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Cope: Ruminations on the New Year

My ruminations on the New Year lead to this take-off of the iconic Shepard Fairey image of Obama, which in turn inspired the image on the home page. This is not a statement on my part. If it is, I’m not sure what it’s saying.

It seems, I think, more cynical than intended. Cycles are inevitable and to be desired. While to some degree the current economic downturn was the result of stupidity, greed and unfounded optimism, I believe these things to be a symptom rather than a cause. We are entering a period of winnowing where the excesses of our exuberance are corrected, our outlook is sobered.

My fear is that the agenda of the new year will be driven by fear – that the same hyperbole that drove the inflation of our housing and investment markets will be employed to ‘correct’ the economic downturn, that drastic measures will be called for, that our excesses will now be ones of regulation and intervention and yes… bailouts. Many have spoken of the Obama presidency with ‘messianic’ overtones – they will be disappointed. I know of only one Messiah. I suspect President-elect Obama would readily admit that it’s not him.

By placing myself in the image I take responsibility for my future, not with any particular talent, but because only I can.

Cope

Cope [kohp]: to face and deal with responsibilities, problems, or difficulties, esp. successfully or in a calm or adequate manner.

My mantra for the new year: let us cope.

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Music Video on Nikon D90

DFW-based cinematographer Jon Todd Collins has a video up of musician Doug Burr‘s “Should’ve Known” on Vimeo. See below.


Doug Burr’s “Should’ve Known” from Jon Todd Collins on Vimeo.

It’s gorgeous. Even more impressive, it was shot on a thousand-dollar Nikon D90, nominally a traditional digital SLR still-camera which just happens to have the added capability to record 24fps 720p HD video. Oh dear, my budget didn’t need to see that…..


Behind the Scenes of Doug Burr’s “Should’ve Known” Music Video from Jon Todd Collins on Vimeo.

If you look closely you can catch a glimpse of the camera in there amongst the matte box and video monitor apparatus. For somebody that used to drop a lot of money on renting Super 16 equipment and squirreling away film stock for stuff that didn’t look half that good this just blows my mind.

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John Maeda on Philip Johnson’s Glass House

In this video RISD president John Maeda narrates a visit to Philip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, CT. Maeda shares his impressions and talks about how it relates to his thoughts on simplicity. Meanwhile, we explore the site (there are actually several buildings on the property in addition to the Glass House), shot over a couple picture perfect spring days.

via cool hunting

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Happiness is Warm Feet

Part of a Austin artist William Hundley’s series, “with cheeseburgers“…. ah, sweet, sweet art. Take a look at Little Naked Person Storage for another delightfully literal set.

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Fontstruct brings DIY fontography to the unwashed masses

Jason Fagone’s oddly intimate revelation of font-nerdery in Slate’s YouType: The strange allure of making your own fonts highlights Fontstruct, “YouTube of typography” which allows you to… well, make your own fonts. It lead Fagone to wax nostaligic for his bootleg Fontographer days:

I was a minuscule part of the great grunge-font craze of the late ’90s, ignited by the bad boy of graphic design, David Carson—an ex-surfer who took over RayGun magazine and turned it into a punk-rock version of Rolling Stone, a bible of the ugly/pretty/ugly aesthetic. Carson’s movement was fueled by hundreds of young dabblers like me. In our dorm rooms, we churned out distressed versions of workaday fonts: smeary Helveticas, grimy Garamonds. The self-seriousness behind it all seems strange when I look back, but it was actually in keeping with the manifesto-laden history of graphic design. One of the most famous designers of all time, Jan Tschichold, famously issued a diktat against the use of serif faces, decreeing that the only honest letterforms were sans-serifs. The Nazis, who preferred “blackletter” fonts with heavy, ominous down strokes—what came to be known as “jackboot grotesques,” according to art historian Stephen Eskilson—put him in prison.

As for myself, I created an A…. then decided I was an important, busy person, with the stick-to-it-ness of a gnat. Someone else can be Frutiger. I just want to use his fonts.

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Self Portrait as a Drowned Man

The Nonist has the crazy backstory of Hippolyte Bayard’s Self Portrait as a Drowned Man:

This photograph, shot in 1840 and titled Self Portrait as a Drowned Man, is not of a drowned man, and if it had been it would be far less interesting or important. This humble image, so far as anyone knows, can claim all of the following honorifics- First instance of intentional photographic fakery. First photographic practical joke. First use of a photograph as propaganda / protest. And, quite possibly, a result of the world’s first reliable photographic process, direct positive or otherwise.

Read the post at Nonist for the rest of the story.

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DNA Art

Josh Spear lays the Genepak x DNA-11 on us, artwork based on your own DNA from DNA-11.

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Giraffes United Against Ceiling Fans

This just cracked me up. T-shirt available on Threadless

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The Last iPod Supper

Clearly this says something about our society but I just don’t want to know anymore. (The Last iPod Supper, via jstn.cc).

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LOLVANT GARDE

modern art + lolcats = the lolvant garde

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