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More Lomo action…

September 24, 2009

Here are some more photos from a recent trip to Paris using my Holga camera. This time in colour!

I’m a Lebowski, you’re a Lebowski yes, yes…

August 12, 2009

I’m a massive fan of The Big Lebowski, so naturally I love this new ident from VW created as part of their ‘See Film Differently” campaign that supports independent cinema. It celebrates the unique philosophy of the main character The Dude who loves bowling, White Russian cocktails and his rug that ‘…really ties the room together’. If you haven’t seen the film I suggest you watch it right now because you will love it.

I’m sure that these idents will work really well on the big screen and will give any cinema fan that nice, fuzzy feeling that’ll produce positive, cool associations with VW. With the constant talk of two-way conversation etc. it’s easy to forget the power of the medium, I believe cinema is still as powerful if not more powerful than it’s ever been and can produce some massive emotive effects on the audience.

Here are the other two videos from the series:

Linked Data – unlocking the internet

July 8, 2009

It’s easy to associate the word data with numbers and spreadsheets, and if you have a deep-rooted fear of maths, as I do, it can be pretty scary. For me, it’s been made aesthetically less scary and more enticing by beautiful data visualisations but coming to terms with data and its signficance isn’t just about pretty representations, it goes much much deeper. As Tim Berners-Lee says in this talk – “Data is relationships”.

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Harun Farocki

June 29, 2009

Harun Farocki is a German filmmaker whose work looks at the relationship between technology and our perception of the world. I saw an exhibition featuring his video installations at Jeu de Paume in Paris and found the work massively immersive and interesting.

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Green Roofs

June 15, 2009

There was a nice article last month in National Geographic which discusses the growing trend of “living roofs”. Aside from the fact that they’re great for the environment – making the city healthier and its buildings more sustainable – I love the surrealness of them and the cool, severe mix of green and concrete. There’s loads more examples in the article and it’s worth checking out. Makes me wish I lived in the top flat…

Another nice bit of thinking

June 8, 2009

As we all know, binge drinking’s becoming fairly endemic in the UK and something high up on the COI’s communications agenda. I really liked the thinking and strategy behind VCCP’s last TV campaign based on the idea that you wouldn’t do all those stupid things that you do when you’re pissed when you’re sober. (more…)

Addictive clocks

June 5, 2009

I stumbled upon this animated clock, and I thought I’d share.

This hasn’t got anything to do with Flavor Flav except for his love of the massive clock…

It’s really simple, really hypnotic and reminded me a little bit of the brilliance of Uniqlo’s dancing Uniqlock.

The Future of Gaming?

June 3, 2009

This is a demonstration of Microsoft’s new add on for the Xbox called Project Natal. It’s a rival to the Wii and looks pretty amazing as it doesn’t use any controllers, the gamer is the controller controlling games using their body. (more…)

Hang up your mouse

May 11, 2009

There’s a lot of stuff flying around at the moment regarding augmented technology and interactivity in general. Touchscreen is becoming ubiquitous and there’s a lot of discourse popping up about how technology will increasingly become an extension of the human being, check out The Sixth Sense – an example of wearable computing –  for a good demonstration of this. (more…)

Lomography

April 13, 2009

I was very happy to be given a Holga camera for Christmas and have just got my first film developed. It’s been a long time since I’ve taken analog photos and it made me remember how different it all was pre-digital, the increased levels of preciousness about each photo and the excitement at getting the film developed. These photos were taken in both Oslo and Surrey. Personally, I think the Holga lens gives them quite an eerie edge…

More photos after the jump!

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Shimmering bits from the w w w

March 30, 2009

I’ve been storing up some found digital images over the last few months hoping I would be able to drop them inconspicuously into a post to highlight a salient point. As I’ve not yet found one opportunity to pull this off, I’ve decided to throw caution to the wind and just put them down here. It feels good to get them out, so here’s a selection of my favourites.  After all this is supposed to be about sharing…

Could have used this one for my Seeing things differently post actually…

More after the jump!

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Smooth…

March 24, 2009

Nice viral as part of the Stella Artois 4% campaign. French nonchalance at its best.

Seeing things differently

March 19, 2009

Faris Yakob’s written an article for AdAge which you’ll find here, it’s well worth a read. It sets out nine aphorisms for Digital Communication trends in 2009. One of them really resonated with me as it’s something I’m fairly passionate about at the moment – “Find new ways to see”.

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Augmented reality & imagining what they could do with football cards…

March 12, 2009

This is a really cool, if not slightly pointless, bit of augmented reality technology bringing baseball cards to life.

The evolution of brand logos

February 27, 2009

Really interesting to look at how big brands’ logos have evolved over the years and consider the sociocultural context in which they were conceived. Enjoy!


Interestingly Canon’s hasn’t changed since the 1950s.

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