I think it’s pretty important to look around and be inspired by what others are doing around the world. Keeping an eye on creative websites is staple diet for anyone working in Digital Comms. Everyone has their favourites but here’s some of my recommendations for you Digital geeks out there:
It’s a good un. Nice mix of digital innovation and nice brand pieces. However they are very heavy on the Google stuff lately. It’d be nice if they mixed up their content with some experiential bits and actual tech advancements.
Definitely my favourite. A great mix of digital innovation, art, brand work, advertising and humour (reflective of those in the industry). It encompasses a great array of people making things for the love of it and others working for big brands with large wallets. Great ideas here.
Another one similar to Design Taxi (in fact a lot of their content doubles up between them sometimes). They’ve some great experiential examples and installations from around the world.
Heavily focused towards e-commerce it almost becomes a ‘thisiswhyimbroke’ type site. However there are some nice Vimeo links in there too and a nice slice of US pop culture.
The artiest of the five sites DYT will give you that burst of inspiration for a design that’s lost steam, a budding creative space or the look of a photocall that will give you the edge of difference. Love this one purely for the non-commercial stuff.
Other admirable mentions: http://inspirationfeed.com/, http://www.buzzfeed.com/ and http://www.thedrum.com/
I love this project that I stumbled across recently.
It’s a real life painting of one of those fancy, light blurred, traffic photos. You know the type? Cityscape, lines of lights from where traffic has blurred past a camera with a long exposure. Like this one.
Well a group of guerilla artists in Berlin (IEPE & the anonymous crew) dropped 500L of brightly coloured, water-based paint in the middle of a busy intersection during rush hour. On bicycle, six intrepid artists dumped their bucketfuls of paint and quickly cycled off. The traffic then came and went through the intersection creating a great display, their wheels brushing the strokes on the tarmac.
Below is the finished result. Really impressive. Although, I don’t think such a stunt would go down well in Dublin. Personally, I could see a number of pointless arrests and claims for petty damage of property from the involved commuters with blue / purple tyres. What do you think?
I’m quite busy these days. This week I’m finishing up the current job and tying up loose ends. Next week I’m starting the new one and spinning new threads.
But I have to share this very quickly. New music, in the form of Jake Bugg. I’m really, really liking this lad. He’s getting a lot of press attention and creating a stir online. He’s like Bob Dylan meets Alex Turner.
‘Lightning Bolt’ – Enjoy.
Porsche. The ultimate status symbol. So you have the pile of rocks but haven’t really gotten around to buying one. Wondering how it’d fit? Canadian Agency Lowe -Roche drove a Porsche from dealers PFAFF into a very well-to-do area of Canada. They lined them up perfectly outside the driveways of these houses and snapped them with perspective vision making them look like they were in the drive way. Genius.
They then printed the images into a specially prepared Direct Mail template in the back of a mobile printing unit housed in a van. Each of these homes on Millionare’s row recieved a personalised, highly specific, directly targeted Direct Mailer inviting them for a test drive of the new Porsche at their local PFAFF dealership.
The result is a highly personalised targeted, low cost campaign for a high value item that works.
See what happened below…
The video goes on to say 32% of the recipients responded and booked test drives. Clearly going to show that direct mail isn’t dead just yet. It just needs to be smarter.
In preparation for the September 28th launch of Apple’s iPhone 5, I’ve been researching the different Billpay options on various networks available in Ireland. I’ve decided I’m going Billpay for this one, having being on PAYG with SIM Free iPhones for the 3G, 3GS and the 4. Because I’m super-sound I thought I’d compile them all in one place and give a bit of analysis on the competitors and their offers. Personally, at the moment I’m spending €50-60 a month on credit, so Billpay is the way for me to go I reckon.
First off O2. Their minimum commitment is €40 with a handset cost of €219. This is the most expensive base rate deal of the lot. 250 mins / 250 texts in this package is about average for the commitment cost, 350MB date is very low by comparison to other networks and the price of the actual handset is a good €60 above average.
Next is Meteor. Meteor’s minimum commitment is €45 with a handset cost of €149. Their texts are 200 with 200 mins of calls with an above average data allowance of 5GB which is very generous. But it’s not the best offer on the market.
Three Ireland seem to weight in at the best value so far. Their minimum commitment is €40 with a handset cost of €139. They have a neat feature of Flex-units. With an iPhone this is quite beneficial. 350 flex units can be either 700 any network texts or 350 minutes, to be distributed as needed. The data is all free to an upper limit of 15GB (which you’ll never reach).
Vodafone haven’t released their plans or unit costs yet. When they do I’ll update this post with the applicable information.
[EDIT: See Below for cheapest Vodafone plan/handset details]
Vodafone’s minimum commitment is €30. This includes Calls and Texts to Vodafone only. NO ONE ELSE (wtf?). And 500MB of data (still more than O2). On this basic package the handset costs you €250. Jaysus. If you’d ever want to phone/text anyone else not on Vodafone (most of the country) it’ll cost you another €9 monthly for 200mins and €6 for unlimited texts. So we’re up to €45 commitment, phone still costs €250 and the contract is the usual 24months.
NOTE: I forgot to mention that all of the contracts that I mention in this post are for 24 months. If you’d like an 18month contract prepare to pay a whopping €330-350 for your handset on top of your monthly commitment.
My mum is a Care Assistant. She loves her job and works for a place called Cara Care Centre in Northwood, Santry. She specialises in the care of elderly Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients. People in her care range from the ages of 54 to 102. Her patients have difficulty with remembering what day it is, her name and where they are. Short term memory is poor at best. Long term memory however is fantastic. They remember everything from their school teacher’s names, childhood pets and favourite songs.
Mam has undertaken a really nice project, she’s assembling old photos of Dublin to help make the residents feel comfortable and at ease. The plan is to print and hang these photos on the walls of the centre and use them to help stimulate the residents into telling stories or regaling memories prompted by what they see.
I’m looking for help.
Can you donate some old photos? Ideally from the 1960s/1970s. Digital is fine, any dimensions at all will do.
Can you help me identify the locations of the photos I’ve gathered so far? (These photos have been removed for Copyright reasons)
If you can help me out in any way leave me a message in the comments…