Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Spot on

Go to for more of these very funny-because-they-are-true-isms

Friday, July 25, 2008

This makes my heart melt...

This ad just puts a smile on my face. I LOVE IT!

You've seen Sony Bravia's first advert with the bouncing balls, and the second one featuring a big grey tower block with splashes of paint thrown at it, but this is the third, and best, in my opinion. Thanks to Tom Sheahan for sharing the wonderfulness of it with me.

Sony claim that this - the Play Doh advert - is the 'most ambitious piece of stop-motion animation ever undertaken', and that they used 2.5 tonnes of plasticine for the three weeks filming took in New York. Take a look and judge for yourself, but I'm going on record saying this is definitely their best yet. How can you not wuv the cute widdle wabbits, aaaaaah.

Web usability

Jakob Nielsen is considered to be the guru of web usability. His expertise is based on human factors engineering, but he has received criticism from many graphic designers for not succeeding to balance the importance of other user experience considerations such as eye appeal.

In any case I find his knowledge very useful and his findings balance out my design eye.

He has written many interesting articles - one of the most useful is Top Ten Mistakes in Web Design. Notice how ugly the design of the page is...

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

European Design Awards 2008

Check out the the results of the European Design Awards 2008 by clicking here.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Review: Psycho Buildings (Artists take on Architecture) at The Hayward Gallery

Psycho Buildings invites us to engross ourselves in a series of ten captivating and disconcerting installations that combine 2 and 3D design with the use of light, colour and smell to encourage viewers to become adventurous participants, and question what architecture means to us.

The installations that I really enjoyed experiencing included a roof top lake, designed like an infinity pool, looking like you could row yourself (or even throw yourself) right over the edge; a steel-plated “Life Tunnel”; a miniature outdoor cinema made of plywood and PVC; a red fabric staircase and an inflated transparent fabric sphere where visitors interact by climbing a staircase to the roof and then rolling and bouncing around while observers below enjoy the view.

Without a doubt, Psycho Buildings is an exhibition which has succeeded in getting people to re-examine and explore their relationship with their surroundings. It's a really fun exhibition that deserves to be the highlight of The Hayward’s 40th anniversary season,

Psycho Buildings is at The Hayward, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1, until August 25th.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Everyday Illustration

I came across the drawings of Royal College of Art student Tom Judd who has completed the massive task of illustrating everyday for a year in what looks like the same sketchbook. Astonishingly this isn’t the first time Tom has completed the challenge having decided to take up this year-on year-off schedule throughout his entire life.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Colours of Web 2.0

Looks to me like blue is in the lead...