this makes school and work look fun + cool

stay hungry, stay foolish: remembering steve + michael

steve jobs
1955 – 2011

john lasseter + steve jobs

why?
because he valued design and aesthetics as much as function and performance
because he constantly strove to be the best–even until the end. i don’t think it’s a coincidence he died only a day after the iphone 4s was released. he was in it until the end.
because of his creativity and innovation
because i don’t think pixar would be here today if it wasn’t for him
because of his charisma and his ability to inspire others
because he was a regular guy

an oldie but goodie:

michael jackson
1958 – 2009

why?
because he’s the moon walker
because of his compassion and empathy
because he was also a perfectionist
because he felt lonely
because he truly loved his fans
because i abandoned him

why thrill billie jean when you can be a smooth criminal?

because…they left us too soon…were game-changers, no–world-changers…there will never be anyone else like them
rest in peace
i will miss you both, always

burberry in beijing

i’m a huge fan of christopher bailey’s.  i think he’s doing amazing things to make burberry relevant again with fashion-forward designs that are still appealing to the mass market.  and now i love him even more.

burberry presented last night in beijing, china for their fall 2011 collection.  this is the fashion house’s first event in china in 10 years.  china’s going to be a huge market for luxury goods in the near future as the middle class continues to grow (along with their disposable income) and as they start to spend more (i remember reading somewhere that the the average chinese person saves about 80%, or some high number, of their paycheck as compared to the average american, who saves 0%/negative).

the show incorporated virtual image technologies: holograms, projections, and animations to give the illusion of models disappearing, changing outfits/looks, or transforming into snow clouds.

christopher bailey is a strong proponent of pushing the envelope with technology and said yesterday morning:

“I love the vehicle of technology. I love using it as a platform in which to communicate the ideas, the attitude, the spirit of the company. Sometimes as an industry, perhaps we think it is not a legitimate channel in which to speak to people. I just don’t really agree with it. Fashion is supposed to be about making things relevant. Yes, it is luxury. Yes, it is aspiration. Yes, it is supposed to be inspiring. But I think there is nothing more inspiring than talking digitally, because you can get attitude, you can get music, you can get sound, you can get video and movement. You can actually articulate so much of your brand using this medium.”

highlights from the show are in this video: