We were taken aback when we spied this new spot from Virgin Mobile. What shocked us most was when we realized that the main actor in the piece is Wayne Coyne from The Flaming Lips. The video definitely tries to "Coyne" the experience (boo, boo! no more puns!), by featuring giant lobsters, huge brain chairs and several current internet sensations. It falls a bit flat, though, from what one might expect of a video with the frontman to one of the most, if not the most, creative bands in the industry. The spot was put together by Mother New York.
We just ran across this short documentary on the manufacturing of the Eames chair. What a gorgeous process. It's literally watching craftsman at work. The chair is an iconic bit of design history. It's a point of pride to own one, but we think the real prize in that would be to have had a hand in making one.
Okay, this is SUPER nerdy, but we could not resist sharing this. Scott van Haastrecht created the image toaster as part of his Creative Technology course "Innovation Lab" at his university. The toaster, made of laser cut wood, searches Google for relevant images of the days and then toasts them onto your bread. You get a whopping 6x6 pixel resolution out of the device, which in our opinion, is part of its charm.
AMC has finally started leaking some content for season 6 of Mad Men. So far, we've got a 16 second trailer giving you absolutely no idea of anything that will be coming up and a poster, which only serves to confuse the issue anymore. Two Don Drapers? What does that mean? Why are there cops, airplanes... and who's hand is Draper holding? There are just too many questions leading up to what will surely be a phenomenal new season of the show.
We came across these show posters by Lee Benson during or daily troll (not that kind of troll) around the internet. Each of these pieces were done for shows held at Someday Lounge in Portland. We like the diversity in these pieces and how each each poster has it's own unique feel. we love poster art and the poster form itself. It has to be one of the most versatile and fun spaces to design for. Check out more of Lee's work on his website. There's some great stuff on there.
We've recently featured a couple of strong PSAs, but this one is perhaps the strongest we've seen in recent months. The I'm with Lincoln spot is aimed at stopping slavery and human trafficking.
The piece is fairly strong (fairly strong might be too mild of a word) as it follows the story of a young girl who is forced into a life of slavery. The video is dark and actually left us with goose bumps and a chill down our backs. Mission accomplished.
This captivating and oh so dark ad was created by barrettSF and you can check out the credit list after the jump.
This is a semi-oldie, but a definite goodie. If you haven't seen Jo Jo in the Stars then you've been missing out. This animated short was created by Studio AKA a few years ago, and was released to quite a lot of acclaim. It took home a BAFTA for the studio after its release and was also distributed on dvd.
The 12 minute short has everything — a love story, jealousy, envy and self-sacrifice. The animation is creepy, moody and dark and the character and set design is wonderful. Add this to your canon of animated viewing. It's a not to miss piece.
Google's Art, Copy & Code experiment to redefine advertising through non-traditional means recently released The Talking Shoe project, which through connected technology, empowers a sneaker with a voice of its own.
AC&C teamed up with artist Zach Lieberman, YesYesNo and Studio5050 to create the web-enabled artifact. Using an accelerometer, a gyroscope, Bluetooth and some other off the shelf technologies, the Talking Shoe is capable of translating the wearer’s movements into various types of commentary. The shoe has the ability to upload the commentary to Google+ if the wearer decides they want to share their shoe's “story”.
We love the work and experiments AC&C are initiating. They are driving forward the ideas of advertising, interconnected devices and interaction while shaping and redefining the roles of each.