David Lynch: happiness is in the doing

#greatideas @DAVID_LYNCH #HappinessIsInTheDoing

I love this video on so many different levels…

    1. It’s David Lynch talking about creativity and where it comes from. He is so incredibly creative and prolific and his advice is so simple yet wise.
    2. The illustrations are so beautiful and they enrich your understanding of David’s soothing words.
    3. The colour pallet is just divine… love, love, love ♥
    4. David debunks the myth that suffering is a necessary part of the creative process… hoo-bloody-ray!

Spend 2:33 minutes watching something beautiful that will help you better understand the creative process.

“Ideas are like fish and you don’t make the fish, you catch the fish”. – David Lynch

The beautiful animation is done by Jackie Lay & you can follow David Lynch on Twitter.
This video is hosted on The Atlantic

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are you a blamer?

A lot of people jump to blaming others rather than dealing with the situation at hand. This delightfully illustrated animation explains it perfectly. This video is a collaboration between Breńe Brown Ph.D. (researcher & storyteller), RSA (21st Century Enlightenment) and animator Katy Davis (amazingly talented freelance animator and illustrator).

Sit back, relax and challenge yourself to the question “am I a blamer?” and if the answer is yes… start doing something about it.

This video optimises excellent communication through short, concise story telling using simple and beautiful visuals.

As an illustrator I’m particularly in love with Katy Davis’s work (AKA Gobbylynne) and you can check out her work on her site gobblynne.com, on her facebook page or her twitter profile.

If you have any other beautiful, poinient or amazing videos to share, please get in touch via Twitter, Instagram or by email 🙂

kiss kiss

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and there is so much pressure to buy expensive gifts and out-do the un-out-doable.
Why not just send a simple message of love.
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I’m sending out a ‘kiss kiss’ to all of my loved ones today, on Valentine’s Day and every day ♥
Here is some vintage naughties trash for your ear-worm pleasure :p Holly Valance and the 2002 hit ‘Kiss Kiss’.

the first street photographer… Vivian Maier

To say that I fell in love with Vivian Maier’s work at first site would be a massive understatement. Despite the amazing story behind her work and the discovery of it, her photographs themselves are amazing.

Long before Humans of New Work and The Sartorialist, in the 1950’s and 1960’s Vivian Maier wondered the streets of Chicago, New York and the world taking amazingly framed and well exposed photographs – a lot of which had never been printed while she was alive. It’s also important to remember that these images have not been cropped or edited, they are as they were taken (no photoshop or iPhone edits here).

Here is just a small sample of her beautiful photographs.

Vivian Maier images 50s and 60s

I hope to own an original print one day… they are gelatin silver prints, 12×12 inches printed on 16×20 inch paper. The price ranges from US$2,000 to US$5,400… so if anyone out there wants to get me one for my birthday then feel free 🙂

If you haven’t already seen it, make a point to see the film Finding Vivian Maier, now available to rent or buy on Amazon.

Here is the trailer…

I thought this might be a dry documentary but I ended up really loving it. I will be watching it again… just to see some of the amazing images again.

If you would like to find out more about Vivian Maier and John Maloof who discovered her work amazing body of work, visit vivianmaier.com.

Be inspired to take better photos and tell a story through your images.

i get really excited about making things

I always take note of quotes about creativity, the art of making and the passion required to keep on digging deep into the well of our minds to pull out a gem… perhaps to keep my own passion alive or to remind myself that – at least at times – it is a struggle for every creative, regardless of their chosen field.

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I heard Moby say this in a great short film “Inspiring Creativity – A Liberatum film presented by illy” available to watch on Vimeo and I love how simple it is… so many people speak of creativity as torture or suffering and this perspective is… well, it’s more me 🙂

The film is an insider’s perspective on inspiration from the minds of leading creative personalities including: Diana Picasso, Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer, Inez van Lamsweerde, Vinoodh Matadin, Academy Award nominee James Franco, Joan Smalls, Johan Lindeberg, Jonas Mekas, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Nico Muhly, Karen Elson, Karim Rashid, Klaus Biesenbach, Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels, Lola Montes Schnabel, Marilyn Minter, Mark Romanek, Tracey Emin, Moby, Paul Schrader, and TED founder Richard Saul Wurman.

Anything that loiters around inspiration is of interest to me… hope you enjoy this small look into the creative minds of some greats.

world AIDS day

December 1 is World AID’s Day – this global event started in 1988 to raise awareness of HIV and AIDs. Take this opportunity to support people living with HIV, commemorate those who have died and to talk about it with our loved ones so that we can all be aware of how it is transmitted.

In the mean time take two minutes out of your day to enjoy this gorgeous and colourful animated video teaching us what condoms can and – more importantly – can’t protect us from 😛

It is estimated that as of 2013, 26,800 people in Australia are living with a diagnosed HIV infection. Food for thought.

Happy World AID’s Day!

 

artists i like: peter dahmen

Peter Dahmen is a German artist. He is in fact a Paper Architect. His love for pop-up came about from his need to catch public transport with a major work while he was studying graphic design. I am still amazes me how our lives can change direction because of the most random things.

Peter manages to capture movement and shape in his dynamic paper works and he has managed to turn his love of pop-up into a full time career.

Here is a short documentry on Peter and how he got into paper architecture. His work and attention to detail is amazing.

This is one of Peters own videos featuring 5 Awesome Pop-Up Sculptures

Here is another one of Peters videos featuring Six Amazing Pop-Up Paper Sculptures

You can follow Peter via his site, on Facebook and Twitter.

artists i like: rachel ryle

How much do I love Rachel Ryle’s work… let me count the ways. Beautiful and cheerful animation coupled with tiny tales that have to be watched over and over.
Follow Rachel’s work on her website, Facebook, Instagram or on Twitter.

Coffee anyone? I love making my own coffee at home in my caffettiera… but this is so much more beautiful than when I do it… got milk?

These quirky animations are full of magic… Abracadabra!

I adore the play on scale and the cross over between the 2D & 3D realms… Are you feeling lucky punk?

A little playful sandcastle fun just in time for Summer (in the southern hemisphere that is)… however, I’ve never been able to disassociate the song Mr Sandman by The Chordettes from Halloween II… still creeps me out LOL!

sebastien tellier – love… a beautiful & trippy annimated video

Sebastien Tellier is a French multi-instrumentalist who sings in English + French + Italian. If you don’t already love him… I think you will. I particularly adore this clip… do yourself a favour and get lost in the illustrated fantasy land where clothing is clearly not allowed.

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The animation is by Sébastien Eballard + Ruben Sellem + Frédéric Venet and is breathtakingly beautiful. I love the colours, the characters and the trippy storyline. If only all of my dreams were drawn in this style and were as peaceful and meditative.

Follow Sebastien Tellier on Facebook + Soundcloud + Twitter.

in a nutshell… everything you need to know about planet earth

This gorgeous video combines a bunch of science with beautiful flat design (all the rage right now).

Kurzgesagt is an AWESOME youtube channel and their German name literally means “in a nutshell”. They are a group of designers, journalists and musicians on a mission to make science beautiful, producing videos explaining things like space, time and evolution. Basically they are flipping awesome and you should sit down with a cup of [insert preferred beverage here] and binge watch the lot.

These illustrations are just so beautiful and simple. Often it’s much harder to simplify an image rather than get caught up in the detail – the minimalist artists dilemma.

Back when I was studying science I was appalled by the boring way information was communicated, but in the last five or so years the tables have turned. Access to technology has opened up the door for wonderful creative people to share science with us all.

According to Wikipedia the definition of a scientist is “A scientist, in a broad sense, is one engaging in a systematic activity to acquire knowledge” therefore, anyone who has a hunger for knowledge is indeed a scientist. 

Follow KurzGesagt on twitter or Facebook and enrich your brain with these cool cats.

physics + illustration

I LOVE SCIENCE and I LOVE ILLUSTRATION. This video is a perfect combination of the two… and we can all learn something while witnessing some stop motion beauty.

It’s amazing the great things you find on twitter 🙂

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