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Gentleman Scholar, Motion Poems Bring Poetry to Life

Los Angeles-based production company Gentleman Scholar teamed up with Motionpoems, “a non-profit that pairs up-and-coming poets with award-winning design, production and visual effects studios,” to create a visualization of Dora Malech’s poem “Working Order.”

Art directors Jordan Lyle and JP Rooney took the lead on the project, leading their team through the process, “from conceptualization to storyboarding to animation.” Lyle and Rooney were given complete creative freedom on the project and arrived at an intriguing visual interpretation of the poem.

“We wanted to do something that matched the personality of Gentleman Scholar, so we focused on making it risky and unique, while allowing it to remain accessible to a wide audience,” Rooney said. “Creating the imagery was really fun. It had to feel haunting, but not haunted.”

The project took several months to complete, as Lyle and Rooney painted each image by hand “before combining them with 2D and 3D techniques to create the stunning set of motion graphics featured in the video.” Stick around for full credits following the jump. Read more

‘Ideas to Steal’ Lets Creatives Share Unused Ideas

Ideas to Steal LargeChances are you’ve felt the frustration of having a great idea never see the light of day, or, conversely, have faced days where any ideas seem hard to come by. Freelance digital creative directors Kalle Everland and Timo Klaarenbeek have created a dual solution in the site http://www.ideastosteal.today/.

The site lets creatives upload their unused ideas for others to steal. There’s only one stipulation: if you steal an idea, you have to credit whoever posted it and share the glory should the work come up for any awards. Using the site is pretty simple. Login with Facebook or set up an account with username and email, and a password will be sent to you. Then click on “Upload Idea” and load your video or image onto the site, adding a brief explanation and selecting a category. If you want to steal an idea, just go for it (and perhaps add a comment), while making sure to credit the person who posted it should the work get published. Check out the site for yourself; if you’re running low on inspiration, or have a drawer full of unused ideas you’d like to see get some love, it just might make your day.

Working Not Working Now Lists Full-Time Jobs Too

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Former agency man Justin Gignac‘s attempts to improve the job market for creatives are now a bit more comprehensive.

The original purpose of the project Working Not Working, which Gignac runs with Adam Tompkins, was to empower agency-bound creatives to “free themselves from self-promotion” by going freelance and to help those who hire them “stop conducting exhaustive searches when qualified creatives are ready and waiting.”

Yet, after conducting an internal survey which found that “80% of the freelancers on the site would leave their beloved freelance lives for ‘the right’ full-time role”, Gignac and team created The UnJobBoard.

Not only are the gigs listed on UnJobBoard official–they’re only visible to the community’s own “vetted talent”. The team also worked to simplify them in order to avoid those lengthy, wallpaper-dry job descriptions that no one reads in the first place, helping employers to create custom posts quickly and manage them alongside lists of their favorite freelancers.

The gigs listed currently run from internships to one ECD position.

Screenshots after the jump.

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W+K Creatives Crack Dark Popsicle Stick Jokes

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W+K creatives Matt Moore and Jason Kreher have reimagined the corny popsicle stick jokes of your youth in a dark, hilarious way.

Their project, SchadenFreezers imagines dark, depressing humor in place of the corny puns you’d expect, and the results are often quite funny. The pair created a series of gifs with the different popsicle sayings, which you might describe as anti-jokes. The humor comes from the juxtaposition of the dark, depressing lines in the cheery context of a popsicle stick. “Why was the ghost sad? A lot of different reasons.” should give you an idea of what to expect, although things get considerably darker than that (and occasionally pretty fucked up). There are definitely some misses, but more than enough funny ones to make wading through them worthwhile. We’ve included a few favorites after the jump.  Read more

McCann Copywriter Catalogs ‘New York Numbers’

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McCann copywriter Nick DiLallo started an Instagram documenting the numbers of New York and the variety of typefaces and colors found in the city, called, appropriately enough, newyorknumbers.

Lovers of New York, photography and font nerds alike can rejoice in DiLallo’s well-photographed project. The numbers range from fancy typeface on midtown buildings, to subway stops, to graffiti digits sprayed on walls. It’s an interesting look at how locations can be captured in typeface, and the sheer variety of numbers in New York, and the city itself. We’ve included a few of our favorite numbers after the jump, but head on over to newyorknumbers for the full experience. Read more