On our last visit to Singapore I picked up the new iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil and ditched all of my traditional drawing implements in favour of going entirely digital. So far it’s been fantastic—drawing with the Pencil is a pleasure and the iPad is actually lighter than all of the drawing gear I was carrying before.
I recently completed and launched my new game, Barista!—a fast-paced coffee creation game in which you have to fulfil all of the orders and get to the end of the day before your grumpy boss Jim fires you. It’s available on the App Store now for free!
At this point, I’m supposed to say: “you should totally play it! it’s amazing!”
Here’s the thing, though: it’s not the most fun game ever.
I love theme parks. I love eating ice cream to a dramatic film score soundtrack. I love walking through carefully constructed, exquisitely detailed scenes, imagining the hard work that a team of immensely creative people put in to make me feel like I’m in a 1920s-era, hyper-stylised New York.
“If you actually go and experience someone else’s culture…you can’t help but connect to the humanity within them…People have to get out and interact.” ~ Ali Smith
“In order to see that interconnectedness we need to be open to it, which means to be curious about the world.” ~ Alan Senauke
Made by three friends and fellow nomads—Guy Reid, Christoph Ferstad, and Steve Watts Kennedy—over the course of three years, Planetary is a subtle and stunning documentary that asks us to reconsider our role in the environmental and social crises that are currently affecting our planet.
But it is also a love letter to travel, emphasising the importance of contact with both the natural world and of other cultures in order to get back in touch with our common humanity, too often lost in the frenetic pace and bright distractions of modern life.