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Samurai Jack is Back

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Samurai Jack, the critical acclaimed animated show about a samurai, up-rooted from his own time, on a quest to travel back and defeat Aku, the shape-shifting Master of Darkness, ended suddenly in 2004 without resolution.

Twelve years later, Jack is back and the final chapter of his journey is darker than ever. Jack, who up to this point has been battling Aku and his robotic minions, is now faced with the Daughters of Aku, seven young women who’s sole purpose it is to destroy Samurai Jack.

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The shows creator Genndy Tartakovsky said in an interview with Polygon that he always planned for this season of Samurai Jack to be the darkest yet, as this marks the end of Jack’s journey, and Tartakovsky wanted to explore themes and acts that he couldn’t before.

“In my perception of the show the darkness was surface,” Tartakovsky said. “It was dark because the show was sad, but it didn’t go down into the soul. Here, we get to go all the way to the bottom. The haunting of the past and the self, is a pressure that you either need to forget or grieve. He’s traumatized and he cannot let go.”

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Just like the original 52 episodes, the new season maintains the iconic series’ beautiful, artistic style with intense action sequences filling the screen only to zero in on certain aspects of the scene.

Samurai Jack’s fifth and final season started airing March 11 on Adult Swim.

Images via YouTube

2017-05-22T13:16:57+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Design, Videos|Comments Off on Samurai Jack is Back

Commercials for Nicer Living

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NPR’s All Things Considered asked listeners to write and send in scripts for commercials that celebrate the small things in life, then turned five submissions into radio spots.

The idea originated back in 1972 when NPR’s Susan Stamberg encouraged listeners to write commercials for the things that matter – live’s simple pleasures. Back then listeners promoted things such as taking a walk, love letters and cumulus clouds.

Forty-five years later the more than 2,000 submissions included pitches for bonfires, breezes, silence and simple kindness.

The spots that were produced were non-commercial commercials for Puns, Trees, Nothing, Ear Scratches and Yummy Words. Below is just one of them – Trees – Submitted by Adam Drake of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

My favorite part is hands-down the disclaimer: Trees may not be right for everybody. Side effects include tree houses, tire swings, fruit, shade, and woodworking. Please consult your biome before selecting a tree. Not every tree is right for every biome, enjoy trees responsibly.

Of course the radio ad for doing nothing rings especially true these days… Click here to listen to them all.

2017-05-22T13:16:57+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Humor, Inspiration|Comments Off on Commercials for Nicer Living

Humor Does It – MailChimp Style

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While at NYNow in NYC, I came across this awesome campaign by MailChimp, who is not so concerned that people get their name right, but rather want to intrigue people about who they are and to have some fun along the way.

Check out the whole campaign – if you would like to go down a long (fun and entertaining) rabbit hole.

Slider images via MailChimp

2017-11-08T09:40:55+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Design, Humor|Comments Off on Humor Does It – MailChimp Style

Typeface vs. Font

“The typeface is a concept; a font is just a mechanism. The typeface is the song. The font is just the MP3 file.”

Pablo Stanley, writer at The Design Team, put together a great comparison of typeface vs. font.

Plus, he reiterates the importance of sticking to a few simple typography rules.

Check out the whole article here.

2017-05-22T13:16:57+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Design|Comments Off on Typeface vs. Font

Sweet Holiday Greetings

A choir of 16 praliné-chocolate boxes by Chocolat Frey surprised visitors at a Swiss shopping center with some holiday cheer, serenading shoppers of all ages with festive acapella songs.

The encounters were filmed on hidden cameras and turned into a video for the shops’ website. For a second look, check out the outtakes and “auditions” of the boxes.

2017-05-22T13:16:57+00:00 December 15th, 2016|Humor, Videos|Comments Off on Sweet Holiday Greetings

Pantone Color of the Year – Greenery

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Pantone selected Greenery (PANTONE 15-0343) as the color of the year. According to Pantone the fresh yellow-green shade conjures the beginning of spring and the lushness of nature’s rebirth.

“Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”
– Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

Pantone’s previous colors choices included Rose Quartz & Serenity, Marsala, Radiant Orchid and Emerald.

2017-05-22T13:16:57+00:00 December 9th, 2016|Design, Inspiration|Comments Off on Pantone Color of the Year – Greenery

Humor Does It – Scandinavian Style

The days are short and the nights are long this time of year, especially in Scandinavian countries. Yet, the people of Helsinki seem to embrace the lack of daylight with a sense of humor…

Nobody in their right mind would come to Helsinki in November. Except you, you badass. Welcome.

Image via reddit / imgur

Lucky for us, there are only 15 days left until the days are getting longer again. Winter solstice is on December 21, the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year.

2017-11-08T09:39:00+00:00 December 6th, 2016|Big Thinking, Humor|Comments Off on Humor Does It – Scandinavian Style