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Saving the planet whilst drinking wine?

This is our kind of innovation!

Wine that comes in bottles made of compressed recycled cardboard formed in the shape of a standard Bordeaux wine bottle, with a plastic liner. Created in partnership by Ecologic Brands and the Truett-Hurst winery, PaperBoy Wine.

They are 85% lighter than the usual glass wine bottle, and once finished they collapse down so that it can be recycled again. And yes we know that you can recycle glass but glass has a 28% recycling rate compared to paper’s 91% recycling rate. Therefore lowering their carbon footprint by 67%

Bottoms up!

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Oh so pretty!

Loving these cute beauty boxes that seem to be cropping up everywhere, they have been around for a little while but still so pretty. Glossybox and birchbox are both beauty box businesses that send miniatures to customers which are neatly packaged in the company’s namesake cardboard boxes.

Glossybox is a beauty treat, you pay a monthly subscription and get a beautiful wrapped parcel sent to your doorstep with 5 surprise beauty products.

Beauty, like packaging is about emotion, discovery and inspiration. Glossybox strive to create a special beauty experience that enhances all these elements for you, they also commission illustrators and fashion houses to create beautiful designs for limited edition boxes which you can keep for all your bits and pieces after… Perfect!

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We love craft!

Morris kitchen is a Brooklyn based company that began with a simple idea to create and share food. They produce some outstanding cocktail mixers and syrups for the home mixologist as well as high end bars and restaurants. But its what the products come in that we have fallen in love with.

The kraft box, with intricate, delicate and beautifully illustrated fruits and vegetables, the clean sophisticated type in black and white with a pop of colour just makes us smile.

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Boxer loves…

New beginnings.

Spring has well and truly sprung and with it comes new beginnings. For boxer, our new beginning starts with a move to Birmingham City Centre to energise and fuel our creativity. 

This season brings a world of possibilities and excites all of the senses.

What puts the spring in your step and what makes you think positively about new possibilities and the future?

Boxer loves...new beginnings

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My kind of innovation

Being Friday and the fact its nearly time to open the beer (or wine) fridge I thought I would share this little piece of genius design with you all.

An Amsterdam agency have created a new structural packaging design that attempts to take on the negative image of wine in pouches. It is a truly innovative design that cleverly and elegantly reinterprets the classic ‘Bordeaux’ bottle by means of an intriguing play of solid areas and empty spaces, emphasized by the contrasting opaque and gloss surfaces of the materials used.

I will drink to that!

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No more queuing?

Loving this new Starbucks store.

They have launched a new express format store in the heart of Wall Street New York. You are greeted at one of the multiple mobile sales points by a Starbucks partner who then takes your order using a handheld device. There aim is to reduce waiting time, catering for busy New Yorkers. Make mine a skinny latte please.

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Boxer loves getting through January

Statistically, January is the most depressing month of the year, with the last couple of weeks being the worst.

Well, we’ve nearly made it through dry January, almost completed the ‘Lost’ boxset (we know, we know!) and although our tummies may not be as flat as we hoped, we’re quite comfortable in pin pointing that small hiccup on the fact that the choc selection box was a gift and it’s rude to refuse a gift right? Okay, so while we may have failed a resolution or two, we say chin up people! It’s nearly pay day and we’re sure we’ve just seen a ray of sunshine forcing its way through the snow clouds/rain clouds/grey clouds and in order to celebrate we bring you Boxer Loves – the things that have made us smile this month. Onwards to February – it’ll soon be Easter before we know it….

 

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An Englishman’s Impression of ‘Brand’ Thanksgiving

Boxer asked its British Managing Partner, Mark Watson, who spent 11 years living in the U.S. and celebrating as many Thanksgivings here, what his impressions of an American Thanksgiving were and if it lived up to his brand expectations. Here’s his story.

Ahhh. Thanksgiving, the most wholesome and least commercial ‘Holiday’ of the year… until it’s over.

Pitching up in the Midwest in 1998, as the latest in a long line of European settlers – starting in 1492 and maybe before, if you are Norse – of all the Holidays in America, it was Thanksgiving that struck me as the most warming. As the years passed and I looked for cracks in its veneer, what surprised me more was that I didn’t find them.

With the growing prevalence of ‘Hallmark Holidays’ – yes, National Administrative Professional Appreciation day is a real thing – and the mass commercialisation of Valentine’s Day…Easter… Halloween… The Festive Holidays … I was expecting more of the same from the last Thursday in November.

But each of my Thanksgiving Days touched me the same way. Everything from the use of pumpkin pie created from carving left-overs at Halloween, to the (literally) hand-made Turkey crafts by the kids.

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The never ending varieties of mashed potato, and the annual emergence of yam (sweet potato) as the vegetable-du-jour made sure this day was a special day for all the right reasons. Creativity over commercialism. Community over companies.

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A time to focus on the family and friends gathered around a feasting table, with nothing to share but hearty food and undistracted company.  Of course there is the traditional (American) football games to consider, but even these feel part of the occasion rather than a diversion from it.

As I describe it to my British brethren, imagine Christmas without the pressure of the presents.  Even the kids are fine with it.

However, Thanksgiving (Thurs)Day is all too swiftly followed by Black Friday, a frenzy of shopping, sales and spending to smash the calm of the day before. Over the years, the opening hours have gotten earlier and earlier, to the point that stores’ doors bursting open at midnight had become the norm. But this year, the sanctity of a shopping free Holiday has been broken with many of the big name stores opening at 5pm on Thanksgiving Day itself. Whilst already a self confessed traditionalist at heart, I am still left a little empty by this and the feeling that a special day, a special Holiday, is in danger of become just another frantic Thursday.

So at this most wholesome time of year, from the Boxer family table to yours, we hope you savour the time to enjoy the family, the feast and even the football…but leave frantic for another day.  

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Halloween Stories for the Season

After a brisk fall walk with my friend and our dogs, we met for dinner and there was a display of miniature Halloween houses like those in the familiar Christmas villages of that season, except instead of snow capped chimneys and spinning ice skaters in the park, this one featured creepy spiderweb ensconced houses and a tower with a revolving disk with a Dracula like figure chasing a woman.

Indeed, in the U.S. at least, Halloween has become the second most popular holiday for decorating after Christmas. And spurred by the Halloween village at the restaurant, and being storytellers at heart, the Boxer team set out to see what kinds of Halloween tales are being told in the real villages we live in.

Although you might expect that there is a universal take on Halloween, our search around our villages show that all kinds of archetypes and stories are revealed.

All Halloween stories have at their core a good versus evil theme. Some of these stories are lighthearted and some quite dark. And some take the lighthearted and make them dark.

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A great example of archetypes at work in exploring this theme is what we saw in two houses both telling a similar story, but one in the spirit of Jester playfulness and another in a inventive (rather torturous) spirit of Creator.

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We saw Innocents making what is universally scary (ghosts!) friendly, and Heroes standing tall waiting to protect us from unwelcome guests…

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Caregiver households welcomed you with the comforts of autumn awaiting inside and while others in the wise manner of a Sage warning you “not so much.”

halloween4But it really wouldn’t be Halloween without an appearance from the Magician, because any Halloween story, good or evil, is about transformation. So ghoul or ghost, sinner or saint, Halloween is time for all of to tap our alter egos, and transform ourselves into something we aren’t, or want to be, this one day a year.

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From all of us at Boxer, we wish you all a great Halloween, be sure to check out our Halloween party pics on Facebook and Twitter!

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Pancake Apes

These are great. Skip to 1.04.

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A very special visitor…

Over the past 3 months our offices have some very special visitors. Several Harris Hawks have been employed to deter the local pigeons from nesting around outside the building which means that we have had the utter joy of seeing these magnificent birds from NBC on a regular basis. I asked Lee, the owner of Harriet the Harris Hawk to let me photograph her in our little studio and to my utter delight he said yes!

Harriet is a working bird, still used for hunting as well as working on land fill sights, doing demonstrations and pigeon patrol which is why her feathers are a little battered from brushing with trees and obstacles when hunting! These are probably gone now, replaced with some shiny new ones!

It was an absolute pleasure to have the opportunity to be close to these beautiful birds on pretty much a daily basis and to photograph them in a studio a total delight!

Here are a few of my pics of this stunning bird of prey.

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Great TV ad…

This quality TV ad for booking.com is right on the money!
Made by Wieden + Kennedy, Amsterdam, it throws away the stuffy nature of the usual holiday ad campaigns we are all too familiar with!

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Vic Lee – Typographer / Illustrator / Artist extraordinaire

Just had the pleasure of receiving and flicking through Vic Lee’s stunning portfolio of beautiful illustrations and typographic wizardry!

You can see more of his great work at… http://www.viclee.co.uk/Vic_Lee_Homepage.html

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Old Spice Viral ads

Sweet set of viral ads produced by wieden and kennedy. A very clever campaign using spoof banner ads such as ‘Push up Muscle shirts’ and “Spray Tan Parties’ to lure in ‘desperate’ males and then tell them how wrong they were for doing so! You can also ‘Prank’ your mates by sending to them on social media sites thus amplifying the campaign and giving consumers a genuine reason to share the videos. Genius!

Hit the link or the pic and scroll down to reveal all the spoof ads…

http://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/old-spice-gets-jump-super-bowl-ads-funny-prank-websites/


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Did you see our 2013 christmas video?

Yeah I know, we sure are a good looking bunch!!!

Click on the pic to go to the video…

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A fond farewell to our lovely Jo T….. Off to have a little un’

Best of luck with your maternity Jo …we’ll miss you loads x

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IPhone5 test shots

Just messing around with my new IPhone 5.

Shot and edited using Snapseed on my phone.

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UnderPantones & Pantytones

Speaks for itself… 




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It’s that time of year again…

…so here is your little annual gift from Boxer.

We are really pleased to present to you our 2012 Christmas Card; we hope you have as much fun watching it as we did making it.
If you do enjoy it – please feel free to pass it on!

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all – Jingle all the Way!

Boxer xmas 2012 from Boxer Design on Vimeo.

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What Ever Happened To The Heroes?

UK Skateboard company Unabomber fill us in with their latest graphics.

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Please fasten your seatbelts…

… and get ready to be entertained.

SouthWest Airlines has really good customer satisfaction an maybe it’s beacuse of the their fun inflight attendents.

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Moustache Maketh The Man

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Know the code

As it has been said many times before, bad publicity is still publicity, and it’s good to see that Las Vegas has used what could have been perceived as bad publicity about Prince Harry’s antics while in town antics to great effect.

Initially placing a poster ad on their facebook page. (see above)

Then running a print ad denouncing those who published the photos and breaking the code. Love it!

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David Beckham surprises fans in Adidas Olympic photo booth

Sports fans got the surprise of their lives when David Beckham unexpectedly dropped in on their photo booth snapshots. Stunned schoolboy Christian Lewis, who was with his mother Elaine, burst in to tears when he spotted Beckham come out of the darkness.
The former England skipper and LA Galaxy player gave the lad a hug as the youngster’s mother looked on. The trick was played on 60 members of the public who were posing at photo booth in Westfield Stratford City shopping centre, a stone’s throw from the Olympic Park. They were all sporting Team GB kit for the supporter snaps.

They are all part of the Take The Stage campaign run by adidas. Beckham, who was hiding in a secret section of the booth, said: “It was a unique experience for me and the people who took part and there were some great reactions when we surprised them in the photo booth. “I always love coming back to London and the activity was a great opportunity for me to get involved in the adidas Take The Stage campaign and get behind Team GB.”

See more reaction from the lad who met his hero below… Good ol’ Becks..

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London Double-Decker Bus doing Push Ups for Olympics

A Czech artist has re-modelled a traditional London double-decker bus into a mechanical sculpture of an athlete doing push-ups to celebrate the Olympic Games opening in the British capital on Friday.
David Cerny, whose past works have enraged European politicians and sought to poke fun at rival artists, has installed the bus outside the Czech Olympic House in London’s Islington neighbourhood.
Cerny bought the 1957 bus from an owner in the Netherlands, attached two huge arms, an electrical engine and a lot of wiring and suspension tools to make it into a piece of art named “London Boosted”.
The mechanisms inside make the 6-tonne bus move up and down on bright red arms, raising the chassis into various angles, accompanied by recordings of a groaning voice and video projections in the windows.

“There is one common exercise for every sportsman in the world, and that is push-ups,” Cerny said.

“It is training for sport activities but at the same time it is also punishment in armies and prisons. So the push-ups are a very universal physical activity…It is in a way very ironic.”

“We will see how long the athlete can work out for,” Cerny said. “Let’s hope he will exercise for the full three weeks. He will be the biggest sportsman there.”

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Just some cool stuff that I want

Simpsons furniture (Everyone needs yellow in their life)

And the animal pocket knife

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It’s a breeze…

It’s that time of year again, when days become longer, evenings lighter and thoughts turn to the garden. With most of us looking to cut back on spending though, we may need to be a little more creative in finding ways to furnish our personal patch of the great outdoors.  I’m loving this – it would work equally well in small suntraps or to create a cosy corner in a bigger garden. The nooks and crannies could be personalised to suit your lifestyle – I’m already planning where to fit the ice buckets and wine glasses…

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Butter on the go!

I’m loving this innovative packaging idea for butter on the go – perfect for a picnic!

To see more pictures click here

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Look and you will see…..

With the Diamond Jubilee just around the corner, Brummie artist Graham Short has engraved what is believed to be the smallest ever portrait of the Queen!


Raising the profile of other Birmingham talent and highlighting our love of ‘craft’ – making the impossible, possible through vision, passion, focus and hard work.

Take a look at the full article plus cool video here

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2012…something to shout about!

Loving the Jubilee fever, tea parties at the ready…

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Hey Hey Good Looking…

As one of those suspect vegetarian types, who am I to praise the greatness of a burger you may well ask.

Well, having witnessed the recent calls for me to watch what I drink, to avoid the pleasures of chocolate (or a whole block of cheese should the mood take me), the savouring of a tobacco moment, a pink shrimp whilst watching as others strew the streets with litter, my sympathies now lie with those who want to be free to enjoy the pleasures of a bun wrapped; juice filled; meaty burger with toppings to tickle the taste buds.

It was whilst re-addressing my views and feeling sympathetic to the many of us who feel our own right to choose (hey were all grownups aren’t we?!) is being battered into submission that I came across this homage to the Holy Grail that is the good old fashioned burger. Either it’s all about the honesty and quality of the beef along with all the ingredients that go into it, or simply that it’s an all-round dirty pleasure. And what’s wrong with that? Surprisingly nothing I find myself saying.

Join me in appreciating all that is deemed pleasurably filthy – and if filthy is fine and handmade with pleasure in mind, well sign me up I say, or alternatively join the school of Stu, altogether now gggrrrrrr. www.hamburger-me.com

 Sonj (if she could kill it, then she’d happily skin it, cook it and eat it). P.S remember because I’m a grown up and a fully harassed member of the nanny state, I know that I don’t have to (and shouldn’t) eat it every day…

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Amazing Foodscapes

I came across British photographer Carl Warner while searching images for a project, who creates amazing foodscapes: landscapes constructed entirely from fruits and vegetables, cheeses, breads, fish, meat and grains. At first glance the landscapes look real, and it is only on second glance that the viewer realises that the scenes are made entirely out of food. He was interviewed by Richard & Judy back in 2008 (some time ago.. I know), but I thought this stuff is definitely worth sharing. You can buy a book of his work, entitled Carl Warner’s Food Landscapes, which is published by Abrams and is available at all good book stores or checkout his website for more of his latest works.







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No need to ever unpack…

A concept designed by product designers The Psychic Factory based in Korea, incorporating a chest of drawers in to a suitcase come wardrobe, which wouldn’t look out of place in any bedroom – why would you ever need to unpack? A simple, genius idea which makes you wonder why it hasn’t been done already and in production? Check out some more innovative concepts on their blog. Found on inewidea.com.

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Web Sharing Trends for 2010

Interesting infographic from Jeff Wong from AddThis.

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The many faces of our beloved Saint Nick

Santa’s got more looks than London Fashion Week.

So which one is best? Here’s my top 10.

In at….

10. “It’s all about the corporateness”. Not even Gok could have as much impact on a mans wardrobe as Coca Cola did back 1931 when they dressed him red and white for the first time (didn’t do much for his natural figure though).

9. James Brown Santa – Popa’s got a brand new sac.

8. Rock’n’Roll Santa – That’s right Santa likes fags, must be Nöel Gallagher.

7. Santa In a Monster Truck – Every year Santa rides into Wolverhampton town centre in a Monster Truck, I kid you not.

6. Mr Hankey Santa – ‘If you eat fibre on Christmas eve he might come to your town – Howdy Ho!’

5. Big Al Santa – Our very own Big Al made this Christmas Eve appearance back in 2008. He even went down the pub like it.

4. Christmas dogs – Santa Paws

3. Ho Ha Ha! – Dan Aykroyd in Trading Places, the funniest Santa ever.

2. Mr T Santa – Mr T tells Nancy Reagan ‘I aint gettin in no sleigh fool!’.

1. Santa Claus The Movie Santa – Optimus Prime, a ZX Spectrum, a Raleigh Burner, an X-Wing fighter… so excited I would nearly wet myself. This is the Santa of my childhood!

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The Power of the Stocking Filler

Over the last few years the ever “presents” (see what I did there) of the stocking filler seems to be growing and growing. There seem to be more and more shops and online stores purely dedicated to smaller, cheaper gifts that nobody actually really wants and you hardly ever use after the big day. When did it become the norm for every person in the household to have a stocking and not just kids. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no different I now “do” a stocking for my parents and me and my siblings still have them and I would be sorely disappointed if we didn’t have one. The title of the stocking filler to have, I’m sure will become as sort after as the Christmas toy to have. As I said I love my stocking on Christmas morning, but I do feel a little disillusioned with the material aspect added to this once simple pleasure of gold coins, walnuts, an orange and the obligatory socks.

Breo watches are one of my favourite stocking fillers from the past couple of years, and from the humble Breo Roam, which costs less than a tenner, the company seems to be growing and growing.

You can even get specialist stockings for your pets. These ones are from The Stylish Dog Company

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Let it snow…

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Luggage Stickers

Guarantee yourself a thorough search next time you go through airport security with these controversial but fun luggage stickers from TheCheeky.com

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24 Room Transformer Apartment

In Hong Kong, because of the space, apartments are small and expensive. Gary Chang, an architect, decided to design a 344 sq. ft. apartment to be able to change into 24 different designs, all by just sliding panels and walls. He calls this the “Domestic Transformer.”

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It’s a bit daft, but I like it

Click the link to see more animated silliness of your favourite album covers.

http://animatedalbums.tumblr.com/

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31 nations will fall…

In celebrating (or not) the ongoing FIFA 2010 games, the World Cup ‘31 Nations Fall’ website has begun a collection of “fallen flags” as each nation drops out of the vicious competition. See the teams that are out (so far) here>

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iPhone 4 Vs Canon 7D

Note from the maker of the film: “I was mainly focusing on the iPhone video here and didn’t have intentions of making this a comparison video so some of the 7D shots aren’t properly exposed and some aren’t even focused. But here it is regardless.”

Music: The Moldy Peaches – Jorge Regula

Found on Petapixel.

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OK GO – End Love

Yet another OK GO video. Love the Goose that appears and follows them around. Nice mix of stop motion and slow-mo video. Lovely.

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Totems

Whilst stuck in Washington Matt and I bumped into these wonderful totem poles made from golf bags. Great exhibition within the Indian museum.

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don’t get lost..

Taken by my cousin on a recent trip to India.. over there apparently they take extra special care and expense to make sure you go the right way to wherever you’re going..

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15 events at Ikon Eastside Birmingham

23rd-28th March 2010 / Birmingham UK

Back for six days of cinematic adventures in venues across Birmingham, Flatpack 2010 is shaping up quite nicely. As ever the programme is a lucky dip of the best new features, animation, documentaries, shorts, kids movies and experimental film, along with live scores, bus-tours, workshops, special guests and loads of free screenings. There’s also a bit of a 1930s flavour to our archive strand in honour of ‘patron saint’ Oscar Deutsch, who created the Odeon cinema empire from nothing and brought modernist super-cinemas to Britain’s high streets.

Events…

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Burger King Portrait

Burger King recently partnered up with marketing agency Ogilvy for a unique “Have It Your Way” campaign. In order to convey how personalized the orders are, they used a hidden camera and printer to slap a candid photograph of the customer’s face right on the burger wrapper. A separate hidden camera was used to document the reactions of the customers after seeing themselves on their food.

Some customers pulled out cameras to remember the unique wrapper, while others stated they would save the wrapper itself. I found it pretty funny how unflattering the candid portraits were.

(via CNET)

Petapixel…

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McFancy & McMobile by Coolhunter


In 2010, The Cool Hunter will launch Access Agency. It is a dedicated entity that will continue our work of creating highly original, transformational, yet eminently practical and results-oriented strategies for companies to stage the kinds of offline brand experiences that will increase the economic value of their offering.

“Access is hard at work creating ideas and concepts for some high profile brands. For McDonald’s, we envision a cool, surprising and fun mix of concepts. First is McFancy, an upmarket temporary McDonald’s store that launches at Fashion Weeks around the globe — London, New York, Paris, Milan, Sydney, Hong Kong. McFancy is part art installation, gathering spot and, of course, a restaurant that offers a traditional McDonald’s menu but packaged in a way that makes a playful yet stylish nod to the lifestyle of the highly desirable, influential consumers that attend Fashion Weeks.”

“Waiters in tuxedos, silver service, private dining areas, and packaging co-created with the fashion brands that present at Fashion Week — Burberry burgers, Chanel fries on black packaging, Paul Smith Sundaes…A bit of fun among the serious business of fashion. A bite of comfort food among all the elaborate cocktail fare, Private dining rooms, a raised catwalk that winds around the perimeter of the space, and with a central bar area providing a dramatic focal point. The ceiling is constructed from stretched fabric, ribbed to provide articulation and define zones. The form of the ceiling is accentuated through the use of LED lighting”

“We believe that McDonald’s can have major presence at events like NY Fashion Week, movie premiers and other high-profile events by creating a space to fit that environment.”

“Collaborating with Friends With You in Miami, who envisioned for McDonald’s a mobile McFun Cart or McMobile. In the friendly tradition of ice-cream trucks, the highly visible McMobile brightens up the day at large sporting events, concerts, street festivals and any other events where large crowds are present — and hungry! For people waiting in long line-ups at such events, McMobile would be not only a welcome distraction, but a truly welcome chance to get something to eat that they would want to eat anyway.”

McFancy/McMobile will be unveiled in 2010. This is just one of many concepts that Access Agency will be launching in 2010.

Full article>

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UK – 7/1/2010

How amazing…

NASA link…

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Space150

Interesting agency in the USA who get other people to redesign their brand identity every 150days! For the past 3,600 days they have evolved each and every 150 days. They are currently on version 24.

“Each time we reinvent, we rediscover. We find a new way to see ourselves, and a new way to express our brand promise. And we get a new chance to use the new tools and new ideas of the last 150 days to stay relevant and fresh.”

Quite a clever way of generating interest in the company as well as finding new creative talent. Is it cheeky? Possibly, but I like it. You can create version 25 here…

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Got an iPhone? Accept payments. Everywhere.

Start accepting payment cards immediately with Square. No contracts, monthly fees, or hidden costs. Effortlessly manage all the money you take with an easy and intuitive interface. Read payment cards from any device with an audio input jack, including your mobile phone. Accepting payments has never been faster or more convenient. As a payer, get your receipts sent to your email or mobile phone instantly and access them securely online. You can also use a text message to authorize every payment in real-time.

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http://squareup.com/

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Fund Ideas and Endeavors

Kickstarter is a funding platform for artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, inventors, explorers…

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Kickstarter…

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Found this simple yet so effective pieces of art whilst having a trawl through the web. Love Em’

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A couple more found here plus other nice stuff.

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Want £5000?

The brief is this: make a short film that sums up our belief: ‘simple, but then the best things in life usually are’. We are looking for innovative storytelling and all formats are considered including mobile phones. Once you’ve made your video and uploaded it here on our website, it’s over to the great British public (and your friends and family) to vote for their favourites.

The top 24 will be seen by Dorset-based Oscar winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park), who will choose one winner and two runners up. The winner will get £5000 and a week’s work experience at a top film production company, and the two runners up will receive £2000 each. There’s also a special prize for the video that receives the most votes from the public. We’re calling this the ‘People’s Prize’ and the winner of this will get £2000.

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Birmingham Social Media Surgery

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Taken from the website…

Next Central Birmingham Social Media Surgery – Friday 20 November 0 Comments As the cold weather draws us ever nearer towards winter – why not hibernate on the web and enjoy some friendly conversation about social media to warm the cockles. We have scheduled in the next central Birmingham Social Media Surgery session at the Fazeley Studios, Digbeth for November (please note this date has changed – there will be no surgery on Thursday 12 November).

When and where? CENTRAL BRUM Social Media Surgery: Friday 20 November, 2009 between 5.30pm and 7pm at The Fazeley Studios, 191 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 6DR (link to map), opposite The Bond. Push the large pale blue doors with the silver door knob. This particular surgery has a twist. We are inviting those who have already been to a surgery to come back and develop their skills and build on their sites. Don’t worry if you’ve left a blog dormant for months – the point of this November surgery is to take you to the next level and show you some inspiring things other people have done with social media. Even though this surgery is aimed at those who would like to improve on their social media skills, everyone is welcome, and we can work with you according to your level and needs. If you belong to a Birmingham based community or neighbourhood group or charity please come and join us, you can drop in any time between 5.30pm and 7pm.

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Screen WM’s Festival of Film…

Screen WM’s Festival of Film gives you the chance to enjoy free screenings of sensational films that have been inspired by, produced or filmed in the West Midlands.

From 16 – 29 November 2009 catch 12 different films at 8 venues across the region, and hear more from writers and directors at special Q&A sessions.

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The Open Road London (1927)

Claude Friese-Greene (3 May 1898, Fulham, London – 1943, Islington, London), British-born cinema technician, filmmaker, and cinematographer, most famous for his 1926 collection of films entitled The Open Road. Claude, born Claude Harrison Greene was the son of William Friese-Greene, a pioneer in early cinematography. William began the development of an additive colour film process called Biocolour.

This process produced the illusion of true colour by exposing each alternate frame of ordinary black-and-white film stock through a two different coloured filters. Each alternate frame of the monochrome print was then stained red or green. Although the projection of Biocolour prints did provide a tolerable illusion of true colour, it suffered from noticeable flickering and red-and-green fringing when the subject was in rapid motion. In an attempt to overcome the colour fringing problem, a faster-than-usual frame rate was used.

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OxjamBrum – 24th Oct 09′

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Showcasing the very best of local, grassroots music whilst embracing national upcoming talent this will encompass over thirty acts, over six venues and all for one ticket which will be exchanged for a wristband on the day. Whilst October sees people hosting their own events up and down the country to help raise awareness for Oxfam’s work on Climate Change, Saturday 24 October sees the city centre venues of Birmingham unite to host OxjamBrum’s Festival.

The venues involved are The Flapper, The Prince of Wales, Basement Bar, The Victoria, Island Bar and the Sunflower Lounge. Here’s the list of bands.

The point of it all is to help raise awareness for Oxfam’s work on climate change. Tickets are only £6.

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Christmas Vital Stats 09′

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Created by Cookie over at Made In England…

Basically you fill out one and give it to your partner (or whoever you’re expecting a present off), or get them to fill out one for you so you don’t blow a surprise by asking for a particular.

Download the boys checklist and girls checklist here…

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Stop brand personality?

This latest hiatus about Vitamin Water is a good example of the challenge brands have in defining the gap between celebrating the human side of a brand and getting into a tangle with the state. The nutritional information on Vitamin is clear for all to see on pack and those consumers who really want to know what is in their food and drink will find an abundance of information at their fingertips. Some would say there is too much information. Playful, clever or irreverent use of words are age-old ways advertisers have used to engage consumers.The sadness of this situation is that the state has to protect those who cannot be think for themselves beyond the advertising – children in particular.

BBC Report

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Etch-a-sketch gone supersize!

Sketch-3D is an interactive, integrated software/hardware system that enables users to create their own anaglyphic 3D drawings. By using a ubiquitous interface metaphor (the “Etch-A-Sketch “), Sketch-3D allows anyone to participate in generating stereoscopic imagery in a way that is simple and engaging. In addition to the personal experience, Sketch-3D can be scaled to work with any output device from large scale projection to plasma displays to an integrated LCD. This versatility allows for Sketch-3D to be tailored to fit a wide array of installation environments.

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A B C vitamins

I think this concept of letter shaped boxes for each different vitamin supplement is a great idea, making something dull like the humble vitamin a whole lot more interesting. The concept is by Polish designer Viktoriya Gadomska

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50 Years of the MINI

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Mini was born in 1959 and this small car was produced by British Motor Corporation (BMC). It was designed by Sir Alec Issigonis, and this this weekend saw the International Mini Meeting 2009 (on 7-10 August 2009) at Longbridge, Birmingham, UK where the last Mini rolled off the production line. Several other meetings are being held around the world to celebrate the iconic, timeless classic.

This brand film “Rebel without Pause” focuses on MINI fans and drivers all around the world and their personal experiences with MINI. In a documentary style, the milestones of MINI history are shown – narrated by authentic people: From the future to the past – back to present and vice versa.

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The Mocha Lisa

The Mona Lisa, one of the world’s most famous paintings, has been recreated using 3,604 cups of coffee – and 564 pints of milk. 

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It measures an impressive 20 feet high and 13 feet wide and took a team of eight people three hours to complete. The different colours were created by adding no, little or lots of milk to each cup of black coffee. It was created for The Rocks Aroma Festival in Sydney, Australia, and seen by 130,000 people who attended the one-day coffee-lovers event.

Watch the Video below to see the construction of the piece.

Found here…

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Sears Tower – The Ledge

Sears Tower, which opened its new set of glass balconies for public viewing. “The Ledge,” as they’re collectively called, hangs 1,353 feet in the air. With transparent walls and ceilings, visitors say its like floating in the sky.

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The lost tribes of New York City

My good friend Tom Lines, copy writer extraordinaire, put this on his Facebook page. I liked and thought you might too. Watch closely.

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Pimp My Garage… door?

Now available from style-your-garage.com, garage door covers giving the passer-by an impression of an open garage and and making them take a second glance at whats actually inside.. pictures include amongst others, planes, new & classic cars, animals and different scenery. Covers for windows and normal doors are also available.

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Resident Evil T-Shirt

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A ‘Whopping’ mistake

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Burger King has been forced to apologise to Hindus after it showed a revered Indian goddess with a ‘forbidden’ Whopper burger.

Someone really didn’t do their research

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No longer a place for friends…

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With mass employee layoffs, declining marketing dollars, and millions of annoyed users, social networking site MySpace has appropriately downsized their logo. While hardly worth mentioning (design-wise), the change marks the beginning of the end for a site which was once the most popular of its kind… read more here

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In the pink

We’ve decided that as colour is so important to us as a design agency that one day every week should be dedicated to a different colour. Today is pink day, purely as a nod to our colleague in Boxer Chicago, Claire Wightman, who just loves all things pink.

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Global Brands? Not with those names…

I guess somewere around the world there will always be brand names with unfortunate meanings in other languages.

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Golden Gaytime is an iconic ice-cream in Australia

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A soft drink from Ghana.

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Ghanaian sauce

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“Megapussi” is a finnish word for a “mega bag” not actually a brand

See more

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When the flag drops!

For any petrol head the first and second week of June has always been a fave as the Isle of Man TT  takes place,  one of my favourite riders Guy Martin takes you through part of his 37 and 3/4 mile flying lap,  as a rider and fellow speed freak this footage blows my mind.

Pop your headphones on, focus on the road ahead and listen as Guy talks you through this experience.

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Story Blogging…

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I stumbled across this great blog called My Milk Toof created by artist Inhae Renee Lee, which is solely committed to telling the stories and adventures of a couple of milk teeth called Ickle and Lardee. This is a great little blog where you can just spend a bit of time in the land of silliness reading about Ickle and Lardee’s adventures.  

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When I was young, I placed my baby teeth under my pillow and when I woke up I’d find a shiny new quarter. But whatever happened to those little teeth? Where did they go? Would I ever see them again?   

Many years later, a little tooth was standing at my door. It looked familiar. It’s name was Ickle. Welcome home, my milk toof!

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This is just a snipit of the images in one of the stories. To see the rest visit the My Milk Toof blog.
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Bond Sucks…

James Bond star Daniel Craig is now available in ice-lolly form after being voted as ‘Britain’s Coolest Smoothie’. Over 1,000 women from across the country were asked to rate a list of British male celebrities and to choose the most handsome one. Craig beat off competition from a number of famous UK actors including Jude Law, Hugh Grant and Steve Jones.
Del Monte Super Fruit Smoothies(UK) have now produced a limited run of Daniel Craig replica lollies, created by a team of artists who have worked tirelessly to recreate Daniel Craig’s Casino Royale Bond scene in which he emerges from the sea.. From..

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Short film – Spider

9 minutes long, but it’s a really nice film (Good story build, moody, special effects etc!). Don’t forget kids, “It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye”.

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Creativity at it’s finest

Kutiman is an Israeli funkster who has sampled and mixed clips from youtube into complete tracks. The project is called ThruYOU. You never know YOU might be on there.

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The Vendor Client relationship – In real world situations

Found at cpluv.com

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Jobplot

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Taken from their site:

Jobplot is a jobs board for creatives in the West Midlands.

There are some great creative companies in the region and some fantasticly talented individuals. We want to make it easier for them to find each other.

This here blog will be the place to find out what people are up to – who’s winning work, what events are on and where the opportunities are. Hit the subscribe buttons to get regular updates sent direct to you.

Jobplot is being worked on by Substrakt and Meshed Media. There’s a few tweaks in the works but in the meantime enjoy your stay and perhaps help us spread the word.

Jobplot and Jobplot Blog (Thanks for the links guys, great little site you have started!)

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Island Life…

To celabrate 50 years of Island records the Viynl Factory are putting on an exhibition of everything ‘Island’! An exhibition of Art, Photography, Film and Music…get yer self down to London for this little gem!

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See here for details.

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Half a century of Island Records……

To celebrate Island Record’s 50th anniversary they are offering an exclusive selection of unique art prints. In each of these images their renowned photographers have captured a rare moment of music history. These iconic images can be yours to purchase as signed limited edition prints at quite reasonable prices!!!

A great range of artists and some fantastic images!!

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Seen here are The Jam and Lee Scratch Perry…..click here to have a look at the full range!!

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What the?

I have noticed recently that manufactures of soft drink beverages seems to be coming up with the most weird and wonderful adverts they can think up. Weather its Oasis with its Rubberduckzilla, Drench with its Pheasant rodeo, or J20 with its interchangeable scenarios it seems they are trying to out weird each other. These adverts are very random and very entertaining, and I suppose these are the ones your remember. 

Oasis Rubberduckzilla advert- Tag line  ‘For people who don’t like water’

Drench pheasant rodeo advert- Tag line ‘Stay on top of your game’

J20 advert- Tag line ‘It’s metter to bix things up’

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Helvetica vs Arial..

Another great font comedy sketch from collegehumor.com… the original battle of Helvetica v’s Arial…

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Font Conference..

This hilarious short film parodies fonts as they take human form and their typographic personalities come to life.. created by collegehumor.com

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Got Milk?

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You can’t help but get a charge out of this cleverly photographed campaign from Alena Nikiforova.  As each model gets doused the look of amusement is pretty obvious.  Most of this is done using clever photo manipulation and styling.  The skin tones are so creamy and gorgeous it really is an amazing collection.

More here…

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Knittable cuteness

Knit your own little Sackboy…

Knitting Magazine have created a brilliant knitting pattern for this cute little guy from PS3’s game Little Big Planet, PDF of pattern found here… The pattern was created by Alan Dart and makes a wicked looking Sackboy that stands a decent 27cm high, it’s a brilliant fusion of old skills and new icons. Im defiantly going to have a go at knitting the little cutie and will update you on how easy it was and how it turned out.

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more here… 

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Watch your step in the kitchen..

Health and saftey is taken very seriously here at boxer… watch your step!

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Under 140cm in height?

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What a promotion at wingwah on evenings (Sunday – Thursday) for the vertically challenged! Although 140cm is rather short! Could this be classed as heightism?

If you are / or know someone under 140cm get your voucher here…

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Accident-Explanatory Slings

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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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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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The Big City Plan – Digital Challenge

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The Big City Plan will shape and revitalise the city centre over the next 20 years – guiding Birmingham’s economic, social and environmental future.

Are you at home in front of, or behind, the camera? Could you take a photograph, or make a film, showing us how you think Birmingham should develop over the next twenty years?

Perhaps you feel Birmingham would benefit from greener areas or maybe you have an idea about how public transport could improve. Your vision could be for the whole city, or your local area.

With two fantastic Flip cameras up for grabs, the Big City Plan Digital Challenge is your chance to show us how you want to reshape and revitalise the city centre.

The judges will be looking for imaginative ideas as well as great images, so it doesn’t matter if you use your mobile phone or the latest camera technology.

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Found at – Created in Birmingham

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Tropicana Reverting to Old Package Design

The people have spoken. Tropicana’s redesigned packaging, which was released to a near universal disdain is being pulled and it will revert back to the classic design next month. Consumers found the new design to be generic looking, confusing and too different from the iconic “straw in an orange” theme. (From psfk.com)

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To be honest the packaging redesign looks very pharmaceutical / medical. The old packaging is still loads better and has so much more character. At least they have listened to their consumers and done the right thing.

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World Nude Day – February 6th 2009

Any excuse to get naked. And you could win US$10,000 in gold!

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Here’s what to do:

Get nude.
Get a mate to film you.
Do something funny.
Upload it here for all to see.
Top 10 global entries chosen by official judges.
Winner decided by judges combined with public vote!

    Get going, there’s great prizes!

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    Found at Made in England

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    New Website

    Our new web site has launched along side the new Christmas Video for 2008. We hope you enjoy seeing our new work and some more information about us and what we do.

    www.boxercreative.co.uk

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    Christmas Card ’08

    It’s here… Check out our new Christmas Card for 2008. We hope you enjoy it as much, as we enjoyed making it. Let us know what you think.

    boxer would like to say a big ‘thanks’ to Green Door Films for allowing us to use the most entertaining camera we have ever had the pleasure of using and to SHL Film & TV Ltd for making us all look so pretty under their lights. Also, a huge thank you to Urban Splash for letting us make such a mess (even if we did have to clean it up!).

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at boxer.

    PS – Every last cake crumb was licked up.

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    Christmas Card ’07 (Last years card if you havent seen it)

    (Oh and we have a new Web Site check it out)

    boxercreative.co.uk/

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    Have you been good this year?

    Do you deserve a visit from Santa? If so, you may get a visit from… This is what happens after 5.30pm when people work late

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    McDonald’s New Packaging by Boxer

    It’s here… we have launched it.

    Keep an eye open for the new packaging launching, first in the UK in November, and then the rest of the 118 countries around the world soon after. McDonald’s serve 58 million people a day around the world, that’s alot of people enjoying McDonald’s food and hopefully the new packaging.

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    The new design engages in an honest conversation with consumers about the quality of McDonald’s food. We have created a global packaging design system that embraces a consistent framework but also allows for customisation to create local market relevance.

    Its bold and simple design celebrates all that’s good about McDonald’s, whilst reassuring consumers about the origins of the food they are about to eat.

    Quite simply it’s about brand storytelling that’s told through design.

    Visit our site here.

    Or send us an email, we would love to hear your thoughts.

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    Smile, you’re drinking Pepsi

    Here’s the new Pepsi logo that was unveiled last week and I saw on PSFK. The new designs were based on the following thought process say PepsiCo; Diet Pepsi has a ‘slight grin’, Pepsi has a ‘full smile’ and Pepsi Max expresses laughter.

    Reaction in the office is not a good one and I totally agree. Pepsi have committed a cardinal sin in my book. Brands should by all means appeal to people’s emotions, but they should never tell you what emotions you should be feeling; it’s just rude in my book. Let me feel how I want when I drink Pepsi, whether it be happy or sad, I’m still using your product, so don’t force a smile on me.

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