Sunday, July 27, 2014
I love Eiko Ishioka's work, and in Dracula it's combined with amazing practical effects, that always make me want to create things that are totally unwieldy but absolutely sumptuous. The costumes, man, the costumes!
2. The Fall
Speaking of Eiko Ishioka, I reviewed The Fall when it first came out, and it's still just as wonderful and stunning and delightful as it was then. Every shot makes me want to create something colorful and wonderful and LOOK AT DARWIN'S COAT. I mean, come on.
3. Marie Antoinette
And speaking of Coppalas, Marie Antoinette makes me want to make things out of silk and embroidery and chocolate and raspberries and... everything. Seriously, I cannot watch this movie and not want to work on some ridiculous purse or random bit of something over the top. Or baking. Let them eat cake indeed.
4. Eat, Drink, Man, Woman
Segueing into movies that make me want to cook, this was the first. The cooking sequences in this movie have to be seen to be believed, and if you want to learn something about real Chinese cuisine you should definitely watch this. It almost hurts how good the food looks in this movie.
Of course this gets a place on my list. Ratatouille shows you how pro kitchens operate, explains how flavors work together to make beautiful new things, and shows exactly how the creative process in the kitchen feels. I only wish I was nearly as good as Remy at plating. (I can make amazing tasting meals but I just don't have time to plate properly.) Regardless, this movie nails it. Perfection.
Honorable mention: The complete works of Wes Anderson
Seriously, the man can do no wrong (and of course he's totally in with the Coppolas - you'll find them all over his movies). I have loved every single one of his films, and every one makes me want to make some piece of fashion or leatherworking. Thank you, Wes Anderson (and his production designers David Wasco, Nelson Lowry, Mark Friedberg and Adam Stackhausen).
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Cute, right? I thought hey, at least it'll make a nice decoration. For one, it's missing an antenna, though the leads are available:
But I'm sure it wouldn't work. I wonder what it says on the bottom so I can look it up...
... WHAT. That's a full diagram of the parts inside? With part numbers for EVERYTHING? So it can be EASILY FIXED?!? WHAT IS THIS MAGIC.
I wonder what will happen if I plug it in and turn it on.
Now, imagine it's 2091 and someone tries to get your iPhone to work. Or your Kindle. Or your TV. Or... well, fill in the blank. Laughable, right? We used to think of things so differently. You didn't throw something out when it didn't work because it was cheaper to replace it; we fixed it. Even now it only *seems* cheaper to replace things because they are built somewhere where wages are much lower than here, with less strict environmental controls, and companies have learned to externalize every cost possible. Can you imagine a diagram of the parts of your Kindle?
I'd be glad to pay more for technology/appliances/stuff that can be fixed or upgraded part by part rather than replace the whole; I just don't know if anyone is willing to make something like that anymore. There's still small engine repair, but all our small appliance repair shops seem to have disappeared. There are places that'll fix your PC (until it's totally obsolete in a few years), but forget about your iPhone, take it to Apple and get a new one.
Can we bring design like this back? Can we bring back the small businesses needed to support this kind of design? Man, I'd love to see it.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
I started with a three and a half foot dowel and many two foot lengths of 1/2" x 1/16" basswood. I glued and threaded the pieces together with brown fishing line (Power Pro!) to make ten 5 foot struts.
|Close up of one of the joins in the basswood|
I cut out end pieces from brass sheet and screwed them into the dowels, and then used machine screws and nuts to attach the struts to them.
I also cut a propeller out of the brass and used a longer screw and some wooden spools to make it look pretty good.
I used basket reed for the ribs, again gluing them and tying them with fishing line.
|Close up of the join|
I still have to cover the frame with rice paper mache, and make the gondola. I have a good start on the net that will go over the top and attach to the gondolla:
|Waxed linen thread net|
Saturday, July 19, 2014
A few highlights:
- "Logo designs become iconic and memorable: they're not created that way."
- "Don't use more than two fonts"
- "A logo design represents a business's professionalism and poor visual jokes don't work. Use fonts which sum up the 'brand mood'. "
- "As soon as a client begins suggesting things like, 'Let's make that text a bit bigger, and try this typeface', your mark becomes diluted. It's your job as the designer to make this clear from the start." (Good luck with this one.)
- And, of course, a link to LogoThief, which is just brilliant.
Monday, July 07, 2014
The problem I have with it is, many people who disagree *have* done some research, but sometimes they put inordinate weight on anecdote and unverified claims (and many times the person using the "sheeple" term is the one who has fallen victim to this.) It also instantly dismisses any opinion other than one's own, and makes me tune out because it makes me think you aren't amenable to discussion.
Now, I'm just as vocal in my opinions as anyone else, and it is human nature to believe that everything you think is correct. For example, I can't think of an idea that I hold that is wrong, even though it is necessarily true that I am not right about everything.
If you want to really analyze someone's argument, you should see if they (or you) are committing logical fallacies. I personally am vulnerable to the slippery slope argument in certain contexts, as well as the no true scotsman.
In the end, don't worry about being a sheep, a guard dog, or even a wolf. Be a honey badger.
Honey badger still don't care.
Sunday, July 06, 2014
I ran across this really great look at the design philosophies in Star Wars - specifically the Rebels vs the Empire. It makes a lot of great observations about utilitarian vs frivilous (fun). Really an excellent read.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an executive decree banning the centuries old practice of aging cheese on wooden boards. One bureaucrat within the FDA, without surveying all of the scientific literature, and without public commentary, has rattled hundreds of small businesses across the United States. Consumers who eat any kind of aged cheese shoparmigiano-reggianould prepare for a potentially catastrophic disruption in the market for artisan, non-processed cheese.This will effect local cheesemakers; in some early reports it was talked about how the wonderful, global award winning, local Marieke Gouda was aged on wood boards, for instance. It will cost jobs locally - almost any small producer of cheese will be affected. And forget finding parmigiano-reggiano at the grocery store - if this is applied to all cheese you won't be able to get pretty much any cheese from Europe (or Canada for that matter).
There is a petition on Whitehouse.gov to review this poorly thought out, job-killing rule. Please sign it and help stop this... inanity.
Saturday, June 07, 2014
I think it had to do with two things:
1) They pulled back from the awesome woman wronged story to make Mal a good guy. Seriously, you could still have had her like Aurora (which would be a consequence of that spell of hers) but still have her not turn into a stereotypical good guy. And that's a absolute disaster because...
|The real tragedy is I will never get to see this. |
Image by Jirka Väätäinen
2) Maleficent never turned into an awesome black and purple dragon. WAY TO RUIN FANTASMIC.
Friday, June 06, 2014
Next up? I think Chips, then maybe the old City Hall. Any other ideas/suggestions?
Thursday, June 05, 2014
I guess this means that Disney is willing to acknowledge the Star Wars Holiday Special's existence. Maybe we'll all get a real DVD/BluRay release of it... well, ok, mostly we just want the cartoon.
So is the Holiday Special canon now?
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