Greg Franklin directed, animated, and designed this short excerpt from Wyatt Cenac’s Comedy Person. Wyatt Cenac is hilarious.

David Gifford & Adrian Dalca’s time-lapse video of The Boston Ballet’s rehearsal is gorgeous. It looks so serene.

(via Design Taxi)

Spot Painted Art Wars Stormtrooper Helmet
Damien Hirst, 2013

Art + Star Wars = Art Wars. I love this exhibit. I wish it would make its way to Chicago.

(Images via Freshness)

Attempting to distract myself from travel blogs…and failing miserably. I have a serious case of wanderlust.

I love weddings. I especially love it when designers get married because everything they do amazing things with their design talents. For instance, Will Geddess organized a private poster show where he showcased works by himself and 19 other graphic designers, illustrators, craftsmen, and tattoo artists. Geddes used the posters and other art work to propose to his girlfriend. For more info and better pictures of all the posters, go to Love Letters.

(via Love Letters)

What I’ve Learned by Aja Monet. I could watch this video for days. There is something to be said about expressing yourself in more than 140 characters.

annfriedman:

In my ongoing quest for the perfect framework for understanding haters, I created The Disapproval Matrix**. (With a deep bow to its inspiration.) This is one way to separate haterade from productive feedback. Here’s how the quadrants break down:

Critics: These are smart people who know something about your field. They are taking a hard look at your work and are not loving it. You’ll probably want to listen to what they have to say, and make some adjustments to your work based on their thoughtful comments.

Lovers: These people are invested in you and are also giving you negative but rational feedback because they want you to improve. Listen to them, too. 

Frenemies: Ooooh, this quadrant is tricky. These people really know how to hurt you, because they know you personally or know your work pretty well. But at the end of the day, their criticism is not actually about your work—it’s about you personally. And they aren’t actually interested in a productive conversation that will result in you becoming better at what you do. They just wanna undermine you. Dishonorable mention goes to The Hater Within, aka the irrational voice inside you that says you suck, which usually falls into this quadrant. Tell all of these fools to sit down and shut up.

Haters: This is your garden-variety, often anonymous troll who wants to tear down everything about you for no rational reason. Folks in this quadrant are easy to write off because they’re counterproductive and you don’t even know them. Ignore! Engaging won’t make you any better at what you do. And then rest easy, because having haters is proof your work is finding a wide audience and is sparking conversation. Own it.

The general rule of thumb? When you receive negative feedback that falls into one of the top two quadrants—from experts or people who care about you who are engaging with and rationally critiquing your work—you should probably take their comments to heart. When you receive negative feedback that falls into the bottom two quadrants, you should just let it roll off your back and just keep doin’ you. If you need to amp yourself up about it, may I suggest this #BYEHATER playlist on Spotify? You’re welcome.

** I presented The Disapproval Matrix to the fine folks at MoxieCon in Chicago yesterday, and they seemed to find it useful, so I figured I’d share with the class. It was originally inspired by a question my friend Channing Kennedy submitted to my #Realtalk column at the Columbia Journalism Review.

annfriedman:

fek:

Barbara Kruger’s never really talked about Supremethe skate company who’s been ripping off her ideas and prints letter for letter, color for color, for their red-and-white logo, which you have seen, because it is everywhere. 

I emailed her casually to ask her about this. And today, she got back to me, and gave a candid statement on the matter of Supreme for the first time, ever, really. By emailing me a blank email, with an attachment. Which you can see above.

This is SUCH a baller move.

AMAZING.

acehotel:

Grace Jones gets painted by Keith Haring — both are May babies, and creatures from a better planet who’ve blessed us with a spell here on Earth. Happy birthday.