Top 5 Friday : May 10, 2013

1. David Foster Wallace gave a commencement speech entitled, This is Water, eight years ago at Keynon College. Take a listen and learn something from one of the former luminaries of the English language. ‘You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn’t. That is real freedom. That is being educated.’ 2. John…read more…

Top 5 Friday : March 15, 2013

Fabian Oefner

1. From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising tells the global story of what happens when girls demand an education, one that releases them from child marriage, sex trafficking, and hard labor. If we educate our daughters, we change the world. It’s a profound ripple effect. 2. Oh color, you make me so…read more…

Top 5 Friday : March 8, 2013

Cecilia Paredes

1. Brazilian design studio 18bis visualizes Pablo Neruda’s poem The Me Bird using the strata stencil technique. What results is a hypnotic, mystical journey of a ballerina reaching her ultimate freedom. 2. Designed by Sunhan Kwon, Take Weather combines traditional weather apps with photosharing to produce personal updates on Mother Nature. You can download it…read more…

Top 5 Friday : February 15, 2013

Eiko Jones

1. It’s Venus and the moon in broad daylight taken by Hungarian astrophotographer Ivan Eder back in 2004. Ah, the beauty of the universe. 2. I blogged about James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey. Now here’s the trailer for the documentary, Chasing Ice. Can you imagine seeing this on the silver screen? It will…read more…

Top 5 Friday : February 8, 2013

Kuni

1. Sesame Street takes on Downton Abbey in Upside Downton Abbey, where everything is inconveniently upside down. Goddamn it. Can we please get the steak and kidney pie to stay on the plate? 2. Hayao and Goro Miyazaki grace us with their animated genius once again with their film From Up on Poppy Hill, which…read more…

Top 5 Friday : February 1, 2013

Google Street Scene

1. Paperman, an animated short produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and directed by John Kahrs, tells the story of love at first sight, fate and changing your destiny. It stole my heart. Enough said. 2. Photographer Joseph O. Holmes captured visitors at the Museum of Modern Art participating in Phillip Worthington’s installation, Shadow Monsters.…read more…

Top 5 Friday : January 11, 2013

Salvador Dali

1. Hate someone? Sure you do. Everyone does. Give some hate mail from Mr. Bingo, a London-based illustrator. Trust me, it will make you feel better. 2. Watch a sweet snippet of the new Pixar short, The Blue Umbrella, set to play before Monsters University. Even umbrellas fall in love at first sight. It will…read more…

Top 5 Friday : January 4, 2013

Beth Ann Magnuson

Welcome to the new year! Let’s christen 2013 with a new Top 5 Friday. Enjoy! 1. Tel Aviv-based artist Ori Toor created this video for Kingdom Crumbs’ single Evoking Spirits. Watch, if not for the song, then for the psychedelic visuals. It’s pretty trippy and awesome. So awesome. 2. Artist Beth Ann Magnuson hand-carves intricate…read more…

Top 5 Friday : December 7, 2012

Maja Wronska

1. Poor Us: An Animated History of Poverty, a documentary by Ben Lewis, combines interviews from renowned economists and historians with animation to tell the story of poor people from the beginning of time to present day. It is an eye-opening presentation. The entire series can now be viewed on PBS. 2. You know what…read more…

Top 5 Friday : November 30, 2012

Box

1. Photographer Robert Burley has been chronicling the inevitable shift from analog to digital photography for the last decade. By capturing the empty, derelict buildings that once were massive manufacturing facilities for Kodak, Agfa, and Polaroid, Burley is able to tell a story that puts the constant change of technology in a stark, nostalgic light.…read more…