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ENTERTAINMENT

(procrastination devices)


ART/DESIGN:
  • I absolutely love James Jean and all of the genius that are his illustrations. Anyone interested in visual arts at all, should definitely take a lingering glance at his works, and his sketchbooks.
  • Obamicon.Me - Somebody wrote a code that automatically takes an image and renders it into the style of Shephard Fairey's "OBAMA".
  • Booooooom - A website by Jeff Hamada, a designer in Vancouver. Displaying works from art, design, film, music, photography and everything else creative.
  • Smashing Magazine - A website with tutorials, articles, inspirations, free graphics and tools.
  • Logopond.com is a great website if you need inspiration on creating a brand identity.
  • thedieline - The World's #1 package design website. Great for design inspirations! You can actually find a lot of these products in local stores.
  • Fwis is a graphic design firm, and their works spread across the various areas of print, packaging, web-based, editorial, corporate identity and even papercraft design!
  • Inhabitat - A website that features eco-friendly designs. Includes: architecture, interior design, product design, fashion design, graphic design and more.
  • designerstoolbox - Design inspiration, design resources, design store. everything design.
  • CMYK Design - A graphic design FLICKR group. full of amazing design inspiration. The site mainly covers print design (featuring posters and such).
  • cssmania.com - A great site filled with web designs from all over the web. A good tool for inspiration.
  • misipile - A great site that provides TONS of logo inspiration.
  • Levitated - An awesome site that contains a gallery full of interactive designs.
  • Do your work. Don't be stupid. - This is an awesome desktop wallpaper that will keep you motivated to do your work.
  • NOTCOT - a visual filtration of ideas + aesthetics + amusements, community of creatives, design lovers, and trendsetters
  • CSS Remix - Another site full of web design inspirations, for those needing help to get their creative juices going!
  • Wonderlust - This is the 2009 YSDN Grad show. I strongly recommend taking the time to check it out - they have amazing stuff. And its really inspiring to see some of this stuff and realize that this is what you can aspire to do in four years.


BOOKS:
  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry - "Set in Mumbai, India between 1975 and 1977 during the turmoil of the Emergency, a period of expanded government power and crackdowns on civil liberties, this book is about four characters from varied backgrounds who come together and develop a bond."
  • What is the What by Dave Eggers - Dave Eggers might ring a bell for those who had to deal with his quirky Shorts for Design & Image. On that note, I would like to recommend this book to eeeeverybody. It is based on the real life story of Valentino Achak Deng, and his treck across the Sudanese south in an attempt to escape the civil war and genocide that overtook his country during his childhood. An incredibly humbling story, yet still capable of good humour, as told by Eggers. All proceeds from buying the book go to supporting the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation.
  • 100 Habits of Successful Graphic Designers by Writer Sarah Dougher and Designer Joshua Berger - A good read. Many, if not all of the points in this book, seem to ring true. There are so many examples of works in this book, and stories and reasonings behind the habits you should get into. I've only gone through a few chapters and sections, but there's things about: Self-Promotion, Working with Clients, Workflow and In-House Dynamics, Continuing Education and Professional Development, Community Involvement, Technology, Personal Growth and Keeping Creativity Alive, and Partnerships and Strategic Synergies.


VIDEOS:

  • Hey everyone, take a look at this video. I think that it gives us a good idea on what can be achieved with interactivity design. I especially liked the part with the map and it goes into a picture of the country. This video changed my perspective about Interactivity. Hope you like it.
  • Typolution - This is one of the coolest typographic animations I've ever seen. Not just brilliant, but meaningful too. Music is Ratatat. Enjoy!


MOVIES:
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Up - Movie

Up - Carl Fredricksen is a retired 78-year-old balloon salesman. When Carl was a child, he met and eventually married a girl named Ellie who grew up in a small midwestern town. Ellie always dreamed of visiting South America, but she died before she got a chance. Now, when developers threaten to move him into an assisted living home, Carl decides to fulfill his promise to Ellie. To accomplish this, he uses a huge number of balloons to make the house fly - but unwittingly takes a chubby eight-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell with him. The two opposites match up for thrilling adventures as they encounter wild terrain, unexpected foes, and all the terrifying creatures that wait in the jungle.



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Earth


Earth - A remarkable story of three animals' families and their amazing journey across the planet we all call home. Earth combines rare action, unimaginable scale and impossible locations by capturing the most intimate moments of our planet’s wildest creatures.


  • Trailer (Coming out @ April 22 [Earth Day])

The Yes Men - A comedic documentary Film about a group of social activists who pass themselves off as representatives of big corporations and pull pranks on those who invite them to speak at conferences or lectures. By doing so, they comment on the corrupt situation of the global economy through satire and parody. By imitating corporation representatives, they are able to get away with remarkable things, showing how much power big businesses hold.

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The Soloist - A biographical drama about real-life musical prodigy Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, who dropped out of Julliard after developing schizophrenia and became a homeless musician on the streets of Los Angeles. Journalist Steve Lopez discovers the former classical music prodigy, playing his violin on the streets. As lopez endeavors to help the homeless man find his way back, a unique friendship is formed, one that transforms both their lives.



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X-Men Origins: Wolverine - Leading up to the events of X-Men, X-Men Origins: Wolverine tells the story of Wolverine's epically violent and romantic past, his complex relationships with Victor Creed, and the ominous Weapon X program. Along the way, Wolverine encounters many mutants, both familiar and new.

Trailer


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Angels and Demons - An 2009 film adaptation of Dan Brown's novel, 'Angels and Demons.' It is the sequel to The Da Vinci Code (2006), another Brown film adaptation, although the novel Angels & Demons was published and takes place before the novel The Da Vinci Code. Tom Hanks reprises the lead role of Robert Langdon, while director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman also return.

Coming out May 15!

Trailer

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Eternal Sunshin of the Spotless Mind: A man, Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend Clementine underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realizes that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake.

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Star Trek - From the director J.J. Abrams comes a new vision of the greatest space adventure of all time, "Star Trek," featuring a young, new crew venturing boldly where no one has gone before.

Trailer

MUSIC:


GAMES:


  • Sporcle.com - A website full of fun quizzes - but hurry! There is a time limit to finish each quiz.
  • The Sims 1,2, and 3
  • Pop&Co. - A company specializing in interactive flash game design. You're bound to find something you'd like to play.
  • Guess The Google - Online game which requires the player to match words to a collection of images provided. Highly addictive.
  • Persona 4 - A great game for PS2. It has really cool art, fun music and such a creative storyline. High-school life meets battling demons.
  • The Katamari Series - A series of 3 games---2 for PS2, 1 for Xbox 360--- that involves rolling up objects in the world into a ball (more fun than it sounds). Very fun with a ridiculous, colourful, funny graphic style. A very original game style.
  • Little Big Planet - An adorable game for PS3, it's a world of infinite possibilities, where imagination becomes reality and the powers of creation are firmly in your hands.
  • OMGPOP - A fun online game where you pass time!


TIME KILLERS (aka. PROCRASTINATION TOOLS):
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  • Failblog - A blog where humorous images and videos are posted that depict people failing at what they're attempting to do.
  • Geekologie
  • NotAlwaysRight
  • StumbleUpon - A site that will bring you to "stumble upon" whatever interesting! This will link you to the "Graphic Design" section. Check it out!
  • http://quotesondesign.com/ - Design quotes. Some are quite inspirational.
  • http://www.maxkerning.com/ - Funny webpage featuring the fictional character "Max Kerning" and his obsession with clean type.
  • Papercraft World - A blog that features paper-based crafting---you can find papercraft nets of your favourite video games, cartoons, etc., and print them out for assembly. (It's also a good way to use up extra Mayfair that's lying around!)
  • Readymech - Another papercraft site featuring quirky, cartoon character papercrafts designed by Fwis.

  • Check out this interactive Youtube video! Very creative, and pretty much what Interactivity is all about. I should warn you, it could go on forever! :)
  • Facebook.com - I can't believe nobody has added FACEBOOK!!!!! I'm pretty sure it is the biggest time killer....well, at least it is for me. I think it replaces MSN too.
  • DeviantArt - This site is just wicked-awesome! It's a place where you can upload your images and designs (for free!) and have other people look at and critique it! Or, if you want, you can also just browse around and see what other people have come up with! It's great too if you have artist's block and need some inspiration.
  • Bubble Shooter - This game is highly addictive! You can seriously play this game all day without getting bored of it. :)
  • Inspire Me NOW! - This site is awesome when you are bored or can't think of any good ideas. It is just filled with interesting things in the art and design world.
  • Bluefly - If you like to shop online, you will LOVE this site. I could spend hoursssss here.
  • YouTube - This is a must have under anyone's bookmarks/favourites. Need to find a movie/video/clip that you are fond of? Just come here and have a look!


HUMOUR:
  • Make My Logo Bigger Cream - Infomercial for Make My Logo Bigger Cream, Whitespace Eliminator, and more!
  • IKEA's Come Into The Closet 2 - An interactive, multimedia, and flash-based presentation by IKEA. Using 5 different furniture showrooms as the setting, IKEA has pre-recorded videos of live actors performing various physical actions within each room (i.e. dancing, jumping, twirling). With "sound" as the main feature of control, the site visitors can upload their own songs from their harddrives, mash their keyboard buttons or even yell into their plug-in microphones to guide and direct the movements of the pre-recorded live actors. (Clicking on the "smart storage solutions" items will prompt a short cutscene, and afterwards, the live-actors will integrate the chosen item(s) into their physical actions.)

    JEREMY'S FAVOURITE THINGS
    Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
    Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
    Brown paper packages tied up with strings
    These are a few of my favorite things

    Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
    Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
    Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
    These are a few of my favorite things

    Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
    Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
    Silver white winters that melt into springs
    These are a few of my favorite things


    ^LOL

    LMAO^
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