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A LOTTERY scratchcard has been withdrawn from sale by Camelot - because players couldn't understand it.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