Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Joy of 12 Minutes of Not Being Sold Anything

No Nokia logo. No T-Mobile logo. No eharmony logo. No problem.

I think this is brilliant.

dubs. out.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Quote of The Week, Lois - 1/25/09

Show me a great campaign and I’ll show you people who care about their work and their fellow man.

-George Lois

I think it's usually pretty easy to tell which campaigns out there are the ones made by people who aren't just injecting their thoughts and biases onto humanity, but actually care about it.

dubs. out.

Friday, January 23, 2009

54 Kick Ass Logos

Logos are one of the reasons I'm so interested in design. A good one is worth more than any good ad ever will be.

Thought there was some good stuff here.

Click here to see the other 53.

dubs. out.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Quote of The Week, MacLeod - 1/18/09

Being good at anything is like figure skating—the definition of being good at it is being able to make it look easy. But it is never easy. Ever. That’s what the stupidly wrong people conveniently forget.

-Hugh MacLeod

I used to be one of these stupidly wrong people, always thinking there were those out there who were just naturally gifted and their wonderful talents just came to them in waves whenever they felt the urge to pull them out of the air. I've since realized it's the exact opposite.

The people who have a difficult time with things are the ones who end up doing the best work. For a week or two when they're working on an assignment you don't hear a peep from them, and then they'll come in and present something that is just rocking. In class, they make it look easy. But behind closed doors, those 2 weeks before are a trainwreck of self-doubt, blows to confidence and ability, filled with the difficult task of thinking of ways to do the new.

dubs. out.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

We Finally Got One In

Well, it took nearly a year and a half, but our house has at long last gotten a member inducted into Creativity-Online (as well as its permanent archive), in many people's opinion to be the definitive database of the greatest advertising/branding/design work in the world being done today.

My roommate, Tristan had the talent and tenacity to be one of 4 Brandcenter creatives to come up with the AICP's 2009 Call For Entries Campaign, in which winners get their work inducted into the Permanent Collection at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). To see the microsite their team created and produced, and all its ensuing hilarity, click here. To actually submit work, click here.

Congratulations to Tristan, Holly, Raquel and Chuck. I'm proud of you guys.

dubs. out.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Objectified Trailer

From documentary director Gary Huswitt, who brought us Helvetica, this one deals with industrial design, looking at everything from "toothbrushes to tech gadgets." It takes a close look not only at how these things impact our lives daily, but also at the creative processes of some of the world’s most influential designers who bring them to us, including:

Paola Antonelli (Museum of Modern Art, New York)
Chris Bangle (BMW Group, Munich)
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec (Paris)
Andrew Blauvelt (Walker Art Center, Minneapolis)
Anthony Dunne (London)
Naoto Fukasawa (Tokyo)
IDEO (Palo Alto)
Jonathan Ive (Apple, California)
Hella Jongerius (Rotterdam)
Marc Newson (London/Paris)
Fiona Raby (London)
Dieter Rams (Kronberg, Germany)
Karim Rashid (New York)
Alice Rawsthorn (International Herald Tribune)
Smart Design (New York)
Rob Walker (New York Times Magazine)

The film will have its world premiere in March, with details announced shortly.

dubs. out.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Quote of The Week, Foster - 1/11/09

The adult thinks too much and has too much scar tissue and is manacled by too much knowledge and by too many boundaries and rules and assumptions and preconceptions . . . The child is innocent and free and does not know what he cannot or should not do. He sees the world as it actually is, not the way we adults have been taught to believe that it is.

-Jack Foster

I've always thought that rather than children being little adults, adults are just big children.

It's sort of a glass-half-empty way of looking at it. But us being big kids is way more intriguing and inspiring and liberating than kids being little us.

dubs. out.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

We Could Never Get Away With This

But Europe can.

2 visually stimulating PSAs for the French organization AIDeS from TBWA Paris.



dubs. out.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Quote of The Week, Gladwell - 1/4/09

Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing that makes you good.

-Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers

On a friend's recommendation I read the third of Gladwell's 3 books (and in my opinion, the best) last month. It was one of the most interesting I've ever read.

In it he devotes an entire chapter to the idea that when a person spends 10,000 hours doing anything—be it learning the piano, programming computers, or playing hockey—they will become an expert in that particular field.

So a lot of practice will never make you perfect. But it will make you pretty fucking close.

dubs. out.