I thought it would be cool to dish out interesting links you can check out this weekend. Hope you find inspiration in them.
Pixar’s Brad Bird on Fostering Innovation: Anybody who’s been the tiniest bit interested in art eventually finds Pixar as a haven for all creatives. Brad Bird says it’s not easy to continuously churn out successful animated movies and he lists how to keep the fire of innovation burning.
If you work in lighting but you want to learn how to animate, there’s a class to show you animation. There are classes in story structure, in Photoshop, even in Krav Maga, the Israeli self-defense system. Pixar basically encourages people to learn outside of their areas, which makes them more complete.
Satan’s Logo.: The goal is simple—figure out how Satan would sell his “brand” with a logo. This is a good exercise for all the marketing people out there. You don’t have to choose the Devil as your make-believe client, just find a popular person or brand and ask yourself how you would promote him/her/it. But there’s something to be said about the necessary deception in coming up with Lucifer’s company name. Is branding in general the same way?
The hardest part was the new brand name actually. After all we are talking about the master deceiver in all history here so his true nefarious tendencies need to be cloaked in a thin veneer of corporate benevolence.
Set to the tranquil, melodious song “Come As You Were,” by The Bird and The Bee, the short stars a young beaver who is whiling away the time on a tree trunk. When a red cardinal flutters in and pecks at his shoulder, the beaver is jolted out of lassitude, and begins his search for a Mother’s Day idea.
Finally, I just want to let you know I’m now writing the Friday Focus posts at Devlounge. If you’re dying for more link candy, go check it out.
Happy Mother’s Day weekend!
Originally posted on May 10, 2008 @ 10:56 am