Tuesday, 25 December 2007

James & Joe & Yule

Merry Christmas!

To celebrate the wonder of this 25th day of days, we've made a christmas party of our own:


The illustration features just some of the many people who've been a part of our year - but the list is far from comprehensive. So we apologize that we seem to have cruelly snubbed you. Remember, we still love you truly, madly, and deeply.

To zoom in and out of the page you can use the controls at the top left, it's also possible to click and drag the image with your mouse. Explore it exactly as you would a google map...or any of our other pages.

Anyway, back to our champagne breakfast...

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Garbage Pail Kids

James Flames & Joltin' Joe
Just two of the brilliantly disgusting characters from our childhood favorites the Garbage Pail Kids. As soon as we found Barren AARON's GPK World that sweet smell of bubble gum from a freshly opened pack of cards came rushing back up our nostrils.
Barren AARON's site has a huge archive of nearly all the cards, wrapping, promotional posters, and loads more Garbage pail related goodies to keep your inner child happy for hours. They have even listed all the character's names and where you can find them. Its great stuff, have a browse.
Barren AARON's GPK World

Tuesday, 18 December 2007

The Perry Bible Fellowship cartoons

A huge collection of hilarious cartoons. Please if you only click on one link today check these out.
The Perry Bible Fellowship drawn by Nicholas Gurewitch

Tuesday, 11 December 2007


Why not do something great with a banner ad, why not treat it the same as any other ad space out there.
BannerBlog has a nice collection of cool banner ads for you to browse through and comment on.
Ps We know the image isn't strictly a banner ad, but it is interesting (Mietwagen is German for Rent a Car).

Fragiles: Porcelain, Glass & Ceramics

Maxim Velcovsky's, "Little Joseph" is a very different type of candle holder, we assume as the wax builds up Little Joseph slowly grows hair. However when using white candles (as in this picture), some might think it looks like something entirely different.
Fragiles: Porcelain, Glass & Ceramics Exhibition at Design Miami.
A beautiful collection of little works of art for the home.

An annual report that has to be cooked first.

Well Done: a food company annual report that has to be cooked first.
A very D&AD idea.
Check out a little more about it HERE.

Dick Tricks

After the Queen's speach, when the whole family is full of food and getting sleepy, charades can seem sooo last year. Instead why not log onto www.dick-tricks.com and impress the Aunts and Uncles with a little genital fun.

Wednesday, 5 December 2007


Secret Ingredients: A careful mixture of GHB and rohypnol?

The ads for P-Diddy's new fragrance are all over the place, but on what level they inspire people to purchase the product I'm just not sure - perhaps it's too complex a portrait of relationships for me. No big smiles and warm embraces here, this is for the lover who needs no compliance.

angel tube station

Angel has the longest escalator in Europe, James made the mistake of running up it one day, he nearly died..

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Free Money from the Chapman Bros

Jake & Dinos Chapman recently defaced £20 notes at this years Frieze Art Fair in reaction to the rocketing prices in the art world.
The notes went like hot cake and started selling for £100 a pop, however I imagine you would have trouble paying for a round in the pub with it.
They have widened this project and are now giving away free downloads online. Grab one before they all run out, could make a nice little poster.

Monday, 19 November 2007

Daniel Eatock’s Editions & Originals show

Daniel Eatock’s gallery show, Editions & Originals, opened at London’s Kemistry Gallery on Friday 16 November and runs into January. This is a definite must see for anyone partial to a little graphic wit and conceptual design. As soon as we've had a shifty round we'll post up a more in depth report. Until then you can read Gavin Lucas' review on the CR Blog.

Sunday, 18 November 2007

Thoughtful T-Shirts

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Some nice T-Shirt ideas from out friends at Toughtful.
We really like the concept of a T-Shirt that is only legible to the wearer, it turns the whole idea of a slogan Tee on its head. (James has a tattoo that can only be understood from his viewpoint)
The "I Love Recycling" tee is clean and funny, it could also fit brilliantly with our "I Love My Mum" & "iLove U" designs.

Friday, 16 November 2007

John Lewis Christmas advert, "Shadows"

We are big fans of the concept behind the new add but are disappointed with the end shot, the climax to the advert.
Maybe this is just because we are aware of where they got the inspiration, Tim Noble & Sue Webster.
Noble & Websters shadows are beautiful and importantly show clearly the subject matter. This is where the John Lewis ad fails, the final shot is supposedly a woman holding a glass, with a dog. However it just isnt clear enough, when compared with Noble & Websters work.

See some more of their work here and here.

Thursday, 15 November 2007

We Are Your Friends

And you thought you where funny drawing a penis on Daves head when he got drunk and fell asleep that time.

'Cool Cash' card confusion

A LOTTERY scratchcard has been withdrawn from sale by Camelot - because players couldn't understand it.

To qualify for a prize, users had to scratch away a window to reveal a temperature lower than the figure displayed on each card. As the game had a winter theme, the temperature was usually below freezing.

The 23-year-old, who said she had left school without a maths GCSE, said: "On one of my cards it said I had to find temperatures lower than -8. The numbers I uncovered were -6 and -7 so I thought I had won, and so did the woman in the shop. But when she scanned the card the machine said I hadn't.

"I phoned Camelot and they fobbed me off with some story that -6 is higher - not lower - than -8 but I'm not having it."

Is this what we have to account for when designing a new product or advertisement these days?

Story taken from:
Manchester Evening News

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Ted Baker Xmas Window

We received some great news today – Planarama have finished installing our first ever window display. We designed the big Christmas window for Ted Bakers "exquisite standalone womenswear store" at Langley Court, Covent Garden (map). It consists of a layered white Christmas wonderland scene spreading across the numerous front windows...

Beginning our work with Ted Baker by developing concepts for their high-street stores, it seemed quite a jump to work on their boutique womenswear store. Whilst the majority of Ted Baker windows are colourful, mechanized, and have a unique sense of humour, Langley Court strives to be elegant, feminine, and up-market.

We took on the challenge and chatted to/up the young women who worked & shopped in the store, and set out to do the impossible, think like women! We plan to see it for ourselves soon, so as we can get some more shots of the whole display working as one.

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Painting in 3D

Chinese Painter Xia Xiao Wan uses layers of glass to make 3-D paintings - Whilst the images of his work look impressive, it would be pretty helpful to see them in the flesh. Though, as yet, he's not had a U.K. exhibiton.

Read + See more here

The Celebrity Image

Eagerly awaiting the new Indiana Jones movie, "Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (...catchy title), we were delighted to find a new selection of old Ghanaian film posters, featuring one of Harrison Ford looking as sharp as ever....

In search of more gold, we also found a nice grouping of Belarusian film posters. The delicacy with which such celebs as Drew Barrymore, Jack Black, and Lindsay Lohan are portrayed suggests the Belarusian artists are perhaps not quite sticklers for realism.

A more intentional twist on the celebrity image can be found in the (fairly) new Top Trumps cards, Hollywood Zombies, again featuring a less than flattering rendition of Barrymore.

Sexy Bills

"Turban Noguchi to Yukai na Nakama-tachi" is a gallery of paper money origami. Nakajima is credited as inventor of the Turban Noguchi origami technique and, listen up, offers a firm word of warning to overzealous origami enthusiasts — "too much folding can destroy the money, so be careful".

Also, while we're wasting time and money, why not treat your loved one to something special in the form of an origami ring? ...Probably because it's fairly tacky. Click here to listen to some awful music and find out how to make a novelty ring all at the same time. We particularly enjoyed the romantic ending, how sweet.

Thursday, 8 November 2007

What's the worst that can happen?

One of the best arguments on climate change I have heard. The only real, honest way to look at our future. No preaching, no confusing numbers or words, just simple common sense.

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Go around twice if you're happy

Like those protest signs but nice....arrrrrrrr

Running from Camera

A series of photographs with one thing in common, the photographer is running away.
Slightly odd, but they have something very intriguing about them, however it appears he runs a bit like a girl.
running from camera .blogspot.com.

Advertising, the new Graffiti

I'm not 100% with all the ideas these guys have but I really do think there is something in ad's being the new graffiti. But hasnt graffiti always been a form of advertising?
If you want to explore the argument more say hello to the people at anti advertising agency.com.

Sunday, 4 November 2007

Stop Frame Animation

Two very different but equally brilliant stop frame animations. It's a very interesting medium that is best used when nessessary for concept or aesthetics not just budget. 

Wednesday, 31 October 2007

We Are Thoughtful

Any students out there looking to impress one of the most interesting creative agencies around, heres the chance.

We Are Thoughtful have launched a thoughtful give away:

Definitely worth a look we'd say.

Friday, 26 October 2007

Emptees: Tee of the Day!!

Wow Tee of the day, thats pretty cool. Remember guys if you want one just let us know.

Thursday, 25 October 2007

Urban camouflage

To combat a fear of crime in Japan, Ms. Tsukioka, a 29-year-old experimental fashion designer, has created numerous ways to disguise oneself to avoid being noticed - So you'll no longer need your unreliable pepper spray and taser combo. The vending machine design was inspired by a trick used by the ancient ninja, who cloaked themselves in black blankets at night. Check out this slide show for more pics.


A video that should at least be pondered over..
Nice comment on youtube about it however "Did you know this guy who has a Facebook knows a guy who worked at this place that also employed this woman who had a cousin who drove to work with the devil? That means Facebook is owned by the devil. Fact."

Wednesday, 24 October 2007


"Milk is spoiled when it starts to look like yogurt. Yogurt is spoiled when it starts to look like cottage cheese. Cottage cheese is spoiled when it starts to look like regular cheese. Regular cheese is nothing but spoiled milk anyway and can’t get any more spoiled than it is already. Cheddar cheese is spoiled when you think it is blue cheese."
Nice sentence or two from Will Work For Food, in response to best when used by.com. Its a funny little site that lets you enter all the best before dates of your food, then emails you the day before its due to be chucked. Pretty time wasting and useless if you ask me. The old sniff test has never failed us.

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Little Halloween gift from us

Let me know what you think, if it needs changes, if it works, if its crap, scary, funny, anoying etc before we send it out.

Nick Veasey

We found out about this guy while at BDH\TBWA, someone had left his mini book on our desk and it simply amazed us. If i can remember correctly from the book, this is the largest ever XRay.
Nick Veasey .com

Monday, 22 October 2007


nice advert for wonderbra.

Tilt Viewer

Cool gadget/site to view flickr images.
check out ours
Tilt Viewer

Students today

Interesting video asking the relevance of some of the current teaching methods in Universities.
Are they really relevant to the way we live our lives today? Should we have ditched the chalkboard years ago? Has some nice Facebook stats.
Check it out

Saturday, 20 October 2007

Friday, 19 October 2007

250 Google Images

Two hundred fifty googled images by Katerina Matsoukis is a printed email showing two hundred fifty image search results for the words two, hundred, fifty, googled and images.

Fluorescent light tubes

Fluorescent light tubes powered by the electromagnetic field emitted from the overhead power lines. By Richard Box. Absolutely crazy, and very scary.

Webchat with Andy Warhol

A conversation with Andy Warhol, contacted through a psychic with mediumistic abilities via webchat.
Intriguing stuff!!
oliverlaric.com/webchat.htm-listen here

The Specialist

It's pleasant to think of just how much there is online for everyone, no matter what your specialist interest. Rate My Gasmask was designed to be a fun way to show your gasmask pictures and vote on your opinion of pictures submitted by other users of the website. Knock yourself out.

Another site with about the same level of intellectual substance, but offering at least a working page or two. Health & A Fishiency sells itself as a purveyor of the "richest and most natural of pleasures" - nude angling. It's also noteable for it's impressively low standard of photoshopped images, fantastic to see such little effort payed to detail.

Back Up.

Its a crazy crazy world we live in!!

Thursday, 18 October 2007

A Banksy in the bank.

This print (Kids on guns) was bought 3 years ago in a Brighton art store for £250, the other day it was sold at Sutherbys for around £150,000.

I know someone who has this print (Pulp Fiction) they bought from Santa's Ghetto in London about 5 years ago for £50, god knows what's its worth now! Any one have any ideas or want to re-mortgage their house for it?

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Dispatched Logo

I have admired this logo for a while now.
Its simple, obvious, brash, obtrusive, but i think they are all why i love it so much. I like it for some of the same reasons i like the 2020 Olympics logo.

Sunday, 14 October 2007

Victoria Reynolds

Some bloody beautiful art from Victoria Reynolds


Simply, interesting navigation, however could get tedious.

Dave Werner

First you see the viral, then you see the site.

He seems to have the geek sheik down to a T. The videos on his site really give you a deep insight into the projects and something we are working on with our site. A great refreshing approach to a portfolio site.

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

53 O's with John Michael Boling

John Michael Boling's site is not too similar to the other site's I've looked at today.
Or yesterday.
In fact, it's pretty much on a different level. Weird though it is, I think I want to find out more.
Anyone care to join?

Monday, 8 October 2007

Kevin Warwick - Cyborg

Some scary predictions from the man who firstput a micro chip in his head, then went on to wire his nervous systom up to a computer. The first real cyborg. 
Read up a little more:

Sunday, 7 October 2007

Graeme Jennings

Good friend and photographer Graeme Jennings has a wonderful site, with some very beautiful and moving images. Be sure to take a look.

Mentos Gum Pop Art

An old Mento's ad, but a nice idea. It was followed by an exhibition and a website where you could make art works yourself (since gone offline).

Saturday, 6 October 2007

Ad Mirror

Great site that shows similarities in advertising.

Puchi Puchi

PUCHI PUCHI is a hendheld electronic toy that, when squeezed, makes this bubblewrap popping sound.

“Once in every 100 squeezes of an air bubble, instead of emitting a “pop”, the noise will be replaced by the sound of a fart or a woman moaning in ecstasy. “
How’s that for a gift idea?!

Stop Time

Nice ad and dirt cheap to make.

"The viral film cost around 500 Euros. And took us three hours to shoot. It won a silver medal at the New York Festivals and a shortlist in Cannes.
Big idea beats big budget!"


Creative Directors: Florian Meimberg/Torsten Pollmann

Art Director: Franziska Scholz

Film Production: 30 SECONDS

TAJ Hotels - Ring/Heart

Just love the simplicity of the rings shadow.