Tagged: art

Man Invests in 49-Year-Old Post Office Employee

bukowski

By his late forties, he was still a postal worker by day, writing a column for LA’s underground magazine Open City in his spare time and collaborating on a short-lived literary magazine with another poet.

In 1969, the year before Bukowski’s fiftieth birthday, he caught the attention of Black Sparrow Press publisher John Martin, who offered Buk a monthly stipend of $100 to quit his day job and dedicate himself fully to writing.

Look around and you will find greatness sitting in a soul-sucking job waiting for someone to believe in them.

Bukowski’s Letter of Gratitude to the Man Who Helped Him Quit His Soul-Sucking Job and Become a Full-Time Writer

Romain Laurent Takes Cinemagraphs to Fun New Heights

float

A lot of people think it’s photos shot in a row, it is not. I film a scene and then freeze a frame that appeals to me.

The Fox fell in love with cinemagraphs back with one of my very first posts. It’s great to see Romain taking the medium to new places and sharing a bit of how he pulls off the magic.

Loop Portraits: Romain Laurent Reveals His Tricks

R.I.P. Massimo Vignelli

Massimo Vignelli

There is a certain amount of latitude between what is good, what is elegant, and what is refined that can take many, many manifestations. It doesn’t have to be one style. We’re not talking about style, we’re talking about quality.

The world has lost a great designer.

R.I.P. Massimo Vignelli, One Of The Greatest 20th Century Designers

Then and Now – D-Day June 6, 1944

d-day-interactive

70 years ago Operation Overlord (D-Day) involved 156,000 allied soldiers storming the beaches of France to rid the Nazi occupation. Peter Macdiarmid has taken photographs that match up with archived photos from that day to create this stunning interactive Then and Now piece. Very powerful.

D-Day Landing Scenes in 1944 and Now

Is There a Right Way to Copy?

flappygolf

Good copying learns from another’s innovation and then applies it in a novel way to a new context in a way that doesn’t diminish the source invention.

David Smith on the inevitability of copying ideas from one another, but searching for a proper way to define healthy copying versus just ripping something off. I think he found a pretty good example with Flappy Golf.

The Right Way to Copy

Reminds the Fox a bit of Seth Godin’s plea for people to steal his ideas.

Scratch Let’s Kids Fail – And That’s a Good Thing

capture-for-quartzy-the-crab

What makes Scratch so desirable for the school setting is it is a program where kids naturally relate their experiences to overcome a problem. Cervantes met with hundreds of children in grades 3 to 12 and asked each what they were most proud of after having learned Scratch. “It was very common for them to tell me: ‘Well I got stuck here. I was trying to do this and this went wrong and I really like that I was able to fix it.’”

Scratch is an interesting application that teaches programming and logic to children in a way where they are completely in control of what they make.

Why kids love Scratch: It lets them fail in a way their parents don’t

Ed Catmull Sharing the Way to Manage the Creative Process

Often we’ve got these successful things going on and we misperceive what actually got us there. We draw a series of wrong ideas, and then make decisions that aren’t well grounded in reality.

Ideas Economy – Innovation 2010 with Ed Catmull

So much goodness. Must watch. If you work in any business, you will recognize many of these things on a regular basis. But there is good news. They can be addressed and fixed if the leadership is willing.