Archives - April 2009

Baylis & Harding – Affordable Luxury

This new packaging ‘Signature Collection’ from Baylis and Harding shows they have produced a similar quality look of Molton Brown products but they offer consumers a more affordable option.

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Found at Baylis & Harding website

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Fun presentation of dry (well wet) facts

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Cool visual way to display facts. Better than the bar charts of old.

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Boxer Thought Leadership…

Very soon this will be the place to see our thoughts on all sorts of things. Keep an eye open for when things go live in this category, hopefully you will read them, even make some personal comments and get debating with us!

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Designer Tees for er… designers

Some nice T-shirts for  the creative type!!!

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Saw them here…but you can buy them here!

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Calling all sneaker pimps

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Size? magazine. Nice typo, photography and cool trainers.

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Carousel: A Cinema 21:9 Production

To promote their new TV, Cinema 21:9, Philips have launched a short film that shows a robbing scene. You will be able to see several details of the police action. The film is presented in 360 degrees and shows the robbing and the chasing scenes frozen in time and space.

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Handmade Fonts

Great little handmade font website called handmadefont found through DesignYouTrust

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Miraculous Illustrations

Stunning illustrations by Russian illustrator/artist Yaroslava Krutakova (JaRa), love the combination of photographic imagery and illustration.

Found at Design You Trust

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Vintage Beer Cans

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Awesome Vintage Beer Packaging

Found here…

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I want to ride my bicycle

As the weather is getting a little better it’s nice to get out the old squeaky wheels for a little pedal around the town.

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Head and Shoulders

Great illustrated ads from Saatchi & Saatchi Germany feature three great print ad posters for Head & Shoulders with the tag line “some things even we can’t get out of your head”. Entitled ‘Granny’, ‘Chicken’, and ‘Dog’ – I’m sure some of us have at least one of these images permanently etched into the back of our minds…

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New Burger King Ad offends Mexicans..

Burger King has offended Mexico’s Ambassador to Spain because of a new ad campaign running in that country for a product called the “Texican Whopper”. Ambassador Jorge Zermeno wrote to Burger King in Spain to denounce what he called “denigration” of the Mexican flag.

“This advertisement denigrates the image of our country and uses improperly Mexico’s national flag,” Jorge Zermeno wrote in a letter to Burger King in Spain, the Reforma newspaper reported on Monday.

The ambassador contacted the local offices of Burger King after he saw the posters in Spain, Reforma said. The burger is only available in Europe, according to the paper.

Mexico has strict laws prohibiting the defamation of the flag, Zermeno said. He asked Burger King to cancel the ad campaign that “offends Mexicans and Mexico.”

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You may have seen recently the TV ad which is part of the campaign..

Created by Ad Agency Crispin Porter & Bogusky, have also been causing an uproar in the U.S. with parents with their ‘SquareButts’ commercial with SpongeBob and Sir Mix-A-Lot. If you missed that master piece you can view it here…

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YouTube HD Camera Trick Challenge

The Viral Factory out of the UK creates a great campaign for the new Samsung HD Camera the I8910, and challenges YouTube visitors to figure out how they filmed the video trick.

SAMSUNG CHALLENGE: The clip was shot on an I8910 HD phone, a new camera phone just released by Samsung with an 8 megapixel camera that can actually record and output video in HD format. It was shot in one take, with no post production or special effects of any kind. Everything you see here was done “in-camera”. Samsungs challenge to us is to figure out how we did it.

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Wolverhampton Photographic Competition

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To coincide with upcoming exhibition It’s Yesterday Once More by Clifford Morris, Light House Gallery has launched a photography competition to find images of Wolverhampton.

Join the group, tag your photos with “lh comp” and add them anytime until 1 July 2009. We’ll then contact you via FlickrMail or post a comment on the best images asking you to email us with that image so we can show it in the gallery at Light House as part of the Clifford Morris exhibition – hurrah!

Plus, images submitted to this pool will be considered for inclusion in the photography collection at Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies (we will ask for your permission first). This is your chance to contribute to Wolverhampton’s history! Visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/archives for more info.

To help you get started we’re looking for photographs on these themes:

Forgotten Wolverhampton – hunt through your archives to find photographs of things or places around the city that are no longer there, but preserved in your collection.

Fading Wolverhampton – go out with your camera and capture the sights that are fading or changing fast – quick before they get redeveloped!

Future Wolverhampton – the city is expanding every day – in this category we want images that represent moments of change and flux.

Be creative!

The exhibition will be on 31 July – 11 Sep 2009. See our website for more details about the opening night and the exhibition coming soon.

Flickr Page here…

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Empty shop window = Art

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York Museums Trust, supported by Visit York, are piloting an innovative digital design programme to address the visual impact of empty shops in York city centre.

The scheme will look to dress empty shop windows with external, high quality vinyls which will feature contemporary digital designs that respond to their setting.

Designers are encouraged to submit digital images on the theme of ‘Windows of Opportunity in 2009’, reacting positively to the changing world and looking to the future. We are looking for work that is new, contemporary and forward thinking.

Two specific sites in the city centre have been selected for this pilot and so two designs will be selected from all submissions to feature on these windows as part of the launch of this initiative. The designers will be credited on the windows – a fantastic way to exhibit your work to the world!

The deadline for submissions is noon on Thursday 7th May 2009.

To submit your work:
1. download the Original versions of the images you want to work on (click on the ‘All Sizes’ button to get the higher resolutions) Original Set of Photos
2. work on them
– restrict your changes to the area of the actual windows
– allow for the fact that we’ll want to add credits roughly 25cm high at the base of each window
3. upload your work – you’ll need a flickr account and to request membership of this group to do this.

Found at Fleuron

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The road less travelled…

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Illustrator, flash and a nice little folk tune equals this…

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Peel back the world of Gorillaz

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For those of you that have been intrigued by the cartoon fronted band Gorillaz over the past however many years, you will be banging your chests with glee at this news. A documentary has been giving you a window into the creative world of Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, along with their numerous collaborators. Ceri Levy is the man behind the camera and all 90 minutes of the film are available to watch for free on Babelgum for the next month.

Via PSFK.

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Clever Advertising

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STIHL’s clever use of advertising to promote their blowers, shredder vacs and chain saws is great. These products for the home or professional use give you increased performance and value for money with the added bonus decreased noise, emissions and fuel costs. The light hearted humorous approach coupled with a clever idea makes theses adds both ingenious and beautiful at the same time.

Find more at AdGoodness and STIHL’s

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In your face Audi!!

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That is what the men and women at BMW in the US would have been saying when they seized this opportunity. It’s nice to see a global brand being flexible enough to respond to Audi’s challenge.  I have no idea which is the better car, but I applaud BMW for their witty retort and use of media.

Via AdGoodness.

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Virtual Reality

A simple, featherweight headset, a 10′ x 10′ x 10′ white room, and $600,000 worth of projector and computer equipment, combined with the smarts of the folks at Eon Reality, results in one insanely real experience. For more info visit http://labs.ideo.com

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Nice Chocolate Packaging

Nicely designed packaging by Taxi Studio for Wille Harcourt-Cooze’s 100% Venezuelan pure Cacao chocolate. 

Checkout the interesting website…

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Easy Exotics……

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If you want some exotic plants, indoor or outdoor, african artifacts, furniture and a spot of lunch while you are shopping this is a fantastic experience. I went last sunday and enjoyed a spot of lunch in the shade of one of their many bamboo huts, and marveled at the huge range of plants, trees and shrubs!! They also have a fantastic range of artifacts which range from superb carvings to jewelry and furnature….it’s a lovely way to spend a few lazy hours on a sunny day!

www.akamba.co.uk

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40 Years of Tube Tile Art

40 Years ago in 1969 the Queen officially opened the Victoria Line and took a one-stop ride from Victoria to Green Park. Every station along the line was represented by a unique tiling motif inlaid within the seating recesses on the platforms. Forty years on, the designs still look wonderful. Click on the links below to see all 16 pieces of art and the history behind them.
More info see Design Assembly. Also see the full gallery on Wikipedia.

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Nice one George. W. and Co!

Nice animated story of some scary facts and figures!……nice one George. W. and Co!

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He’s The Greatest Dancer

Don’t need to say much really other than “Bad ass”. (Check out the robot dance!)

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Transportable Energy

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This very interesting concept design for solar powered transportable light that simply screws into your standard water bottle, or if your a bit more adventurous their POLLY-brick bottles can be used which are inter-lockable so can be made into large structures… The packaging is also interesting, few can say that they took their packaging design inspiration from fast food burger containers, but its works. Basically these ingenious little solar/wind powered portable devises are fab. Not to be forgotten is the miniNOTE design, a small cardboard mailer/postcard that can be sent to any recipient, all  they need to do is charge the solar battery and there away. What a fabulous gesture ~ can you imagine sending “power” to a bunch of your friends?

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Transparency in Design

Transparent Design is apparently becoming a trend in Japan, they just love this transparent technology.

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Transparent household electronics from Japan. The dryer uses natural dry air instead of loads of energy to do its job, and the fridge has a special “low waist line” to facilitate the transport of heavy items.

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Transparent model of Nikon D80 DSLR camera

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Find out more at …

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SixthSense

Imagine being able to check your email on any blank wall, simply by drawing an @ sign in the air with your finger, or being able to check the time by using that same finger to draw a circle, which produces the image of an analog watch right on your wrist. You want to take a digital photograph? Just put your thumbs and forefingers together to make a picture frame

SixthSense‘ is a wearable gestural interface that augments the physical world around us with digital information and lets us use natural hand gestures to interact with that information.

Major Geek alert… but when miniaturized could this be the future? Some really nice ideas.

From bbc

More at SixthSense

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Tweenbots by Kacie Kinzer

“Tweenbots are human-dependent robots that navigate the city with the help of pedestrians they encounter. Rolling at a constant speed, in a straight line, Tweenbots have a destination displayed on a flag, and rely on people they meet to read this flag and to aim them in the right direction to reach their goal.”

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Great little project, read more to find out what happens between humans and robots in NYC.

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Jetlev

The JETLEV-FLYER employs a powerful 4-stroke engine (155 – 215 HP) and water nozzle reaction force to achieve stable, controlled flight. The unique design helps to make flight controls very simple, light and intuitive. It can accommodate pilots of 1,50 – 2,00 m in height and 40 – 120 kg in weight. A digital fly-by-wire system is used to control the throttle. For safety and performance we only use high quality materials and workmanship in manufacturing.

Depending on pilot weight, a standard JETLEV-FLYER could reach an altitude of 10 m, top speeds of 65 km/h and has a cruising duration of 1 – 2 hours. For special applications, future designs could achieve higher altitudes and top speeds, extended range of up to 300 km and even travel both above and below the water´s surface.

Here’s the website…

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A new 2

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Home Page

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Jeremy Vine’s page

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Illustration from Chris Evans’ page

Radio 2 have revamped their website, with each show having it’s own personal look and feel of graphics and illustrations. Some I prefer to others, but that’s probably the point. Have a good mooch around the website, Dermot O’Leary, Jonathon Ross and Ken Bruce’s pages are nice.

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Web Trend Map 2009

The web trend map is a yearly publication showing the 333 most influential web domains and the 111 most influential internet people, all mapped onto the Tokyo Metro Map.

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Full size image here

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Trim that bush!

Wilkinson Sword adverts: Bikini advert and Mow the lawn.

The latest ad from Wilkinson Sword grabbed my attention, although I must admit I did think it was for Gillette, but a very clever and amusing way for advertising a feminine product which generally is pretty stereotypical. Expect we’ll being seeing lots of it on our TV’s coming up to summer.

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Designs for new Library of Birmingham unveiled

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The Library of Birmingham will occupy a prime site on Centenary Square between the Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The REP) and Baskerville House and is a major flagship for the regeneration of the city which will create 250 new jobs including 25 apprenticeships.

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s Employment Access Team will work with the contractor, Midlands-based Carillion, to ensure that local people most marginalised in the current labour market have access to these new job opportunities.

At 31,000 sq metres The Library of Birmingham which will be integrated with The REP at ground floor and mezzanine levels will provide 20% more space than the existing Birmingham Central Library and be capable of taking up to 10,000 visitors a day, doubling the current figure of almost 5000 per day.

The highly transparent glass building is wrapped in a delicate metal filigree inspired by the city’s rich traditions of craftsmanship and industry. The generous shared entrance to the Library and the REP will be sheltered below a public balcony, creating a magnificent space to watch events in the square. Above the balcony, the building volume steps away, creating a second open-air space, an elevated garden with spectacular views over the city.

The REP will be renovated and equipped with updated back of house facilities, new workshops and new staff accommodation. In addition, brand new foyers and a new 300 seat studio theatre will be created to be shared between the REP and the Library supporting the development of learning and cultural activity for the city.

A grand circular open-air amphitheatre in front of the building will create a dramatic visual link between the Library at Lower Ground Level and Centenary Square, providing natural light and a sheltered outdoor space for staging events.

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4amproject

I got up at 2.30am Saturday morning and made my way into Birmingham for the 4amproject. 30 or so people were there which was a great turn out considering the time. There are a load of shots on flickr with the tag 4amproject, great to see people are taking up the idea and uploading their results. Here’s a couple of shots from New Street Station, Wholesale Market and the cafe:

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My photos from the night – Flickr link here

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Monster breakfast for £4.50 (Basically 4 sausages, 4 bacon, 4 eggs, 4 toast and all the other generic items in a full english!) shot by aquila tv

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Slow Motion Bonanza

We know all too well about slow motion here at boxer! A collection of slow motion videos have been put together in this blog post on Toxel.com: “This post showcases beautiful and creative slow motion videos.” Proud to say that we are in there with some other brilliant slow motion pieces. Gotta love the Schweppes and the Lightning videos. Thanks for including us Toxel.

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Where We Do – What We Do!

‘WHEREWEDOWHATWEDO is a community-built visual database of the spaces in which we spend our days, nights or both doing whatever it is we do’

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Shed…

Just hum the Benny Hill theme tune to yourself…

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Watch out for Rubber

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Nixon have bought out a new interprtation of their Player watch in rubber. The first was launched on March 15th and they will be bringing out a new, yet to be released colour over the next 3 months.

This also made me want to share another rubber watch, the Breo Sport watch, which was shown on the Gadget show end of last year. I was given one for Christmas and think they are ace, and I haven’t worn a watch for about 5 years. And as they are so cheap, just £10, get more than one to match different outfits, moods whatever.

Check the links for both watches below
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StreetViewBrum by Matt Murtagh


StreetViewBrum from Matt Murtagh on Vimeo.

This is a sweet little journey that photographer and filmmaker Matt Murtagh has painstakingly pasted together using Google Street View!!! Taking you from Moseley to St Phillips Cathedral!

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Winner of the 2009 World Kitchen Tea Off is…

Vessel (Chicago based Design studio) designed Teakettle “designed with both boiling and serving in mind”. Once filled with water and placed over the stove to heat, the graphics on the kettle’s side slowly appear (the graphics are applied with thermochromic inks). Once they fully appear the tea is ready. More info..

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