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April 23, 2012

Conversation anyone?

A 16-year-old boy who relies on texting for almost everything says almost wistfully, "Someday, someday, but certainly not now, I'd like to learn how to have a conversation."

In today's workplace, young people who have grown up fearing conversation show up on the job wearing earphones. Walking through a college library or the campus of a high-tech start-up, one sees the same thing: we are together, but each of us is in our own bubble, furiously connected to keyboards and tiny touch screens.

April 22, 2012

Love & Theft

Love & Theft from Studio FILM BILDER on Vimeo.

Script, direction: Andreas Hykade
Design, animation: Andreas Hykade
Animation assistance: Angela Steffen
Art work: Natalia Eck
Compositing: Christof Hoffmann
Sound, Music: Heiko Maile
Funding: MFG and FFA
Production assistance: Simone Fischer
Production: Thomas Meyer-Hermann
Studio FILM BILDER 2010

Animated Gifs / Cinemagraphs

GIFs are one of the oldest image formats used on the web. Throughout
their history, they have served a huge variety of purposes, from
functional to entertainment. Now, 25 years after the first GIF was
created, they are experiencing an explosion of interest and innovation
that is pushing them into the terrain of art. In this episode of Off
Book, we chart their history, explore the hotbed of GIF creativity on
Tumblr, and talk to two teams of GIF artists who are evolving the form
into powerful new visual experiences.

From PBS / Off Book

Patrick Davison, MemeFactory
TopherChris, Tumblr
Pamela Reed and Matthew Rader, Reed+Rader
Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg, Cinemagraphs


April 16, 2012

Brian Collins : Visual Culture Lecture

Brian Collins Lecture
6pm in Montague Hall
University of Minnesota Duluth

Brian Collins is Chief Creative Officer of COLLINS:, an innovation-led firm dedicated to inventing branded experiences, digital interactions and communications that shape both companies and people for the better. His team's work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, ABC World News and Fast Company, which named him an American Master of Design.
Identity for The Alliance for Climate Protection's "We" campaign by Collins.

From 1998 to 2007 he was Chief Creative Officer of the Ogilvy & Mather Brand Integration Group (BIG), the agency's brand and innovation division. His team's work at Ogilvy includes the Hershey Chocolate Factory in Times Square which Business Week named a "Retail Wonder of the World"; Helios House, BP's sustainability-driven, experimental gas station in Los Angeles; NYC2102, the campaign to win the Olympic Games for New York City; and work for Coca-Cola, Motorola, Jaguar Cars, Mattel, American Express, IBM, Goldman Sachs and Kodak.

They launched the Dove "Campaign for Real Beauty" in North America with an international photo exhibition that explored what beauty meant to the best women photographers in the world. The National Organization for Women honored his team with their annual Image Award for this work. His other clients have included Levi Strauss & Co., MTV, CNN, and The New York Public Library. The first work done for his new firm was for The Alliance for Climate Protection, Nobel Laureate Al Gore's organization to end the climate crisis. It was done in partnership with The Martin Agency in Richmond, Virginia. In 2006 Brian founded "Designism: Design for Social Change," an annual forum to inspire young creative people to take active roles in social causes.

In 1996 Brian produced "The Ecology of Design", a handbook on environmental design thinking published by the AIGA. Brian is Vice President of the Art Directors Club and is on the faculty of The School of Visual Arts Graduate Program in design. He is a Distinguished Alumna of the Massachusetts College of Art. In 2008 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

April 10, 2012

Scott Stulen + Bud Rodecker / Lectures

UMD Annual Student Show Jurors:
Scott Stulen (artist and curator) and Bud Rodecker (graphic designer)
will talk about their creative work as part of the Visual Culture Lecture Series.
The VCLS lectures are free and open to the public.

Tuesday April 10, 2012
6:00pm in Montague Hall 70
University of Minnesota Duluth


See Bud Rodecker's Portfolio and work with THIRST

At Thirst, Rodecker helped create Gather Give Grow, a six-minute short highlighting the program of Archeworks' Mobile Food Collective (MFC). The film premiered at the U.S. Pavilion of the Architecture Exhibition at the 2010 Venice Biennale.

More about Scott Stulen's projects and artwork here:


Studio: Scott Stulen, Walker Art Center
"My work encompasses the entirety of my professional activities as a curator, programmer, writer and studio practice. This wide range of artistic production is united by an exploration of how shared cultural memory, in particular memory based on specific images, texts, and popular media can slip into fiction or fabrication, creating a partial truth recalled as authentic memory or experience. I am interested in how popular culture bonds with fragments of memory to create unexpected connections and points of entry, which linger decades later. I am fascinated in how familiar, yet isolated references can be combined to create a new experience, which is both personal, but strangely out of context. I view my role much like a DJ, sampling fragments of pop culture, personal and collective histories and false memories and combining them into a singular work. The key is in selecting, remixing and dropping of the appropriate sequence of samples, thus leading the audience to find meaning
in unexpected places."

Graphic Design: Bud Rodecker
Bud Rodecker is a graphic designer, photographer, artist, thinker, talker, and jokester. He collaborates with John Pobojewski, Tinne Van Loon and Rick Valicenti at Thirst. Mulitidisciplinary, and often experimental, Bud's work is unified by an emphasis on typography and strong graphics.

At Thirst he designed Archeworks's publication Works, along with AW--a custom typeface based on Akzidenz Grotesk and inspired by Bell Centennial. Works played an important role in Archeworks's acceptance into the 2010 Venice Architectural Biennale. To follow up the success of Works, Thirst was asked to create a film to showcase in Venice. Directed by Valicenti and animated by Pobejewski and Rodecker, Gather Give Grow represented Archeworks and Chicago in the U.S. Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Biennale. Rodecker's poster work has been accepted into the Chicago Design Archives, the Chicago Poster Biennial, and has earned a platinum award from Graphis.

Outside the office Rodecker continues to explore design and the process of creativity. He's created political t-shirts and posters that have been featured in print, online, and at Chicago's Printervention show. With RicharDaily, a personal project initiated in 2010, Rodecker set out to generate a light's worth of art and design exploration (with a daily deadline). The exploration resulted in several pieces that were awarded a place in Typeforce 2. Rodecker has participated in numerous design-related talks, workshops, and panels--sharing his unique perspective on design and the creative process.

Rodecker earned a degree in Graphic Design with a minor in photography from the University of Minnesota Duluth. From 2005-2007 he was president of the Student Design Organization (SDO). Immediately following graduation in May 2007, he came to Chicago to begin his career at 3st with Pobojewski and Valicenti.

April 1, 2012

Imagine: How Creativity Works

this video promotes the book: IMAGINE: How Creativity Works, by Jonah Lehrer
Flash Rosenberg imagines how the ideas in IMAGINE are tackled, tickled and teased-out by the author Jonah Lehrer.
direction and live-drawing by Flash Rosenberg, video edit by Lin Sorensen