Week In Review

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My goodness, is it really Wednesday already? The good news about that is you lucky dogs get another Week In Review—and it’s the first Humpday Edition! We kick it off with some high brow meets low brow, and then sway fairly heavily towards film in this entry. Let’s get it on:

Benjameme — Lauren Keilin creates wonderful Impressionistic paintings of internet memes; if you didn’t recognize the image above, that’s none other than Mr. Antoine Dodson. [via Coudal]

The Bitter Buddha — I don’t know much about this Eddie Pepitone character, but he seems pretty funny, and a lot of people—many of them very funny themselves—agree. Added to  Watch-list. [via Yewknee]

Tech Noir — As you may have guessed, I’m a bit of a film buff, and therefore enjoy just about anything related to film. Tech Noir has a wonderful assortment of cinemagraphs snagged from movie scenes. Yeah, it’s been done before, but who can complain about more of a good thing? [via Coudal]

Google’s Visual Assets Guidelines — One thing I love more than—or at least as much as—a good movie is a branding project. While Google’s logo isn’t all that awe inspiring in and of itself, their overall graphic system has been pretty slick lately. (One of my first comments regarding Apple’s newly unveiled iOS7 was, “Hmm, it looks quite ‘Google’, doesn’t it?”.) Current senior designer at Google Roger Oddone has shared some of their branding graphics guidelines on Behance, which is a wonderful peak behind the curtain for anyone involved in brand-related design work. [via Co.Design]

Sign Painters — I was driving home the other day and admittedly got somewhat dangerously distracted when I saw a guy hand painting a rather attractive storefront sign. A couple days later, boom!, this trailer’s waiting for me in Reeder. I have a ton of respect for the guys that do this well, and am so grateful they’re still able to find businesses willing to take a step back in time for that all too rare hands-on approach. [via TFIB]

Minbox — While I have yet to test it, the rather entertaining (though aggressively soundtracked) promo video suggests Minbox could be a very worthwhile service: a fast, no-nonsense way to share files of any size. Oh, and it’s free. (I’m still trying to figure that last bit out.) [via Quipsologies]

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug — The first trailer for the second instalment in The Hobbit trilogy is out! I saw the first one in theatres and was thoroughly entertained, though in honesty I’m a little biased towards things involving Guillermo Del Toro. (And no, I haven’t read the book so you’ll have to save any snobbery on that front, ’cause it’s completely lost on me.) I’d say I hope this one might be a little shorter, but I know that’s totally futile. [via ComingSoon]

Ashton Kutcher is Steve Jobs — Ummm, okay? I mean, no offence Ashton, but you’re not exactly the first actor I would’ve imagined donning the round specs, black turtleneck, and jeans. Anyways, he’s slated to play the titular part in JOBS, telling the rise of one of the 21st century’s great minds, set for release August 16; I suppose he should at least be comfortable with the ’70s era of the storyline. [via ComingSoon again]

Intention — I’m not going to add to any of the rather intense iOS7 fodder out there—alright, I made the one comment above, you got me. Instead, I quite enjoyed this short video from Apple, eloquently expressing their design philosophy in a short animation that is characteristically simple yet effective. [via AisleOne]

Well, hopefully that was enough to keep you entertained for a little bit. I’m narrowing my regular creative exercise ideas down and should have something solidified within the next week. It’s been an exercise just trying to create this bloody thing, but it’ll be worth it, I’m sure.

Now, I’m going to finally give my undivided attention to the first game of the Stanley Cup finals; Boston and Chicago are into a third overtime period—that’s six of a typical three twenty minute periods for those unfamiliar with hockey—which suggests this could be a real war of attrition. I can’t tell you exactly why, but Go Boston! (Oh, Chicago just won. Never mind.)

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