The insanely talented Edwin Tofslie recently decided to create a full refresh of ESPN.com after getting sick of their dull and outdated site. Although this was a ‘just for the love of design’ project, it’s a good reminder to take the time to go through similar design exercises to keep your creative mind sharp.
My inspiration really came from ESPN the Magazine. I really believe the merging of magazine layout and website content will continue to blur the lines. I especially believe if I were to tackle this as a real project, it would have to be designed, and built to scale and spider to any platform, in any form. This would allow a specialized iPad version of their site that would mimic a powerful interactive magazine.
After checking out the details and larger images on the ESPN.com redesign, spend some time looking at his other projects for Nike, Microsoft, Ford and others. Don’t forget to hit refresh a few times to check out his collection of animated GIFs.
Now I just need to figure out a site that could use a refresh and do the same.
Ira Glass, on taste and creative work
Found on Kottke
The future belongs to the few of us still willing to get our hands dirty.
Interactive dirt poster poster by Roland Tiangco.
Found on Designinspiration
Even companies serious about innovation can fall victim to their own, well-meaning creative process.
Graphic designer, illustrator, and writer Frank Chimero just announced his first book, The Shape of Design, with a Kickstarter project to fund the effort. In the book Chimero will provide an “overview the mental state of a successful designer while they go through their creative process”. In just two short hours the book is nearly funded with over $17,000 of the total $27,000 goal. Help support the project on Kickstarter and make the book a reality.
If you aren’t already, follow Frank Chimero’s excellent blog on Tumblr.
Japanese band SOUR along with a long list of creative, technical, and design credits created this unique music video that combines your Facebook, Twitter, geo-location and webcam data. I can’t say that I’m a fan of the music itself, but the technical execution is well done.
I can confirm that connecting to Facebook and Twitter does not auto-post anything to your accounts.
An iPhone shot through a glass plate of oil and water and filmed with a Canon 5D Mark II and 100mm f/2.8 macro lens. Simple execution and beautiful results from Jessee Zanzinger.
What are you creating?
TBWA, mega agency with 12,000 employees in 77 countries, jumps into the mass-market, online product game with the launch of their creative work sharing platform projeqt. To help announce projeqt the agency relaunched TBWA.com using the platform.
Artist and programmer Marcin Ignac created these Haeckel-inspired randomly generated algorithmic creatures using Cinder—the cross-platform, open-source C++ toolkit created by the brilliant minds at The Barbarian Group. Cinder was developed for creative coding applications for Windows, Mac and iOS devices, and is being used to generate fictional organisms, provide visuals for Peter Gabriel’s latest tour, create the augmented reality for Esquire magazine, and much more.
Stay up to date with the Cinder library and see the latest features added in Cinder 0.8.2.
Via Rick Web (co-founding Barbarian and active on Tumblr)
How do you lead a creative enterprise through crisis while trying to stay true to your core as an artist and a designer?
Tiny Inventions is a Brooklyn based animation and illustration studio that playfully combines mix-media, photography, physical models, illustration, and After Effects rocket science to create their short films, commercials and music videos.
If you have ever worked with After Effects I guarantee this behind the scenes video of their entire process will blow your mind. The methods they use to animate and craft the dimensional videos only using Photoshop and After Effects is incredibly creative.
Check out more of Tiny Inventions’ work.
Imagine a world where the best ideas have the best chance to succeed. No more favoritism that places the wrong people on creative projects. Cut out the middlemen that arbitrarily recommend cost-efficient talent over the most deserving talent. Forget the corporate nepotism that appoints leaders based on relationships over merit. Every individual, team, and industry would benefit from a world where the most talented people got the most opportunity.
For the last year and a half I have been living in this era of creative meritocracy. After walking away from the often counter-meritocracy advertising agency world I could not be more thrilled with the opportunities that have opened up. If you’re not doing what you love today, then why don’t you start?
Absolutely anyone can sell crappy work to clients. It’s actually quite easy, and on of the main reasons why there are so many terrible ads, mediocre campaigns, and uninspired websites reeking of sameness. If you want to sell a truly unique idea or creative work to a client it will take hard work and serious effort.
Here are a few key points from the article: know the work inside and out, pick apart your idea, be ready to fight for your ideas, believe in what you’re presenting, and brass balls can help too.
After you finish reading part 1, continue on to part 2.
Photographer Tim MacPherson’s portfolio has a series of images on childhood imagination. In addition to this great photo of a kid surfing a pile of laundry the collection includes a girl skiing down stairs covered in blankets and a cowboy riding a horse made of stools and rugs.
Found via Fubiz.net
Sometimes you can get great results with the simplest tools, duct taping a waterproof HD camera to a broom handle. Go outside and get creative!