Motorola have run a print ad in the current issue of Wired with the ability to change colour. The reader is able to change the colour of the phone on the advert, with the intention being to highlight the colour customisation feature on the new Moto X smartphone. When I first read about the advert, which was created by Digitas, I wanted to buy a copy of the magazine when it came out so that I could try it out for myself. Unfortunately, only 150,000 Wired readers will get to see the advert, and these copies of the magazine are only being distributed in Chicago and New York. Rude. So, unless you’re one of the smug Chicagoans or New Yorkers who actually got their hands on a proper copy, you will have to watch the video below to see how it works.
Maybe it’s best that I didn’t get a copy of the magazine. I would have wanted to see how it was made, and I would have probably ended up ruining all the fun by doing this to it…
Posted in Advertising, Brands, Design, PR, Technology, Writing
Tagged 2013, advertising, blogging, Chicago, colour changing advert, cool, design, digital, Digitas, Digitas agency, DigitasLBi, interactive advert, Leonie Cumiskey, magazine, magazine advert, media, mobile phones, Moto X, Motorola, New York, PR, print advertising, Publicis Group, publishing, tech, technology, USA, video, Wired, Wired magazine, writer, writing, Youtube
Having recently finished a role working in property marketing, I’ve got a newly-ignited curiosity about the city I live in, and cities in general. I’ve seen some amazing cityscapes on my travels around the, umm…Internet, so here they are! Photographer Ben Thomas uses tilt shift in his photographs to make the urban sprawl of London, New York and San Francisco look like mere children’s toys.
Patrick Vale is an architectural illustrator whose washes of colour are beautifully defined by thick black outlines. I love his combination of stylised panache and intricate detail.
Abigail Daker keeps thing simple with her monochrome line drawings of London, which are amazingly precise. She also specialises in hand-drawn maps, which she has produced for the likes of Winkworth estate agents and Viking River Cruises.
Laura Oldfield Ford‘s neon-smeared sketches aren’t so all-embracing of the city’s built environment. Her subject matter is mainly the urban squalor of council estates, or the dystopian rundown areas under threat from regeneration and new developments – which she has branded ‘yuppiedrones’.
In contrast to Oldfield Ford’s stance, Mark Lascelles Thornton‘s ‘Happiness Machines’ series focuses on the hyper futuristic London landscape that dominates The City, with more and more Manhattan-like corporate skyscrapers springing up in the financial district each year. I really like the flashes of colour in his tight pen drawings, and think that skyscrapers possess a kind of terrifying beauty.
Posted in Art, Culture, Design, Lifestyle, Photography, Writing
Tagged 2013, Abigail Daker, architectural illustration, architecture, art, arts, Ben Thomas, Ben Thomas photographer, blogging, building, cityscapes, council estate, developments, gentrification, illustration, ink, inner city, Laura Oldfield Ford, Leonie Cumiskey, line drawing, London, Manhattan, Mark Lascelles Thornton, marketing, miniature cities, New York, Patrick Vale, photography, property, property marketing, San Francisco, skyscrapers, tilt shift, tilt shift photography, urban sprawl, work, writing, yuppiedrones
This wry GIF, by New York-based illustrator Beomyoung Sohn, is part of a project called ‘Dummymen‘. The repetitive animation shows our mindless addiction to brands and consumerism as well as, presumably, our loss of individuality as a result. The project, which is still a work in progress, has got a really dark, nihilistic humour to it that reminds me of work by Banksy and Jake and Dinos Chapman. It’s amazing how many brand logos have been squeezed onto all the faces of each block; every time I think I’ve spotted all of them, I’ll see one that I haven’t noticed yet – like the ones for CNN and FedEx, which are partly hidden.
If you like this, then you’ll probably like the hilariously horrible cartoon by Steve Cutts that I posted previously.
Posted in Advertising, Brands, Business, Culture, Design, Fashion, Lifestyle, Politics, Technology, Writing
Tagged 7-Eleven, ABSOLUT, Adidas, advertising, adverts, AIG, Allianz, animation, Apple, art, Banksy, Beomyoung Sohn, billboards, BMW, branding, Budweiser, Burger King, Canon, Chanel, Chevron, Citi Bank, cityscape, CNN, Coca-Cola, ConocoPhillips, DHL, Dinos Chapman, drones, Exxon Mobil, FedEx, General Electric, General Motors, GIF, Giorgio Armani, Goldman Sachs, Goldsmiths, graphic design, Gucci, Hewlett Packard, Honda, HSBC, hyperreality, Hyundai, IBM, IKEA, ING, Intel, irony, Jake Chapman, JP Morgan, Kodak, Leonie Cumiskey, Levi's, LG, logos, Louis Vuitton, Marlboro, mass consumerism, McDonalds, media, media studies, Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, modern life is rubbish, Morgan Stanley, New York, Nike, Nintendo, Nokia, Panasonic, Philips, post modern world, public space, Puma, robots, Rolex, Samsung, screen cultures, screens, Shell, Siemens, skyscrapers, Sony, Starbucks, Steve Cutts, Toyota, urban landscape, urban living, Walmart
HAERTS are female-fronted band of four guys and one girl, who hail from Brooklyn, New York. Their first single is a beautifully tender piece of lo-fi pop, set to a montage of home video-style clips. I’ve looked for other stuff by them, but this song is the only one I can find. I’m guessing that as it’s on Vevo, they are already on the brink of mainstream success. Judging by ‘Wings’, they sound pretty great and I hope the rest of their songs live up to expectations. Lead singer Nini Fabi’s vocals are sweet, but powerful – like a mixture of Gwen Stefani and Stevie Nicks.
This song is sort of what I was hoping for when I first listened to HAIM. Needless to say, I was pretty disappointed.
Posted in Culture, Film, Music, Writing
Tagged Americana, Ben Gebert, Brooklyn band, childhood, cinematography, creativity, Derek McWilliams, entertainment, female vocalist, Garrett Ienner, gritty, Gwen Stefani, HAERTS, Haerts band, HAIM, harmonies, home movies, home video, indie, Jonathan Schmidt., Leonie Cumiskey, lo-fi, love song, memories, music, music video, New York, Nini Fabi, nostalgia, opinion, pop, romance, small town America, Stevie Nicks, summer sound, sunshine, sweet, tender, USA, video, video montage, yearning, Youtube
This 1958 avant-garde film, ‘Broadway by Light’, was the first film made by acclaimed American photographer and filmmaker, William Klein. The short feature shows the dizzying lights and logos that dominate Times Square and illuminate one of New York’s most iconic locations. ‘Broadway by Light’ was declared by Orson Welles to be, “The first film I’ve seen in which colour was absolutely necessary.”
Posted in Art, Culture, Film, Photography
Tagged adverts, art, arts, avant-garde, billboards, Broadway, Broadway by Light, cinematography, experimental film, fifties, film, film director, lights, New York, Orson Welles, photographer, Times Square, video, William Klein, Youtube
My friend recently brought some of these M&Ms back from New York for me. They definitely didn’t disappoint – each one tasted like a little mouthful of mint chocolate chip ice cream! I don’t know whether to be sad or relieved that they don’t sell them at my local cornershop; in no time at all, I’d probably have a figure like that female M&M on the packet…
Posted in Brands, Lifestyle
Tagged candy, chocolate, confectionery, food, food and drink, junk food, Leonie Cumiskey, M&Ms, Mars, mint, mint M&Ms, New York, personal, UK, USA
Photographer Christophe Jacrot took these amazingly eerie and atmospheric photographs of New York city during Hurricane Sandy, when much of the power was out.Pretty terrifying, right? Living in an entire city which is cloaked in darkness is bad enough, but these pictures were also taken on Halloween!
More of the images from the series ‘New York in Black‘ can be seen on Christophe Jacrot’s website.
Posted in Events, Photography, Technology
Tagged 2012, Christophe Jacrot, cities at night, darkness, events, Halloween, hurricane, Hurricane Sandy, New York, news, NYC, photographer, photography, photojournalism, power cut, spooky