Melissa Deckert is a multidisciplinary designer, art director and content creator who loves to work with her hands. Based out of Brooklyn, New York, she makes up ½ of Party of One Studio, a creative collaboration with designer Nicole Licht. Spanning a variety of disciplines, their work combines traditional graphic design principles with 3D compositions and photography—using handcrafted props, colorful set design and odd styling to create bold and unique visuals.
The Most Fabulously Camp Routine in the History of Male Showgirls 2 minutes
Let’s start this list off with some joy—this routine literally never ceases to put a smile on my face and I’ve come back to it again and again for music reference, gratuitous sound effects (0:54 is golden), neon set design inspo or simply to marvel at the capabilities of the human form when you work out every day.
Hi Stranger 3 minutes
This video by Kristen Lepore is a masterpiece and everything I want to feel now and forever. It warms my heart, is deeply human, makes me incredibly uncomfortable and forces me to keep watching. Whoever did the voiceover deserves an Oscar and the airbrushed flush on the butt was a stroke of genius. All this to say, I love what you can do with a simple concept, some Sculpey and a nice backlight.
Young Thug - Wyclef Jean Official Video 5 minutes
This whole music video is a result of what happens when you work with an unpredictable client, nothing works out the way you planned and you have to completely improvise the final product. Shout out to a make it work moment!
Robyn / SNL Dance Comparison 4 minutes
I don’t think this was ever an official SNL sketch, but rather something the cast made after hours with a little motivation and a furry crop top. My favorite part of this videos is the total commitment paired with a complete lack of effort. The visible “strobe” flashlights at 1:02 really make this whole video for me and are a reference I keep replaying, but still have no idea how to someday incorporate into my work.
Kali Uchis - After The Storm 3 minutes
I’m a huge fan of Nadia Lee Cohen’s work and this video is a beautiful mix of set design, styling, handmade elements and campy moments. The hand painted storm clouds, slick Bootsy Collins cereal animations, Cinderella-esque puppeted birds, Tyler The Creator’s grassy rebirth and sweet Chia babies—I just love it all.
YouTube Duet - Miles Davis Improvising on LCD Soundsystem 5 minutes
I originally planned to end this list with LCD Soundsystem’s, “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” as a sweet and simple ode to NY and its many ups and downs. BUT THEN Youtube autoplay brought this up and it was truly a gift. The Internet is a magical place.