The new Apple iPad. The high design, high-function, drool-inducing device that some say is the future of portable computing… is also an old-school video arcade game console? ThinkGeek, purveyor of cool gadgets for the geek-set, seemingly joined the retro-modern trend with its spot-on and ingenious iPad Arcade Cabinet. Sadly, for many, it turned out to be […]Read More More Retro-Modern: the iPad Video Arcade
The hybridization and cross-pollination of artistic expression, technology and social media has created some incredible works, products and marketing. Examples of amazing work like Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin’s “Listening Post” (one of my favorite installations of all time) and “Vectorial Elevation” by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer illustrate some of the range of possibility on the purely artistic […]Read More Technology, toast and Twitter
Non-profit clean water change-agent WellDone has done great work to raise awareness about the world’s clean water crisis and to create on-the-ground solutions in some the the most water challenged spots. To accomplish their mission requires getting their message across and communicating to businesses and organization, potential donors, partners and the public the magnitude of […]Read More Water by Numbers – Creating change thru Design
Technology comes and goes so fast. Still have any zip discs? I think that the short relationship we have with each generation of technology results in nostalgia for things that were more permanent that we had a relationship with. That had meaning for us. In film we have Bladerunner, Brazil, Sin City or 300 that […]Read More Retro-Modern: Linkin Park goes 8-Bit
An article from Design Mind on GOOD (Design Mind is a magazine from San Francisco design firm frog design and GOOD Magazine is, well, something everyone should get involved with) asked the question “What does meaningful mean?” The article describes one of frog design’s periodic forums held to stimulate ideas and thinking. This particular forum […]Read More What Does Meaningful Mean?
World-wide agency OgilvyOne used crowd-sourcing, social media, social networking and media-independent storytelling to create a hugely successful campaign for Greek candy-maker Lacta Chocolates. The brand had long tied itself to love and romance but wanted to up the ante with a new campaign that directly involved consumers. Deciding to find a love story and turn […]Read More The love story we all made together into a movie!
Sometimes combining the right elements into the right mix creates an unstoppable phenomenon. The mashup of video-game nostalgia, disaster movies and awesome computer graphics that is “PIXELS,” a short film by writer/director Patrick Jean with visual effects by Paris company onemoreproduction, is such a combination. Half the baby-boom generation, all of Gen X and most of […]Read More PIXELS by Patrick Jean
This amazing public art installation was part of the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Vancouver, BC. Created by Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer this project allowed people from around the world to go online and design a light-work that was then projected into the Vancouver night sky by 20 powerful robotic spotlights. Four web-cams would […]Read More Creating Community with light
In promoting its CS4 suite of design tools, Adobe has funded some wonderful artworks. This example, The Seed by Johnny Kelly and UK’s Nexus Productions, beautifully illustrates what happens when you combine software, technology, old-fashioned and traditional tools with some creative storytelling.Read More The Seed
Its not the sequel to 300. But it is about standing our ground and fighting for awareness and change. Even a really great elevator pitch can still be pretty uninspiring, and in this day and age hard to share with others… who can remember all those words? It’s a tough problem many of us face. […]Read More Telling the story of 350