Two Sides to the Story

“Is the world full of deep symmetries and ordered pairs? Or do we live in a lopsided universe? This striking video plays with our yearning for balance, and reveals how beautiful imperfect matches can be.”

Made by Everynone (the former filmmaking collective) in collaboration with Radiolab | WNYC.

A Kiss Deferred

An animated version of a narrative by Nikolina Kulidžan; part of the New York Times series on Modern Love. (You can read the whole article here.)

Have a very Happy Valentines Day this weekend! xoxo

Designed and directed by Moth Collective
Produced by Nicholas van der Kolk
Written by Nikolina Kulidžan
Animation: Marcus Armitage, Joe Bichard, Jonathan Djob Nkondo, Noriko Ishibe, Eamonn O’ Neill, Claudio Salas, Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits
Sound Design: Nicholas van der Kolk
Client: The New York Times
Production year: 2015

Emily’s Empathy

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I’m a huge fan of Emily McDowell. She is a wonderful illustrator with a cheeky yet incredibly smart sensibility. She’s known for irreverent greeting cards like these:

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Fun, right? But she’s outdone herself with a brilliant collection she calls “Empathy Cards”. They were designed out of Emily’s desire to to provide better, more authentic ways to communicate about sickness and suffering to those with a serious illness.

Most of us struggle to find the right words in the face of a friend or loved one’s major health crisis, whether it’s cancer, chronic illness, mental illness, or anything else. It’s a really tough problem; someone we love needs our support more than ever, but we don’t have the right language for it. “Get well soon” cards don’t make sense when someone might not. Sympathy cards can make people feel like you think they’re already dead. A “fuck cancer” card is a nice sentiment, but when I had cancer, it never really made me feel better. And I never personally connected with jokes about being bald or getting a free boob job, which is what most “cancer cards” focus on. With Empathy Cards, my goal is to help people connect with each other through truth and insight, which is one of the founding principles of this brand. I want the recipients of these cards to feel seen, understood, and loved.

All cards are $4.50 and available through Emily’s web site. (As always, click to shop!)

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Made in Manila

Serious Studio

I’ll be heading to the Philippines in May, so I’ve been doing a bit of research on the local restaurant scene. Which is how I stumbled upon this brilliant bit of branding from Serious Studio, a Manila-based creative studio “dedicated to turning good ideas into great experiences”. Based on the exceptional design, I visited the web site (you might want to too – it’s awesome: The Girl & the Bull), and have determined it’s a must to check out while I’m in town!

The girl & the Bull

Girls’ Code

So it turns out, coding is the language of the future. (So says, well, people with far greater technical knowledge than I.) And in that future, more and more jobs will revolve around having a command of those skills. Today, less than 1% of high school girls are interested in Computer Science, and only about 18% of programming / CS majors are women. Which means womens’ seats at the table and economic parity could be at risk in the decades to come. But Google aims to change all that. They’re investing $50 million over the next three years in a program designed to creatively engage girls with code.

“We started Made with Code because even though technology runs more and more of our lives, women aren’t represented in the companies, labs, research, creative arts, design, organizations, and boardrooms that make technology happen. If girls are inspired to see that Computer Science can make the world more beautiful, more usable, more safe, more kind, more innovative, more healthy, and more funny then hopefully they will begin to contribute their essential voices.”

Bravo, Google.

Shine On

First of all, I know this is a Pantene ad. I’m more of an Aveda devotee myself, but I may have to rethink that. Because Pantone did a good thing here with this ad, I’m and delighted the 13 million people have already discovered that. (Although, I’m curious why it took me over a month to discover it. Sorry. Wait – NOT sorry!) This one hits close to home, and I for one aim to change my ways.

Note to Self

This is a lovely video of folks giving advice to their younger self. Ah, yes, 18. I remember it well. And how I wished I would’ve somehow gotten a few choice words of wisdom from my current (somewhat more seasoned @ life in general) vantage point. So… what would you say to your 18 year-old self?

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