Friday, November 21, 2014

Squeak squeak squeak

I am in awe of the talented people who create these visual recording things at conferences and meetings.

There's a guy where I work who is particularly good at it.

A word of warning though - Don't sit nearby when it is being done.

It's hard enough focussing at a conference when so many people are typing and tweeting but the constant squeaking of a marker on paper drives me mad.

Rant over... 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The day before tomorrow last week

The Day Before Tomorrow is a cracking new online film series looking at the impact of digital on a variety of industries.

Thanks to the wonders of the internet I had Dave Birss, the man behind the series, introduce one of the films to my creative team via Skype.

The twenty minutes we spent in the company of Dave (albeit via screen) was absolutely brilliant.

He is an inspired thinker and a damn good raconteur.

We watched and loved his film on the entertainment industry. I've watched a couple more since.

I'd suggest you do the same. Here's the link.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Powerpoint & Pictures


It was Russell Davies who first got me interested in blogging.

He also got me interested in interestingness as a thing.

But what I really thank him for is teaching me that powerpoint should be about pictures not just words.

Thank you Russell

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Lettering vs Typography

Just as every client thinks they know how to write just because the have a keyboard on there desk, so every person who plays with type thinks they're a typographer.

Now I'm no type expert. Far from it.

But I do know the difference between Lettering and setting Type.

Sadly a lot of people don't which is why the people from Font Bureau created this handy guide.

You can thank me later. ;-) 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Berlin Wall Google Doodle



I don't visit the Google homepage much these days as I type my searches into the Safari browser.

So obviously I miss many of the cute Google doodles created for special events.

Fortunately I didn't miss this one from last week for the Berlin Wall.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Get Lucky


Thursday, November 13, 2014

It's thought that counts

Yes I know the copy is tiny and hard to read.

Try clicking the pic for a better look.

If that doesn't help just squint.

A lot.

Because these two ads from the Xmas campaign for Foyles bookstore in the UK are well worth squinting for.

Kudos to W&K London for such readerly imagery in the words.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The great white male

My first creative director was a woman.

As was the first one to give me a job when I went to London.

I was also hired by a woman in my current role.

Apparently this is very uncommon.

Which makes me pretty lucky I guess! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Maker of stuff



Lovely little film about a guy called Mac Premo. He calls himself a maker of stuff. I kinda like that. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

New Campari calendar

These stunning pics are from a just launched calendar by Campari.

They look even better if you click to enlarge them.

The lady in red is French actress Eva Green.

Each highly stylised image denotes a key event in the history of Campari.

All I know is I wish I got to go on photo shoots like these!