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Best of the Web

This installment of the Best of the Web goes back to rounding up outstanding multimedia from across the Web.

CelebrateDesign.Org
Founded in 1914, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design, is celebrating its 100th year. A series of video interviews — produced in association with Second Story Interactive — showcase design luminaries such as Milton Glaser and Paul Rand and look at how design connects, informs, assists, delights and influences.  The project shows how much design can become a part of culture with landmark pieces of design, such as the War Department’s Army recruitment poster featuring Uncle Sam saying “I Want You,” and the ubiquitous UPC symbol.

New York Times Slopestyle
The New York Times multimedia presentations of the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, seamlessly integrate video, motion graphics and narration. The complex mechanics that go into each sport are broken down into easy-to-understand multimedia features.

Humans of New York
Brandon Stanton lost his job as a bond trader in the summer of 2010. With more time on his hands, Brandon moved to New York with the goal of photographing 10,000 portraits. Armed with one camera, one lens and his passion for photography and people, Brandon took a hobby and harnessed social media platforms to catapult his book up the New York Times bestseller list as well as creating a Facebook following of more than 3.2 million followers. The photographs and accompanying captions, which serve as mini-interviews, are approached with a simplicity and kind of naiveté that reveals a multifaceted view of New York that is both real and intimate. Perhaps most interesting to me is that with the photographs and project living on social media, each portrait has the ability to spark a new conversation.

California Times Lapses
Time-lapse sequences have an almost magical quality of compressing time and movement. The process of condensing hours of time and thousands of individual still frames into a few minutes result in mesmerizing visual compositions that reveal rhythms and patterns of life. City Lights and Into the Atmosphere are both recent time-lapse films that capture the grandeur and beauty of California, from slightly different points of view. City Lights, the final chapter in photographer Colin Rich’s “Trilogy of Light” series, captures Los Angeles through the movements of lights and familiar visual landmarks. Photographer Michael Shainblum’s tribute to California, Into the Atmosphere, focuses more on the the deserts, mountains and coastlines of California. Both films are beautiful portraits of California captured from different viewpoints.

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