To say that I’m excited about the newest Harry Potter movie, The Half-Blood Prince, is pretty much a giant understatement. This whole series has been pretty amazing since the third movie and has yet to really disappoint me. It sucks that they can’t fit everything into the movies, but that’s what the books are for, right? For those who haven’t read the book, here’s the press release:
Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort’s defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information. Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry finds himself more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas. And Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn’t counted on Romilda Vane’s chocolates! And then there’s Hermione, simmering with jealousy but determined not to show her feelings. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.
I think this movie is going to be amazing for several reasons. First, I really loved what David Yates did with the last film, so I’m hoping for more of that realism in this film. Also joining Yates as the cinematographer is a guy named Bruno Delbonnel, who worked on A Very Long Engagement and AmÃ©lie, which to me sounds like an amazing idea. Both of those movies were beautifully shot, so hopefully Bruno can bring his own incredible touch to the film. Watch the trailer above and let me know what you all think!
Hello everyone! I can’t believe it’s August already! Time is certainly flying. I wanted to make a quick post about my lack of posting this week. On Monday I started an amazing new job as the designer for a new startup company called Causecast. Everything is in beta right now, but basically the site connects people to important causes through celebrities and organizations. It’s going to feature a ton of great content like videos and a steady stream of news and info about issues ranging from the environment and animal rights to art and education. You can click the link above to sign up for an email list letting you now when the site gets released, but I’ll also be letting everyone know as well, it should be rad.
So far I’ve been having a blast working there and being creative non-stop. Everyone who works there is so amazingly passionate about the site, but they’re also some of the nicest people I’ve ever met and I feel totally welcomed and appreciated. But this past week I’ve been pretty exhausted as well, it’s been hard to find time for work, a social life, and the blog. So all I ask is for a bit of patience while I find a good balance between all things, because as you know this blog is my baby and I’m not going to abandon it for anything.
I also wanted to say again to be sure to check out the site over the weekend when I’ll be doing a lot of updating, as well as on Monday when the next DESKTOP BATTLE! theme gets announced, as well as the sponsor. I think everyone will be pretty damn excited by the amount of prizes you’ll be able to win, not to mention WHO the sponsor is. Let’s just say it’s kind of cool to have some friends in creative places.
Anyhow, thanks for putting up with my busy-ness, I promise to get back on the ball with things, I just need some time to adjust to things. I hope everyone has a rad weekend!
P.S. Big props to the girl at The Groop with short hair and glasses rocking the Jean Jullien wallpaper on her monitor at work, that totally made my day!
I swear, there’s something in the water in England, there are so many damn talented people on such a small island (with Australia coming up close behind!). Anyhow, the work of Verity Keniger reminds me of this, seeing as how she has a hand full of projects, most of them being really stunning. Her style is kind of all over the place, but I guess the common thread could be bright colors, some halftones here and there, and fun hand drawn items.
The pieces above are from a project she did for her degree, taking inspiration from Haley’s Comet and it’s journey around the sun. Though it looks like a single piece, but it’s actually made up of six different pieces that combine to make one awesome, record cover looking thing. I think the color of the pieces are perfect, and I’m totally obsessed with all the textures. My favorites are the sunburst on the outer cover, and the geometric shapes that kind of look like rocks, like I kind of want tattoos that look like those. Check out the rest of her work, lots of fun stuff!
I came across the work of Poked Studio the other day through FFFOUND! and I immediately started smiling. I couldn’t find much info about the studio, if it’s a person or a group of people, only that they’re based out of Wales in the UK. But their work speaks volumes, which looks like a cross somewhere between a crazy anime and Super Mario Bros. Lots of their work looks like a level to an insane video game, while a lot of their other work features a bunch of different kinds of mushrooms. All of it extremely brightly colored and could make your eyes bleed (in the good way). Take a peek, just be sure to wear glasses.
I’d like to think I know a lot about design, but when I watched Helvetica last year I definitely learned a lot about the font that I really had no idea about. It was also cool to see the opinion of proffesional designers and their thoughts and opinions on the font. So now it’s pretty exciting that Gary HUstwit, the director of Helvetica, has announced his newest project called Objectified.
The movie centers around industrial design, and the people who’ve made a huge difference in the field. It also talks about the designers and their motivations as well as our relationships with the objects the create and what we can learn about ourselves by the things we surround ourselves with. The movie so far has the creme of the crop when it comes to I.D. people, the list so far includes:
Paola Antonelli, Chris Bangle, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Andrew Blauvelt, Anthony Dunne, Naoto Fukasawa, IDEO, Jonathan Ive, Hella Jongerius, Marc Newson, Fiona Raby, Dieter Rams, Karim Rashid, Alice Rawsthorn, Rob Walker with more to come.
I’m totally stoked about this film, seeing as how these are some of my favorite designers out there. The film should be release by sometime in early in 2009, so be sure to check in with the site to see when it’s playing in your area!