Challenge Accepted, Mr. President! As Darren says, let’s vote together! ;-)
Remember that time we were like, “Okay, VH1, here’s a Darren GIF!” and then VH1 was like “Okay, here are original amazing Darren GIFs we just made where he’s pointing at you and telling you to vote in the most patriotic red-white-and-blue bubble font possible”?
In other words, we concede this GIF war to you, VH1. Well played1
this is my favorite war the united states has ever been part of
I’m so happy I was here to witness the best moment in Tumblr history.
Hey Karen! I'm a huge fan of your videos, and I love all of your craft projects (wall collage, wine bottles etc). You've inspired me to break into the world of craft and design. My question is, what sort of advice would you give me for starting out? What sort of craft/stationary supplies would you say are essential, and where do I get them without breaking the bank? Also, are there are any good blogs/book you would suggest reading? Keep up the creating Karen, I love it! - Ray
Hmmm, good question. I may make a video about this one day, but off the top of my head: scissors, x-acto knife, utility knife, cutting mat, metal ruler, plastic grid ruler, bone folder, a variety of pencils and pens and Sharpies, Prismacolor colored pencils and markers, glue, clear glaze, a variety of acrylic paints, paintbrushes, paper towels, hair dryer, cardstock, double-sided tape, artist’s tape, masking tape, needle and thread and pins.
Obviously it depends on what kind of stuff you want to make, but that’s a basic list of the things I tend to find myself reaching for most often. A lot of the basics you can find at any drugstore or office supply store, but you may need to find an art supply store like Utrecht for the more specialized stuff (or just order it online). And don’t worry about buying everything all at once, just buy stuff as you need it, and eventually you’ll build a pretty robust kit.
hi :) i'm a really big fan of your videos that focus on decorating your apartment! since i have a place of my own now, it's definitely given me some ideas for adding some personal flair~. you mentioned something a while ago about giving a tour of what your new apartment, and i was curious about when that video was going to be posted. Thank you much! :)
I’m posting the MinaLima interview on my channel next week, but after that I’ll be getting back to decorating and design videos, and I’m sure I’ll do an apartment tour sometime in there. Thanks for reminding me!
Short post version: This is the remix of Meghan Tonjes’ “The Fault Is In Our Stars” that I made. It’s now available on iTunes here: http://dftba.com/starsremix
Long post version: Remixes are fun. Remixes give songs second and third lives. And good remixes usually reveal a new side of an old song to familiar listeners. Gah, I love ‘em.
For my remix of Meghan’s “TFiiOS”, the only elements from her original recording that I used were her gorgeous vocals (of course), and I looped the very first four or five note guitar riff she played and used that riff throughout the verses. Everything else is new and unique to this remix. The bass guitar, the piano, the numerous bits of percussion, a number of sound manipulations to create wind and other haunting effects, the electric guitar, etc.
I didn’t mess with Meghan’s song structure at all, it was perfect to begin with (ie, I didn’t extend any breaks or shift around verses and bridges, etc.) And I didn’t autotune or digitally stutter her vocals at all, which seems to be popular in recent remixes. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. (listen to Meghan’s original recording)
What I did do though, is present the song in a completely different sonic environment from Meghan’s solo guitar performance. Hopefully this new environment will help bring a few new fans to the song. I truly believe “TFiiOS” is one of the top ten best songs DFTBA Records has released so far.
The Talk-About-It-Before-It’s-Really-A-Thing post wrap-up: I really enjoyed working on this song. And I had fun working on my remix of Alex Day’s “Forever Yours” last year. I think it might be interesting to work on a full EP of remixes of my favorite DFTBA releases.
There’s some technical difficulties that might stand in the way. First, most of our artists don’t keep their multitrack sessions and without those, a remix is out of the question (we found this out when we tried to release a Rock Band version of DFTBA Records Greatest Hits and no one could provide us with the multitrack material we needed).
And second, some of those who do hang on to their multitracks don’t record to a tempo track, again, making a proper remix very difficult to impossible without a lot of hours spent cleaning up and resyncing their performance to a tempo track. But for songs where the original multitrack material exists, and where tempo tracks were used (and where I LIKE the song), I think it could work.
The big question is, is there enough interest to make it worth the time and effort? Let me know by buying my remix of “TFiiOS” on iTunes: http://dftba.com/starsremix ;)
This is gorgeous and everyone should listen to it :)
Im taking a Photoshop class at school and the books there are really outdated, and confusing, so can you make some videos on basic Photoshop?:D That would be steller!
I’m not sure if I’ll ever make tutorials specifically about Photoshop, since even my tutorials would get outdated quickly, and I prefer to talk about more high-level concepts that have longer shelf lives. However, I’ve heard good things about the tutorials on lynda.com.
Hello, I just saw the video in which you mention that you don't know how to drive, I was wondering if that was a personal choice, and if so how your family/friends reacted to it. If that's not too personal of a question. I'm also rewatching your videos on graphic design, I really appreciate that you took the time to make them, they're all really informative.
haha, it was never really a choice not to drive, I just never made the choice TO learn to drive. I graduated high school at 16, so by the time I was even legally allowed to have a permit, I was getting ready to go off to college and didn’t need it. I did have a permit for a while when I was 19, so I have driven a bit, but I was always so freaked out by controlling a massive metal capsule that could cause death at any moment that I much prefer walking or taking public transportation or being driven by other people.
Hey Karen! I just felt the need to thank you on making all your craft videos lately, because I've totally taken up your thing for maps! I found loads of old mapbooks around my house and I've not only made the wine bottles and triangle banners from your vids, but bookmarks, pencil holders and journal covers! Thank you for helping me find a way to fill a boring summer! You rock :D xx
That’s awesome! I’m so glad my videos helped inspire you :)
Hey, I was just wondering if you ever had to take a computer programming class while you were studying graphic design. I'm starting college in the fall, and I'm most likely going to study computer science, but I was wondering if there was any overlap between the two subjects.
This is an interesting question, since the one skill that I most wish I had is being able to code. I know basic HTML and CSS, but anything more complicated than that and my vision kind of fogs over until I can return to trusty Photoshop where things make sense and pixels actually do what I tell them.
That said, I did take one web design class at RISD, though it was not required for graphic design majors, and honestly there probably weren’t even enough spots in those kinds of classes to go around if everyone wanted to take them (that’s actually my biggest gripe with the RISD graphic design department - they tended to focus solely on print work, which is definitely important, but in this day and age, design for the web is just as important, and there wasn’t nearly enough emphasis placed on it in the required classes).
But anyway, to your question, there can definitely be a lot of overlap - if you can both design and code webpages and apps, you will have a much higher chance at being successful in the field, since most people only concentrate on one. Being able to code up a webpage design into a fully interactive demo, rather than having to approximate the stages of the interaction in Photoshop, is a skill I wish I had.
If you’re majoring in computer science, you’ll probably have to make more of an effort to seek out graphic design classes than if it was the other way around. But use your electives wisely, and practice on the side, and you’ll end up with a very valuable combination of skills.