Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:
Type Your Own Animated Movie
Plotagon is a free and ingenious alternative to the traditional screenwriting process. Instead of just writing the script it combines the process with 3-D animation software. So as you type actions, lines and settings for your characters, those characters will actually play out your vision on-screen, complete with auto-directed cuts. I thought it was genius because they are basically treating each line of the script like a line of code that runs the animation. You can read more about Plotagon here or try it for free here.
Chip Kidd Shares His Wisdom With The Pre-Teen Set
In his new book, Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design, Kidd shares this wisdom with the pubescent set, explaining the basics of typography, form, function, color, branding with playful narration and eye-popping visuals. The book builds off the premise that the reader is already a designer. “Whether you realize it or not, most of the decisions you make, every day, are by design,” writes Kidd. It’s written for young readers aged 10 and up, but its witty, direct approach makes it a perfect primer for older design rookies as well. Read more about the book here.[Tweet “Check out this weeks inspiration from Stephen Gates Blog.”]
Real Life Instagram by Bruno Ribeiro
I loved the recent work of London-based artist Bruno Ribeiro who decided to take the Instagram into the real world with his series of photos called Real Life Instagram. He places Instagram frames with color transparent sheets at landmarks all over the world. See the work here.
This Is How Much Money Twitter Owes You
Now that Twitter has a market capitalization of at least $24.9 billion, more than a few of the social network’s 230 million users have noticed their tweets are making other people rich. Many people want their cut.TIME created a fun little tool where you type in your username (or anyone else’s) to find out how valuable your Twitter feed is. Do the math here.