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Ken Burns on Story Telling

Posted in film, inspiration, Media, quality by aldorf on July 21, 2012

What makes a great story? For legendary filmmaker Ken Burns, the answer is both complicated and personal. In this short documentary about the craft of storytelling, he explains his lifelong mission to wake the dead.

Ken Burns: On Story from Redglass Pictures on Vimeo.

Advertisements :::: we’ve all got stories to tell and things to sell

Posted in ideas, web by aldorf on January 3, 2012

Neverlikeditanyway is a new website “where once loved gifts from once loved partners get a second chance… We’ve all been there. We’ve all got stories to tell and things to sell. This is a place full of marvelous deals. And tales of the mild, mutual and monstrous.” – Create, Share, Explore Great Visualizations

Posted in Animation, design, illustration, web by aldorf on May 3, 2011

A new service founded by a team of infographics geeks, who met at A place where people create and share great visualizations. A one-stop shopping for anyone in need of high quality infographics. Providing a data warehouse, a reporting and editing team, and skilled designers.

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Great Leaders Are Great Storytellers

Posted in inspiration, quality by aldorf on March 15, 2011
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“The ability to weave a tale is among the most powerful elements in any leader’s repertoire.” Hollywood producer and Mandalay Entertainment CEO Peter Guber (“The Kids Are All Right“, Oscar nominee ‘Best Picture‘). Here are four that stand out.

Former President Bill Clinton

Though not technically a business leader, Clinton’s leadership skills are formidable. “He is able to glean whats in it for his listener get their attention and then their intention,” Guber says. “His authenticity of purpose enters the room before he speaks the first word. He charms them and disarms them and then rearms them with his narratives.”

Apple Founder Steve Jobs

“Jobs’ Job One is story,” Guber says. ” he knows his devotees can’t just be customers—he needs apostles for his products who tell his story as their own and move it forward. Look at the lines in front of his stores when he opens new products. After he tells his story, the reaction reminds me of folks waiting for a big movie opening.”

POM Founder Lynda Resnick

“Story is Lynda’s mantra,” Guber says. “If she can’t find the story she can tell in the product, she simply doesn’t sell the product. Whether it is POM Wonderful, the pomegranate juice, Get Crackin’ pistachios, or replicas of Jackie O’s pearls, her narrative wins the day and hearts of her audience.”

Under Armour Founder Kevin Plank

“Kevin uses stories to create the impression among athletes that wearing Under Armour beneath your game shirt is a way to drive and fulfill your aspirations as a competitor,” Guber says. “He takes a story about perspiration and brings it to the level of inspiration.”

80*81 Art/Magazine Project

Posted in art, blog, fashion, ideas, Media, photography by aldorf on April 10, 2010

If history repeats itself, if history is cyclical we might just be on the other side of the cycle. Somewhere in between January 1980 and December 1981 something was beginning which has just ended now, 30 years later, or is starting to repeat itself. We zoomed out from New Year’s Eve to a two-year overview then to zoom in again, month by month.
The film set in the Grande Hotel was now called Mozartbique (2011, CR and Franz Stauffenberg) and has a lot of masks in it. Not African ones. But Star Warsand Fantômas, Frankenstein and Bunny. Our idea is to develop the idea of the opera. We asked René Pollesch if he would help us with performative evenings in different theatre houses, to compile a dramaturgic progress from a ‘congress en miniature’ into a play or an opera with a beginning a middle and an end. Like almost everyone we talked to, Mr.Pollesch liked the idea.

In a way we will try to put things back together. Have one story line, one plot and one ending. One or two Grand Narratives, one or two Plateaux. The opera will be performed in Munich on New Year’s Eve 2010.

Georg Diez and Christopher Roth

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and check out the blog with amazing editorial photos of that time.


Posted in photography, web by aldorf on October 31, 2009


DaysWithMyFather is an online journal and photo essay by photographer Phillip Toledano which chronicles his father, their relationship and whatever days they have left together.

It’s a very personal and moving story. Content is king but extremely well-designed.



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