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Creativity, Inc.

John Siracusa on the book Creativity, Inc.

Indeed, Catmull most often uses himself as an example of someone who has failed to see through to the heart of a problem. This is the true strength of the book. Unlike so many other tech-industry memoirs and business books, Creativity, Inc. is not an abstract exploration of a philosophy, nor is it a list of accomplishments interspersed with bold commandments. Instead, it is a deep, thoughtful investigation of a never-ending series of failures—and the reactions to those failures that eventually led to success.

In another piece of his, from 2009, which he links to from the above article, and absolutely worth the read:

it's true that a critic's eye is useless without an artist's hand. But an artist without a critical eye is even more ineffectual.

There lies the issue with fashion photography: The abundance of compliments and lack of true [and negative] criticism.

★ Critiquing The Gentlewoman

Excellent critique of the magazine by Emma Davenport for Worn Through: Musings on The Gentlewoman, a fashion magazine for the thoughtful reader?

Penny MartinThe current issue features a vibrant coral front cover that creates a frame around the black and white photographic portrait of Vivienne Westwood from the shoulder upwards. This singular image is given the simple banner of ‘Vivienne’. The magazine’s title is the only other wording on the front cover and both use black Helvetica typeface. There are no further captions alluding to the content within although on opening the magazine, there are approximately 62 pages of advertorial before I reach the contents and contributors lists. Despite the very minimal exterior, the first section seems no different to any other Vogue or Harpers Bazaar. In fact, The Gentlewoman seems no less keen on being desired for its ‘must have’ status than Vogue did when Condé Nast took over at the turn of the 20th century.


Breward (2003) suggests that magazines play a crucial role in imagining how we might play out a diverse cast of fashionable lifestyles. The published fashion image not only suggests what’s to come but allows us to dream of possibilities that are often far removed from our socio-economic realities. The difficulty with The Gentlewoman is that due to its self aware sense of academic and subcultural identity, suspension of belief is not an option. The Gentlewoman is too aware of its own ironies on the one hand, its commitment to historical accuracy on the other.

Good Reads | Arguably The Most Important Photographer In America

GQ: Ryan McGinley: Naked and Famous

GQ Ryan McGinleyIn the beginning, Ryan McGInley was an outsider. He used his band of beautiful friends to create photographs—rarely not naked but never quite sexy—that he now calls "evidence of fun." But in the past decade, McGinley's vision has evolved and expanded into a tidal wave of influence, affecting the look of art, advertising, music videos, film, even Instagram—and making him arguably the most important photographer in America. So why are so many of us just learning his name?


“It's no longer interesting for me to wait for things to happen,” he says. “I want to ask people to do things.” The operational complexity is daunting. There are insurance policies to take out, van drivers to vet, motel deposits to make, water bottles to buy in bulk. It's all in service of maintaining a safe, hassle-free atmosphere, which, not coincidentally, happens to be the type that produces good photographs.


“I really don't like when people say, ‘New York is boring now. New York isn't like it used to be.’ I hate that. It's one of my pet peeves. No, motherfucker, you're boring! You're not like you used to be.”

Good Reads | Purple Teller Interview

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The brillant German artist and photographer recently took on the digital revolution without tarnishing his radical aesthetic. What’s his formula?

Vogue Italia's Franca Sozzani Against Domestic Violence In Latest Issue

Model Natalie Westling by Steven Meisel


Editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani has dedicated issues of Vogue Italia to rehab, fighting racism, the 2010 BP oil spill and cosmetic surgery addiction. Her latest April edition takes a stand against domestic violence. Alexander Fury talks exclusively to Sozzani about rebellion, provocation and why fashion is more than just clothes

Tisci On Nike


AnOther Magazine:

To celebrate the launch of Riccardo Tisci's Nike white collection today, we share Susanah Frankel's inteview with the designer from the current issue of AnOther Magazine.

“When you’re European and you think of America you think, okay, Obama, the American flag, Coca-Cola. You think McDonald’s and Marlboro. And then you think Nike,” says Riccardo Tisci of probably the most coveted sportswear name in the world. “It’s pure somehow, very clean. It’s about health, dynamism, sport…”

Don't Touch This

Raf Simons Speaking to Tim Blanks for Interview Magazine:

Obviously, with the birth of ready-to-wear, there were new rules for couture to make it as exclusive and unique as possible, and I'm fine with that, because otherwise what would make it different? But what I don't understand is why it became this incredible don't-touch thing that people just look at. For me, it's the opposite. I want it to be a thing that women want to wear, because it's unique to them. But my point is more that there is a young generation out there with an interest in fashion, and they almost think about couture as something that has to be out of reach. And they get aggressive at the idea that couture can relate to the 21st century women. That is, for me, completely shocking.

Cathy Horyn: Slave No More

Cathy Horyn, for T Style Magazine Spring 2014:

16womens-look-sign1-tmagArticleBy now, I suspect, most people know that the purpose of runway shows is entertainment, and to create a feeling of desire. They understand that the main interest of high-fashion companies is economic rather than aesthetic. It’s to sell products and capture new markets, much as Coca-Cola and Apple do.


Lately I’ve noticed many more women, all of them in the zone of careers and complicated family routines, all of them with an eye for fashion, gravitating toward an almost boyish uniform of slim-cut trousers, pullovers and flat shoes. Or a leather jacket with bland layers underneath. They’re hardly wearing makeup, so their complexions look fresh. (We all know that too much makeup ages everyone.) At the last round of shows in Paris, I noted that even my French sisters had begun to ditch their adored stilettos for low heels. That was quite a concession for them, I thought. Something must be up, because those women don’t do anything on a whim.

Porter's Typography

Speaking to Fashionista, the Porter team discuss the focus of the magazine:

A focus on typography: Yeomans said that she wanted to take the best of what traditional magazines have to offer and fuse it with the best of the new, digital age. Inspired by the magazines of the ’50s and ’60s, Porter developed a number of custom fonts — the main type is aptly called “Porter” — and plans to keep the captions short, letting the images do the talking. “The loopy ‘e’ in Porter is a cheeky nod to e-commerce,” Yeomans said of the new font.

Also, a note of interest: the 14 minutes video interview, of the Porter team, that Business of Fashion released two days ago only had 4341 views to date. I would have guessed that a site with, as of Feb 2013, 150K monthly users would have had a larger number of views. That 150K a year later would have also grown, obviously. I'm speaking out loud here, and sharing this, out of my own interest in these kind of things, and as one who runs a fashion site. It is good to keep in mind that the longer a video is the less views it will have, and it's the kind of video that people might be saving to view on a weekend.

Good Reads | Marc's Major Makeover

W Magazine: Re-Making His Marc

That Jacobs remains this excited about the company he founded 21 years ago is a rarity in an industry defined by jaded nonchalance—and among his most remarkable assets as a designer, one he hopes will guide him in the next chapter of a career marked by a continual defiance of expectations. During his 16 years at Vuitton, for instance, Jacobs created the template for how thoroughly a contemporary designer can revive a historic brand, transforming what was a stuffy prestige luggage house into the fashion-forward juggernaut it is today.

Good Reads | Marie-Amélie Sauvé

BoF: The Creative Class | Marie-Amélie Sauvé, Stylist and Fashion Consultant

Marie-Amélie SauvéAs she prepares for what may be her biggest job to date, Marie-Amélie Sauvé sat down with BoF to discuss her career and, for the first time, her work alongside Nicolas Ghesquière at Louis Vuitton.


Sauvé says she has “tons of stories” about working with the legendary lensman Guy Bourdin. “I was so scared of him and he had this little voice. But on my first day at Vogue they told me never to say ‘No’ to him, because of how important and special he was. The first thing Bourdin asked me on a shoot was ‘I want the clouds in the sky for my picture.’ So, of course, I said, ‘Absolutely, sir, I’ll get them, no problem.’” To this date, Sauvé says she tries to never say ‘No.’

Good Reads | The Road to Geekdom

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28_lipjob_lgYou don’t have to be a geek about everything in your life—or anything, for that matter. But if geekdom is your goal, don’t let anyone tell you it’s unattainable. You don’t have to be there “from the beginning” (whatever that means). You don’t have to start when you’re a kid. You don’t need to be a member of a particular social class, race, sex, or gender.

Geekdom is not a club; it’s a destination, open to anyone who wants to put in the time and effort to travel there.