You might not know her name, but chances are you’ve seen her work in classic Disney films like Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Dumbo, and Peter Pan, or in the “It’s a Small World” attraction at Disneyland. Mary Blair, one of Disney’s most beloved designers and art directors, worked behind the scenes on a generation of animated movies that shaped childhoods and lasted far beyond her death in 1978.
Magic, Color, Flair: The World of Mary Blair, a new exhibit at the Walt Disney Family Museum, explores the artist’s fantastical vision and keen eye for color and style in over 200 works. We see the full scope of her creative evolution, from her days as a student at Los Angeles’ Chouinard School of Art, to her concept paintings for classic Disney features in the ’40s and ’50s, to her days in New … Read More »
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Animated GIFs are the ideograms of the Internet: image and language at once but not quite either one. Animated GIFs often acquire their most expressive power as punctuations or annotations to other stuff: text, photos, video clips, or other GIFs. And that’s what makes Pop, a new mobile app from the makers of Zeega, so intriguing. Sharing GIFs with your phone may be fun, but mixing them together in unexpected ways–and then seeing others take what you made and do the same thing–feels like a new medium in the making.
A Pop, as the app’s website explains, “is two things put together.” It’s really that simple. Those two things can be anything visual, but Pop’s built-in library of animated GIFs (courtesy of Giphy) makes it irresistible not to use them. Connect the two “things” together, like a cut in a film, … Read More »