Trick-or-Treat-or-Text : The New Yorker Chris Ware Cover

New Yorker Chris Ware Cover

The Digital Design 25 students have been talking about visual storytelling lately, and with Halloween just recently passed, I thought it would be appropriate to share this illustration done by Chris Ware for the cover of The New Yorker back in 2009. It tells the story of parents taking their children out to trick-or-treat in the modern age of technology. The audience is being told about the unfortunate truth that our personal devices receive more attention than the more important moments in life (like taking our children out on Halloween). The relationship between the white masks worn by the children and the white light shining on the faces of their parents is, in my opinion, a beautiful criticism of how technology has reshaped our daily experience.

Biggi Hilmars Cinematic Songs — when Dubstep has dropped too much Bass!

Biggi Hilmars Cinematic Songs

One of my favourite things to do in my free time is to take in a good movie. Second to that it is good music… Strange, right? Unfortunately, I have been finding it difficult lately to find the time to sit back and watch a story unfold on screen. However, as I am spending hours on end behind the computer, I am afforded the opportunity to listen to a variety of good music.
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An Invocation for Beginners by Ze Frank

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of beginnings for myself and many others that are new to VFS. A new city, a new school, and new friends. Whether it is one of these things or all of them, my classmates and I share the excitement that comes with starting something new. It is often a daunting task to take the first steps with something, and beginnings can be accompanied by feelings of self-doubt: What if I’m not good enough? What if I made the wrong decision? What-if? What-if? What-if? Well, what if everyone else shares these feelings as well?

Ze Frank is a video-blogger (among other things) who put together this video, which inspires it’s audience to take on whatever challenges lie ahead. He provides comedic comparisons to feelings that any beginner may have, while at the same time diffusing the things that seem to be most fearful. I feel its application is perfect for anybody that is about to begin a creative endeavor. It is a video that I often refer to when I need to be inspired and motivated. Please enjoy!

This is an invocation for anyone who hasn’t begun, who is stuck in a place between zero and 1.”
— Ze Frank

(WARNING: Some inappropriate language)