Bonnie Siegler Casts Herself in Her Own Movie

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Serendipity played a big role in the design of Bonnie Siegler’s MOO MiniCards for her design firm, Eight And A Half. She explains, “There happens to be an amazing movie, made in 1963 (the year i was born), with the same name. There were many, many posters designed promoting this movie in every language, and we have several of them hanging in our office. I decided to use them as the backs of the cards, because one was more beautiful than the next—and let’s face it, they were already designed.” … read the rest of the article here.

Papercrafting at its best

We are going deep into the strange and wonderful world of paper geeks today, readers. But the deeper you go, the better it gets. It takes one to know one.  Owen Gildersleeve is a designer, papercraft illustrator, and set maker in London. He recently authored and designed Paper Cut, An Exploration into the Contemporary World of Papercraft Art and Illustration for Rockport Publishers. I had the pleasure of working with him on this beautiful book. When I first approached him to write the book, he was very reluctant and declined. However, about week later, he contacted me and decided to do it. …. read the rest of the article here.

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Josh Silverman is all about the eyes

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Josh Silverman recently moved to San Francisco to start an exciting new business venture called Startnership. “I’m acting on a dream of living in the most beautiful city in the United States,” he says. “There’s an ultra-concentrated environment where start-ups, design, and the entrepreneurial spirit of reinvention are constantly churning newness. With the new business I am focusing on fixed-time, fixed-fee, tiered design services for start-ups. It’s going to be great to get to value swiftly with everyone on  the team working together in the same place, concentrating and collaborating together.” So, perhaps it’s no surprise that Josh wanted to capture eyes for his MOO MiniCards. The eyes, after all, are the windows to our souls. “Every person you meet is an opportunity. Every conversation, every interaction can positively influence your life,” he notes. Read the whole story, here.

Ariel is an asshole, and other observations

Last night I watched Footloose with my daughters. When I first saw the movie, 30 years ago (gulp!), I was mesmerized by the developing romance between Ariel and Wren, played by the always dreamy Kevin Bacon. I wanted to be like Ariel, the beautiful, brazen girl that all the boys liked. But watching the movie now, in my 40s, I was repulsed by Ariel. She was a pathetic, narcissistic bitch with a death wish.

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Early in the movie when she decides to straddle two fast-moving vehicles as a semi-truck nears them for an almost-certain head-on collision, she cheers and dances while her helpless friends scream at her to get in the truck. She does so at the last minute, almost killing all of them. Bitch.

Then, later in the movie, she pulls a similar stunt on Wren, as she stands and screams in front of a moving train scaring the shit out of the engineer and Wren, until he tackles her off the track. And she wonders why he won’t kiss her? Talk about pathetic and needy. What a nightmare!

And then there are other things in the movie that bother me: After Ariel is beaten by her ex-boyfriend, no one seems to question her about her black eye. She’s the preacher’s daughter for God’s sake. Wouldn’t HE notice? He seems to know everything else going on in that town.

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I know it’s just a movie, pure fiction, but as an adult, these are the things I now notice when I watch old movies. We watched Romancing the Stone last week, and I couldn’t believe how gray Kathleen Turner’s teeth were. It’s also a bit alarming how much smoking was glamorized in movies a few decades ago. In The Great Outdoors, the teenage love interest of John Candy’s son, puffs on a cigarette and makes it look cool—at least that’s what we thought back then.

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But of course, you get gray teeth when you make smoking sexy. Teeth whitening hadn’t hit its stride in Hollywood in the mid-eighties, but I’m kind of glad about that. It was a little more realistic than all these celebrities today with perfectly white, straight teeth. Even Kevin Bacon had crooked teeth in Footloose, and it was charming.

I’m not sure which ’80s flick we’re going to watch next, but I’ll bet I notice plenty things I didn’t see, or want to see, the first time.