Saturday, September 25, 2010

Temple Grandin

This one was so important I had to blog about it immediately after watching.  I do not normally do that about any subject.  But once in MANY years and scores of wasted hollywood productions comes a movie that's so incredibly powerful, so epic, I'm at loss of words.  It did make it to a report on World News Tonight the other day, which is how I learned about its multiple nominations and Temple herself,  but it deserves many more major headlines accross all media. 

Temple Grandin is a college professor, a scientist, a designer, an inventor, and - she's autistic.  She didn't even speak till she was 4.  And accomplished far more than so many "normal" people do in their lifespans.  The actors do an absolutely incredible job at authentically portraying the characters, time period (1960s-80s), and director Mick Jackson addresses just about every major social issue in the most profound way, from autism to women's rights to humane treatment of animals, and surprisingly for me, design.  I was so moved by Temple's intrinsic designer instincts, work, power of observation, and the way it was portrayed in the movie, I think this picture should be made mandatory material for every design school in the country.  It will make you laugh and cry.  I could go on, but as they say, a picture's worth a 1000 words - please do yourself a favor, and see "Temple Grandin".

Monday, September 20, 2010

Espn X Games the Movie

Just watched the 2009 X Games movie, featuring action/extreme sports legends like Ricky Carmichael, Bob Burnquist, Danny Way, and Shaun White.  Crazy fun other-worldly tricks were expected.  What I did not expect as I watched it is dropping my jaw to the ground and getting inspired in a very profound way by what Danny Way did in the mega-ramp contest.  I've never seen anything like that.  He essentially came back "from the dead" after injuring himself in a spectacular way, and then finishing all he was planning on accomplishing that night.  I think determination and tenaciousness was redefined by Danny that night.  What does that have to do with design you ask?  Pretty much everything - design is prevalent and pervasive in life in multitude of forms, can be complex, frustrating, not for the faint of heart or those who give up easily.  So any inspiration such as demonstrated in the X Games movie goes a long way in helping not to give up when going gets tough.  And in this amazing economy of ours it couldn't come soon enough.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Oakley - Our Life Video

About 4 years ago Oakley got some of the world's best skateboarders, and set'em off to do their thing all around the world.  Result - 45 minutes of pure exhilaration.  Just got done watching - yeah I know, better late than never.  Nuff said.  Check out a clip of it with Dave Bachinsky:

Monday, September 13, 2010

Decorative Glass Design

I decided to do this post out of my utter appreciation for beautifully crafted glassware pottery, vases, bowls, jars, etc.  Below I'm posting shots of glassware so great I could not resist taking pictures of it right in stores and galleries.  My wife and I love travel, and I can never get enough of the diversity and beauty of glass art around the world.

Here are some of these creations I run into during our trips.  While in California back in 05, we visited Carmel-by-the-sea, an incredibly lovely town south of the Bay Area.  The fairy tale-like decorations below kept me mesmerized:

In Monterey's aquarium, besides amazing ocean creatures, I could not get enough of these glass medusas and jelly fish:

In summer of 07 we toured the Northwest, one of my most favorite corners of our great country - Portland, Seattle, and all kinds of places in-between.  Here's some pottery I saw at their saturday  market downtown Portland:

And some dazzling color pallete in glassware I run into in one of the craft stores in Leavenworth, a Bavarian town surrounded by amazing Washington state mountains and forest:

Finally here are some of my favorite glass designs I saw in Victoria, BC - their downtown is probably one of the most fun, sight-seeing best-kept secrets we ever visited: