The hoverboard is here, more or less on schedule. It’s not quite as you’d imagine, but it’s kind of nice to know that what’s become a popular science fictional meme has been worked on by actual boffins in the lab.
There’s always something very primal about the weather. Especially extremes of weather. It’s one of those rare moments the environment invades your life and makes you realise you’re part of other systems, which aren’t artificial. Just for a moment. I think, watching videos like this, it also reminds me of being young again, when I would constantly mesmerised by storm footage. I even liked that ridiculous Twister film at the time.
There’s very little heavyweight analysis here – just a montage of how books are used in the films of Wes Anderson (one of my favourite film-makers). I think it goes beyond the mere romance and nostalgia of novels though.
Okay, so nothing about the creatives necessarily – but here’s their corporate strategy chart from 1957, as featured in the Harvard Business Review. The mandate was to “fix animation at Disney”, and their focus was on franchises and brands. I think we can safely say it worked. Wonder if the same would work in publishing? I guess everything has to be cross-media these days to really work.
“A lost soul stumbles drunken through the city. In a park, Death finds him and shows him many things.”
A charming little film.
Famous book designer Chip Kidd talks about two techniques designers use to communicate instantly — clarity and mystery.
8 minutes of beautiful footage.
“The Drone Aviary reveals fleeting glimpses of the city from the perspective of drones. It explores a world where the ‘network’ begins to gain physical autonomy. Drones become protagonists, moving through the city, making decisions about the world and influencing our lives in often opaque yet profound ways.”
This is a little featurette about Tashirojima, an island that has only 44 elderly people – and 800 cats. (Whilst I’m in the middle of trying to move house, this content is as good as it gets…)