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Texting in film and television

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Craig and I may have taken umbrage at his video about comedy directors who aren’t Edgar Wright, but Tony Zhou’s newest video looking at how filmmakers handle texting and the internet on-screen is all good. Zhou’s underlying point is that we still haven’t settled on conventions for showing texting or the internet. And that’s good! […]

Classic Breakup

Why do bands break up? Why is the breakup (and inevitable reunion) such a durable pop trope? Is it part of the essential disposability of culture under capitalism? That groups should fade, creating the illusion of movement and renewal, while the system that produces them grinds on more or less unchanged? Or is there something [...]

Art Dealer Amy

2 weeks agoArts : Art Fag City

Amy Poehler’s satire is spot on in her role as self-important art dealer. Playing the role of a blonde Edna Mode, this collection of outtakes for her Old Navy commercial has Poehler skewering the art world in less than 50 seconds.

Back to School: 28 Easy Inkscape Tutorials

No matter how advanced or novice of an Inkscape user you may be, the basics are absolutely essential. Let's go over some of the best Inkscape tutorials and courses to get caught up on everything you need to know. Basic Tools and Methods...Show More Summary

Custom Watercolor Sketch Kits

In the 1830s, J.M.W. Turner carried a watercolor sketch kit in a wallet. "It's a simple leather case with gauze that Turner would have literally stuck the pigments onto," says Julia Beaumont-Jones, Collection Registrar for the Tate Britain.Some...Show More Summary

Our favorite tweets of the week: August 11, 2014 – August 17, 2014

Every week we tweet a lot of interesting stuff highlighting great content that we find on the web that can be of interest to web designers. The best way to keep track of our tweets is simply to follow us on Twitter, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of […]

This iPad App Turns Elektron’s Analog Rytm Into a Hyper Drum Machine

It samples. It slices. It mangles. It generates. It mutates. It’s like what happens when a drum machine is invaded by nanobots, and they start improving everything. Let me explain. Take your favorite iPad samplers. Now, imagine they’re the basis of samples in an analog Elektron drum machine – colourful slicing interface and all. Show More Summary

Art on TV: Artist Be Crazy

2 weeks agoArts : Art Fag City

Artists on TV shows fall prey to plenty of stereotypes. (Artists be crazy, anyone?) Today we’re just going to scratch the surface of the rainbow variety of as-seen-on-TV artist craziness with shows like Wilfred, Doctor Who, and Six Feet Under.

How Gestures and Ableton Live Can Make Anyone a Conductor of Mendelssohn [Behind the Scenes]

Digital music can go way beyond just playback. But if performers and DJs can remix and remake today’s music, why should music from past centuries be static? An interactive team collaborating on the newly reopened Museum im Mendelssohn-Haus wanted to bring those same powers to average listeners. Show More Summary

How To Plan And Run A Great Conference Experience

Our industry is a great one. It’s filled with a lot of awesome people building a lot of inspiring things and constantly seeking out ways to express just how much they love doing so. We’ve had blogs and podcasts, and right now hosting conferences is the big thing. Show More Summary

Golden Wolf film charts the evolution of Nike's shoes

Animation production company Golden Wolf has created a new film for Nike charting the evolution of the brand's trainers. Created using CGI, original photography and 3D scans, it features over 200 pairs of shoes from the 1970s to the present...

Civil War Portrait from Life

I'd like to share one more sample clip from my new video "Watercolor in the Wild." I painted this portrait of Civil War reenactor John O'Brien, who is a member of the Salem Zouaves. I met him by chance at a steampunk festival in Waltham, Massachusetts. Show More Summary

Best Link Ever! Bad Gay Porn Acting

2 weeks agoArts : Art Fag City

Thanks to former AFC editor Will Brand, and Ray Harley, for sending us the best YouTube channel ever, “Bad Gay Porn Acting”. Enjoy it. There, you’ll find great titles like “Cockpit 1”, the story of a gay charter flight to Aspen, in which every single member of the mechanical and security teams also happens to be gay, and down to fuck. Show More Summary

Hello Amanda

2 weeks agoArts : Parterre Box

Soprano Amanda Majeski will make her Met debut on the opening night of the 2014-2015 season as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, replacing Marina Poplavksaya "who has withdrawn for health reasons."

Canadian Cancer Society launches the Fearless Challenge

In an effort to reframe some of the conversation around cancer, and also raise a load of money in the process, the Canadian Cancer Society has launched the Fearless Challenge, a fundraising site where members of the public can pledge to face their phobias...

The nominees: Imogen Chapman

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

Imogen Chapman is one of six nominees for the 2014 Telstra Ballet Dancer Award. Here’s our chat with this talented dancer. What was it like training at The Royal Ballet School? What’s the main thing you took away from the … Continue reading ?

Artists Take Responsibility for Brooklyn Bridge Flag Swap

3 weeks agoArts : Hyperallergic

The New York Times is reporting that German artists Mischa Leinkauf and Matthias Wermke have taken credit for what they're calling an artistic act meant to celebrate "the beauty of public space.”

Seeing IS Believing: What Prototyping Can Do

Are you thinking that the pace of change at your institution is glacial? If you work at a historic house, are you crippled by the fact that your interpreters, volunteer or paid, seem to resist any change in how they share ideas and information...Show More Summary

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