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Slap Project

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This is via Nick Campbell, who runs the blog  Nick has been on a tear lately and consistently has awesome photography, motion graphics, videocasts, and tutorials up on his site.  This is one of a few slow motion videos he and his coworkers at Digital Kitchen shot with a camera that captures 1000 frames per second.  Check out the others that he posted on his blog as well.  Great stuff.



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March 31, 2009 at 8:41 am

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Andrew Bird’s Anoanimal

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One of the reasons I love Andrew Bird’ performances is that he lets you follow along as he layers together his complex sound, piece-by-piece.   He just posted a video for his tune Anonanimal on his website, letting you deconstruct his process and witness the song’s evolution.


I’m also really looking forward to grabbing the limited edition Noble Beast Deluxe Edition, which comes with the instrumental album, Useless Creatures–recorded with Todd Sickafoose and Wilco’s Glenn Kotche–as well as illustrations by the awesome Chicago artist, Diana Sudyka.


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January 26, 2009 at 9:07 am

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Inspiration: The Journals of Dan Eldon

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Dan Eldon’s work (above) continues to inspire me to take more creative risks and break away from the familiar.  I strongly recommend picking up the amazing collection of his 17 personal journals, “The Journey is the Destination,” delicately compiled by his mother following his death while working as a Reuters photographer in Mogadishu in 1993.  He was only 22 years old.  His vision was unique and inspiring, and his artwork is an affirmation of living a passionate life.  I’m so happy that his family decided to share this with the world and continue to use Dan’s story to inspire others through their non-profit, The Creative Visions Foundation.

You can see more about Dan and check out a few samples of the journals, but you really have to just pick up a copy.

I’m trying my best to follow Dan’s example by using a variety of media and creating more interesting spreads in my journal.  I feel like I’m just barely scratching the surface and I’m excited to see where I can take it.


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January 10, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Screen printing mini doc

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Screen printing was something I knew I had to get into at some point.  Indeed, it was pure love when I made my first print last year, as the process was just a great fit with how I like to work. With a vibrant and supportive community of screen printers and poster artists, Chicago has turned out to be a great place for me to get my training wheels.

Jay Ryan and Mat Daly–of The Bird Machine–have some fun here documenting the process.


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December 24, 2008 at 12:41 pm

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