Siri Bunford created this amazing spot for Channel 4′s Stanley Kubrick Season, which gives a fictional, behind-the-scenes look at the production of The Shining. The commercial is done in one continuous gliding shot that explores the “back alleys” of the shoot, glimpsing many of the memorable characters and props from the film. The music and the pacing though still give off the creepy vibe of the film, which is what really makes this a true gem.
This morning, Instagram added a new feature they’re calling Direct, which allows you to send Instagrams to a specific person or persons.
There are, however, moments in our lives that we want to share, but that will be the most relevant only to a smaller group of people—an inside joke between friends captured on the go, a special family moment or even just one more photo of your new puppy. Instagram Direct helps you share these moments.
This feels a lot a fuck you to Snapchat, who Instagram owner’s Facebook offered $3 billion to buy their app, only to be turned down. A feature like this would have been in the works for a while though as it’s a brand new build of Instagram. Personally, I feel like the old man who wants the kids off his lawn with this feature. At 31 I can’t find any reason to use Snapchat, and if I want to send a certain person/persons a photo I’ll simply text it to them. It’s certainly possible that I’m not the audience for this feature, but it also seems like the Instagram product is getting more diluted as time goes by.
In 2011, artist Heidi Voet created this fantastic carpet, titled Is six afraid of seven/ ’cause seven, eight, nine / I’m about to lose the pieces I find, made out of 4,000 digital wristwatches, weaving them into a beautiful and elaborate pattern. Incredibly, all of the watches were also set to the same time and same alarm, meaning they’d all go off at the very same time… for a while.
Is six afraid of seven/ ’cause seven, eight, nine/ I’m about to lose the pieces I find is an elaborate carpet woven together from over four thousand, multicolored watches all set to the exact time. (…) at intervals throughout the day, the watch alarms simultaneously ring in a symphony of digital chimes. Over the course of the exhibition, the watches will inevitably malfunction, losing their synchronicity and eventually sounding like an out of rhythm and out of tune orchestra. Thus, as the title of the work implies, the march of time is subtle yet unceasing and its cumulative effect results ultimately in dissolution and increased chaos.
California College of the Arts student Matthew Lew became a volunteer usher at venues so he could see his favorite bands perform. A smart move for a college student, but as a student of design, all he could focus on was how poorly designed the tickets were. So he decided to do a straightforward redesign, getting rid of poor type and duplicative information to truly help the ticket holder find their seat.
In his post on Medium he does a good job of outlining why the design is poorly done, the research he did in ways of improving the tickets, and what he’d change for his redesign. I think my only note is that the background image of the artist makes it feel a bit noisy, where some of the smaller text gets slightly more difficult to read at a glance. Otherwise, I think it’s an idea that’s been well thought out and equally well executed.
You can see his full explanation by clicking here.
The yule log is traditionally a piece of hard wood that burns for hours on seasonal holidays like X-mas. But fireplaces seem like a far off dream for many of us renters, who prefer a monthly rent over a pricey monthly mortgage.
That’s where Yule Log 2.0, a digital version of the holiday routine. Curated by Daniel Savage and built by Wondersauce, the site features 66 different yule logs interpreted by all the best artists and designers out there. My personal favorites are by Greg Gunn, Erica Gorochow, and Chris Lohouse. Turn the heat up and throw this on the TV!