today’s question: “what videos inspire you?”
(bonus, we gave you a bunch of good documentaries too!)

KATIE: i could sit on youtube and vimeo for hours. it’s like a black hole going from one video to another. i have a list of videos i want to make but my skills aren’t there yet. i’m asking for a blogshop video class for christmas help me learn some tricks. one day i’ll share my videos with you, but until then here’s a list bri & i put together for you…

• for color: geometry of circles 1 and ok go’s skyscrapers
• for type: saul bass’ the facts of life and catch me if you can opening sequence
• for style: kate spade new york’s spring 2012 and fall 2012 campaigns
• for animation: meghan eplett + language department – orange
• for dance moves: 100 years of east london and prada’s spring/summer 2011 campaign
• for beauty: wes anderson – from above
• for coolness: i don’t know what it says, but i want to participate and opening ceremony’s target go international
• for quirkiness: warby parker’s – the cat burglar and method’s – clean happy

AND some inspiring netflix documentaries to watch over the holidays with your loved ones!

• interesting to watch how times are changing: page one: inside the new york times 
• always a good watch: the september issue!
• truly a fascinating couple: eames, the architect and the painter
• wow, this family pushes life to another level: surfwise
• ok, maybe this one is not inspiring…but it’s sure strange and awesome! the wild and wonderful whites of west virginia!
• the coolest dude and one of our faves: bill cunningham new york 
• sounds cheesy but rent this one. really inspiring to watch her work ethic! katy perry, part of me
these are great to watch with your guy. you will both be interested. especially in this one: 30 for 30, the two escobars
• you gotta love: the pixar story (great family watch)
• this made me respect ed hardy more: ed hardy, tattoo the world
• definitely one of the better music documentaries. loved it: when your strange (the doors)
• sometimes you just need mindless entertainment: joan rivers, a piece of work
• learn about street art: exit through the gift shop 

we’d love to know your best watches too. we can never get enough of these!

enjoy your break everyone. hope you get some real relaxing couch time happening in your near future. -bri + katie

(illustration by katie evans. read more freelance advice posts are over here!)


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    Christa says:

    I’ve seen a couple of these documentaries, but I can’t wait to watch the rest! thanks for the fresh ideas 🙂

    alicia says:

    Yay, I’ve been waiting for these! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    A few random favorites I would add would be

    – amazing french movie, total favourite
    – frida kahlo is pretty much my hero
    – edie sedgwick, another fav
    – and lastly the amazing diane arbus

    Can’t wait for the weekend so I can watch a few on your list, thanks guys!

    Hilary says:

    Thanks! I am planning some major movie watching over the holidays. Eames documentary sounds cooL! I would aslo like to recommend the doc, Manufactured Landscapes to you, I just saw it, AMAZING doc about the link between consumerism and lanscape photography!

    This is great! I love the list of documentaries. Suuuper helpful 🙂

    Kristen says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE watching campaign videos! Seriously I want to make them for a living, so fun!

    Thanks for the list – I plan on doing NOTHING but Netflixing on Saturday after everyone is out of the house! lol

    xx Ashleigh

    Maria Anne says:

    I love Bill Cunningham!

    One of my favorite documentaries that I could watch again and again is Young At Heart.
    It’s a music troupe of senior citizens that sing modern rock and pop songs. Seriously. It’s amazing and real and sometimes heartbreaking. Definitely recommend.

    xoxo Maria Anne

    If you liked The September Issue & Bill Cunningham New York, I would suggest The Tents. It’s about how NYFW started and developing the events at Bryant Park and why/how they moved to Lincoln Center. I really enjoyed it.

    Jiro Dreams of Sushi is really good too. It’s about an 85 year old sushi master who’s devoted his life to his craft. He received 3 Michelin stars for his 10-seat restaurant in Tokyo where plates go for $300. Just really fascinating.

    Both on Netflix! : )

    Love “Exit through the street dorr”, its not the most straighforward of watches, but it is well worth the effort!!

    Dana says:

    super great list. I just watched 180* South and it was very inspiring – I’d add it to this list fo sho! I always mean to watch more documentaries – they pile up on my netflix queue like craz

    Hannah says:

    These look so interesting! Thank you! Please can you remind us about this post for Christmas. I’m from the UK and don’t have time off for thanks giving at the moment 🙂 And Happy thanksgiving!

    Sara says:

    I’ve seen a lot of the movies on your list and I highly recommend “Beautiful Losers” It’s streaming on netflix and it’s the best ART/DESIGN SOUL FOOD EVER!

    It covers Margaret Kilgallen, who once said “I like things that are handmade…when you get close up, you can always see the line waver. And I think that’s where the beauty is.” She and her husband were sign and graffiti artists in San Francisco.

    & Harmony Korine, who is coming out with Selene Gomez’ first Indie film “Spring Breakers”

    & Ed Templeton of the Southern California skate shop Toy Machine

    & Shepard Fairey of OBEY (Andre the Giant…anyone?)

    Seriously, these people were trail blazers all the way. Every time I watch it I want to make art.

    Tiffany says:

    Loved the Eames documentary. I quote him in my email signature: ‘take your pleasure seriously.’

    Mai says:

    i had to watch exit through the gift shop for an art history class once–it surprised me & i ended up really enjoying it!

    Elly says:

    I have two inspiring docs. They don´t have anything to do with design, photography or fashion but they celebrate life:

    I really loved mad hot ballroom. It´s about students(11 years old) of several New York City Public elementary schools who take part in ballroom dancing class at their school and then compete in a city wide dance competition. It´s so fun to see how the kids learn it, how their friendships and their home lives are. It´s just cute and inspirational to watch.

    And I loved Babies. It´s a a look at one year in the life of four babies from around the world, from Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo. It shows that no matter how different we grow up in the beginning that fundamentally we are the same.

    alicia says:

    I agree on Beautiful Losers, suuuuch a goodie. Love Margaret Kilgallen so much!

    Succhh a good collection! About to spend hours going through the YouTube/Vimes, and some great documentaries I haven’t heard of either.

    If you really want to break down and sob, then I’d recommend Dear Zachary (http://www.dearzachary.com/). An absolutely incredible movie. Sounds cheesy, but it really is full of surprises.

    gena says:

    Ooo can’t wait to check these out! Exit Through the Gift Shop is an all time favorite. For type dorks (like me) Helvetica is great. Also, I just saw the Foo Fighters documentary Back and Forth on Palladia this past week and it was awesome. and that is coming from someone who was not necessarily a Foo fan (but is now :). and if you’re into music, Stop Making Sense is a must see!!

    Brittany says:

    Great list! Netflix documentaries are the best!

    Holly Wells says:

    Thanks SO much for this list! I am loconuts for documentaries, especially this time of year when the weather allows you to stay indoors!

    You MUST watch Happiness! The Documentary! I watched it twice in one week! It was such a breath of fresh air! The documentary takes you to places like India and Japan, asking people what makes them happy while giving the scientific background on what makes people happy too! Watch it please please please!

    Janie says:

    check out “MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU” on youtube. It is amazeballs!

    Ashley says:

    I’m SHOCKED no one has mentioned “The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief”! It’s bizarrely fascinating!

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