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 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.