Archive for the ‘Inspirational’ Category

One Down, A Few To Go

April 5, 2011

It’s April already and I’ve made a bit of a slow start with my resolutions (I’ve been swimming a handful of times – that’s about it). However, I’ve just signed up to help fund a Kickstarter project, so that’s one off the list.

About the project – It’s a ten minute short film shot on HD on location in London. Entitled ‘Lunch Date’ it follows this plot:

2011 was supposed to be Annabel’s year. So why is she here, sitting in a restaurant, being told by a thirteen-year-old that her boyfriend, Thomas, doesn’t want to see her anymore.

The small messenger is Wilbur. He has agreed to break the news as payment for borrowing Thomas’s tent. But dispensing with Annabel proves a bigger challenge than Wilbur had anticipated.

If you want to help fund it (or just find out more) – you can do so here.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1758348030/lunch-date-a-short-film/widget/video.html

 

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Creative Social presents …. The Future of Advertising

November 12, 2010

Finally I managed to get to an Internet Week event after missing Tuesday’s apparently brilliant Metaphwoar. It was ‘Creative Social presents the Future of Advertising and featured some great talks from some of the worlds most innovative creative directors.

Technology was a huge focus for the majority of the night – with some particularly interesting points from Work Club’s Andy Sandoz who wrestled with the concept of humans becoming machines (heavy stuff for what was supposed to be a talk about advertising).

Another great talk that wasn’t quite so reminiscent of a Terminator movie was Sam Ball’s insight into the gaming world, looking at behavioral pattens of gamers all over the world and the impact that games have on our behavior as consumers. One particularly interesting point he made was that people in certain communities would earn real money within these games (farming for gold, harvesting crops etc.)  whilst gamers in other communities would happily spend real money to skip the monotony of these same tasks, in effect developing their own economic systems within the platform. Certainly food for thought.

Hopefully videos of the talks will be uploaded at some point. In the mean time you can view Andy Sandoz’s presentation here.

 

Internet Week

October 15, 2010

This November will see the first Internet Week Europe. A five day event in London that looks to celebrate the best digital offerings in the industry. There’s a tonne of cool stuff going on from breakfast at Mother to a host of digital drop-in’s from industry experts. I’m personally looking forward to Metaphwoar on Tuesday night. You can find out more about it here:

https://www.internetweekeurope.com/

http://metaphwoar.org/

The Wilderness Downtown – Interactive Music Video

September 1, 2010

You may remember a few years back, Arcade Fire’s interactive music video for Neon Bible. The one where a singing head and two hands move around and do different stuff when you click on them. Anyway, they’re back at it, this time using html 5 and Google Street View to wow you with their talent.

There’s something quite cool about the mucky resolution google pics sitting with polished sections of video & 3D, and it’s another step in the right direction for the progression of html5.

See what you think:

http://www.thewildernessdowntown.com/

Alex Bogusky Tells All

August 11, 2010

A very interesting article by Danielle Sacks regarding Alex Boguskys departure from Crispin & the advertising industry:
http://www.fastcompany.com/alex-bogusky-tells-all

It starts off quite complimentary and then starts to lay in to him towards the end. Even more interesting though is Boguskys step by step analysis of the article on his blog. A typically smart and timely move from him which is no doubt what made CPB so great in the first place:

http://alexbogusky.posterous.com/filling-in-the-blanks

Well worth a read if you have time.

Tomorrow, In A Year – A Darwin Electro-Opera

July 28, 2010

I was at the Barbican last night to see ‘Tomorrow, In A Year’ – the new opera by Danish performance group Hotel Pro Forma in collaboration with Swedish electronic duo (and one of my favourite bands) The Knife.

Based on Charles Darwins’ ‘Origin of the Species’ it was pretty surreal to say the least. A combination of smoke, lasers, dance and operatic vocals set to a dark booming & glitchy soundtrack made for a pretty weird show, but one I’m definitely glad I saw.

Here’s a little taster of what to expect if you get the chance to see it:

An Idiots Guide to Data Visualization

July 7, 2010

I may qualify as an idiot in this field but I found this article about data visualization absolutely fascinating. I saw Jer Thorp at flash on the beach last year and his work is amazing (and the results are beautiful). Well worth a read if you’ve got a spare 10 mins – a good intro to the subject.

Rory Sutherland: Sweat the Small Stuff

June 16, 2010

Another fantastic talk from ad man Rory Sutherland. Some great insight here:

Volcanic Photographic

April 19, 2010

Some amazing photos taken just two days ago by photographer Peter Vancoillie of the Eyjafjallajokull crater in Iceland:

Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

March 24, 2010

I’ve got to be honest, I always found Steve Jobs a bit smug and slightly annoying but I’ve a whole new found respect for him. Some great insight and advice to be had here: