Bond Book Covers

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With all of this love in the air, I am compelled to share my most recent graphic love, book covers for Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. The illustration and type are down right sexy. Oh la la! You can check them all out here. XOXOXOXO

Fleet Foxes, Mykonos Video

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Nevermind the fact that this has been mah song (what-what) for under a year now. The accompanying video, just released, is a fun paper cut-out stop-motion animation. And, it’s also a gentle reminder of how even just a little craft can go a long way. Es cute. mykonos video

Died Young Stayed Pretty

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Died Young, Stayed Pretty is a candid look at the underground poster culture in North America. This unique documentary examines the creative spirit that drives these indie graphic artists. They pick through the dregs of America’s schizophrenic culture and piece them back together. Details »

National Film Board of Canada

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The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has decided to publicize 12,000 Canadian short films from the past … ever. All on their website for your own free and private viewing. Of course this includes auteur animation and drama, full length documentaries, releases new and old, fiction and non, etc. These archives opened up only a week ago and proves that public money can be well spent. Here’s a few to get you started:

Walking Ryan Larkin, 1968 5 min 6 sec

Design Innovations for Canadian Settlements Brian Mackay, 1976 17 min 23 sec

Deep Threat Zlatko Grgic, 1977 7 min 12 sec (a ridiculously cute one on evolution)

Drylanders Don Haldane, 1962 69 min 24 sec Go Canada! There I said it.

Who watches the watchmen?

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Just to jump on Chris’s bandwagon of movie excitement build-up, Alan Moore’s epic graphic novel finally makes it way to a big-screen this quarter. You can find the latest movie stills on IMDB. The movie adaptation took over 15 years to come to fruition, despite due to the usual rumors involving budgets and casting – fans of the original comic will be more than aware that the groundbreaking visuals, multi-layered narrative and complex plot might account for some of it’s late coming. According to one source Terry Gilliam considered directing the film as early as 1989 (four years after the book’s release), but after several unsatisfactory drafts of the screenplay, decided the material unfilmable as a feature production. Gilliam had said he would consider directing it as a five hour miniseries at least! 2009 belongs to the watchmen.

Where The Wild Things Are

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Was reading one of my new favorite morning breakfast in my boxers reads and saw this. The more images I see of this, the more I get excited. I’m really not sure what to expect. The Scout tells us that Spike Jonze’ (is that grammatically correct to stick an apostrophe there? As in it makes sense if you spelled it the other way) Girl Skateboards has put out a series with some stills from the new movie. The excitements builds and builds and builds.

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photographer & director. exploding milk. andrewzuckerman.com

Herb And Dorothy

Saw this the other day at TheScout and thought it looked to be a fascinating watch. A pair of art collectors purely motivated by the art itself. With no names, no attachments, no notions of money, purely for the desire to possess something they found inspiring. This I find to be very inspiring. Which leads me to think, or ponder, the ability to truly assess something like art through a lens like this. No filtration? Nothing to influence the way you perceive a work. Could this actually be, the most objective lens for art criticism out there? Just some thoughts. Nevertheless, looking forward to watching this. Check out the trailer when you get a chance.

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Richard Hollis

While trolling the net trying to score a copy of the minor design classic “Godard: Images, Sounds, Politics.” I came across the portfolio site of its visual creator: Richard Hollis. An extremely accomplished, (he’s almost old enough to be your grandfather) yet still under-the-radar graphic designer. Dig the letterheads he did for the members of Pink Floyd. Solid.

Movie Color Pie Charts

Design student Alan Woo created a series of pie charts of movies and their overall color as a means of comparing and contrasting films. He used Processing (which, by the way, is finally at version 1.0) to take each frame of a movie and produce a pie chart of colors.

Director Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation

Various pornos with John Holmes… fleshy, huh?

Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange

Maurice Binder: 007 Magic

I was watching a James Bond film earlier today called “Thunderball” and had forgotten how wonderful the old title sequences are for the James Bond films. I haven’t seen the new James Bond film yet, but am excited to see it soon and in the meantime have to share my excitement. Many of James Bond title sequences were done by Maurice Binder. These are a few of my favorite ones that he did for the series.

Many people are unaware that he also did other title sequences for films that weren’t James Bond films, such as this one I just discovered earlier today entitled “Charade”.

I love how “bright” and vivid the colors are and how simple and elegant the motion is. I hope you enjoy watching them as much as I do. Enjoy.

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Buck just released two short films produced by their NYC and LA offices. Watch them here

Marc Jacob Documentary

This film documents the journey that Marc Jacobs takes to develop his new fashion line for Louis Vuitton. The film enters into the long-vaulted doors of Louis Vuitton and captures the behind the scenes of the creative fashion industry. The documentary offers an intimate and revealing portrait of Marc Jacobs and displays his fears and frustrations as a designer/artist. It’s always interesting to see how other creatives develop their ideas and to see the ups and downs they go through before they are satisfied with their work. You can take a look here or purchase it here.