Scope: 005

Tags: links, industry, brandon, design, scope

Welcome to Scope, our new weekly collection of links from the Northern Ground team.

Each week we collaborate on a collection of things that we did, ate, watched, heard, read, learned or drank and present it for your enjoyment. Have feedback? Get in touch on Twitter at @brandonmorreale or @northernground.

Jay Beckman - Co-Founder, Design Leader

INSIDE just came out for Xbox, and I've been playing it when my mood is steady enough. Designed by Playdead, the Danish company behind LIMBO, the game is a slow walk though a nightmare. Playdead's art direction and mise-en-scene are in a different league than most other game development companies and their work really stands alongside good cinema. I wish I could say that about more interactive.

Sprecher Grapefruit Radler
Jenni Madson - Content Manager

This past weekend I met a friend at Milwaukee’s Craft Beer Garden at Humboldt Park in Bayview. I normally fancy myself a whiskey gal, but I haven't seen anyone open a bourbon garden yet. (A gal can dream) In addition to great company, great conversation and free smells of their Saturday Pig Roast, I tried (and enjoyed) Sprecher's Grapefruit Radler. Likely not for every palate, but I have an affinity for grapefruit and the sour wheat ale hit the spot on a hot July day. Clocking in at only 4.5% ABV - it meant I could enjoy a 1/2 liter and still keep my figurative shit together. Yummers.

Mike Grunwald - Sr. Front End Developer

Probably not for everyone, but if front-end development is your cup of tea, this is one of the best utilities I’ve come across in quite some time. There are those times when even the best of grid layout systems just won’t do the things you need it to and you have to resort to delving deep into some nth-of-type syntax madness. Well, no more!! With this simple mixin library you can easily target any array of items that’s easy to read and comprehend.

Smells Like Magnetic Storage
Tim Grove - Sr. Technical Architect

Smells Like Teen Spirit played by Floppy Drives? Yes please. A song that changed music and technology that at its time was changing our world. Was too cool not to share.

Cycling Photography: Marshall Kappel
Brandon Morreale - Art Director

It's that time of the summer when the peloton of the Tour de France rolls through Mont-Saint-Michel and into the Champs-Élysées. Which, for me, means a lot of time spent on my couch watching hours and hours of cycling on television and admiring the beautiful scenery and state of the art mechanical technology that I can't afford. Marshall Kappel is an incredible photographer and creative director with contributions to the best of the best cycling editorials, including Rouleur Magazine, Peloton Magazine, Soigneur Magazine as well as commercial work for Rapha, POC, Zipp and others. While professional cycling is an intense sport that drives its competitors to the last ounce of their being, it is almost equally about the beauty that comes with the fluidity and aerodynamic design of rolling on two wheels and everything that surrounds it. And while there are literally dozens of Marshall's photos that I find myself coming back to often, this one is my absolute favorite.

How to Photograph a Beer Bottle
Andi Woodward - Content Designer

The Internet is an incredible tool. Instant access to information and Parks And Recreation GIFs any time I want, it’s just magical. With all of this information available, it makes learning new skills even more possible then it was ever before - which is why I absolutely appreciate all the folks out there making tutorials to help me out with that one After Effects or Photoshop trick I can’t figure out on my own. This link is one of the best product photography tutorials I have found yet, created by the crew over at Fstoppers. I can’t wait to try out a similar set up in my next product shoot.

Swiss Army Man
Betty Allen - Content Producer

You may have heard about the “farting corpse” movie, and if you haven’t then I’m sorry for inviting that imagery in your head. I saw Swiss Army Man in theaters this week, and it is so much more than a weird gimmick. “Undeniably unusual but also unexpectedly beautiful” is how the AV Club describes it and I have to agree. This is an original film (which in itself deserves praise) that made me laugh and feel the feels. Funny, beautiful and wonderful to listen to (score was done by some of guys in Manchester Orchestra, one of my favorite bands), I whole-heartedly recommend you check out this film.