extremely) creepy.

I’ll be keeping Guys With Fancy Lady Hair in my folder reserved for rainy days when I need something to make me laugh.

When was the last time you wrote yourself fan mail? At first I thought this was pretty vain, but after thinking about it for a while I realized just how much sense it really makes.

The Great Discontent has some fantastic and in-depth interviews with all sorts of creative and passionate people. I’ve been putting a lot of time aside in the evenings to catch up with its archives lately.

Want to build your own digital camera?

REQUIRED READING 6.26.2013

Diabolical - Natalie Shau
From Diabolical by photographer and illustrator Natalie Shau

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. 

The RSRV channel has produced this really outstanding interview between Pharrell Williams and Henry Rollins – two interesting artists with a lot to say. I think Henry Rollins continues to make excellent points about saying yes to new things and throwing yourself fully into what you do.

Coverjunkie continues to be one of my favorite resources to see what is happening in the editorial world, and this cover for Fabulous featuring Debbie Harry os a perfect example why – it doesn’t hurt that I just love Debbie Harry too.

Natalie Shau’s work has popped up more and more on my social media feeds as friends of mine seem to always be talking about her. Her illustration and photography is surreal, beautiful and a little dark. I have become a big fan of her art and advertising work over the past few weeks.

Ikea in Swedish is an audio guide to properly pronounce the names of Ikea products. Is it weird that when I found this site I felt a huge sense of relief wash over me?

Zen Habits has this weird ability to predict whatever it is I happen to be stressed about at the moment, and post a blog about it at just the right time. I got a lot out of this article about the worry that some of us face over whether we are working on the right tasks.

I thought it was a bit silly at first, but the ambient coffee shop soundtrack that Coffitivity provides is actually pretty cool for helping to drown out distractions.

Ever have a day when the words just wont come? The change of pace that comes with these speed writing exercises may be just what you need to make a huge change in how you work.

The awesome VSCO is now featuring a curated stream of some of the best mobile photography featured on their new VSCO Grid publishing platform.

#60Inspirations is a project from Spotify that features sixty sings that influenced ten great creative thinkers.

Can talking about your projects and goals too much make you lose your passion for them?

Over the past few weeks I have become a little obsessed with Hannibal, and it thrilled me to find out that there is an accompanying food blog by the show’s food stylist Janice Poon called Feeding Hannibal. The blog covers both the recipes Hannibal makes on the show as well as how Poon creates and styles the “human” delicacies that the gourmand serial killer prepares in each episode.

James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem talks about failure and the difference between laziness and the fear of making mistakes. 

A roundup of the Tumblrs of this year’s PDN 30. There is a ton of amazing photographic work here.

The Open University has produced a cool series of short animated videos on the history of various design movements. Start with this one on Gothic Revival, and then move on to some of the other videos covering movements like: Arts and Crafts, Modernism, Bauhaus, and more.

REQUIRED READING 4.24.2013

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. 

Sometimes the simplest things can be the most touching and beautiful, like this underwater dance routine above by Conor Horgan.

Five really simple and effective business tips for pushovers to help you stop following imaginary rules.

A short sweet guide to giving absolutely no fucks, and why you should start now.

What happens when you turn the waveforms of songs into a 3-D sculptural visualization? you end up with something as beautiful as MICROSONIC LANDSCAPES.

ASMP and Photo Shelter jointly released a must read guide to copyright for photographers and creatives earlier this month that delves into the details on how to actually register and manage your IP (I even contributed a section on implementing copyright into your workflow)

Finally, a meme that appeals to my nerdiness, and actually results in some pretty interesting pictures. 

These cover designs for Code, a fashion magazine from the Netherlands, really impressed me when I caught them on Cover Junkie earlier this month.

An ever growing list of quotes and wisdom about working with and relating to creatives.

A brilliantly animated trip through the filmography of Stanley Kubrick by Martin Woutisseth

Stanley Kubrick – a filmography from Martin Woutisseth on Vimeo.

The Impossible Cool has long been one of my favorite Tumblr destinations, but I am especially enamored lately with this photograph of Buster Keaton that I found there.

Liking Lee Bretschneider’s project Role Play on Behance may make me a huge nerd, but I am so okay with that.

An simple comic that presents big thoughts on creative sustainability, recovering the joy of amateurism, and having a positive effect on your photographic environment.

There is an understandable eerie and still atmosphere to be found in these images of the abandoned radioactive ghost towns of Japan. 

Movie title stills from every decade of cinema – this is an absolute treasure trove for design and film nerds.

Some of the most thought provoking insights into the business of photography today are being shared by Heather Elder in her Community Table blog posts – here is a directory of all of them to date. A must read

As design and food are becoming more and more intertwined Ento explores how the aesthetics of sushi may change the perception of the worlds most sustainable source of protein – this looks beautiful and delicious.

Some damn decent tips for traveling with your photo gear on assignment from Chris Crisman 

This trailer for Who Shot Rock & Roll got me pretty excited

REQUIRED READING 3.27.2013

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 Nubbytwiglet.com 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.

REQUIRED READING 2.27.2013

Revolved Forms
A study of repetitive forms and color from Crtomir Just’s Project Revolved Forms

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. 

Urbio is one of the coolest organizational systems I have ever seen – completely modular and usable in so many ways. I adore the idea of being able to mix plants in with a desk or kitchen system in such a cool way.

Sivu spent three hours in an MRI machine to make this surreal video for Better Man Than He

Ten excellent e-mail tips from Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, I truly need to adopt numbers one and seven.

With so much rampant abuse out there I am so grateful for this refined guide to social media etiquette.

Just so you know – how to coil your cables. 

This gorgeous black & white video for Woodkid’s I Love You rivals his earlier video for Iron, which I raved about in a previous edition of required reading.

An interview with artist and olympian Casey Legler, on her work as a male model.

Keeping your sense of authenticity can be hard as you start working for bigger clients with stricter brand guidelines, here is how photographer Alexa Miller keeps it a little bit more real. 

In 1961 Playboy Magazine put America’s greatet designers together in one room. 

The strange differences between how actors wore makeup in silent films and talkies.

A interesting writing exercise with the goal of helping you sell anything.

Crtomir Just explores themes of repetitive shape and color in his project Revolved Forms.

A new episode of the Reserve Channel photography series Capture. Host Mark Seliger talks about photography with Ben Lowey & Baryshnikov – I love this show.

Have you seen the trailer for the commercial fishing documentary Leviathan yet? Just based on the visuals and sound in the trailer I cannot wait to see it.

Hessian is a brand in search of a product, and it is up for grabs. Wired recently featured a post on this strange but interesting brand for sale.

Silencio is a David Lynch/Angelo Badalamenti homage band that is strangely addictive to listen to.

I have two old 50 mm lenses sitting on my desk right now, and I think I just found something fun to do with them – time to break out my tools and have some fun freelensing. 

A short documentary on the home of photographer Jay Maisel 

Koken is an interesting new online portfolio solutions for photographers that just launched.

Weirdly effective advertising from Herbaria directed by Andreas Roth – Selling a calming tea by tapping into primal nightmares (If you don’t like clowns, be warned)

REQUIRED READING 1.30.2013

Ink Mixing with Water - a due Colori - Alberto Seveso
Ink mixing with water – From the project a due Colori by Alberto Seveso

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. 

Sometimes there is no secret trick or easy route, sometimes you just need to work harder than everyone else. 

My newest Tumblr obsession is this surreal and hypnotic stream of Kim Jong-Un looking at things. 

You can find some of the best pulp and fantasy illustration around in this gallery of Heavy Metal Magazine covers from 1977-2013.

For guys and girls who are a little nerdy about their neckwear – how to tie an Eldredge knot

Federico Garcia presents a fun animated listing of important architects and their famous buildings.

Proving that getting used to hearing “no” can get you closer to hearing a “yes” – Jia Jiang tries to desensitize himself to rejection in 100 Days of Rejection Therapy

Mike Joyce of Swissted.com has a new book coming out that features 200 of his redesigned vintage gig posters, you can pre-order it here.

Shooting with vintage and expired film seems to go in and out of vogue every few years, but what about making images with ruined film that has never been exposed. The results are somewhat… cosmic.

A look at The Beat Generation through the annotated photographs of poet Allen Ginsberg. 

Four things to stop doing at your desk this week.

Design Jargon Bullshit is a repository to collect all the horrible buzzword/adspeak/marketing double talk that needs to go away.

The one hundred most appreciated Behance projects of 2012. My favorite of the collection is a project called a due Colori by Alberto Saveso.

A really clever look at the editing process of Kwaku Alston, specifically a shoot with Drew Barrymore.

Done | Not Done is a clever concept for a to do list to remind you of the things that you want to do rather than what you need to do. Seems great for media junkies like me who easily lose track of their expansive movie and book queues.

A frighteningly large (90+ pages) library of skateboard ads from vintage to modern at Skately. A lot to explore, but there are some real gems here.

Strangely Compelling is one long stream of amazing black and white fashion and portrait imagery curated by Simon Engström, very few feeds ever live up to their names like this one does.

Seven tips to survive an unexpected photo assignment with the always entertaining Benjamin Von Wong.

The Amazings is an incredible concept that taps into one of the greatest sources of knowledge out there – experience. I really hope this spreads into a larger movement.

Zack Arias is back from his social media hiatus with a sort of sequel to his incredible Transform (which had a huge effect on me when I forst saw it) called Signal & Noise. We all need a reminder like this sometimes.

REQUIRED READING 10.5.2012

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.

Instead of a list of links I have a video to share with you this week. Take a look back at the business of photography over 60 years ago with this vocational film from the 1940’s about options for students thinking about photography as a career. I always get a kick out of the old career films and PSA’s from this era.

 

REQUIRED READING 9.21.2012

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.

Patti Smith’s talking about Robert Maplethorpe in her new book Just Kids, and 25 lessons from creatives gleaned from it.

This project by illustrator Jska Priebe depicting sci-fi heroines as saints is near and dear to my nerdy fanboy heart.

Exploring the workspace of Roy Lichtenstein’s studio. 

A new episode of Mark Seliger’s Capture, which has become my favorite photography interview series  – this time featuring Martin Schoeller and Matthew Modine talking about photographing celebrities and Stanley Kubrick.

Professional Photographer recently shared their list of the 100 most influential photographers of all time. If you are in search of some beautiful new imagery to view there are definitely some names on here you need to study up on. Though if I had my way Rodney Smith would have made the list.

Continuing the conversation about the changing syntax of images in our culture since the advent of social imagery. Rather than simply demonize services like Instagram and Hipstamatic as so many reactionary articles have already done; this piece actually brings up some very valid points about the nature of photography and the changing standards of communication in our culture.

Fragments – A stunning video by Mickey Todiwala exploring the fascinating qualities of the desolate.

REQUIRED READING 9.7.2012

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.

Marqueed is a service that lets you markup and annotate images with collaborators online, a great service for discussing retouching with clients.

• A very DIY take on truly analog photographic filters from A Beautiful Mess

• These well choreographed dancing army men made me smile all week.

• Chase Jarvis explores the low angle shots of Quentin Tarantino

• I must have missed this when it first came out, but I really dig Zack Arias’ Creative Mornings talk on not trying so hard to inflate others perception of you.

Required Reading 8.3.2012

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.


• A montage of 135 shots meant to restore your faith in the beauty of cinema, there are some wonderfully concentrated bits of inspiration in here.

Cocoagraph is taking your beautiful photographs and finally making them delicious too – eat art!

• Mark Seliger has a new online interview series called Capture – In the first episode Mark interviews Platon and Dylan McDermott about their photography.

• My favorite incarnation of the dynamic duo – Nico and Andy Warhol as Batman and Robin in 1967

• A really strange and wonderful pairing – Weegee on the set of Dr. Strangelove 

• Boy George’s cover of Lana Del Ray’s Video Games for the win, I just love this version of the song.

• A collection of surreal Japanese sci-fi art

Mike Monteiro fields questions from Twitter on how to manage client expectations. I think his take on selling the process and not the solution is one of the best answers in this roundup.

• Beyond Neon – An insightful and inspiring look at the revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas

Required Reading 6.1.2012

Above: Erin’s bike parked by the water last weekend when we spent the day riding along the Lake Erie Shore.


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.


• Make your own luck.

• My new favorite way of getting my much needed Tom Gauld fix.

Competing solely on price is no way to compete at all, price is just one factor to consider when self evaluating your value to customers.

• Clay Shirky on how the six rules of creativity are really just the one rule of creativity. 

BLINK has a killer new iPad app out to compliment the already impressive print version of their photography publication.

David Hockney’s iPad

• An impressively detailed panoramic diagram of the Kowloon waled city – A subject I have been fascinated by since I first saw Greg Girard’s photos of it. 

• A terrifying child makes an effective debt collector in this funny spot for Barclays Pingit. 

• For fellow lovers of old film – MGM’s stable of stars circa 1943

• Aside from the fact that the put on the best concert I have been to this year, M83 makes the most impressive and interesting videos. I like how this new video for Reunion carries on the narrative from Midnight City so seamlessly. More music video projects need to demonstrate this kind of ambition.

Required Reading 5.18.2012

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.

Above: Yours truly, on set a few weeks back, trying to look serious with poor results. 


• This is what happens to innocent bystanders when you trust a photographer with an industrial strength wind canon.

• I really enjoyed Kathryn Shulz’s missive on being a night owl writer.  I think all creatives have had those desperate and explosive moments of creativity at 4:00 am, I know I have.

I re-read this a few times this week when things got hard, when I was trying to get some deadlines finished in spite of the fact that I should have been in bed resting and trying to recover from the nasty stomach virus I came down with this week ( Danielle LaPorte’s blog has become the first stop on my reading list ever since I picked up her book The Fire Starter Sessions)

• Is scientific curiosity part of our nature that leads to understanding and creativity? Is originality different in science vs art?

• What do  you do when you start to hate your own blog?

• And people complain about Photoshop now? dig into these before and afters from Pin-up paintings of the 1950’s.

• If you are going to play it safe it is time to quit.

• A very cool collection of vintage portraits of young royals in India over 50 years. 

 

Required Reading 4.27.2012

Instagram snap of casey on set during a video shoot

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.

Above: An Instagram snap of Casey Bitzberger taken after a small video and portrait shoot a few nights ago. (I may make a sadly funny cameo in the video)


I am so happy that Nubby Twiglet shared this link on her blog yesterday – these designer curated music mixes have been my constant soundtrack the past 24 hours. | Designers.mx

Six eye-opening filmmaking tips from David Fincher that have made me rethink several elements about my approach to photography this week. | Approaching The Tyrannosaur Paddock

For the past few weeks John Keatley has featured a series of posts about his recent trip to the Philippines for Arts Aftercare to photograph a story about human trafficking and sexual slavery. Take the time to visit his blog and see these images. | Keatley – Arts Aftercare

Tiny, bite size bits of inspiration from the 99% Conference. My favorite is “The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.” by Fred Wilson | 25 Quotables

This music video from Crowns & Owls plays with so many of the 80’s film tropes that I love. | Its Nice That

This article about compartmentalizing lunch from the rest of your work is very interesting, especially for anyone like me who has had to teach themselves the hard way the importance of taking a break sometimes. | Don’t Eat Lunch At Your Desk. 

A group of German garbage men have converted dumpsters into pinhole cameras to make long exposures of the neighborhoods they work in. | Fstoppers

You and Who is a great concept started in Buffalo NY to help people shop with meaning – For every shirt of theirs you buy they will give one someone in need. Their designs are very very cool. | You and Who

This video evokes those perfectly fuzzy idealized summer tinted childhood memories – it is kind of magical | Coney Island Love Letter

Ken Hermann’s series of images of coal miners in India are beautiful | Photography Served

Required Reading 4.20.2012

Supreme General

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.

Above: Musician Supreme General on location during a promo shoot for his new album to be released this summer. 


My friend Scott Gable has been busy photographing the antique medical oddities of Dr. Touma’s Medical Museum in West Virginia. His Behance gallery of antique instruments and curiosities makes me a little jealous – some of these items are so cool I wish they were decorating the studio space that Scott and I share.

I had a moment of delirious excitement when I saw the VICE had conducted this interview with filmmaker and author Kenneth Anger – the director of amazing short films like Rabbit’s Moon and Lucifer Rising that I became enamored with in my teens and still greatly enjoy watching today.

As I was getting ready to post this edition of required reading I realized that this is the third time in as many months that I have featured the work Of Andrew Shaylor. I keep stumbling across his work and really connecting with his aesthetic without actively seeking it out – one of my favorite feelings is when I fall in love with the project first without realizing who actually photographed it until later to find out it is an artist I am fond of – and this series on the Hells Angels is no exception. 

Could the nature of a rainbow be the perfect model of human consciousness? I think Ricardo Manzotti’s ideas could easily be applied to the nations of creativity as part of the natural process of the world which creates a new whole rather than something distinctly separate from it.

Wow! what a cool concept for a music/promo video for Benga’s I will Never Change– a stop motion live waveform of the song created using individually cut vinyl records.

A simple and elegant use of shapes and design to express complex philosophical theories. These are beautiful in their execution and effectiveness.

I have, at times, been guilty of committing many of the sins chronicled in The Curse of the Freelancer – but I have been trying to tackle these issue more and more readily to make myself less susceptible to these panic moments that many freelancers suffer. But Isaac Hindin-Miller does have some great insights on how to work through these feelings and get back on track to making things happen. I think it’s just the shot in the arm that freelancers and small business owners need from time to time.

It is really weird to me to see fellow photographers who seem legitimately perturbed by the commonality and widespread use of camera phone apps like Instagram. I find these apps to be great fun and a medium unto themselves for exploring a more casual and instinctual type of image making than what I normally produce in my professional life. This aggressive rejection is indicative of the fear and reactionary attitudes that I sadly find all too common among photographers. However this article that subtly parallels the rise of Instagram and the decline of Kodak does bring up some interesting points about how the landscape of not just of image making, but the mindsets behind imaging technology has changed over the last few years.

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of seeing Colleen Wainwright speak for a second time. Much like the first time I saw her, I left completely inspired and energized by her stories to go home and create something awesome. You should definitely be following her Communicatrix blog if you are not already.

Required Reading 4.6.2012

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.


A look at a fascinating new board game that uses conductive jelly to make music, I really like this combination audio and visual elements coming together to create a tactile DIY instrument. | Noisy Jelly

My newest photography blog addiction is a collection of interviews and photo stories of people who the author has met around his home in Brooklyn, NY. | Backyard Bill

Thoughts on adapting to change, dealing with clients, falling too in love with your own ideas, and over-romanticizing your own creativity, and being a professional. | Counterpoint: What the Fuck Makes You Too Good For Advertising

Douglas Sonders has been dropping some welcome philosophical thoughts about photography the past few weeks, like this one about building meaningful relationships with your clients, taking chances on them, and how loyalty will pay you back in the end. | Loyalty – One Of the Biggest Keys to Career Longevity

Masters of Photoshop show you how its (not) done | Masters of Photoshop

Try some of these exercises to get you brain revved up next time you hit a road block or need to sharpen up your mind. | Five Classic Creative Challenges

Another great article on freelancers developing their sense of pricing and understanding how self-worth plays an important role in it. | A List Apart

There is a lot to be said about tenacity. | The Dirty Little Secret of Overnight Success

The big difference between using tools and being an idea-maker. | Using Your Creativity to Its Full Potential

Pretty minimalist t-shirts | Swiss Miss

Required Reading 3.23.2012

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.


Who would have thought that hacking a Piccolette Contessa-Nettel (1926) on to a Canon 5dMKII would yield such pretty results. For the hardcore retro gear nerds out there.

After a coffee/keyboard incident earlier this week I have decided that one of these is a necessary addition to my office.

Photographic explorations of a singular subculture always fascinate me. I really like Andrew Shaylor’s study on the rockabilly scene that I found on Behance recently.

I nerded out pretty hard when I saw these behind the scenes photos from Metropolis. 

Douglas Sonders on the utter importance of keeping busy as a key to success in a creative field.

The Art of Self Confidence is one of the best blog posts I have read in weeks.

Required Reading 3.16.2012

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.


Always one to be intrigued by what shapes great minds, I found this look at Alan Turing’s high school reading list to be especially intriguing. | Brain Pickings

A look at the five types of work that fill our work and creative lives. After doing the suggested work audit I was honestly surprised by how much reactionary and insecurity work I could let myself get sucked into – I am going to try a few of the suggested techniques over the next few weeks to see if some small changed can have some big benefits for my mourning mindset. | The 99%

A collection of broken collodion wet plate images of patients suffering from “Glass bone disease” | How to be a Retronaut

I am so glad Lenlee Jenckes from Lenlee Represents turned me on to this (soon to be shipping) custom cereal service. My studio is downwind of a cereal factory and the amazing smell of fresh Corn Pops regularly filling the studio has turned me into a rabid cereal junky. The only question is what blend to order first: Puffed quinoa, cocoa nibs, and chia seeds? or the ever tempting cookies and  peeps blend? | Cerealize

A brilliant approach to having creative directors give your work their complete and undivided attention | The Toilet Book

Swallow.com has become my favorite online food magazine since its recent launch with its funny and sometimes scathing look at food from an insider’s perspective. Founder Ivy Knight posted earlier this week about her recent experiences eating and traveling in my hometown that included doing shots of Fernet  at one of my favorite bars (Vera Pizzeria – which seems to have become the defacto photographers bar of choice in the city) The incredible art collection of the Knox, The explosively good dining scene, and thankfully did not involve a single chicken wing at any of the tourist traps. | Living the American Dream in Buffalo, NY.

I really like animation and stop motion in music videos, I have ever since I was a little kid. Videos like Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer and Big Time always fascinated me, I still get so excited when I see them today. Gotye’s video for Easy Way Out, directed by Darcy Prendergast gives me that same kind of exuberant fascination.

Forget the iPad,  I want to read all my books on this device from now on | How to be a Retronaut

The tools that allow us to be more plugged in and efficient have caused us to become completely disconnected and over-reliant on information to the point of addiction. They are often our number one time killers. |  A Survival Guide for Beating Information Addiction.

Sound advice | Do Fewer Things and Do them Better

I really get excited about these Three Panels Open projects that are featured on Warren Ellis’ blog, especially this most recent collaboration by Esquivel, Godlewski, and Cody. We should all aim to  live our lives so hard that we wound consensus reality! Check out the rest of the Three Panels Open entries as well for some | Warren Ellis

Taking a look at famous brands through hipster tinged glasses. Pretty funny, till you get to the proposed KFC branding and seriously  wonder why they didn’t adopt it years ago | Hipster Branding

My friend Rhea made this delightful video during a Canadian Road trip for Mazda | Anna Logue

Promise Tangeman’s blog is often full of universally relevant creative thinking that keeps me coming back week after week – but this article on identifying your own creative style though the act of creating and evolving and not consciously “finding” or adopting your style and ending up with someone else’s is fascinating – one of my favorite pieces on her blog. | Promise Tangeman 

A quick and accessible rundown of the 2012 PDN 30 winners and links to their sites. I think this years group was made of of some astronomically talented photographers and I have been spending a few days on some more in-depth exploration of their bodies of work. | Aphotoeditor.com

I saw that Nubby Twiglet linked to this yesterday and it was too good not to share. As a photographer I love seeing the end uses and layouts my images are used for – so layout and design are pretty important to me. This tumblr catalogs an astonishing collection of very cool magazine layouts that I could spend hours browsing. | Magazinpiration

This is important – this is about submarines, werewolves, and bad Russian accents… things that matter! Red Moon is an incredibly entertaining and delightful short by Sirocco Research Labs.

Required Reading 3.9.2012

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.


This one is for Aaron Ingrao, the biggest pop tart addict I know. | Pantone Tarts by Emilie de Griottes

A look at how we better ourselves, and how trying to make only good work may ultimately hamper our growth. |  Getting Better vs Being Good

I wish these mistakes were not so common that it warranted writing a blog post about it | How to be a freelance failure in seven easy steps.

Richard Wade’s ghostly exploration of people lost in thought in the self contained universe of their cars. | Human Chasis

I am so happy to have found this, Alfred Hitchcock interviewed by Francis Truffaut for 12 hours, this is the stuff that film geek dreams are made of | 12 Hours of Truffaut Interviewing Hitchcock

Creativity is subtraction

This song has been stuck in my head for days | Where SSION’s Love Grows

There is something contextually fascinating about looking at the stationary of the famous and villainous figures and brands | Famous Letterheads 1900-1997

Happiness is not a destination.

Do we confuse window dressing and ornamentation with substance? | More is Usually Just More.  

Required Reading 3.2.2012

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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.


Terrifying images of children in animal costumes based on funeral photographs that prey on my natural fear of dolls. | fStoppers. 

Has the interpretation of the word Freelancer changed into a negative one? | Freelance = Unemployed Starving Artist?!?

A new installment in the always impressive Made By Hand Series | The Beekeeper

25 inspiring thoughts on making ideas happen | The 99%

For the tech and workflow efficiency obsessed out there ASMP has launched the new version of their DPBestflow program laying out best practices for video and photography workflows | DPBestflow.org

Douglas Sonders is featuring a behind the scenes look at a cool music video he recently directed and produced for Crash Boom Bang  | Adventures of A Commercial Photographer

Amazing images from Bonneville Speed Week

I think that this might become the most democratic way to serve everyone’s musical taste at the studio – this might be my new favorite app | Anthm

iPhoneography just got legit | Nick Laham photographs the New York Yankees with his iPhone

A Kickstarter project that I can really sink my teeth into, My favorite taco truck in the world is looking for funding to expand their empire of delicious | Lloyd Taco Truck on Kickstarter

My nerdy passions know no bounds | Cheesy Typography Humor

Eye opening images from the 70’s oil crisis | How to Be a Retronaut

1000 likes ain’t gonna pay that rent – but more importantly – if you stop doing what you truly love you might die || Stop Writing On the Internet to Make People Love You

One thing Chase Jarvis does really well is distill thoughts down into simple forms, I love his take on becoming a professional | How to Become a Professional Photographer in Five Simple Steps

The always inspiring Nubby Twiglet on Making Lists and Dreaming Big

Required Reading 2.24.2012

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.


• I don’t think I could ever stop loving Polaroids, and this collection of images only reaffirms that love | A Collection of Helmut Newton’s Test Polaroids

• An interesting article on how those in the often abused roles of interns are starting to fight back | Get Your Own Damn Coffee!

• Promise Tangeman’s thoughts on the downsides of ranking and scoring yourself alongside others In your field, and how you are better served by focusing on who you are | Comparing Yourself To Others

• My favorite freelance switch comic in weeks | Self Discipline

• Adam from the Angriest Critic shared this trailer with me the other day – and I have been mildly obsessed with it ever since. I can’t wait for the full release of this film so that I can see even more of its impressive visual style | Beyond the Black Rainbow

• Taking a look at western consumption through photography | Scott Gable Blog. 

• A lifetime infatuation with circus themed imagery has made me an instant fan of this portrait series by UK Photographer Andrew Shaylor | Behance Network

• This new documentary on Wayne White has me so excited to see some importance given to the idea of art actually being fun and exuberant.

 

• Social media overload can become an enormous detriment to the creative process if it starts to become too much of an addiction – I like this articles take on it as an un-winnable arms war. | Feeling Social Enough yet?

• Light is  surreal, meditative, and beautiful – Sunday Paper has been killing it lately with these provocative video pieces. Also worth checking out is their insightful and sympathetic take on zombies in their recent film Rest.