Archive for the ‘Of Interest’ Category


Open Letter from Papyrus

February 8, 2010

Our instructor warned that anyone caught using Papyrus or Comic Sans would get thrown bodily through the computer lab wall. So, for him, here’s ‘An Open Letter to James Cameron from Papyrus’, coming from a blog showcasing examples of good and bad design.


History of the Judas Priest logo

January 29, 2010

Via boingboing: The evolution of the Judas Priest logo and album cover art.

A Concise History of the Priest Logo


Gurney: Which came first?

January 29, 2010

James Gurney yesterday discussed an exhibition of author/illustrators like himself. From his blog post here:

People often ask each of us auteurs: “Which came first, the story or the pictures?” In my case, the two arrived together, like fraternal twins born squabbling and conspiring. Throughout the creative process of developing Dinotopia, a sketch begets a name, an outline begets a storyboard, and a painting begets a piece of dialog. It’s not as if story is finished first, as some suppose, and then I put on another hat and do the pictures. The two activities enrich each other all along the way.

That’s why I think all authors should be encouraged to draw, and all artists should be encouraged to write. Howard Pyle, in his famous summer classes in the Brandywine valley, insisted that his art students spend part of their time writing. I would almost rather look at Rudyard Kipling’s drawings from Just So Stories, or J.R.R. Tolkien’s portrayals of Middle Earth, than see the work of others who tried to climb inside their heads.

The two modes of expression are different only in their outward form, not in their source. They both derive from the same deep creative center. Hopefully they touch the reader at the same place. A picture book, whether it has words or not, is an attempt to conjure a half-remembered dream. Those dreams arise from a place in us too deep for either pictures or words.

The images in this exhibition, and the books from which they’re taken, escort us to the rocky shoreline of our imagination, where waves roll in from far storms and sunny kingdoms.


For your viewing

January 23, 2010

The Motomichi music video reminded me of how the video for Death Cab for Cutie’s “Grapevine Fires” rocked my world. In 2009 it won the Best Music Video award at the Los Angeles Film Festival. This post on boingboing includes band member Nick Harmer discussing how the video came to be.

Grapevine Fires on BB

During our last album, entitled Plans, I got frustrated with the amount of sometimes suffocating input that bands and labels felt they needed to give to filmmakers making videos, so along with my friend, director Aaron Stewart-Ahn, we came up with a concept to have 11 different filmmakers direct a video for each song on our album.

Evolution and Ecology class last week started with a review of the prominent 17th and 18th-century naturalists and others who contributed to the theory of natural selection. Ernst Haeckel was an artist as well as a pioneer of evolution, and ASIFA has put up digitized scans of his artwork and a PDF of his book
Art Forms in Nature
from 1904.

Haeckel’s Natural Forms