Video Roundup // 10

Mariah has quite a few remixes of her own work, so I’ve decided to share them relatively close to the original videos. To back up a little, this is my first time watching most Mariah Carey videos. Now I’ve made it my mission to watch each one and tell you what I think about it. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do. <3

1. Emotions (Remix)

Amazing. It starts with Mariah belting out gospel notes, and then goes into an ultra cool dance beat, complete with Very Strong Keyboard Notes. The video is the same.

2. Heartbreaker Remix - Mariah Carey, Missy Elliot, Da Brat

Jay-Z didn’t contribute enough to the original, so we had to bring in some pussy power with Da Brat and Missy Elliot. Caveat: I don’t think Mariah should have to wash any car with her face on it. C’mon girl, you’re better than that. Da Brat destroying a wedding cake is everything. Missy is the best. I wonder how stoned Snoop is in this video?

3. Fantasy ft. O.D.B.

Last week we covered the original Fantasy video, which everyone adores. Let me point your attention to this version of Fantasy with special guest Ol' Dirty Bastard. This version of Fantasy is low-key, and the video is chopped up in a weird way to accommodate the smoother track. More importantly...how…did…O.D.B. get here? I love that they obviously shot his part on a different day because the sky is cloudy. And now the clown is tied up. Anyway, RIP O.D.B. You and this remix live on in dance clubs across the world.

4. Obsessed (Remix) ft. Gucci Mane

Um, this is a remix of Obsessed with Gucci Mane. That’s all you really need to know.

5. We Belong Together Remix Live

Times Square was the place to be on New Year’s Eve 2005. Her backup dancers are great and the tune is smooth. The best thing about this has to be the Youtube comments where some people say she’s lip syncing, and other people go into great detail defending her live performance (as recently as two years ago). Mariah fans are so real.

Video Roundup // 9

It's Friday! Time for another Mariah-fest to get us into the weekend and in the mood for That Love Day. Let's go!

1. Honey

The jetski video!

2. Heartbreaker

What I love is that the video jumps right into all girl synchronized dancing. AND I forgot about her evil brunette twin!! Things that make me laugh: Jay-Z in the back just saying “sing the song!” 

3. Fantasy

I’ll forgive the clown at the beginning, but ONLY because of the little girl dancing, that belly chain, and classic Mariah surrounded by dancing dudes. Can anyone tell me where to get a cropped zip-up sweatshirt?? Yeezy season 1??

4. Shake it Off

We need to shake off the week before we can enjoy the weekend. What I love about this song is her reference to a Calgon commercial. I bet you $100 that people a few years younger than me – or even my age, 26– don’t get the reference. While we’ve got the fightin’ words out, I’m gonna say that Mariah and her little girl dance gang beat Taylor Swift anyday. To top it all off, she defaces public property with a Krink marker. Done.

5. I Want to Know What Love Is

Am I trolling you? Maybe a little. This video is weird. Screw it though, I love this song! Try getting it out of your head the rest of the day, I dare you. You’re gonna listen to this 10 more times today and do a little desk karaoke - don’t act like you won’t.

I hope you know what love is this weekend! Let me know what your favorite Mariah video is and you just might see it next week. ;)

Video Roundup // 8

For the last several days I've been gathering everything I need for tax season, with Mariah on repeat. I can't explain it, but her entire discography is exactly what I need to get this shit done. I went down a pretty deep rabbithole of Mariah videos, and there are just too many to fit in one post. So this week is part one of a new Mariah series! Each week I'll be serving up five Mariah videos until I run out or get tired, whichever happens first. Here we go!

1. We Belong Together

When I first went freelance in late 2015, I got hooked on "We Belong Together." I listened to it on repeat, for hours, doing my very first freelance jobs. I know every word now. This video has all of Mariah's favorite things: singing with wet hair, singing with wind blowing through her hair, and a dramatic exit with a hot dude. Get it girl.

2. Up Out My Face

I had somehow *never* seen this video of Mariah and Nicki together until today. The cheap typography is unfortunate — and why does Mimi’s name on her doll box get a drop shadow but not Nicki? Is Mariah's star brighter? Also, the B in Barbie on Nicki's necklace is blurred out for legal reasons, obvs. Cheap aesthetic aside, the best part of this video is definitely that they’re having fun together. :)

3. Emotions

I noticed the Emotions album cover on Spotify and had to investigate. What I found was Mariah hanging out with a bunch of sexy dudes and cool girls in a technicolor party, that includes some guy feeding a loris. YASSS.

4. Dreamlover

Ah the 90s, so carefree! Ms. Misandry has a field of hotties dancing for her, and she’s rocking a casual girl-next-door look. Very cute. Plus does anyone know who the androgynous friend in the stripe shirt is??

5. Obsessed

Apparently Eminem said some nasty things about her back in the day, and she made this song about it. The best part of this video is definitely Mariah dressed as Eminem in a room full of posters of her. Oh, and more wind blowing through her hair. 

Stay tuned for five more Mariah videos next week! What are your top Mariah videos? Let me know in the comments!

Video Roundup // 7

The truth is, I don't surf the net for videos every day or even every week. But sometimes, just sometimes, I come across a video that makes me stop. A video that makes me stop checking twitter, put it on full screen, and just watch. Giving something online my attention for 3, 5, 7, even 10 minutes is an effort. We move so fast. 

The video for "Sleep Sound" by Jamie XX is beautiful in it's simplicity. Dancing is a wonderful, silent, amazing activity that helps humans loosen up and get out of our heads. If you're ever alone, and feeling stuck, turn on a song you like and dance. Let loose. No one's watching. It doesn't matter how stupid you look – that's the point.

What do you like to dance to? 

Video Roundup // 5

I might have a difficult time posting daily, but there's always a Video Roundup. Stay tuned for more columns coming your way soon! Now for the vids.

Grimes released a video for a track that isn't making it on her upcoming album. It's a nice dancey track that fans are raving about. She says, “I’m releasing it as a special thank you to everyone in Singapore, KL, Manila, Jakarta, HK, Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul, Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo who came out to the shows! It was an honor to play with a bunch of amazing bands and travel to places I would never otherwise be able to go.”

Levi's finally announced a commuter line for women! I've been waiting for this for a long, long time. Thanks, Levi's!

Kanye West performs Gold Digger with John Legend in 2003, a couple years before the song was recorded & released. What cracks me up in Kanye's young-looking street style. It reminds me of this article about how Kim dressed before Kanye. I guess they've both upgraded their wardrobes along the way!

What videos caught your eye this week? Let me know in the comments!

Video Roundup // 3

This week's video roundup includes a behind-the-scenes interview with Chaz Bundick aka Toro y Moi, a summary of one couple's 5-month roadtrip across the US, and a little inside joke for graphic designers. Enjoy!

found on booooooom

Chaz Bundick talks about the importance of honesty is your work and in your music. He reminds you to make the music you want to make, not the music you think other people want to hear. This nicely correlates with art and design, and our constant instincts to please other people. 

“Just be as weird as you can get.”

Vancrafted is the story of one couple from NY who dropped everything, bought a van, and roadtripped across the US last year. I followed their adventure on Instagram and loved seeing the beautiful places they found. I want to make a trip like this one day!

And finally, a joke for graphic designers. It makes me wonder if I subconsciously wanted to become one after seeing some of these films...

What videos have you liked this week? Share them on twitter @laurahelenwinn

Video Roundup // 2

It's time for another video roundup! This week we have trippy motion graphics, detailed stitching, and a dirty animation.

Refinery29 shows the making of a Dior dress. Watching them create each stripe and crease with perfection is inspiring. All I can say is that I want to see more videos like this.

The FITC Tokyo 2015 Titles are mind-blowing. Be sure to check the Vimeo credits for a list of who made this happen. Bonus extra: their process video (below).

I love Wong Ping's adorable and gross animations. In this video, Ping reveals what teenage sexuality was like before the internet – with a twist, of course. This is probably NSFW. I can't embed the video, but you can watch it on It's Nice That: http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/wong-ping-1

Wong Ping's Doggy Love

Wong Ping's Doggy Love

For more of Wong Ping's work, check out his Vimeo account: https://vimeo.com/mrwongping

Video Roundup

Welcome to a new series, Video Roundup. Every Wednesday I'll be sharing the videos that are catching my eye.

In honor of the Superbowl (yes, I'm behind!) we're starting with a throwback Missy jam. Favorite line: “step to me, get burnt like toast.”

While I was on the throwback train, I had a nice, long laugh at the Chinese Backstreet Boys. Remember them?! One of the first viral videos. My favorite is their roommate in the background, obviously uninterested in the history taking place behind him.

And now for something completely different: Off the Record, a design documentary by Laura Sans of Barcelona. Laura interviews a handful of designers on the deeper contexts and implications that we sometimes ignore in the industry. It definitely made me miss design school a bit. If you didn't go to a Bauhaus-y design school and have long discussions about the greater meaning of design, then you're especially in for a treat. 

What videos inspired you this week? Tell me in the comments!

Goals

My wishlist / to do list / inspiration for 2015. Let's have some fun!

I quit baking at the end of last year as I got my life in order. Now that I'm feeling fresh again, it's time to break out this mixer. Olive oil cake, anyone?

Lounging and relaxing is pretty important to me. I've ditched most of my sweats in favor of silky, elegant loungewear. It makes all the difference in how you feel at home.

Finding a warm beach sounds pretty nice...

How about a sparkly, raging party?

This is the year I learn to stand up on a skateboard.

Starry nights with close friends...

And I definitely want to spend more time in Big Sur.

Instagram by jiffyten

Instagram by jiffyten

Visiting hot springs is a must.

Don't even get me started on our upcoming trip to India. More on that soon!

I'm looking forward to whatever this year brings. Let's do it.

West Coast Craft

I spent Sunday afternoon at West Coast Craft, and whoa – I was completely blown away. So many amazing artists and craftspeople from all over: LA, Berkeley, Portland... I was so impressed with the care and attention that went into people's booths.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Whyte ,  a furniture design studio and fabrication workshop in San Francisco. &nbsp;

Whyte, a furniture design studio and fabrication workshop in San Francisco. 

Completely obsessed with Nobel Truong's booth! She makes adorable ceramics, and her booth was made entirely of paper. Just look at those palms!

I wouldn't mind getting one of Jen Hewett's small bags for Christmas ;)

There were too many people crowding Christine Trac's booth, so I had to swipe this photo from her Instagram.

Forest & Waves had such a crazy mash-up of stuff at their booth.

Ilano is a husband-wife team who design and produce textiles: rugs, pillows, bags, you name it. They're currently working with textile makers in Oaxaca to make their goods. You can even meet their artisans on their website.

Hands down, one of the best booths at WCC. Aleksandra Zee and Katie Gong, both furniture makers, crafted this giant teepee  to display their furniture. I'm dying to buy one of those stools, AND that bench! One day, one day.

Love the neon at Wolfum's booth.

What booths did you love at WCC? It's days like today that I really appreciate living in  California.