People often ask about the origins of what has become known as “Common Craft Style” and what inspired us to use paper cut-outs, hands and a whiteboard. The truth is, it was a solution to a problem. I had been experimenting with drawing on a whiteboard in live action videos and found it frustrating. I felt like such a dork trying to draw and look at the camera at the same time. It felt forced. Sachi, always the problem solver and adult in the room, suggested our current format. She had seen... Continue Reading
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
The whiteboard he used on election night 2000 (not the one above) is now a part of the Smithsonian. Tim Russert has been a staple of our Sunday mornings for years. He is someone for which I had a great deal of respect. Not only was he very, very good at his job, but it was obvious that he loved it and looked forward to it everyday. His enthusiasm was infectious. May we all be so lucky. R.I.P. Tim Russert, you were a huge inspiration.
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!
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.
Super Simple: This is called the Q-drum and it's built for transporting 20 gallons of water - something that millions do everyday. Super simple indeed. You can read more in the New York Times article Design that Solves Problems for the Worlds Poor. I first heard about the Q-drum from Darren Barefoot. Needlessly Complex: This is a Japanese toilet that has 17 buttons. The one I use at home only has a single lever and it's never left me wanting more. Needlessly complex? I say yes. Maybe... Continue Reading
My friend Johnny Klein pointed me to an fun and funny explanation of how traffic works, (or not) in Beijing, China. It's by Henry B and presented in multiple photos of drawings on paper, which work really well to get the point across. Here's one of the simple-but-effective diagrams, followed by the caption. To make a left turn, it is VITAL that [A] cut off all eastbound traffic as soon as possible. The first few brave or foolish legitimate pedestrians step off the curb; this is of no... Continue Reading
Richard MacManus quoted a passage from Steve Jobs' commencement address at Stanford. "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." Those words mean a lot... Continue Reading