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The Ultimate October Movie

We hope you are having a wonderful October so far! And if you haven’t yet watched “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”, your fall season hasn’t officially begun!

Enjoy this wonderfully designed print then heat up some apple cider, and watch it.

Happy October!



Press Play: Playlist

Break out the blue jeans and favorite sweaters, because Fall is upon us and bringing with it the cool chill of change. It’s a time for pumpkin spice flavored, well, everything. A time to flood your senses with new sights, smells, and the exciting calm before the holiday season storm.

Like the leaves, your music changes to one more suited to the moody atmosphere.

So brew some coffee, carve a pumpkin, and enjoy our fall playlist favorites.

  1. Minds Without Fear – Imogen Heap (feat. Vishal Shekhar)
  2. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift
  3. Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap
  4. Spitting Image – Freelance Whales
  5. The Girl – City and Colour 
  6. Black – Kari Kimmel
  7. We Will Walk Through Walls – Electric President
  8. Madness – Muse
  9. Blood For Poppies – Garbage
  10. I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
  11. I Am The Walrus – The Beatles
  12. Fly – Nick Drake

Google Keeps it Fresh

As a search engine, nothing beats Google. And for something we use so often, it’s a wonder we still haven’t mentally stopped looking at their logo as we search for something else.

It’s part of what keeps us coming back: wondering whether a new design commemorating a holiday, event, or person has been released.

They rarely disappoint; some even verge on brilliance. These are our favorites.

Martha Graham’s 117th Birthday – (Click to view the animation)

Absolutely stunning. Not only in terms of animation but in capturing her some 7 decades of modern dance history in 15 seconds.

Howard Carter’s 138th Birthday

Ancient history, exotic antiquities, the sense of adventure. You can’t help but search the image for other hidden gems.

Anti-SOPA / PIPA Protest

Unique in it’s direct message; powerful in it’s simplicity; when Google joined the anti-SOPA protest it rallied more than a few to the cause.

Mies Van Der Rohe’s 126th Birthday

Alisha is no stranger to Mr. Van Der Rohe’s work; his contributions as one of the pioneers of modern architecture is as much an inspiration as his ideal that “Less is More.”

Robert Moog’s 78th Birthday – (Click and Play!)

Not surprisingly, Nathanael spent quite a bit longer experimenting with the clickable synthesizer than any of us did. It is fun, though.

Eadweard J. Muybridge’s 182nd Birthday – (Click to view the animation)

The Horse in Motion is a composition immediately recognized by all who have ever studied photography & film. Google’s adaptation of it is an incredible tributary piece of interactive art.

What has been your favorite Google design? Comment below and share it with us!

Questions, Anyone?

We’re asking you.

What do you want to know? We’re giving you free reign to put Gradient under the microscope and ask the questions you want answers to.

As our blog approaches it’s 1 Year mark, we figure there has to be something you’ve been wondering about.

It can be about anything really; is there a project you’d like to know more about? Is there a story you’d like more detail on? Ask away!

Our Featured Favorite Flicks require a certain amount of creativity and work to find and share. But there are many videos out there we haven’t seen that, maybe, you have! Tell us about them. Recommend them to us, and we’ll mention how it was you who did so.

We write this blog for you, our audience, to offer a window into our company that you might not see otherwise. We love writing about our latest projects, going-on’s, and about our creative process. If there’s something you’d like us to write about or explore further, say so!

It doesn’t hurt to ask, so don’t be shy.

We do what we do because we love it, and that includes having you be part of the adventure.

With love, Gradient.

What’s That Sound?

“A painter paints his picture on a canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. We provide the music, and you provide the silence.”
~Leopold Stokowski

My phone vibrates in my pocket, alerting me to a received text. I open it to find it’s a video message from Nathanael. The freeze frame that appears before I push Play looks like something out of The Blair Witch Project.

He’s outside in the dark wearing Bose headphones, holding a boom pole, and I notice his own little sound station set up behind him.

Why am I not surprised?

Because this is his process. His mind works differently when it comes to music production; as if he see’s sound in every object and the combinations they make. Like a red haired cross between Batman and Daredevil.

I push play and the video starts out simple enough:

“Basically I needed some footsteps on wettish grass, and they’re kind of faster footsteps, so rather than find a sound file online, it was easier for me to record it myself.”

Cool, sounds good (Pun intended). It’s effective and you get to be creative in the process. Win, Win.

“So my setup tonight is, I’m outside, I got my computer and interface set up, but then I also have a microphone ready to go with some pre-wetted grass.”

I’m impressed.

And I’m bare foot to get the sound what I want.”

The camera pans down and now I’m a little disturbed.

“I also have a hose here if I need a wetter sound, but I have to be careful because I don’t want it to sound like I’m going through a puddle. I’ll have to match it up with the right consistency of wetness and what’s on the video. So, that’s what I’m gonna try to do now!”

I don’t get how he’s going to get this right, but that’s the cool thing about Nathanael. You’re confused while he works, and then the final product sounds awesome.

Put together an album of all his music and it would be called:
Musical MacGyver: Bet You Didn’t Hear That Coming

For the “Gresham is…” campaign, he approached it as a sound designer, not a musician. He didn’t strum the strings, he hit them like freaking August Rush! Covering the sound hole on his guitar, he played it like a drum, hitting it on different areas to create varied, rich sounds.

It’s like an album coming out that you aren’t sure you’ll enjoy, only to find yourself humming it. He’s more than happy to tell you how he did it, and even teach you in the process.

But sometimes, it’s better to just listen.