I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.
It is my personal approach that creates the climate.
It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.
I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.

In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized.

If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.
If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.

 Goethe, 1749-1832
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“Suffolk Deluxe Electric Bicycle, 1” Olek & Dev Harlan from Dev Harlan on Vimeo.

Multidisciplinary artist Dev Harlan combines physical and virtual to create striking installations that blend sculpture and light projection.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”    — Steve Jobs

Designer Charis Tsevis has built a graphic monument to Jobs that hammers home his giga-influence on computers and product design: a ten-thousand-pixel wide photo collage that forms Steve’s face out of the products he has created.

via GOOD and Co.Design

And that ever-present black turtleneck. RIP Steve Jobs, we’ll miss you and your vision.

 

Richard Feynman on beauty. I’ll let the video speak for itself.

The Feynman Series is a companion project with The Sagan Series, a collection of videos that pays tribute to the man that brought astrophysics (and science in general) to the masses – Carl Sagan. (And if you’re not familiar with the series, you owe it to yourself to check it out immediately, starting with this).

Kia has tapped into the nail art trend in order to create the world’s first stop-motion ad on fingernails. The ad promotes Kia’s “smALL” sized Picanto, proving that one really can pack big things into compact spaces. It took only 25 days to create this masterpiece, using 1,200 bottles of nail polish for a total of 900 fingernails.




Series by Kirby Ferguson

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer: that you are here; that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”

This triptych was created by Lauren Scanlon, a very good friend of mine. The piece includes portraits of Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan, all of whom were invited to play at Woodstock and regrettably declined due to other obligations. Each piece includes a hint of why they were absent or declined.

Joni Mitchell’s manager booked her for the Dick Cavett show and encouraged her to go on the show rather than perform at the music festival.

Many speculated that Jim Morrison declined because he didn’t like to perform outdoors. He thought that Woodstock was going to be a second class repeat of Monterey Pop Festival.

Bob Dylan had signed up to play at the Isle of Wight Festival of Music earlier on, and he set sail on the Queen Elizabeth II with his wife Sarah on August 15th, the day Woodstock began.

Scanlon’s artwork never fails to impress me. She particularly succeeds in creating unique portrait paintings. Be on the lookout for more great things from her.

 

Kinetic typography is the technical name for “moving text” and it is an animation technique mixing motion and text to express ideas using video animation. The text is presented over time in a manner intended to convey or evoke a particular idea or emotion. You’ve probably seen examples of this technique in movie title sequences and credits. The video above features the voice of Terence McKenna, an American writer who had strong opinions on psychedelic drugs and their role in society. He advocated the exploration of altered states of mind and often explored the theme of existence beyond the physical body.

This next video is hilarious. Kinetic typography for a scene from Wedding Crashers.

 

The video below is a beautiful example of typography. I included it just because I love it so much. It comes from the opening title sequence of Thank You For Smoking.

 

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