IBM: Smarter Planet

These ads were made for IBM and their project ‘Smarter Planet‘. Ads created by Ogilvy South Africa,

Filthy Media Stationary

I could eat this. Beautiful design and print for Filthy Media’s stationary.

Stranger & Stranger Christmas Absinthe

Well it beats sending your clients a chocolate Santa I suppose. Jaw dropping design and production.

Stranger & Stranger Christmas Absinthe

Stunning Goodyear Brand Guidelines

Amazing Goodyear Corporate Brand Guidlines book, click here for more…

Stats entertainment

Here’s a creative problem for you – how do you present 120,000 numbers covering data from 200 countries over 200 years to show average income and life expectancy trends in four genuinely compelling minutes?

The man’s a genius!

Try faking it!

Brian Eno chats to Jarvis Cocker about how he tried to tame creativity with a pack of cards in the shape of his Oblique Strategies (buy/wiki). The cards were produced to be consulted randomly in the event of one finding oneself in a high pressure creative situation (a recording studio, say?) And giving tips like: Work at a different speed, Use an old idea, Try faking it! and my favourite, State the problem in words as clearly as possible.

The Nine Eyes of Google Street View

By Jon Rafman. More info here, and lots more examples on his Tumblr.

Where good ideas come from

If you’re wondering when your eureka moment is going to come or what the internet is doing to our brains this short film from Steven Johnson is enlightening, entertaining and comforting.

It’s also a great viral ad for a book.

This is what great design does

At first look this is simply a great-looking poster illustrating the phrase ‘The Birds’ with a beautiful visual pun. When you look again you see that each bird silhouette is numbered and the name of the bird is given underneath. Then you realise that this is a list of the 52 UK birds on the endangered red list. Then it hits you what the depiction of the bird flight really means…. this is what great design does.

Buy it. And thanks to Binary and the Brain for making this.

Letterpress heaven – Hatch Show Print, Nashville

Opened in Nashville by brothers Herbert and Charles Hatch in 1879, Hatch Show Print is America’s oldest printing business and is still creating beautiful letterpress posters and handbills using its huge library of hand-cut blocks. From Elvis, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams, to The White Stripes and REM, Hatch has advertised ’em all. And as Hatch still turns out around 600 print jobs each year, t’ain’t goin’ anyplace soon, bub…

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How to take a wedding photo

Along with pictures of cats and babies wedding photography can often seem tired and predictable. Nevertheless Katie Day manages to capture the event without the usual mawkish clichés.

Great film posters

We first became aware of this guy’s work when Hollywood director Jon Favreau tweeted a hand drawn poster for Iron Man II earlier this year.

The illustrator’s name is Tyler Stout, who hails from Washington in the States. He’s spent years caught up watching films and honing his craft, and it’s through this focus that you can see why he didn’t have a girlfriend until he was in his early 20s.

But it’s that kind of love for the subject matter that’s paid off in his later life, getting commissions to produce brilliantly observed re-imagings of current and classic movie posters.

We’re hugely keen on his ‘Kuato Lives’ Total Recall poster – the ‘two weeeeeeeeeks’ head is great – but all of his posters bring something to the party that hasn’t been seen in film posters for years.

Let’s hope we see a return to these sorts of promo values in the near future – all of our lives would be the better for it.

For more of Tyler’s work, stop by at his website – you may even be able to pick yourself up a print, but you’ll need to be quick!

An important message about the arts

David Shrigley’s video: funny, unique and also with a strong message. Now that’s art.

Sign the petition.

Little Big Berlin

This is a wonderful little film about a big city. Filmed in tilt shift so everything is modelesque. Well worth a watch – the music’s lovely too.

Introducing… your future DJ

Now THIS is a multi-touch screen!
The ‘performance’ display was developed by Vimeo user yöyen munchausen and is called Token. The software is called Emulator and is a $75 Windows 7 program by Pablo Martin. Together, they may just have reinvented DJ’ing, Minority Report style.

When the shit hits the Air Multiplier

It's a fan!

A friend of mine, we’ll call him Daniel Griffiths (because that’s his name), occasionally sends me a mini essay on a random topic he’s been thinking about a bit too much. It’s therapy for him and an amusing distraction for me and the handful of others he includes in the email.

His latest is a rant about Dyson’s new fan (and yes… it IS a fan!) the Air Multiplier. Thought you might enjoy it too.

The Dyson Air Multiplier

Before we get stuck into the Dyson Air Multiplier let me ask you a question: Were hoover bags ever a problem in your life?

Think about it.

Did you ever curse having to install and remove them? Did all that tiresome walking over to the bin and dropping them in ever rankle? And the way your hoover ‘lost suction’ just before the bag needed emptying? Were any of the above ever once a thought that even fleetingly crossed your mind?

No, of course they weren’t. The Dyson vacuum cleaner is a solution to a problem that never existed. I could start on about how Dysons, actually, in truth, loose more suction than bagged cleaners. How they require more frequent emptying. How they’re heavier, more cumbersome, use more energy and, rather than having the dirt neatly wrapped up in a bag, instead bring you face to face with your own skin and hair every time you have to trip to the bin. Every five minutes.

I could do that. But instead I want to talk about the Dyson Air Multiplier. Another device that – like their famous Flash Gordon hoovers – is another solution to a problem that nobody has.

It’s like this:

The DAM (as it shall be known herein) looks amazing. Amazing! It’s a hoop on a stick. This is a fan? No way! There are no blades! How? What? Where? I’m actually stunned! It makes air fly out of the circle?! But how? Jeez, £200! They’re having a laugh there, but it makes air fly out?! This is incredible!

Only it isn’t. Have you ever wondered why Dyson hasn’t been able to claim that the DAM is any quieter or uses less electricity than a conventional fan? Or even why – for something with no moving parts – it’s so bloody noisy?…

Think about it. It magically *propels* air… Right?


The reason it uses as much energy as a fan and sounds like a fan is because it is a fan. It does have blades. And a bloody big electric motor to turn them too.

Now, forgive me if this isn’t a surprise. You may be cleverer than I, but I – for some time – presumed that the DAM somehow used ‘Dyson magic’ to propel it’s air.

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Very clever Tipp-Ex campaign

Little needs to be said about this, other than: watch it. Oh and then type something into the bar at the top.

The FuturePlus heavenly jukebox…

Inspired by a unique new service, And Vinyly, which will preserve your ashes as a limited edition run of vinyl records (no, really), the great and good at FuturePlus have put their heads together and come up with suitably pithy A- and B-side choices for their be-grooved epitaphs…

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Custom belts: art you can wear — from concho to emo

As you’d expect, yer average High Street emo kid has absolutely no idea of the ancestry of their nattily studded fashion belts, and why should they? Adding studs and jewels to leather belts appears to have crossed over from Mexico to American ‘Western’ wear back in the 1920s. The vaqueros’ penchant for affixing conchos and studs to their garments (all the better to reflect their wealth) had picked up native American influences by the time the style hit such mainstream retailers as Miller of Colorado and Montgomery Ward in the 1930s.

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Introducing… Twitter Parade!

Well this is fun. Once. Hit this link, enter your favourite Twitter ID and watch your very own Twitter parade of followers walk past complete with avatar heads and recent tweet speach bubbles. Very cute.

Journalism warning labels

Geeky comedian Tom Scott has been stickering the free papers in London with his own custom journalism warning stickers below. Want to join him on his quest? Download your own sticker sheet here.

Pimp my pressie!

Yo! Wanna be the flyest gift-giving brother/sister on your block? D’ya feel me?
Thought not. Loving this Rapping Paper though. A pun/typo mixed with famous rap lyrics and you have yourself an instant Paperchase classic! See more here.

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Tent peg bottle opener — perfect for the festival season…

California’s Red Flag Design have come up with a nifty, recycled solution to a common problem for festival-goers, the lost bottle opener. Save your teeth with this re-engineered ex-military tent peg, which now serves double duty — “Holds it down, opens it up” as the designers put it.

However, if you can’t find your tent, I don’t think it’ll help…

If James Cameron did cookies…

I often use cookies to augment my own reality, but now virtual reality is here to augment my cookies. Behold: 3D cookies! Thanks to chocolate Augmented Reality symbols. So this is an excuse to look at some cookies… but imagine the marketing opportunities – kids scanning supermarket shelves with a phone and watching dinosaurs drooling over the pepperami, while a digitised Wayne Rooney bangs in goals atop the Mars bars, or a pack of lunchbox ham turns into a beautiful sandwich. But all that’s to come, for now, cookies:

Creative mugs

We love a mug. Probably more than normal. In the office, mugs are as important as you’re computer, and keep you ticking throughout the day.

There’s always a lot of politics involved with mugs at work, but what is indisputable, is that if you have a great mug you’ll be the envy of your co-workers (and you’ll need to keep it in your desk drawer at night).

With that in mind, here’s a few of our favourites to hopefully inspire you to get yourself a decent mug, instead of whatever happens to be in the cupboard.

If only things had been different

Here’s a clever bit of creative action, changing the course of England’s World Cup game from last Saturday against the USA…

Editors replaced by robots

Must find CONTENT!

An astounding story that’ll make any editorial person’s blood run cold. A remorseless algorithm scours Google for search data and spews out an endless stream of editorial ideas. The ideas are turned into content by a global army of low-cost freelancers, who will soon be pumping out the equivalent of four English-language Wikipedias per month, according to Demand Media, the company behind this dark vision of the future. Click here for more.

Using twitter to make people happy

Beware: a wordy piece. It’s a post about how twitter can make you happy. The sub-text to that is how you can use twitter to build brand – personal and business. The piece is by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos – the online US retailer. Zappos are growing faster than Japanese knotweed, but are much more friendly, and that’s the secret of their success.

They’re also successfully using social media to engage customers. The Zappos’ approach emphasises the value of making personal connections not directly promoting offers. They enable customers to get to know Zappos as people: generating positive associations that are more likely to bloom into a long-standing relationship.

Click here to read the post

Earth art

This American artist Jim Denevan is one of those guys who has the kind of life that city office workers secretly yearn for; the ones they try to buy on TV relocation programs.

Jim spends his days creating truly inspiring temporary art from sand, earth or ice, and the pieces he produces are transfixingly epic.

Below are examples of a few of his creations – click on them to go to the mini-gallery, then again to make them bigger – and you can find more by going to his website via these handy blue words.

Hats off to ya Jim, you’re doing a great job.

Curious choice of image to illustrate this story…