First Christmas Short Animation

Recently I stumbled across this video that was not only seasonal but got me very emotional.  The transitions in the short film between scenes are done beautifully where the hedgehog maintains the same pose and it highlights the continuity of his loneliness across the many scenarios.  The progression of time from autumn to Christmas was…

Restoration of WWI Footage

Going along with the small archival theme of our class in analyzing gentrification and historical events in Philadelphia, I recently discovered that there are efforts to clean up 100 year old World War I footage.  The restoration project requires a lot of effort not only in adding frames to make the footage play smoother, clean…

Living Coral: 2019 Color of the Year

I didn’t know that there was an official color of the year (as official as a color of the year designated by Pantone, a for-profit enterprise, can be).  According to Pantone’s VP, “We’re looking toward those colors that bring nourishment and the comfort and familiarity that make us feel good. It’s not too heavy. We…

Public Art Display in Philadelphia Airport

Awaiting my flight home from Terminal D of the Philadelphia International Airport I noticed the following wall display outside my gate.  There were numerous photographs displayed of public art installations across Philadelphia.  On the main placard it says, street art is the “biggest and most significant art movement we’ve had in generations.”  I thought it…

Preserving Cultural Artifacts from Erosion

Climate change has accelerated the natural rain and wind erosion of numerous cultural and historical artifacts that have been in Scotland’s Orkney islands for the last 5000 years.  Annual rainfall has increased by over 26% and many ancient houses or burial sites are being eroded away.  Additionally, many of the natural landscape barriers to erosion,…

Graphic Medicine

I recently discovered a few doctors who post illustrations about their medical experiences or medical knowledge on instagram.  I quickly became fascinated by their work and realized there is a new developing field of “graphic medicine.” Graphic medicine takes advantage of how important the patient doctor interaction is and acts as a universal language that…

Akira

On 9/29 I attended a midnight showing of the acclaimed sci-fi movie, Akira, at the Ritz on the Bourse.  Although I was tired from the late showing time, I was immediately struck by the quality of the artwork and animation from the 1980s.  Especially the last 30 minutes of the movie came across as a…

Kidney Stone Imagery

Kidney stones, the infamous extremely painful urinary deposits that affect more than 10% of people worldwide were recently analyzed and imaged through new high-resolution microscopy techniques.  The resulting close-up images revealed glowing geode-like minerals that resemble lime-stone formation or coral reefs.  The images revealed that kidney stones formed much in the same manner the mineral…

Maximalism in Design

Sprinkled in between the recent dominant design trends of minimalist and abstract styles are some occasionally busy, vibrant, detailed designs.  In contrast to the simple monochrome journal/book covers that are prevalent in moleskins are planner styles that take on a more maximalist style. In contrast to the simple whites and grays of normal modern interior…

James Turrell and the Arrival

I recently watched the Arrival, the 2016 Sci-fi film that featured Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and artwork that was inspired by the artist James Turrell.  Befitting the mood of the movie, Turrell’s artwork plays with the viewer’s sense of perception and light and perspective.