Wired Magazine Documentary on Red Bull TV

james_porto_red_bull_ripple_effect_wired_documentary Red Bull TV just released a short documentary about the improbable creation of Wired Magazine by four unlikely individuals, Louis Rossetto, Jane Metcalfe, John Plunkett and Barbara Kuhr. As Red Bull TV states,  “A group of prophetic technophiles fuse art, design, and technology to become the mouthpiece of the digital revolution. Wired Magazine rides the bleeding edge of new age media and transforms scientists and nerds into the new rockstars.” I was a frequent contributor to Wired in those early years and was thrilled that they included me in the documentary for a few seconds and also featured some of our best collaborations. See it here. I appear at 1:23 and 11:00. The mini-doc is from a Red Bull series called, The Ripple Effect, which takes its title from the following definition, “Like a proverbial pebble dropped in a pond, some individuals have an influence so profound it ripples across oceans and through time”.

Following is a small gallery of some of the work I did under John Plunkett’s masterful art direction, in these, an opportunity to work at my highest potential.


This was for the cover of the Hollywood Issue.


This was for the cover of that ushered in the new millenium, January 2000 with the tagline, Here We Go!


This image illustrated a Bruce Sterling fictional story about the demise of NYC due to an overburdened electrical grid and the plant-based architecture that arose afterwards.


Another illustration for a Bruce Sterling fictional story set in a post climate change New York.


For the table of contents in an issue about transcending the limitations of being human through technology.


The lead image in an issue about the future of technology.