I was just talking to my friend yesterday (with whom I have The Most Random Conversations with on a regular basis, like this) about how shitty public speaking is. Not even so much the actual speaking, but the part that leads UP to the speaking part. I’m sure you all can relate to the gut-wrenching, mind-battling, nerve-shocking anticipation of simply knowing that you, and you alone, are going to have to get up front and speak. Even if you are the master of your Speech, even if you’ve rehearsed, even if the audience is full of your own blood relatives. It just plain sucks.
I came across this article by Jason Santa Maria, one of today’s leading user experience slash web designers that I am aware of, about giving stellar presentations. I’ve read presentations tips like it’s nobody’s business. People like Chris Brogan, Seth Godin, even conferences like TED and GEL don’t match the simplistic elegance of Jason’s words. He has single handedly made me want to find a reason to give a presentation. And I don’t even have a job. Ok just kidding I do but I just wanted to drive home the point. I think he is actually a mind magician.
Follow Jason Santa Maria on Twitter or get him on your RSS feed because each of his blog posts are like individual websites, as he completely redesigns each post down to the CSS. He says
“Rather than allowing the content to flow from a content management system into the same page layout every time, I’ve created a system for fast design direction based on the needs of the content.”
Innovation is his middle name. Mind Innovation Magician.
OH MY GOD PAINFULLYGOOD TOTALLY DIED.
I know. I’m sorry. I suck. As side projects will, this fell off for an indefinite period of time and if your recent visits have ended in disappointment I apologize for my lack of responsibility here. I hope that you can choose to forgive me and overlook the emptiness of the past few months.
To make up for it, I’m going to post every day this week as much as I can. Given that could mean anywhere between 5 posts a day to 5 posts total, I assure you that I make this top priority!
Are you ready for my first one? I found this video by Steve V. via A Cup of Jo and by the end of it I couldn’t decide what I wanted more: a kid or a marshmellow. You know what it’s like to be stuck between two really good choices and you can’t decide which is better? Kids really do do the darndest things.
This Spanish song by group Labuat best thing I’ve seen in a while. And by far the best music video I’ve ever seen. The site takes a little while to load but trust me — be sure to move your mouse and experience the movement of the song. Oh, and please don’t laugh at my screen captures. The strokes move so fast and my hand eye coordination deteriorates under pressure!
Art Direction by HerraizSoto & Co.
Creative Production by badabing!
Animation by Jossie Malie
This music video by Brooklyn based rapper Nyle truly marries the magic of visuals and audio. Filmed in one single take, audio recorded during filming, the music appears as you hear it, reaching your eyes at the same time it reaches your ears and reinforcing the title of the song. The video is quite good but the painfully good part to me is reading Nyle’s Vimeo bio
about how he’s set to accomplish so much while so young. Enjoy!
Nyle “Let The Beat Build” from Nyle on Vimeo. Produced by Last-Pictures
Have you all heard of Little Joy? Listen to these sweet sweet sounds from Rodrigo Amarante, Binki Shapiro and from The Strokes, Fabrizio Moretti. It’s all in the names.
This sunny-afternoon loungey kind of tune is making me ache to get off work and head to the record store to buy this album. Immediately. Happy weekend everyone!
Check out these ephemeral photos composed by Elizabeth Soule, taken with a Polaroid SX-70. I would love to have this in a little book, or several of these framed in shadow boxes so I may gaze at them when I want to be taken someplace from my living room. Soule matched the toy animals to their backgrounds so carefully that it evokes a real character for the petrified animal.
Which brings me to a thought about character and identity, and how you can better define something when you compare it to something else. Like how metaphors can paint such a distinct and colorful picture it’s better than explaining the dang thing with a dry directness. I wish I could come up with a metaphor for that. Like… um… how… you never really know until… uhh.. Ok. That’s hard.
Visit her etsy store for more Polaroid brilliance!
I can’t remember the last time I wanted something this bad. Did you know that 349 euros is $460? Things that I’ve purchased for $460 was like, my first road bike (that got stolen) or my first bed (not that I’ve never slept on a bed, just never purchased one myself before). But a PURSE? I have a feeling I’ll be dreaming about this in my sleep for about a week. The style. The functionality. The bold versatility. *sigh* My mother would scold me til she regretted giving me life.
2UNFOLD Multi-use Leather Laptop Bag
€349.00 (excl. tax & shipping)
This bag is something of a sartorial transformer, the 2UNFOLD offers eight different ways for you to sport it:
01 The Urban Briefcase
02 The Shoulder Bag
03 The Safe Case
04 The Rucksack
05 The Leather Courier
06 The Canvas Courier
07 The Leather Clutch
08 The Canvas Clutch
. fits up to a 17″ laptop vertically
. fits up to a 13″ laptop horizontally
. inside ca. 41cm x 32cm (16″ x 12.6″)
. hand-made in Italy
. premium Italian leather & canvas