You have to check out Zoe Spawton’s Tumblr What Ali Wore Today. It’s such a treat to follow and will quickly put a smile on your face. Long story short, Zoe (an Australian photographer) has been chronicling the daily outfits of trendy Berlin-based tailor Ali ever since she saw him walk past her work. And how couldn’t she? Dude’s got style: perfect attention to detail and a pose that screams confidence. Not to mention he’s 83. I love to see someone take their fashion that serious into older age. Definitely an inspiration to us all.
David Foster Wallace, author of many great works — including but not limited to Infinite Jest, which I have unfortunately not been able to finish despite multiple attempts — gave a commencement address to graduating seniors at Kenyon College back in 2005. But that was before the Internet gave birth to stuff that went viral (actually, believe it or not, YouTube was founded in 2005). Luckily for us, The Glossary made an awesome video inspired by Wallace’s speech that has now been seen by more than 3 million people. Which is great, because then maybe everyone will be a little more aware, a little more patient. You can listen to the full speech here.
Continuing my trend of sharing all things film-related, I’d like to direct your attention to Movies In Color, a new blog which takes the general palette of a film and associates it with a still. Graphic designer Roxy Radulescu does a really bang-up job, posting shots that are both compositionally engaging and flushed with color. A few of my favorites* are below.
* Of course, I had to feature The Life Aquatic and The Big Lebowski. You know how we roll at Holiday Matinee.
Dove’s Real Beauty campaign is absolutely killer. It’s aimed at “art directors and graphic designers” who often distort the real beauty of women in favor of unrealistic airbrushing. Surprisingly, a little touch up here and there actually does a lot more damage than we’d think. Mass society distorting the image of self, one .psd at a time.
The brand’s already won a Grand Prix at Cannes back in ’07 for this campaign, but we think it still deserves attention. Lovely to see a big brand continually holding a mirror against itself – and not just for commercial purposes. Definitely worth 2 minutes of your time.
I’d like to introduce you to the coolest dad ever.
Long story short, this guy was playing old-school video games like Donkey Kong with his daughter when she asked him why she couldn’t “play as the girl and save the boy”. Not one to turn down this valid point, he took to late nights hacking the ROM, replacing Mario with Pauline. The result is a super awesome Super Mario game that’s redrawn Mario’s frames with Princess Pauline’s palettes and replaced the M at the top with a P. Now that’s what I call a one-up.
Toward a gender equal future…
This is so “original” you can practically consider it bizarre high art. SF-based creative Jimmy Chen took a few of David Lynch’s iconic hairstyles then married them to paintings like Monet’s “Water Lillies” and Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”. Pretty first-rate how close he gets. Check out the work below – called “The Grid” – then let us know what hairstyle mimics reality best. Oh. Wait. You’ve never tried to compare hair to art? You don’t say…
Hat tip to Design Boom for the find.
I know it’s almost been a week since Valentine’s Day, but these are too cool not to share. Jennifer Lewis did a great job illustrating some Wes Anderson characters paired to quotes that make you really feel the awkward love. These are only my favorite three, so I highly suggest you check out the whole set over on Flavorwire to discover your own favorites. Maybe one will be good enough for you to share next year. If you’re lucky enough to have a Valentine, that is…