There’s a short story by Madeleine Thien called “A Map of the City.” In that story the narrator talks about a furniture shop her father owned when she was growing up. She loved going there so much she used to pretend to be sick in order to stay home from school and be taken to the store instead. She would lounge on a plastic lawn chair in a doorless storage closet with a little curtain pulled closed for privacy. During one of those times a customer stumbles upon her:
Today I’m headed to Costa Rica for a little vacation, and so as a sort of “vacation project” I’ve started a new Instagram account @chillwildlife for my true passion, chill photos of animals. Follow it if you want at least one laugh per day (and if that’s all you want you’re setting the bar quite low, my friend).
Now I’m feeling weird about featuring my own account – actually, no I’m not. I’ve only been working on @chillwildlife for two days and it’s already my favourite thing to work on. I laughed pretty hard all day yesterday just thinking about it. If you want to submit funny images to it please @ me or use #chillwildlife but please for the love of God no meme pics with text on them. Thanks!
There will continue to be new posts on Booooooom while I’m away, and I’ll be back in a week or so.
Our friends over at Yours Truly were recently tapped by Ray-Ban to curate a group of rising composers and filmmakers to produce a series of music driven, narrative shorts for their Never Hide Films channel. Booooooom was brought on board to help curate the film posters for the series, and this beautiful piece above was created by the first artist we contacted, the talented Andrea Wan.
The series kicks off next week with this film by UK Director Danny Sangra, scored by west coast producer, Kendrick Lamar collaborator, Terrace Martin. “Saturday Night Cosmic Breakdown” is a trippy little short about the end of the world. Keep an eye out for it!
This week our sponsor is Craftsy, a learning resource for aspiring artists. If you are interested in brushing up on the basics of life drawing, they’re currently offering a free downloadable eGuide on “Drawing the Human Body”.
This eGuide gives you an overview of things like proportioning the body using the head as measurement, sizing hands properly, and basic anatomy. If this interests you: Download the eGuide for free.
If you’re looking for some handcrafted fonts but are operating on a small budget (as many of us are) the “Indie Font Bundle” may be of interest. Creative network Envato has just released Envato Bundles, which groups together assets for creatives to use at heavily reduced costs.
This first bundle includes 70 handcrafted fonts by 36 independent authors, a $1300 value, available until May 18th for just $29. If you’re interested, take a look at the “Indie Font Bundle”.
I’ve included a couple more examples of the fonts below!
Photo by Jourdan Tymkow
Heads up Vancouver, 7pm this Friday and Saturday (May 1st and 2nd) the creative dance collective known as OURO is hosting an evening of contemporary and street dance, and will be premiering a 20-minute piece that they’ve been developing over the last six months. Both nights will feature several performances, visual arts, and yummy drinks courtesy of the folks at The Juice Truck. No tickets to purchase, it’s by donation at the door.
Full disclosure, my girlfriend is one of the dancers in the show. I’ll be there both nights helping setup, so if you come out please say hello! I know nothing about contemporary dance but I’ve seen OURO perform twice and their work is really fun and accessible – you’ll enjoy it.
Every young designer coming out of school today faces the same problem: How do I get noticed? Well, three gentlemen from a studio in Barcelona called Achos! decided their best bet was to steal work from some of their idols, award-winning design studio Sagmeister & Walsh, whose website famously uses an overhead camera and floor mats from the studio as a menu system.
Creative Review was the first to report the robbery, posting the images above showing the thieves lifting the word “work” off of Sagmeister & Walsh’s studio floor. The studio tweeted their deep sadness about the whole thing, which was retweeted 98 times.
The genius of this whole thing is that Sagmeister & Walsh was never robbed, and Creative Review never even wrote about it; it was all a lie. Achos! actually staged the robbery. They told me the found a similar room to re-create the Sagmeister studio (Danny Ocean style) but I believe this is also a lie, upon closer inspection of the images above, it appears to be a decent photoshop job. One thing they definitely did do was create a clever fake version of Creative Review’s website (.info instead of .co.uk) to report their stunt. The header of the fake CR Blog links back to the real CR Blog so it’s really effective, have a closer look here.
Sagmeister & Walsh were good sports about the stunt, playing along, and even temporarily covering up the word “work” from their website. It all concluded last week when Jessica Walsh spoke with Timothy Goodman in Barcelona and the Achos! gang showed up and returned her “work” to her.
So that’s one way to get noticed.