IMPOSSIBLE!



Hold the phone. Photojojo just released some new Impossible Project instant camera film that has my eyes going wide. We know the Impossible Project has been the saviors of the Polaroid film industry for several years now, but they just released something even more exciting (at least for me): film with round borders! Image a truly vignetted portrait in polaroid form! I can't wait to get my hands on these beauties. If you can't either, check out the new instant film offerings at Photojojo here.
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POP CHART LAB, REVISITED


A couple of years ago I wrote about a poster compendium of historical camera models, designed by Pop Chart Lab, that I was pining after. Recently I stumbled across an article on Design Milk chronicling the epic talents of the design duo behind Pop Chart Lab—Patrick Mulligan and Ben Gibson—and I immediately went back to check out the latest goodies they have in their shop. I immediately fell into a pit of infographic inspiration and, commensurately, now have a lot more Pop Chart items on my to do list. Below are a couple of my favorites.











Which one would you pick? There are so many more to choose from over at their shop here.




DANIEL CEREJO IS AN INSTAGRAM JEDI MASTER















Daniel Cerejo is an Instragram master. His unique experiments with architecture, shadows and an impressive toy collection make his Instagram photos a true joy to discover day in and day out.

Do yourself a favor and follow his feed here.



(Like Instagram? You can also check out my feed here. #shamelessplug Thanks to My Modern Met for the tip.)


OSCARS 2015



So in the past, I have honored the Oscars by doing a round up my favorite red carpet looks (2009, 2012, for example). But this year—and don't kill me for this—I just wasn't blown away by many looks. Yes, of course, everyone looked very beautiful but none of the dresses really wowed me.

You know what did impress me? Neil Patrick Harris. I thought, like Ellen last year, he managed to hit just the right note between impish, friendly, and just downright adorable. I thought his opening number was clever and fun, not the least because it was written by one of my fellow Williams College alums! Hosting the Oscars is a thankless job, and I thought NPH pulled it off!

(Also, on a random note, who knew Lady Gaga could sing like that?! Even so, Julie Andrews is still the best (just hearing her say 'Lady Gaga' made me smile) and her award presentation was so spot on classy.)









Did anyone else notice a concerted effort to add a creative eye to the visuals of the award show this year? Many pre-recorded cutaways (the tribute portion, the reading of non-acting-related nominations) involved quite beautiful visualizations. A lot focused on watercolor layerings of portraits and drawings, but my hands down favorites were the screens dedicated to Production Design.* The table top view, styled with emblematic props from the films, was evocative and arresting all at the same time. Plus it reminded me of Todd McLellan's gorgeous work, which is always a good thing, don't you think? Kudos, Oscars Art Directors!



*Note that I had to photograph my television to get these images, so forgive me for a bit of parallax and pixelation.


VIEWMASTERS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY





Oh my goodness, guys! I just found out some pretty fabulous news: Mattel is reissuing the 1980s/1990s cult classic of my youth—the Viewmaster—later this year. You may remember that I had a bunch of these at my wedding with photos of my hubby and me over the years and they were a huge hit with our guests.

Well now, instead of the traditional cardboard wheel with slide imagery, the new Viewmaster will use discs that pair with an app to provide a 3D immersive experience that you can explore, much like a virtual reality simulator. Cool, right? I love that they have thought through the historical use of the Viewmaster—an armchair travel device much like the original stereoscope—and updated it for the 21st century. I know this is supposed to be a "learning tool" for kids, but dang it, I can't wait to get my hands on one for myself this fall.

Learn more about the new Viewmasters here.


LOVE IS IN THE AIR (BALLOON)


On Saturday, after a long week at this conference, I came home to a delightful surprise! My dear hubby had filled our entire bedroom with balloons (my favorite)! Needless to say we spent the whole weekend batting them around the house.
Turns out balloons get everywhere . . . . 


 . . .  in the living room . . . 


 . . . in the bureau . . . 


 . . .  in the bathroom . . .  (ha!)



. . .  in the kitchen . . . 


 . . . even in the closets!I hope you had a wonderful weekend full of love (and silliness).  


KELLY'S CHAPEL OF COLOR AND LIGHT






I have always lovedEllsworth Kelly's work (see here!) but what if his work actually became a truly immersive experience? It turns out that Kelly recently gave the Blanton Museum of Art, in Austin, Texas, the plans for a chapel he designed in 1968. Although the chapel was commissioned by a private collector, the building was never built and the Blanton is now in talks to (hopefully!) conceive the structure itself, a la the Rothko Chapel in Houston. Like his work, the 2,175 foot stone space would be all about abstraction, color and light with geometric stained glass windows in three different chancels. Don't the mock ups above look glorious?Learn more about the project here.