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What’s the point in all of this?

A question asked by many a creative professional, sometimes after frustrating client meetings, sometimes in front of a computer screen, sometimes after seeing a compromised final product.

Here’s Klaus Nomi, 1982, stricken with AIDS, barely understanding the disease he was dying from, offering what he could, creatively. He’s about dead, and it wan’t clear to his doctors just why: his friends had to visit him wearing protective plastic bags. He’ll be gone by 1983. And here he is, in artistic defiance, as all he could do.

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Called “The Masterpiece of Magazines” by the Wall Street Journal, Vintage Magazine challenges all preconceptions of what a magazine can be.

Magazine creator Ivy Baer Sherman refers to her works as “portable museums”; each issue is a wealth of great art, commentary, and innovative use of 2D and 3D space. Paging through an issue, one encounters die cuts, hand made art pieces, movable and pop up elements, in addition to beautifully curated illustration and photography.

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So I gave in to the hype and downloaded Vine on my iPhone. I’m already addicted but I did find a few setbacks.

The idea behind Vine is to record a video on your smartphone in short segments or all at once. It took a bit of practice to get the hang of it (which may be in part due to my annoyingly shaky hands) but all you have to do is hold your finger down on the screen to record and let go to stop. Vine — like its parent company Twitter — adds a little twist to the usual post with a resulting video of just 6 seconds. I was impressed with how quickly the video is processed and then can be shared on Vine, Twitter or Facebook (more on that later). It definitely reminds me of Instagram for videos.

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