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…It’s Movie Monday: Off The Rails?

Off The Rails

Darcy Prendergast’s Off The Rails is a fantastic short about “all the crazy people met on public transportation”.

It’s done in stop motion claymation, and the lighting, tone, and color are all fantastically original and engaging.

Since Off The Rails has been on YouTube since October of ’06, but has only managed a mere 20,000+ views, I’m going to call it an undiscovered gem of the ‘Tubes.

Enjoy:

…PleaseDress.Me is tee-rific?

PleaseDress.Me

PleaseDress.Me is the ultimate t-shirt search engine.

Designed by Gary Vaynerchuk (of winelibrary.tv fame), AJ Vaynerchuk, and Joe Stump (lead architect for digg.com), PleaseDress.Me allows you to sift through the vast expanse of online t-shirts using searches by keyword/tag, color, price, or even random generation if you’re feeling especially indecisive.

    PleaseDressMe is a classic example of scratching ones own itch. AJ, Gary, and Joe love finding great new tees, but finding said tees wasn’t the easiest thing in the world. Rather than sifting through multiple websites [they] figured why not just go to one website that makes searching t-shirts easy? Once [they] came to that conclusion, Joe went right to coding and after a few calculated keystrokes [they] brought in Chris to make it pretty. The result is the simple, concise t-shirt search engine.

In addition to being a tee-rific resource for shirt enthusiasts, PleaseDress.Me is also a fantastic example of how to use Web 2.0 methods of promotion to get your product into the public eye.

PleaseDress.Me has an account on Twitter, a custom Firefox search box plugin, customizable widgets, an easy vendor upload process, a Facebook page, an open API, a send to a friend feature, badges for shirt vendors to display, and a full gamut of social bookmarking options, including Facebook, Digg, Pownce, Twitter, Delicious, and StumbleUpon.

So besides being a great example of how to promote a new website, does it actually work?

To test it out, I typed in the word “Ninja”, clicked Search, and was greeted with the following results:

Ninja

A ninja playing a tuba, a teenage mutant ninja turtle in a shredder, a ninja and pirate shirt, and smurfs acting like ninjas?

I’d say it works pretty damn well.

Give it a shot:


Each result features the price, a more info button, a StumbleUpon button, a Facebook button, and a Buy Now button. Clicking on a result’s more info button gives you that shirt’s chosen tags, as well as related shirts that you can view as well.

All in all, I’d say that it’s a fantastic service that makes searching for and actually finding shirts you’re looking for a quick and easy process, and that anyone looking for that perfect shirt to complete that perfect outfit should definitely check it out.

Now PleaseDress.Me!

[PleaseDress.Me]

…It’s TGI Friday: Camera Toss?

Camera Toss

This weekend, grab your camera (or your friend’s camera), set the timer, and toss it in the air for a new style of photography called Camera Tossing.

The results are often a beautiful art piece that is less about documenting a moment, and more about creating an emotional picture that is filled with color and motion.

Check out COLOURlover’s article on Camera Tossing for a brief history of the technique, and some fantastic examples that should give you more than enough inspiration to get going.

[COLOURlovers – The Colorful Art Of Camera Tossing]

[Flickr – Camera Toss]

[Camera Toss (The Blog)]

[Photo Via: Daddy0h]

…It’s Things Thursday: 1333 Minna?

1333 Minna

If you’re looking for a unique fitted hat that combines contemporary urban style and aesthetic with old world craftsmanship and precision, then look no further than 1333 Minna.

1333 Minna is part of the Goorin Brothers hatmakers group, and “is an evolving alliance of artists and designers based in the heart of San Francisco. Each seasonal collection is crafted form fine fabrics adorned with custom patterns and inspired illustrations”.

This spring, the collection is designed by Reyes, Steel, Retna, and The Mac, all members of the world famous seventh letter crew. Each item is designed to challenge the limits of traditional design, while telling the stories of the artists through color, texture, and patterns.

There’s no denying that hats like these take a bold style to pull off right, but if that’s your thing, then 1333 Minna is for you.

[1333 Minna]

[Goorin Brothers]

…You can take better portraits?

Eric Hamilton Portrait

Ever wonder how good photographers take great portraits?

There has to be a trick, right?

Well, according to Eric Hamilton, there’s actually a few tricks, and thankfully, he’s nice enough to let you in on some of them in his guide to The Art of Portrait Photography.

Rule number one is proper use of light, though he also mentions subject, focus, background, composition, texture, color, and exposure, with examples of each.

Ready to take your photos up a notch?

Then read on and find out what you need to do.

[Eric Hamilton – The Art of Portrait Photography]