Food for thought‘[...] do not think that good design can make a poor product good, whether the product be a machine, a building, a promotional brochure or a business man. But [...] good design can materially help make a good product reach its full potential. In short, [...] good design is good business.’
Thomas J. Watson Jr., IBM CEO

Tales of mere existence – can you handle the truth?

December 8, 2007, 2:43 PM

Great animations, very insightful, by Lev Yilmaz. Visit his site to see his works, beautiful in their simplicity, honesty and last but not least, drawing detail.

Try to find the one called Branding (I can’t anymore, unfortunately), but first, definitely watch this one, called How to break up — it really takes the cake :))

Thanks Gina ;)

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Polkarella

December 7, 2007, 9:37 PM

Beautiful images in this short short, Polkarella, made by Zubuyer Kaolin. You can download it from his site.

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(via cgtalk)

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Tekkon Kinkreet – the savage beauty of innocent life

October 13, 2007, 3:50 AM

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Listening to the beautiful soundtrack, made by Plaid, I would’ve liked to write about the sensations Tekkon Kinkreet gives you. But I can’t, and I really shouldn’t. Because Tekkon Kinkreet does what movies should do (at least in theory): it touches you. I really felt the movie gave me in the end a small part of what Shiro was talking about, “Anshin! Anshin!” – meaning peace of mind, happiness.

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I highly recommend it to anyone who likes to “feel” while watching a movie. And even if the story will fail to touch you, the visuals will surely blow you away with their insanely detailed city scapes, streets, buildings, and with its wonderful colors.

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There are also the wonderful main charachters, Shiro (meaning white), contrasting with his “aniki” (older brother, but not necessarily by blood), Kuro (meaning black), both full of life in thei own way, complex, completeing each other.

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Pingmag writes about the visuals, Catsuka posts some nice hi-q screens, SuperHeroType interviews the director (non-japanese, if you can believe) and highly talented Audrey Kawasaki shows us scans from Tekkon Kinkreet Art Book, just pure eyecandy, if you needed any more proof that Japan is ages in front of everybody else when it comes to animation.

later edit:
Some time ago I was reading about Paprika and Tekkon, and reviews said that Satoshi Kon’s Paprika is better, making Tekkon look like something incomplete, with only great visuals, but little substance. How wrong they were… While Kon’s Paprika is beautiful, raising many questions about human’s psyche and dreams, Tekkon is way ahead, dealing with human emotions, and not in a rational way, like Paprika, but in a personal, introspective, i-feel-it kind of way.

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More

September 21, 2007, 1:17 PM

Watching “Jojo In The Stars“, Kit told me it left him breathless, thus reminding me of one animation that since the first time I’ve watched it (still in Poland) has managed to make me deeply shiver with emotion every time. It’s called “More” (you can download it from the site, if you use quicktime pro :P), directed by Marc Osborne. It was nominated for Oscar in 1999. It is wonderful how well the stop-motion animation combines with the touching music, managing to portray creation’s torments.

Much later update: embeding has been disabled for this, but you can still view the animation here.

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Jojo In The Stars

September 20, 2007, 10:59 PM

I was still in Poland, third year of study, when I discovered, among tons of other short animations, the work of Marc Craste. His “Pica Towers” short series left me craving for more of that bleak, spooky, twisted, but nevertheless beautiful and fascinating universe (check the site to see them). Then I read about a longer short, still in production at that time, called “Jojo In The Stars”. I’ve watched the trailer over and over again, haunted by the eerie music, searching frantically for the full version. And since then, I’ve still done it from time to time.

Today I was very glad to find it, mainly because I remembered I should try searching for it again, reading CRBlog‘s entry about Marc Craste’s work for Guinness (which is great, btw). So here it is, enjoy it properly by turning off the light and bumping up the volume:

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By the way, AnimWatch is a great resource for finding and reading about new or old short animations.

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Something to feel good

September 19, 2007, 11:49 PM

Nice typo animation (and song, of course, Nina Simone is always a pleasure to listen to):

(via Davidthedisgner)

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Vs

August 30, 2007, 1:41 AM

Funny animation about some samurai playing some sort of “king of the hill”

(via Feel Me)

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Obluda (Monster)

August 21, 2007, 4:15 PM

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Talking about “Where the wild things are”, here is another gem, “Obluda”, a story contained in the 37th episode of Monster (the anime). Monster is one of the best written mangas, one of the best anime there are nowadays, truly a great watch. This little story is yet another thing that sends shivers up my spine (especially the melodic, feminine voice, saying slowly “bari bari, cusha cusha, baki baki, gokun!”). It is a lot more mature than “Where the wild things are” and it could be compared to the way Mamoru Oshii reinterprets “Little Red Riding Hood” (Perrault’s version, not Grimms’) in his Jin-Roh movie (another classic anime).

I don’t know if the “Obluda” book actually exists or if it was made up by Naoki Urasawa (Monster’s creator), but it seems they were selling it along with one of the Monster dvds in France. I searched a lot, I’d really like to buy it, so if you find anything at all about it, please tell me :)

Later update (24 May 2014)

The book can be found & bought by searching for the ISBN 9784091790279 or 4091790275 (Amazon UK have it, maybe others too). Be advised, it’s in Japanese and the details are for the lenticular, hardcover version (there’s a paperback version too, it seems). You can find the translations for the stories on the Obluda Monster Wiki page.

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Where the wild things are…

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Today I received my package from Amazon with four books, 3 design books and a story one: Where the wild things are (wiki).

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I wasn’t very sure about it when I ordered, but after reading it I must say that I’m glad I did. It’s wonderfuly illustrated, it’s a great story and it manages to make you feel “the magic” of a child’s world. It’s actually a classic, and it seems Hollywood are making a movie inspired by it. Hope it turns out allright (Burton’s Big Fish is a great movie that has a similar feel to “Where the wild..”)

I also posted some weeks ago this Hulk comic cover, which as you can see is a tribute to “Where the wild things are”:
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Makoto Shinkai

August 19, 2007, 2:43 AM

I remember being in my second year of art university. I was browsing through some now-long-dead forum and saw a trailer that enchanted me. I simply could not believe how beautiful the images could be, I craved for more, watched it over and over again, not wanting to return to the dull colors and light of the real world.
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It was a trailer for “Beyond the clouds“. I had to wait 2 years for it to be released. But they were worth it. Meanwhile, I found out that the man behind it, Makoto Shinkai, was a new rising anime director (even nicknamed “the new Miyazaki” by some) whose previous work was done all by himself, from start to end. I watched “Hoshi no Koe (Voices Of A Distant Star)”, “Other Worlds” (the music, Satie’s Gymnopedie, has the same effect on me as Ave Maria from “Comedy” – you can watch it on youtube) and “She And Her Cat”. They were all beautiful, and it wasn’t just about the artwork (which has a trademark-style you’ll easily recognise after seeing Makoto’s Shinkai work). The light in these animations is fascinating, you feel it as it engulfs you, making you feel like you are part of the beautifully detailed sceneries. You feel as if you could just lay down and watch the sky forever, listening to the wind blowing softly through the grass.

This year Makoto Shinkai released Byousoku (5 Centimeter – a chain of short stories about their distance). I can’t wait to be left speechless again. I have no doubt about it. Hope Amazon UK will sell the DVD soon.

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First image from here, in wallpaper size, along with other beautiful ones. Second one from here, a review. Another detailed review as well as many shots here.

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