Matthew Monteith is a New York-based artist who had an idea for a photo series that captures people explaining artworks to others. Part of his motivation, according to this article on Flavorwire, was a fascination with explanation itself. What follows is my new favorite quote on the subject, by Monteith: I am fascinated with the art of explanation, the moment when one individual, using their own knowledge of an object, both conceptual and historical takes on the task of animating that story... Continue Reading
My nephew Jimmy LeFever made this woodcut version of me and Sachi. We think it's pretty cool.
After noticing a Twitter conversation mentioning Common Craft, I met Chris Johnson of Simplifilm. Last week Chris posted a blog post that provides a look at his position regarding Common Craft and Common Craft Style videos in the context of other producers. The post is called: Have Your Own Style (What Happens When We're Asked to Make a Common Craft Video). Chris writes: They have their niche and nobody good would ever copy their style. Common Craft should be the only people that make a cut-... Continue Reading
I'm the first to admit that we haven't done a great job on the much-requested Common Craft t-shirts, etc. But we do have stickers! If you'd like a few (supplies are limited), please be like the person below and send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Common Craft P.O. Box 18322 Seattle, WA 98118-0322 We'll look forward to hearing from you!
Thanks to John, Maureen and the folks at Sticker Giant for their help with these little guys. We're planning to carry them with us at conferences, etc. If you see us at SXSW or anywhere else, ask for one! Would you like a sticker? Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Common Craft P.O. Box 18322 Seattle, WA 98118-0322
From the description on the video page, this is: A video that Saatchi Moscow created and produced for Google to attract more Russian people on GMail. Visually, it's a bit like our videos, but in a giant format. Instead of pieces of paper, they are using giant pieces of pre-printed fabric. The video is quite artful and well done. Isn't it funny too, that it's by Saatchi and Saatchi instead of Lee and Sachi? Thanks to Bruno for sending over the link!
Sachi came into the room where I draw and saw this piece of paper and nearly died from laughter. It's true - I'm sorry to say, I had a problem coloring a checkered flag. Such things are all too common in my world.
2008 is shaping up to be a interesting year to try out new things when it comes to digital photos. From photo transfer technology, to wall hanging, to photo sharing services, here are a few things I'll be using in 2008. Eye-FiI consider Eye-Fi a magical piece of photo technology. It makes it possible for me to upload photos to Flickr (or other services) and to my computer directly from my camera using my wi-fi network - no wires, no card readers. Once it's installed, you just shoot a photo... Continue Reading
Like our videos, the tools we use to make them are quite simple. Below is a quick tour of some of the non-electronic elements of our productions... The photo below represents a near-complete selection of the tools we use almost everyday to create illustrations and videos. You can view the photo below with "notes" on Flickr.com. Because neither of us brought video production/scripting/storyboarding experience to the table, we've tinkered our way through and created a couple of resources that... Continue Reading
Nancy White pointed us to this awesome video. From what I gather, it's a music video for the band Field Music. Impressive. Maybe one day I'll have such mad skillz with the sharpie.