vespalogy

to celebrate vespa’s 60th anniversary, french creative agency nomoon created the below animated retrospective of vespa’s evolution from 1943 until 2013.

i’ve long wanted a vespa/scooter…someday. i like 1969…i do not like 2013.

design by intention

this clip played at the start of wwdc:

with all the hype around ios 7, and the buzz words (“flat”, “skeuomorphism” ) being thrown around…i don’t really care. i’m not surprised that a company so focused on good design and simplicity has such a beautifully-animated design manifesto/statement.

source: fast co design

i select you

keeping up with my valentine’s tradition, here are some new valentines from repeat valentine illustrator ben kling. his previous collection was dictators and it looks like he removed the be mein/hitler one, too controversial? these ones should be more pc, it looks like they’re notable luminaries from academia.

ben kling, valentine, darwin

ben kling, valentine, shakespeare

ben kling, valentine, socrates

ben kling, valentine, benjamin franklin

ben kling, valentine, nietzsche

check out the rest of series on ben’s site.

and spend the day by sharing a hot beverage with this starbucks offer:

starbucks, valentine, valentine's, coupon, offer, discount, bogo, buy one get one, b1g1

paperman

loving this new oscar-nominated short from disney. it sort of reminds me of my thesis project back when i was trying to be an animator (and now i’m in bschool).

it was made by a first-time director using innovative technology that merges computer and hand-drawn animation.

good job, disney. i see having john lasseter at the helm is really helping. although i haven’t seen wreck it ralph (yet), that had a lot of promise too.

electric holiday

behind

things are so busy for us mba1s right now.  with corporate presentations, a ton of class/group work, conferences, club things, social activities, talking to mba2s for advice, and networking/conducting informational interviews it’s pretty hectic.  even though we don’t have class on fridays and i don’t have class until 1:30 pm on monday/wednesday, i find myself not getting to sleep in like i love to do–usually doing something career/school related.

school’s kinda kicking my butt…i’ve never liked numbers and i’ve never taken a business class so, as i expected, i’m struggling.  i have no clue what’s going on in finance or accounting.  i really hate accounting because that class is definitely the most work out of all my classes; our weekly homework assignments take even the people who know what they’re doing like 3 hours so you can only imagine how painful it is for a newb like me.  and we have diagnostic tests like every other week and group cases every few weeks.  midterms are coming up pretty soon too.

i feel so behind in like every single aspect of my life.  i should be working on my cover letter, or reaching out to my network for internship/job opportunities.

i feel bad since i’ve been telling people to visit me and i have a really good friend coming this week but i won’t be able to spend as much time with her as i was hoping to.

i’ve been trying to be good about cooking and started bringing lunch to food and it’s made a noticeable impact on my spending, which is great.  i don’t eat very healthy, but when have i ever.  i recently got a bike and while i’m pretty out of shape, i do enjoy riding it–although it’s pretty scary.  the second time i took it out, i was almost hit by a cab.  i probably won’t be able to ride it too much since it’s getting pretty cold (for me, anyways) and it rains too.

i’m thinking about what classes to take next term and all the marketing classes seem the most interesting; i guess i really am meant to stay in marketing.  now just need to beef up my analytical/big data skills.  i need to take an excel workshop too because i don’t really know how to use it.  sometimes i really wonder what i’m doing at business school and how i even managed to fool the adcom into letting me in.

i was at a “speakeasy” bar last week that was pretty cool and ran into this guy who was doing a corporate presentation like the day before so that was pretty funny.  and on thursday night i went to this lounge for macaulay culkin’s ipod–it’s literally macaulay culkin playing music off his ipod.  seth green was there too.  i should’ve talked to and/or gotten a photo with him/them.  i’m sure he could care less but i love the home alone movies (only the ones with him count) and actually sorta recently watched them again.

there’s a group case project due for marketing this week and i don’t have a good feeling about it…

but anyways, here are some pretty cool animated gifs of banksy work:

this one makes me think of home

there are couple more at high snobiety.  i still need to check out the fireflies over the water exhibit at the whitney museum…i should see when it’s leaving.

time to get ready for dinner with my block/cohort and the weekly birthday thang.

here and now

it’s been nearly 2 months since i moved to nyc.  i’m still slowly settling in and adjusting to life here.

today’s the last day of my internship.  i think i’ll try to continue interning here part-time during the academic year after i figure out what my availability will be like.

monday is the beginning of launch, stern’s nearly 2-week long orientation.  it looks pretty good and i’m getting more excited.  pretty much all of my class is now here in the city and i’ve met up a couple times with my future classmates and will be having my first block meeting this sunday.

the launch schedule was just released yesterday and i was previously told that all the scheduled activities would be done by 5 pm but looks like that’s not the case.  i’ve been taking a brand strategy marketing class at the general assembly tuesday/thursday evenings for the past couple weeks so it looks like i’ll have to miss a few classes for launch; hopefully the instructor will understand…she seems cool.  and i’ll be missing stern’s thursday beer blasts for the first month, which is a pretty big bummer since i’m sure a lot of people will be bonding during then.

in my last post i mentioned how i’d be flying home for a friends’ wedding…and now it’s been a few weeks since that happened.  granted, this is the first wedding i’ve been in and the first time a really good friend has gotten married but it was just such a happy time.  the bride and groom are both some of my best friends and they and the rest of the wedding party have known each other for 10-14 years.  it was a ton of fun and i’m so happy for them…there were quite a few tears shed by many.  it was a very short trip for me but filled with joy.  here are some of my favorites photos from what’s available so far:

another couple i’m super happy for, taken by the very talented nicky ferng

i love this photo of the groom after the ceremony

some of the fancy-footed groomsmen

by our powers combined, we are the bridesmaids!

the wedding party’s prom pose, party style…probably the closest thing you’ll get of my face

until i get a better photo of the bride’s gorgeous gown

parallel universes

prada is such a fun brand.  they’ve teamed up with illustrator vahram muratyan, famous for his blog-turned-book paris vs. new york (which has been on my wish list i might add), to promote their spring/summer 2012 collection in something called “parallel universes”.

parallel universes is a virtual road paved with prada 2012 spring/summer men’s and women’s accessories, which highlights through rapid and intuitive movements two parallel universes that meet under the auspices of prada style.

for the campaign, a microsite was launched yesterday and prada’s really trying to improve its digital presence (the site’s mobile-optimized).  muratyan’s illustrations are animated as gif’s and juxtaposed with photos of the actual products each image features.

visit the microsite.  this one’s my favorite:

driving the prada pyramide bag while throwing shade in dixie sunglasses

dixie sunglasses

pyramide bag

mm...saffiano skyscraper...drool...

dixie again

teddy sunglasses

 

so. good.

all wonderfully illustrated by eko bintang.  and…ending it with gucci: