Hi! I'm Elyse Ash, a Minneapolis-based advertising copywriter. I love all things design, pop culture and creative. Think in Bright Colors is a compilation of my favorite ad/design/interactive work, inspirations and beyond. To check out my advertising portfolio, visit www.elyseash.com.
A video by Joe Nicolosi and his mom has me IN STITCHES this morning. I guess Joe’s mom had never seen the Matrix so he asked her to watch it and then retell the story, in detail, resulting in this short video called “The Matrix Retold by Mom” and it’s too funny. I love everything about it.
I’m sure by now everyone’s heard the AMAZING news that NEW episodes of Arrested Development are coming to Netflix on May 26. I’m pretty sure there was a collective “YESSSSSS!” heard round the country when the news was announced yesterday.
In the spirit of this amazing news, here are the crazy awesome Lego Bluth home, stair-car and cast by Matt De Lanoy. See them all here.
Do the floor layouts above look familiar to you? If you love television, they should ring a bell. The top two belong to Chandler/Joey and Monica/Rachel from Friends. The bottom one belongs to the fabulous Miss Carrie Bradshaw. I’m impressed by both the idea to create these floor plans of iconic TV characters as well as the thoroughness of the work. It’s all done by the genius Spanish artist Inaki Aliste Lizarralde. Check out her site for more (like Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment, The Simpsons’ house, Dexter’s apartment and more!) So cool.
(Via @The Jealous Curator)
Ok, Jennifer Lawrence, you’re out. Mila Kunis, you’re in. How charming is she as she helps this BBC reporter get over his stage fright in his very first interview? Read the story over on Gawker here.
Gone Girl – A Book Review
By Elyse Ash
One of my less-than-attractive personality traits is that I can be kind of a trend-snob. By trend-snob, I mean that once a series or show gets too mainstream, I rebel. I refuse to watch it or get sucked in, on principle. In college, I was totally that girl who didn’t like her favorite band anymore once they sold out and went corporate.
It’s immature—I know, and it’s only hurting myself. So over the years, I’ve tried to get better and grow up about the whole thing. Hey, I still LOVE Mumford & Sons even though they’re about as mainstream as it gets. And I’m still all-aboard the Hunger Games train to the Capitol. How’s that for personal growth?
So when a coworker recommended Gillian Flynn’s New York Times bestseller, Gone Girl, my instinct was to eye roll. I’d seen the book on many “Must Read” lists and by this point, I was doing my traditional trend-snob nose-in-the-air dance. But this was a coworker whose taste I respect, and I hadn’t read a good book in a while. So I took his word.
And I’m really glad I did.
Gone Girl turned into one of the most un-put-down-able novels I’ve read in a while. I found myself frantically asking coworkers, friends, relatives—“HAVE YOU READ GONE GIRL???” in a desperate attempt to talk to someone about it. ANYONE! That’s how you know you are either really enjoying a book—or at least really thinking about it.
Based primarily in Missouri, Gone Girl’s protagonists Nick and Amy look like the perfect husband and wife. Nick is a fun-loving writer. Amy is a charming, beautiful perfectionist, and the two appear to be madly in love. But when Amy’s body chillingly disappears the morning of their five-year anniversary, we learn that things in their marriage aren’t all brunches and back rubs.
Thrilling. Chilling. Gone Girl is quite the psychological ride. Twists and turns are peppered throughout the tale, which left me excited to keep digging (even when it was 11 o’clock at night and the digging needed to stop because I had work the next morning). But what I really enjoyed about the novel were the two distinct voices used to tell the story. Nick and Amy (well, Amy’s journal) take turns narrating—giving us access to the private musings, feelings, fears and neuroses of both characters and how they perceive their marriage. It’s every voyeur’s fantasy.
This book is more than what it seems; suspenseful, stressful, unexpected, insightful. Homegirl knows how to unravel a story and keep the reader guessing—and reading.
Long story short (pun totally not intended), I’m glad I got over my trend-snobbery enough to read this. And enjoy it! Although, I STILL haven’t read any of the Harry Potter books yet. So maybe that’s my next step.
Hey look, guys. I’m growing.
These SVUtines by Brandon Bird are AHHHHH-mazing. Kind of mad I just found them now.
LOL, this moment during Weekend Update on SNL crushed it.
Oh happy day! The first promotional images from Mad Men Season 6 have been released. Looks like the Sterling-Cooper-Draper-
Pryce crew really knows how to partay! Thank you, AMC; can’t wait for April 7!
The irony of me wanting to live in this world, and simulatneously escape from it is not lost on me, by the way.
Superheroes are supposed to be these strong, perfect, moral beings; the epitome of perfection physically and morally. That’s why I love this series by Gregoire Guillemin that shows the Secret Life of Superheroes—complete with wedgie-picking, nose-picking and other boring/inappropriate/ordinary/unexpected/regular-human activities. To view them all, click here (some are NSFW).