Friday, May 31, 2013

9 Awesome Art Blogs

Cool, creative, minimal, maximal, geek infused or fashion forward, whatever the type, we love finding new art blogs. While the authors of such work vary in fame, inspiration is to be found everywhere and in all forms, hence "the art of blogging". It would be a shame to keep this awesomeness to ourselves and - since according to a purple dinosaur, sharing is caring- we compiled a short list of sharp blogs you should peruse too:


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Text From Dog

October Jones gets texts from his dog. How or why doesn't matter. He's got a book, it's funny. What's there not to love?

Buy the book here and follow his Tumblr for a good laugh (or bark).



Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Creative Gaming: Freeman's Mind

Ever watched someone play a video game? In a Let's Play or Walkthrough, viewers can experience the same events as the player, who films the full game. In Let's Plays, commentary is added which can range from witty, funny and informative to frustrated, angry or all of the above. Freeman's Mind is an original take on this. Ross Scott, creator of Accursed Farms, adds creative input to his videos by voicing Freeman's (the main character of Half-Life) thoughts.

  Whether you've played the game or not, this series will have you cracking up in front of your computer screen. At it's 45th episode, we're hoping for plenty more. Check out the first one, it's well worth the watch:

Thursday, May 23, 2013

How to Take Constructive Criticism

Stick Men Creation has launched a brand new set of tutorials. This one covers the topic of receiving constructive feedback:

For more tutorials, visit here.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Art of Speech

A short, but funny documentary describes the history and traits of the new York accent. If These Knishes Could Talk brings forth the creative values of everyday speech:

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Good is the new Great

What makes you pick up a magazine is the cover, content is secondary. It is well known for playing an important role in the purchasing or viewing of print. To the graphic designer, what goes into making a good cover is a no brainer. That recurring word which has been growing in popularity ever since the digital age shows up once more, particularly present in design. 

Why is good the new great?

Monday, May 13, 2013

Ecole 42: artistically teaching technology

A new school has broken the system in France. Ecole 42, created by Xavier Niel of Free, is a free school for future developers. There are no teachers, or semesters. Comprised upon a series of exercises and group projects, students are taught languages such as Java and iOS through self education and independence. Even more surprisingly, not a single diploma is issued upon completion of the program, as "with technology's constant change, such a diploma would be outdated within a mere three years or so"! It goes without saying that France is finally trying to adopt the "startup" mentality, rampant within the US since the computer age. For a country focused on traditional education, Ecole 42 is truly innovative.

The process of selection starts online with a series of questions and puzzles. Once the candidate has completed those, they are then directed towards the Piscine (swimming pool), for a full month of 15 hours of work a day. Candidates are expected to clock in a minimum of 50 hours per week, 90 being optimal. Keep in mind that french citizens are known for 35 work hours a week at most, and this has either repelled or intrigued many. Selected candidates are accepted into a three year program, with two extra years of internships or jobs.

Sound good? This could be a new step towards a more artistic approach in the education of technology. Learn more (french):