Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Days With My Father by Phil Toledano

Phil Toledano recently released a photo essay titled Days With My Father. A touching compilation of photos taken after the death of Toledano's mother, the images give an intimate look at the father-son relationship and serve as a time capsule of the period. Although very simple and sparse, the series captures huge emotion.

Created by Fashionbuddha, the elegant design and functionality of the site compliments the work by allowing the photos to stand on their own and speak for themselves. I found it to be inspiring and at times heart-wrenching.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Layer Tennis

Layer Tennis is a series of live design events on Friday afternoons presented by Adobe Creative Suite 4.

Two competitors swap a file back and forth in real-time, adding to and embellishing the work. Each artist gets fifteen minutes to complete a "volley" and then we post that to the site live.

The players may be designers, animators, illustrators or pretty much anything else, and they can use any tool or application they like. The match progresses volley by volley.

A third participant, a writer, provides play-by-play commentary on the action as it happens.

The match lasts for ten volleys and when it's complete, opinioned Season Ticket Holders sound off and we declare a winner. Check Tennis HQ for more information and links to past matches.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Pretty Funny

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Grid-based design - two essential tools

Grid systems bring visual structure and balance to website design. As a tool grids are useful for organising and presenting information. Used properly, they can enhance the user experience by creating predictable patterns for users to follow. From designer’s point of view they allow for an organized methodology for planning systematic layouts. is an amazingly useful website - it's a handy tool for dabbling around with grids and typography when starting a new website design.

GridFox is a Firefox extension which places a grid on top of any website. If you’ve started your design from a grid-based layout, you can now easily check to make sure everything is lining up the way you had planned.

Monday, February 16, 2009

How TV ads are taking the net by storm

Companies such as Cadburys are increasingly using TV spots to launch their ad campaigns online.

As a piece of entertainment, it runs the gamut from highbrow to lowbrow. The latest TV commercial from Cadbury, in which two schoolchildren's eyebrows "dance" along to a funky soundtrack, has been hailed as proof that - for advertisers - the internet, not television, is now king.

The one-minute film opens with a boy and girl sitting in a photographer's studio waiting to have their portrait taken. But the photographer leaves the shot when the boy starts an electro tune, "Don't Stop the Rock" by Freestyle, on his digital watch and the children break into a choreographed eyebrow dance in time to the music. The little girl - wearing a dress in trademark Cadbury purple - produces a balloon, which she uses as an unusual sound accompaniment.

The ad had its premiere during the final of Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 4 and has frequently been on TV since. But it is online that "Eyebrows" has gone "viral" and picked up unstoppable momentum. American rapper and producer Kanye West posted a link to the video on his blog, while celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton featured it with the comment: "The UK definitely seems to be doing them better! Click here to check out a super-cool new commercial." Actor and writer Stephen Fry gave it a further boost via his posts on the microblogging site Twitter.

Cadbury now estimates that the video has been watched more than four million times on YouTube and other sites - more than double the number racked up at the same stage by an earlier Cadbury cult hit, featuring a gorilla playing drums to Phil Collins's In the Air Tonight.

The company has struck a deal with Orange to give away the latest ad's soundtrack as a mobile phone ringtone, which was downloaded 125,000 times in the first 11 days.

"Eyebrows", created by the agency Fallon in a £3.7m campaign, has also spawned numerous parodies, from imitation eyebrow dancers including Lily Allen and Alan Carr, whose rendition on Channel 4's The Sunday Night Project has become a YouTube hit in its own right. Cadbury's website invites visitors to enter an eyebrow dancing competition called "Jivebrow 09", promising an audience of millions.

Lee Rolston, director of marketing for Cadbury Dairy Milk, said: "TV and online are morphing almost daily. We tend to put our first ads in big things such as the Big Brother final or the X Factor, then it's immediately online, which becomes a very fluid, organic process. People tend to interact with the films and make their own versions and their own music. We just let it go and see what people think of it.

"It's down to the quality of the film, and how it makes you feel, to how successful it is as a piece of online film. It should surprise and delight you so you want to pass it on, and the best medium for that is online."

From Media Guardian

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Valentine's

Kazunori Yamazaki, a 51-year-old Japanese farmer was astonished when a baby ox was born on his farm complete with a heart-shaped marking on its forehead.

The creatively-named 'Heart' was born 20 days ago at the Yamakun farm in Fujisawa, near Tokyo.

The paradox of PLEASE

This is great.

From the ever-educational Logic+Emotion.

New Cinnamon Creative Site

Cinnamon Creative has a fabulous new website! Have a look round and let us know what you think.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Pimp that snack

If you’re stuck for ideas for that special someone on Valentine’s Day, check out Pimp That Snack. Many treasures to be found. Favourites are the toffee crisp, chocolate button, twix, creme egg and number one the party ring.

Thanks to It's Nice That.

Friday, February 6, 2009

How to make the most out of Snow Day

A huge group effort by random strangers on Hampstead Heath helped to produce an enormous snowball that was eventually pushed down the hill after much protestation from the safety police.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

New website is the 'Google for Films'

For the first time the release dates for every film and DVD available in the UK, and where to watch or obtain them lawfully, has been put on a single website.

Seeing itself as the “Google for films”, the site from the UK Film Council lets visitors find out when, where and how a film is available, legally and on across all formats. will be updated daily, but already offers more than 30,000 unique film records – the equivalent to seven years’ worth of film – for its users to search. Like most movie searches, the site lets users enter the genre of a film but it can also run keyword searches by mood, location or film preferences, like ‘fairytale ending.’

The thinking behind the site, beyond giving film addicts their fix, is to combat the piracy that costs British TV and film-makers a reported £485m a year in lost revenue.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

London snow provides blank canvas for branding

An innovative and quick-thinking creative agency, took advantage of yesterday's blizzards to deliver a 'snow-tagging' campaign for sports channel, Extreme.

Curb, which provides branding and advertising solutions using only natural resources, stamped over 2000 Extreme logos onto 350 London locations.

Parked cars, post boxes, walls and central London’s shopping hub Oxford Street, were all branded with the logo, which was applied using a laser cut stencil.

Al Gosling, CEO of Extreme Group, said: "Extreme has a long history of both branding innovation and association with alpine adrenaline living, but it’s not very often we get to bring these both together onto the streets of London.