News & Updates
December 13, 2017
The SXSW Music Festival is one of the largest annual music events in the world. Each year, over 1000 acts from all over the world converge on Austin in March to perform for an international audience of creatives, industry pros, and fans eager to get a sneak peek at the next generation of musical talent. With so many international and regional artists, not to mention many newer acts, it’s impossible not to find something new to be excited about in our festival lineup if you are on the lookout. With that in mind, we are highlighting a selection of Australian artists performing at SXSW 2018.
Australian Artists Spotlight
Harriette Pilbeam, Hatchie, may be in the early days of her career, but her shoegaze pop singles “Try” and “Sure” already have fans eagerly awaiting her debut LP. Newcastle’s Vacations make sun-kissed jangle pop with just the right amount of lo-fi charm. Fans of post-punk will enjoy RVG for their retrospective guitar riffs and clever vocals. For something uptempo, check out Sydney’s melodic punk rock outfit Bloods and 70’s rock riffing sisters Stonefield.
Australia has no shortage of modern soul between Melbourne’s soulful singer WILSN, who recently transplanted to Nashville, and The Teskey Brothers, whose take on the motown sound is getting bigger by the day. The country has produced many impressive electronic pop acts in recent years, and Sydney’s Bad Pony look like they may be next in line to break out. Finally, don’t miss out on Perth’s singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly, who was recently awarded the Levi’s Music Prize at BIGSOUND.
Still craving more artists to check out? We’ve got you covered. Check out our SXSW Artist of the Day page for more artist highlights, surf the SXSW 2018 Showcasing Artists Music Videos playlist, and listen to the SXSW 2018 Spotify Playlist. Pro tip: if you add the artists you are interested in to your favorites on the SXSW Schedule, the date and time of their performance will auto-populate on your personal schedule view once it is announced.
Attend SXSW 2018
Interested on getting a sneak peak at the next generation of musical talent by attending SXSW 2018? Learn more about attending SXSW 2018 here. The best way to experience SXSW Music Festival events is with a Music Badge: not only will you have access to all nighttime showcases, but you’ll also receive entry into daytime Conference sessions, networking events, and parties.
Book your hotel through SXSW Housing & Travel for the best rates and availability. We hope to see you in March!
The Teskey Brothers – Photo by John Fish
WILSN – Photo by Michelle Grace Hunder
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December 13, 2017
UI Inspiration: This week’s selections from Willie.H, Arnar Ólafsson, Zak Steele-Eklund and more
It’s that time of the week for our collection of UI/UX interactions to boost your UI inspiration. We are focusing on cool animations, layout designs, UX thinking and more. We will mix it all from static, dynamic and even live prototypes, this might be a great article to bookmark! For this week, we have some cool interactions with a recipe app concept and a very intuitive animation for a freelancer app on meetups.
Design by Anton Aheichanka
Design by Martin Strba
Design by Willie.H
Design by Pawel Waraksa
Design by Arnar Ólafsson
Design by Minh Pham
Design by Zak Steele-Eklund
Design by Andrew Aquino
Design by Stugbear
Design by Cuberto
Design by Kane_D
Design by CANAAN
Design by Ramotion
Design by Zoeyshen
Design by Johny vino™
Design by Ales Nesetril
Design by ∆ Studio–JQ ∆
Design by Hrvoje Grubisic
Design by Lukáš Straňák
Design by Matteo Pasuto
Design by M S Brar
Dec 13, 2017
Source: Abduzeedo UI/UX
December 12, 2017
Announcing Keynote Lyor Cohen and Featured Speakers Common, Lena Waithe, Peter Diamandis and More for SXSW 2018
SXSW is pleased to announce Lyor Cohen, Global Head of Music at YouTube and Google, as the latest Music Keynote for SXSW 2018. Additionally, a new group of Featured Speakers comprised of industry trailblazers, dynamic storytellers, and creative visionaries joins the SXSW programming lineup.
“Over his 30 year career, Lyor Cohen has been behind the most prolific musical acts and at the helm of the biggest labels. His creativity and passion to keep the music industry innovative continue to flourish with his leadership at YouTube,” said Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer. “Cohen and the speakers announced today continue to define SXSW as the foremost destination for creative people.”
Featured Speakers include Giphy CEO Alex Chung; actor and musician Common; journalist and author Katie Couric, songwriter and musician Kim Deal; XPRIZE Foundation founder and Executive Chairman Peter Diamandis; Uber Chief Brand Officer Bozoma Saint John; the cast of NBC drama This Is Us; actress, producer and Emmy Award-winning writer Lena Waithe; and others.
Building on an impressive 2018 Conference lineup, these speakers represent many of the developing trends expected to come out of SXSW 2018. Cohen’s presence also reflects one of our 12 top trends for SXSW 2018 – that new media companies are breaking into entertainment in a big way.
With even more reasons to attend SXSW 2018, buy your badge by Friday, January 12 and save. Dive into our speaker lineup below and get ready to explore what’s next in the worlds of film, culture, music, and technology during the 2018 SXSW Conference & Festivals from March 9-18 in Austin, TX. Stay tuned for more programming announcements throughout the season.
Lyor Cohen (Music Keynote) – Lyor Cohen is an American music industry executive, currently serving as Global Head of Music at YouTube and Google where he oversees domestic and international music partnerships as well as artist and label relations. He is also founder of 300, a music content company that leverages innovative tech to discover, cultivate and promote rising artists with a boutique focus. Prior to 300, Cohen was the Chairman and CEO of Recorded Music for Warner Music Group. Cohen was intimately involved in the careers of The Killers, fun., Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, The Black Keys, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and many more.
Cohen joins previously-announced SXSW Keynotes Darren Aronofsky, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Barry Jenkins, Sadiq Khan, Esther Perel, and whurley. His Keynote will take place on Wednesday, March 14 during the second half of SXSWeek.
Alex Chung (Brands & Marketing) – Alex Chung is the founder and CEO of GIPHY, the people who bring you all the GIFs. Before founding Giphy, he was a Hacker in Residence at Betaworks and directed media technology for companies such as MTV, Viacom, and Comcast, managed research for Paul Allen’s R&D lab, and started his career as a hardware engineer at Intel.
The Chi Featured Session (Entertainment Influencers) – Showtime’s The Chi is a relevant, timely, and distinctive coming-of-age story that follows six interrelated characters linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption that takes place in Chicago’s South Side. Join executive producer Common; creator, writer, and executive producer Lena Waithe; and actors Jacob Latimore and Jason Mitchell for a conversation about the upcoming drama.
Katie Couric (News & Journalism) – Katie Couric is an award-winning journalist, cancer advocate, and New York Times best-selling author. Couric’s documentaries include: Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric, for National Geographic; Under the Gun, which aired on EPIX; and Fed Up, available on Netflix. Following the success of Gender Revolution, Couric is partnering with National Geographic on a six part documentary series airing in Spring 2018 that takes a deep dive into the revolutionary changes and major social issues of our time. She hosts an eponymous podcast on the Stitcher network with Brian Goldsmith, featuring conversations with boldfaced names in politics, media, and popular culture.
Kim Deal and Steve Albini (Music Culture & Stories) – Kim Deal is a songwriter and musician, known for her work as the bassist of the alternative rock band The Pixies and the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for The Breeders. Breaking out with 1990’s Pod and 1993’s Platinum-selling Last Splash, The Breeders defined the American rock underground and helped pave the way for grunge and alternative to explode into the mainstream. Renowned studio engineer Steve Albini has recorded legendary rock albums from The Breeders, Nirvana, PJ Harvey, The Jesus Lizard, The Stooges, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and hundreds more. Albini owns and runs his analog studio, Electrical Audio, in Chicago and performs with his band, noise-rock icons Shellac, now in their 25th year.
Peter Diamandis (Startup & Tech Sectors) – Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions, and commercial space. In 2014, he was named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune Magazine. In the field of innovation, Diamandis is Founder and Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, best known for its $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for private space flight. Diamandis is also the co-founder and Vice-Chairman of Human Longevity Inc. (HLI), a genomics and cell therapy-based diagnostic and therapeutic company focused on extending the healthy human lifespan.
Bethenny Frankel (Social Impact) – Bethenny Frankel is a businesswoman ahead of the curve, from becoming a natural foods chef and marketing Bethenny Bakes, her healthy baked goods to selling “Princess Pashminas” at house parties, and ultimately creating the low calorie cocktail category with the launch of Skinnygirl Cocktails. More recently through her charity B Strong, Frankel has provided people affected by natural disasters with much-needed gift cards, bank cards, and critical supplies. Her efforts have raised an expected value of over $4 million in relief efforts for Puerto Rico.
Bozoma Saint John (Brands & Marketing) – Bozoma “Boz” Saint John is the Chief Brand Officer for Uber. Over the course of her career, Boz has earned a formidable reputation as a trailblazing marketing and advertising executive. Most recently, Boz was the Head of Global Consumer Marketing for Apple Music and iTunes. In the role, she spearheaded campaigns geared towards growing consumer brand recognition, loyalty, and equity around the world.
Shakey Graves with Bodie Johnson, Janelle Browning and Keith Levy (Music Industry) – In this session, musician Shakey Graves (Alejandro Rose-Garcia) and his team will share insights into their personal journey within the music industry and the steps made to build career longevity. Hear directly from an artist and the team that provides support: managers, tour managers, agents, label reps, publicists, and all the components that create success.
This Is Us Featured Session (Entertainment Influencers) – Everyone has a family. And every family has a story. This Is Us chronicles the Pearson family across the decades: from Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) as young parents in the 1980s to their 37-year-old kids Kevin (Justin Hartley), Kate (Chrissy Metz), and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) searching for love and fulfillment in the present day. Join cast Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, and Justin Hartley for an inside look at the Emmy Award-winning drama.
Join Us March 9-18, 2018
Explore new opportunities during 10 days of sessions, screenings, showcases, exhibitions, networking, and beyond from March 9-18 at SXSW 2018.
With expanded access to events for all registrants, attendees will receive primary access to programming associated with their badge type but now also enjoy secondary entry to most other SXSW events. Save big when you register before Friday, January 12 at 11:59pm PT.
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2018 Keynote, Lyor Cohen – Photo by Noa Griffel
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December 12, 2017
Mind-boggling Vector Illustration Work by James Gilleard
James Gilleard shared a set of beautiful illustrations that he created in 2017. They are all vector illustration and it definitely sets the bar at another level. The amount of details is nothing but staggering, I was trying to understand some of them like the one of Paris, or the ones with buildings and I couldn’t. There’s just too much going on which makes me wonder how long it took it for James to create those illustrations. Below you can see some of my favorites.
We also recommend that you check out James website at www.jamesgilleard.com/ – James is a designer, art director and illustrator based in London, UK. He has an incredible portfolio with more amazing vector illustration projects.
Fast Magazine – Japanese Cedar House
DB Mobile – Frankfurt redevelopment
Washington Post – Future Restaurants
Videogame Concept Art and Visual Development
Dec 12, 2017
Source: Abduzeedo Illustration
December 11, 2017
The SXSW Conference includes 24 programming tracks divided amongst Interactive, Film, Music, and Convergence, presented in a variety of session formats. SXSW Convergence programming features a range of topics that straddle the cultural and technological intersection at the heart of SXSW.
For SXSW 2018, we have developed two full days of programming dedicated to LGBTQIA+ focused topics. From March 10-11, the LGBTQIA+ Series of Sessions will examine topics such as community alliances, the gender spectrum, activism, visibility, the movement towards equality, and more.
Here’s a few LGBTQIA+ sessions at SXSW 2018 you shouldn’t miss.
Beyond Boxes: The Intersex Case for Intersectionality
Gender equity activist Alicia Weigel describes her own experience as an Intersex individual and discusses ways to get involved with intersectional advocacy within the LGBTQIA+ community.
LQBTQ Representation in Cinema
This session featuring Charlie Tabesh Senior VP of Programming for Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Alonso Duralde, film critic and host of the Gay and Lesbian Cinema Showcase on FilmStruck, will discuss the ways in which cultural and societal institutions have suppressed sexual orientation over the course of history.
Youth Power: Young Activists on the Front Lines
Hear from four young iconic activists in this panel focused on the future of activism. Learn what activists are currently doing to amplify their voices and how you can get involved.
See all of our currently announced LGBTQIA+ programming below:
After Pulse- Creating an LGBTQ+ Alliance in Orlando
Couples Who Eat, Sleep & Build Businesses Together
Diversity in Tech: It’s Not Just a Gender Problem
Founding an LGBT+ Nonprofit: Backstage Series Q
Trans Visible in Texas: Develop a Media Campaign
Browse through all confirmed programming for the 2018 SXSW Conference & Festivals on the online SXSW Schedule and begin building your personal schedule.
Join Us For SXSW 2018
Explore new opportunities during 10 days of sessions, screenings, showcases, exhibitions, networking, and beyond from March 9-18 at SXSW 2018. With expanded access to events for all registrants, attendees will receive primary access to programming associated with their badge type but now also enjoy secondary entry to most other SXSW events. Save big when you register before Friday, January 12 at 11:59pm PT.
SXSW registrants get access to SXSW hotels at the lowest rates available by making reservations through SXSW Housing & Travel. Visit our availability page and then book your stay today to save.
2018 SXSW Speakers (l-r) Alicia Roth Weigel – Photo courtesy of the speaker; Blair Imani– Photo courtesy the speaker; Alonso Duralde – Photo courtesy of the speaker.
Source: SxSW Interactive
December 11, 2017
Book Recommendations: Gift Guide (2017)
We hoped that you have been enjoying our gift guides from the past week, let’s keep the holiday spirit alive with another guide. But this time, we will stay away from the tech stuff and focus on books! With the holidays knocking at the door, it will be a great moment to enjoy a nice book next to a fireplace? In all seriousness, it’s always good to go back to the basics for a change, we spend a crazy amount of time on our smartphones. Let’s leave it on the coffee table for a change. I have to admit that I wish I was reading more books this year, it’s on my things to do more for 2018. Hope you will enjoy this list!
Dec 11, 2017
Source: Abduzeedo Books
December 10, 2017
These are some of the greatest camera moves ever recorded on film.
It has been about six months, but CineFix is back with the latest installment of their Best Shots of All Time series. While previous videos showed us the very best in shot size, shot types, and establishing shots and cutaways, Part 4 explores the wonders of camera movement. From pans and tilts to rolls and pushes, we get to see how some of history’s greatest auteurs cleverly moved the camera to communicate in new and exciting ways with their audiences.
The subject matter in this installment of the series, in my opinion, is the most accessible and palatable, because everyone loves a good camera move. Whether it’s Wes Anderson’s signature whip pans or the knockout dutch tilt in Creed, audiences love the showmanship of a kinetic camera. However, the moves that earned a place on CineFix’s list are a lot more subdued and subtle than the examples shown throughout the video.
December 10, 2017
Some of the most creative edits are pulled off with the help of some great camera work.
Post might be the last phase of production, but that doesn’t mean filmmakers shouldn’t prepare for it early on in the project. In fact, some shots will require a bit of magic created by both your camera and editing software working together. In this video, Jordy Vandeput of Cinecom teaches you how to pull off some of these creative edits, including a fake dolly zoom, fake handheld movements, and more realistic punches for fight scenes. Check it out below:
Here are the editing tricks Jordy talks about in the video:
December 9, 2017
The Oscar-winning director names his top Criterion picks.
Despite the rather harsh criticism for his latest film Downsizing, director Alexander Payne has built his career with Oscar-worthy films like Sideways, The Descendents, and Nebraska. Criterion even chose one of his most loved films, Election, starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon, to be shelved in their illustrious library beside some of history’s greatest and most important films.
Payne was invited to peruse Criterion’s closet to name some of his most favorite films in their collection. Here’s what he chose:
Here is the list of films chosen by Payne:
December 9, 2017
Don’t know anything about walkie codes and radio etiquette? That’s okay, this infographic will help bring you up to speed.
Unless you’ve worked on a professional film production (or read one of our previous articles about it) walkie-talkie lingo probably seems like a foreign language to you. This can create some real confusion and anxiousness when you arrive on your first real film set and have to awkwardly announce to everyone that you have to go to the bathroom instead of confidently giving the ol’ “10-1” or “10-2” code before heading off to the john. This is why becoming fluent in the lingo is super important, and StudioBinder wants to make the process a little easier for you.
Back in August, StudioBinder shared a video that covered all of the crucial codes needed to communicate clearly and efficiently with crew members on set via walkie-talkie, and while that was great and very helpful, they’ve decided to make the information a little more accessible.