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May 03, 2007

Easy does it.


In my daily internet wanderings, most of it work related, some of it not, I stumbled on the latest work by filmmaker, performing artist and writer, Miranda July. She has a new book, a collection of stories, coming out in May. If you don’t know of her, she also wrote, directed and starred in the feature-length film, Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005), which won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and four prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Camera d’Or. If you haven’t seen it, add it to your Netflix queue now. I really love her work, but what made me think about things differently, was the website supporting her new book. Its design is completely simple, relying mostly on text. Its message is totally clear, here’s my book, buy it now. And best of all it does it in a unique, compelling way (she probably wouldn’t want me to say cute, but it is). I think much of what I see being designed for the web is overly complicated. I appreciate how July goes utterly simple. See what I mean here. She’s coming to Modern Times bookstore in San Francisco on May 18th. I’ll be there, first in line I hope.


I ran across this website a couple of weeks ago and found it be one of the most original designs since the inception of the internet. The simplicity and humor are woven beautifully to create what is akin to the literary world's "page turners". It was like a blast of cold air on a hot summer's day - invigorating and full of hope.

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