Archive: January, 2015

Michelle MacLaren is the best director on TV

The praise gets arguably hyperbolic, but as written in this profile and interview by Vulture’s chief critic Matt Zoller Seitz, it’s hard not to love Michelle MacLaren’s work. An exceptionally strong director, she’s one of the rare TV names that I recognize (usually in the credits on Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones) immediately and know we’re about to get something special.

The 25 best films of 2014: a video countdown

Time Out’s David Ehrlich made one of the definitive video roundups of the best in cinema for 2013, and for 2014 he nails it again. The blend of music cuts (all of David’s selections are exclusively from his top 25 list) and stellar editing really makes this something well worth the video’s full twelve minutes of your time.

We are slaves to Destiny

Gareth Damian Martin writing for Kill Screen Daily on Destiny’s latest expansion pack:

But, more importantly, this careful titling dodges the usual DLC label, meaning The Dark Below stays away from the word “content” as far as it possibly can. This is because, unlike in the traditional video game paradigm, where locations, characters and items equal content, The Dark Below is entirely structured around the idea of enterprise as content…

…In this way, The Dark Below seems to centralize a symbolic exchange of reward for labour, but in reality treats labour as a product in itself.

47 new PS4 games revealed since September, and none of them were announced for XB1

As much as the back and forth is fun, at times insightful, I rarely consider NeoGAF as a the first source to turn to for deeply researched gaming news. But in terms of Xbox’s controversial indie parity clause, you can’t do better than user chubigans’s well researched piece on the subject. It’s a great explanation of what the clause is and why it’s ultimately hurting Microsoft on the indie front.

Sublime Text for front end developers

Some universally excellent bundles to add on to Sublime Text as a front end developer on CSS Tricks. It’s a short article but touches on importance of extra syntax highlighting along with Emmet for shortcuts, and that’s a great set of tools to kick work off.

Lynch, Waters, Soderbergh: a generation of MIA filmmakers

Jason Bailey, writing for Flavorwire:

Back in the 1980s and 1990s, when Waters and Lynch were doing their most commercially successful work, it was possible to finance — either independently or via or the studio system — mid-budget films (anywhere from $5 million to $60 million) with an adult sensibility. But slowly, quietly, over roughly the decade and a half since the turn of the century, the paradigm shifted. Studios began to make fewer films, betting big on would-be blockbusters, operating under the assumption that large investments equal large returns. Movies that don’t fit into that box (thoughtful dramas, dark comedies, oddball thrillers, experimental efforts) were relegated to the indies, where freedom is greater, but resources are far more limited.


Normally I don’t post about yet another Photoshop and Sketch friendly iOS UI set. But this is different; it’s made by the UI8 team, which already has a reputation and history around well done icons, wireframes, and general UI work (I own two paid web wireframe sets from them – the quality holds up.) Most importantly, it’s completely free as long as you provide an email address; it runs normally $78 on UI8’s own web site.

A brief history of web design for designers

The Froont blog strikes again with a wonderful set of animated gifs that explain where web design started way back in the early 90s and where it’s going. The responsive web design animation is especially gorgeous.

The state of animation 2014

Fascinating look into the Web Animation API over at Smashing Magazine. Unfortunate to see we’re at very early stages:

It will be some time before this API is supported across the board. With half of browser makers waiting to see how developers will use it and most developers refusing to use a tool that isn’t widely supported, the API faces a chicken-and-egg scenario. However, in an on-stage conversation with Google’s Paul Kinlan at Fronteers, I suggested that, were the API to be fully supported in a closed and monetizable system for web apps, such as Google Play, developers would be able to safely use it in a walled garden until it reaches maturity and fuller support.

11 tips for prototyping with Sketch

I found these tips on the InVision blog a bit more centered around general productivity apps with Sketch more than centered to just prototyping. But the recommendations are all useful, especially those centered on duplicating and measurement (a.k.a. the option key is your best friend.)