05.02.13 by Jeff

Guest Contributor: Darren Firth

Today I’m headed to Hawaii for Pow Wow. I’ll still be updating Booooooom from over there, but I asked my friend Darren if he would guest post a bit while I’m away. I’ve only had two other guest contributors in the history of Booooooom!

The work he selects for We Occupy is a constant source of inspiration for me so I know you will dig his posts. I’ve asked him a few questions below so you can get to know him a bit. Please give him a warm welcome!

Guest Contributor: Darren Firth

Jeff Hamada: First of all, maybe you can introduce yourself! Who are you, where do you live, and what do you spend most of your time doing?

Darren Firth: I’m a Graphic Designer, Design Director and Curator based in the UK. I’m the founder of Sane (Design Studio), the founder of We Occupy (Arts Platform) and Co-Founder of Six (Design Studio).

When I’m not working, I’m thinking about work. When I’m not thinking about work, I’m blogging about art. When I’m not blogging about art, I’m working on personal projects. In the small morsels of time in-between, I survive on a diet of food, alcohol, art, traveling and cycling.

JH: How do you find a balance between constantly looking at other people’s work and making your own work?

DF: In the past I used to religiously check all the design/art blogs twice a day! As the amount of blogs and tumblrs multiplied, this became increasingly difficult and just became a distraction. More often than not, I now rely on social media for the majority of my inspiration and reference material. It finds me these days.

JH: Can you share an epiphany you’ve had recently (big or small)?

DF: I guess I’ve had the same epiphany that most creatives go through at some point in their career. “Life is too short to spend it sat in front of a computer screen”….but then here I am, writing this! It’s a curse.

JH: What’s one movie you could watch over and over and not get tired of it?

DF: Too easy! Predator (1987)

JH: What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself, a version that is perhaps just starting out as a graphic designer?

DF: As much as it would be really tempting, I’d try and refrain from giving ‘myself’ any advice; I’m not sure what I’d actually change about my past and I wouldn’t be as bold as to try and influence anyone else’s either. That’s definitely not to say my life is perfect or that I’ve had an easy ride, but I believe in fate and that things happen for a reason, whether it be good or bad.

I’m a born pessimist, I usually imagine the worst scenario in any given situation. I feel this is, and has been the key influencer in the way I’ve approached (and progressed through) my career. Out of fear and uncertainty comes preparation and a sense of determination, characteristics that I’m sure would become diluted if someone was to tell me that everything would be fine, if I followed a particular path.

Advice is good in small doses. From an individual it’s a personal point of view, from multiple people it can conflict and become confusing. I think Mary Schmich said it best in ‘Wear Sunscreen’ – “Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it.” At the end of the day it’s your life, your career, and the only person that has to live with the consequences of your decisions is you. Listen to those you respect, filter what you think is useful and proceed in a way that feels right.

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Stay tuned for Darren’s post sprinkled through February and be sure to check out other things he finds at We Occupy.













Jeff
Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.







30.09.16 by Staff

Photographer Spotlight: Kari Medig

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We’re joining forces with our friends at Destination BC to spotlight some of our favourite photographers living and working in British Columbia, aka the beautiful province we’re lucky to call home. First up is Kari Medig! See more images and our interview with Kari below!

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30.09.16 by Staff

Best of Kickstarter: Lecture in Progress by It’s Nice That’s Will Hudson

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Our friend Will Hudson (founder and director of It’s Nice That) is launching an educational resource to help the next generation of creatives find a job after graduation!

Demystifying the practical day-to-day workings of the creative world, Lecture in Progress will offer the kind of advice and industry insight you can’t find anywhere else. Covering everything from the range of jobs that exist, to how much you can expect to be paid, to an inside look at how projects comes together and the studios in which they happen! Check out the video and links below for more information.

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30.09.16 by Jeff

Photographer Spotlight: Vincent van de Wijngaard

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A selection of photos by Vincent van de Wijngaard. More images below.

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30.09.16 by Jeff

Collection of 80 High-Res Textless Movie Posters

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Not sure how this exists??? Someone has uploaded a collection of 80 high-resolution film posters stripped of any text. Can’t tell if they have next-level Photoshop skills or some other kind of voodoo that made this possible. In any case, thank you, Internet. Have a look at them all here. I included a bunch of my favourites below (there’s a common thread to the ones I picked).

*Edit – just discovered that the link I posted was actually a repost and this was originally posted by Reddit user Join_You_In_The_Sun, so I’ve updated the link in the post.

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29.09.16 by Jeff

Watch: “The Junction: A-Trak & Nick Catchdubs”

Here’s episode #3 of our animated series for Red Bull Music Academy, and it’s a peek into the pop culture-filled minds of Fool’s Gold co-founders A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs. Hopefully you’ll find it to be an enjoyable mix of the absurd and the profound (would love to see these two start their own podcast).

The visuals here are a collaborative effort from animator Brandon Blommaert and illustrator Josh Holinaty. The sound design and original music were created by Luigi Allemano.

Make sure you hit full screen on the episode above or watch it nice and big over on Booooooom TV.

Stay tuned for the rest of the episodes! If you missed the first two, watch Episode #1: Chilly Gonzales and Peaches, and watch Episode #2: Kaytranada and River Tiber.