John Wick or Material Objects as a Means of Portraying Characters’ Personality

So, I saw John Wick some days ago. It seems he likes architecture. In this picture we see Alvaro Siza on par with an Armani Lambskin Jacket or a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 as symbol represented by the book Alvaro Siza, Complete Works 1952-2013. So, judging by some adjectives extracted from Alvaro Siza's wikipedia page, John Wick, the character is european, renowned, unobstructed, reconstructed, poetic, giving, cultural, accessible, honored, special, natural and complex.
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Red Rabbit

Written, Directed and Animated by Egmont Mayer
Producer: Flora Grolitsch
Effects TD: Stefan Habel
Animation: Michael Schulz, Wolfram Kampffmeyer, Sonja Kumbarji
Character Modelling: Egmont Mayer
Modelling: Paul Stoll, Wolfram Kampffmeyer
Sounddesign and Mixing: Michael J. Diehl
Music: Chris Bremus
Foley Artist: Marcus Neuberger
Textures: Sonja Kumbarji, Frederik Ring
Lighting: Rendering and Compositing Egmont Mayer
Titles: Online Frederik Ring
Created at: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction
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Today's Random Wikipedia Fact #1

Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie (French: [alɛksɑ̃dʁ davi də la pajətʁi]), also known as Alexandre Dumas ([alɛksɑ̃dʁ dyma]; 25 March 1762 – 26 February 1806) was a general in Revolutionary France and the highest-ranking mulatto man of all time in a European army.[1]

(This was the father of Alexandre Dumas, père, himself father of Alexandre Dumas, fils. I know..)

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Ryan Hemsworth vs The Street of Rage

Ever noticed how Ryan Hemsworth's "Gucci Anthem" from his Kitsch Genius sounds like Yoko Koshiro's "The Street of Rage" from the Streets of Rage soundtrack?

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Eoin Ryan

Really nice illustrations by London based artist Eoin Ryan. You can get you some of his print at Etsy.

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When I Was Done Dying - Off the Air

This video for Dan Deacon's "When I Was Done Dying" was created by Dave Hughes as a special episode of Off The Air. The creator invited nine different artist in order to create a cadaver esquis of sorts.

In order of appearance: Jake Fried, Chad Vangaalen, Dimitri Stankowicz, Colin White, Taras Hrabowsky, Anthony Schepperd, Masanobu Hiraoka, Caleb Wood, KOKOFreakbean.

Off The Air is television series created by producer Dave Hughes for Adult Swim. The series showcases a blend of footage, "animations, short films, music videos, viral videos, film and TV clips, stock footage and morphing psychedelic imagery", arranged around a single loose theme in the manner of a videoclip. Each episode is edited e manipulated often employing data-moshing techniques.

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from aha to hyperlapse

Who can't remember Aha's Take on Me (you millennials you...)? Take on Me was the first song Morten Harket heard from Magne Furuholmen e Paul Waaktaar-Savoy. It was still called "Lesson One" at the time. After several re-recordings it became an international hit in 1985. Sales were surely aided by the videoclip which alludes to the climatic scenes of Ken Russell's Altered Sates. The videoclip used a new technique called rotoscopy which combines animation sketches and video.

Much later, in 2002, the band would release the video for Lifelines. This one is based in an award winning short movie by norwegian director Morten Skallerud (1991) called "A Year Along the Abandonded Road" or Året gjennom Børfjord in the original language. It took 105 days to shoot the short's 12 minutes compressing an entire year in the Børfjord in Hasvik passing by at 50.000 times the normal speed. The short was edited for the videoclip - shortened to 4 minutes and the band's elements introduced in post.

Året gjennom Børfjord used a technique now called Hyperlapse - a timelapse movie in which the camera moves creating a tracking shot. The term itself was coined by American filmmaker, Dan Eckert. The technique though dates to 1986 when Guy Roland experimented with it in Super8 film camera. His Spacer movie shot in 16mm film - an elaborated version of 1991's Pace shot in Super8 in Montreal -  is claimed to be the first hyperlapse movie, even though having been release 4 years after Året gjennom Børfjord.

Canadian design agency teehan+lax have crested in 2013 a UI you can use to make your own hyperlapse movie using google street view images as source material using its full 360º scene capture capabilities.

Now you can use the Hyperlapse from Instagram app to easily create your own movies. It uses Instagram's stabilization technology and the mobile device’s camera app so you can capture handheld while walking, running or jumping. You can select your speed. The app allows you to share your videos directly to facebook and instagram but you don't need to sign up to use it. Here's an example of what you can do with it:

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In the life free of rights

French communication and event management company Scopic has created a tumblr dedicated to humorously assembling stereotypes, clichés and "unbelievable situations" found in stock photography. It is called Dans la Vie Libre de Droits which loosely translates as In the Life Free of Royalties. Here's some examples:

In the life free of royalties, we haven't understood piggy banks were made for coins.
In the life free of royalties, one doesn't look at one's glass when pouring...
In the life free of royalties, we play the guitar unplugged.
In the life free of royalties, we run in a suit.
In the life free of royalties, we love to write backwards in a transparent board during meetings.
In the life free of royalties, there's no such thing as pain!
In the life free of royalties, doctors love to listen and treat green apples.
In the life free of royalties, we love to take a walk with a bunco of balloons and sometimes we even take flight with them!
In the life free of royalties, pickpockets know how to keep unnoticed!
In the life free of royalties, money is fertile.

A bonus for those that came this far. The video for Darwin Deez's You can't be my girl was made using stock footage only.
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An almost fiction by Fábio Cunha
When I was learning
How to ride my bike
My uncle told me:
"to learn, you will have
to fall many times"
I started falling on purpose.
So says the author, Fábio Cunha. Almost Fiction, is his limited edition, self published book made on the road, with a bicycle and a 35 mm camera passing through different countries. The words above are written in the first page and are some of the few you will find there. According to him, through physical exertion the landscape became a laboratory where he concocted an "almost fiction" from unusual situation found in reality.

12th July, near Dresden - It´s noon; I stopped to eat an apple and drink water. 5 days ago I started. The constant equilibrium and the physical exertion triggers the thought to find unusual situations. I dedicated these last days cycling and building pictures, assumptions of small narratives that make reality an almost fiction. A path that ends in a tree, a man who “cuts” the countryside running, a house that is slowly swallowed by the earth. Images that are experiences, possibilities of performative landscapes that by its inherent strangeness cause doubts and force decisions. Keep on.

Cunha is an Architect by education and a photographer by choice. You may be able to find a copy in STET bookshop, Lisbon, or by emailing the blog.

Fabio Cunha
21,5 x 16,5cm | 60 pág. | 25 imagens
Edição de 150 cópias
White Lemon, 2014

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Slides, co-founded by  Hakim El Hattab, is the new installment of what used to be, a service for authoring, storing, presenting and sharing presentations, or slide decks. You can check out the Welcome to Slides presentation (embedded below) so you can see an example of what you can do with it - very meta!

The Slides editor is web-based so all of your work is stored in Slide's servers, accessible wherever you can get online. You can also export a PDF and share or print it for your audience. Decks are mobile ready and can be embedded inside of a site or blog and downloaded for full offline access.
It's free to sign up, bur here's the catch: with the free plan all the presentations you create are public. If you want more privacy, sharing, editing and exporting options as well as more storage space you have to pay up - from 6$ to 14$ a month.

In his website, swedish born new york based, Hakim El Hattab says he's an engineer but he is really a digital artist. This interactive developer was originally a flash developer having worked on heavy on animation websites for the likes of Nintendo and BBC. This background gave him a particular way of thinking about everything in motion. He now works manly with HTML/Javascript developing incredible interactive web apps.

Him being swedish, many of his apps have swedish names, like Avgrund, Meny and Fukus - like most of his recent work, these are a couple of useful UI elements.

On the entertainment side of things, he developed an html5 modern take on the snake game called Sinuous, "a game with a single objective: avoid colliding with the red dots." is a tool which allows you to recreate images using thousands of letters of text.

Then, there is Sketch Toy, "a drawing application where lines appear to vibrate slightly like in an old cartoon. Sketches can be saved to a unique link and when shared, the sketch will replay as it was originally drawn." There are some seriously impressive drawing animations posted in the app's facebook page.

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UZTA bag - model NOCE

UZTA bags are handmade with premium quality recycled italian leather - leather which due to processing blemishes would not be used in the traditional market. "Every scratch, mark or burnt is a leitmotif in our products" writes Ilaria Bozzini, the designer behind UZTA. They are made in Portugal.

Italian born Ilaria Bozzini is a tinkerer at heart. She is currently based in Lisbon where she works in different medium like illustration, design, ceramics, photography, drawing and clothing, fulfilling her desire to adapt to a rapidly changing and unpredictable world.

Bags are sold at the Alexandra Moura store in Lisbon, or by writing directly to 

Also, check out her OBÔ project  - a limited edition book containing photographs made in the islands of São Tomé and Príncipe. OBÔ - dense forest in the local dialect - is a collections of stories accompanied by illustrations. It comes in a lovely envelope including two postcards. Buy it HERE.

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Uncube Magazine

uncube magazine's logo references its minimal menu design

Uncube is a digital magazine which displays a new paradigm in the way it presents content. It offers single themed issues that you can flick through or thoroughly immerse yourself into. Find out more about the website's design in the video below:

uncube is a new digital magazine for architecture and beyond. 
Against the constant humming of online news feeds, uncube offers a space to breathe. Berlin-based with an international perspective, we care about authorship, curated content, and looking good – with thoughtfully considered and beautifully designed graphics and spreads. uncube combines the ease of the internet with the sensibility of print: both reflexive to the current yet reflective of the longer view – and all delivered with a lightness of touch.
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