Last year was a good, we loved the AKQA microwave song. However, this year our favourite so far has to be the Ogilvy 'White Xmas' app. It's a simple iPhone camera app that adds snow fall when you take a picture within the app.
Click here to download the app [iTune link].
The Shop will be open from Friday 11th December, just in time for your Christmas shopping needs. Click here to find more info about the brands on offer at the store.joes[a]fiend
INTERIOR DESIGN - The Japanese interior design firm Wonderwall, renowned for their work with streetwear label A Bathing Ape have worked their magic on a new store for Godiva located in Harajuku.
As Wonderwall put it themselves:
"This is Godiva’s new concept flagship store. Godiva’s idea was “treat thyself”. Wonderwall’s intention was to add a breath of fresh air to the more traditional image Godiva instill. The shop features humorous design details such as “melting chocolate” ceiling combined with the primarily classsical interior design. The boutique’s popular and fashionable location of Harajuku has also been considered in the overall design. Passers-by can view both its entrance as well as the costumers enjoying their time with chocolate on the second floor cafe."joes[a]fiend
He's so good, in fact, that these posters were originally made up for purely self-promotional purposes that is was until the IYA themselves got in touch asking if they could use the series for their promotional work.
A limited print run are available through Simons website.
[J] ALLAN of Losing Face
GRAPHIC DESIGN - Here design are without a shadow of a doubt one of the best, if not the best graphic design studio in London. Their work spans all industry sectors, yet retains a sense of integrity few studios can maintain when undertaking such a broad range of work.
Here designed The Hendrick's book of manners, which is a facsimile of the original published around 1900 and is no larger than a credit card.
The photography on the site is just as pleasing as the editorial content - www.sightunseen.com
There are some really interesting examples of what $5 can get you. Above, a two colour screen by entitled 'Free' by Mike Perry. Below, Strawberries going cheap in a grocery store in Japan as they're too ripe to keep any longer.
Click here to go to The Five Dollar Comparison site.
RETAIL - Our favourite retail space Dover Street Market (DSM) has teamed up with the Reload space within the St. Martins Lane hotel. The space has been dubbed Dover Street Market Xtra Small. What we like most about the space is how they have used photographs of the full size DSM to decorate the space and recreated to feel of the full size DSM.
Products that will be stocked in the space are Comme des Garçons Shirt, Dover Street Market label, Comme des Garçons’ perfume, Wallet and PLAY collections and other little goodies. The space will be open from 12.00 to 22.00 until 7th January 2010. joes[a]fiend
RETAIL - One of our favourite retailers has extended their network of retail spaces. Blackbird has recently opened The Field House, located in Seattle. The store will be stocking the likes of Pendleton, Woolrich Woolen Mills, April 77, Filson, Bee Raw Honey and Cire Trudon.
The story behind the space is:
TECHNOLOGY - This 2minute 13 second video takes you on a whistle stop tour of the history of the little known company called Google. If you watch the video you can find out what Google was first called... I have no doubt that it will be a question in a pub quiz, if it isn't already.
GRAPHIC DESIGN - When the owner of my favourite bar in London, Lounge Bohemia, called to let me know about their second birthday party, I couldn't wait for the invite to follow.
Without doubt, Lounge Bohemia serves the best cocktails in London; they vary from the best Old Fashioned you could ever imagine passing your lips to molecular concoctions.
The invite arrived, delivered by hand, which was a great touch. Given the postal strikes most invites that we have been sent are arriving about two weeks late. It came in a Czechoslovakian urine sample tube. I'm not sure how this relates to the party... maybe I don't want to know.
The Weak Shop sells products aimed at people who don't have the energy to go about their daily lives and need a little help. Our favorite product is towel clothing; it's something that would certainly benefit some of our contributors. Also, if you think you can do better you can submit your own ideas for a product to The Weak Shop here, the competition closes on February 1, 2010.
This campaign certainly contains all five key elements needed for success:
2. Reflective of the values of the brand and/or product
If you buy anything from The Weak Shop, they will throw in two pints of milk [in bottles, we hope].
I wonder what my first purchase will be... That's if I have the strength to complete the purchase.
The postcards are available at Present Joys - if you email them the details of your suitably fantastic recipient and the message you wish to communicate with them, they'll send the little beauty for you. Perfect for all those lazy buggers out there.
We wont take credit for finding this gem, Fever Zine gave us the heads up.
MUSIC - The first time we heard Pogo's mesmerizing beats we were in awe. Pogo makes his beats by 'recording small sounds from a single film or scene and sequencing them to form a new piece of music.' In essence a simple idea, but the execution is anything but. The tracks are emotionally filled masterpieces with hooks, melodies and riffs that get your head nodding.
If you want to give it a go the equipment Pogo uses is 'Adobe Audition for sampling, FLStudio for sequencing and Sony Vegas for video editing.'
It's no surprise that the film and music industries have taken offence to the inspiring aural and visual creativity of Pogo. Sony Pictures Entertainment contacted the artist claiming that 'Bangarang', a rework of the Steven Spielberg film 'Hook' with some added bass and cymbals, was an infringement of their copyright.
You should check out his YouTube channel - www.youtube.com/user/Fagottron. Our personal favourites are Alice [featured above], Expialidocious and Bangarang.
A real treat for illustration fans with not only a beautiful Rob Ryan print slipped inside the front cover but also a cracking Tom Gauld postcard, complete with hand written thanks from the It's Nice That gents themselves.
Pizza Hut in the Philippines, with the help of advertising agency BBDO, placed large LED timers on selected delivery bikes to draw attention to their 'on-time delivery promise'.
Going back to our 4 key traits of a successful advertising campaign; this one ticks all the boxes. In case you've forgotten them they are as follows:
2. Reflective of the vales of the brand and/or product
We'd love to know what happens if the pizza doesn't arrive on time? Does the bike explode?
The point I’m trying to make is that Kitsuné has got it all, with a minimal cherry on top. If they aren’t busy releasing their Kitsuné Maison compilations they’re creating a stellar clothing range and collaborating with the best designers in town.
Tonight sees the launch of their ‘Boutique Kitsuné Maison’. The Shop at Bluebird will host the French foxes from the 21st September to 12th October 2009, make sure you check it out. If you can’t make it to the London location the store will be heading to various cities worldwide soon enough.
Of particular note was the extensive preview [or 'issue zero'] of Fantastic Man's much anticipated sister/girlfriend mag, The Gentlewoman - no doubt this will be a hit when it launches officially next spring, bringing some much needed quality to the women's market.
Also of enjoyment was the seasonal crossword, 'Utterly Unrecommended' [a scathing review of a cafe in Russell Square by James Anderson] and musings on how we will live in 2019 by Gilbert & George.
2. Reflective of the vales of the brand and/or product
Four out of four for this one.
Whilst browsing Flickr we stumbled upon the British Postal Museum & Archive's photostream. It has some real gems, one of our favorite sets is the Museum Collection Guide.
We wont give it all away, you have to take a look for yourself!
PUBLISHING - It's an interesting time for the publishing world, only the best magazines will survive the cull we have seen recently. This is driving some creative developments within the industry. This newsstand differentiation is one of our favorites of recent time. The brief was to create a graphic device that would help Wired stand out from other tech magazines on the newsstand.
The execution by David Styler of Art Center College of Design aims to 'reinforce the brand's connection with technology, making consumers aware that it is more intellectual as opposed to other techie magazines which are mostly just informational'.
Does it do this? We think it does, and does it well. Thumbs up from us.
GRAPHIC DESIGN - During a recent clear-out at work I found this little gem in a box destined for the recycling bin. This beautiful piece of graphic design is a press release we received for the Ace Hotel in Portland, Oregon. I'm sure you'd all agree this is beautiful.
Our personal favourite is by the Glaswegian artist David Shrigley for Pringle of Scotland [above]. Click here to see all 25 posters, where you can download all of the posters in high resolution.
Let us know which is your favourite and we'll tell why you should have picked the David Shrigley effort.
This part of the blog will be a collection of thoughts, free to be stolen/re-appropriated or called your own. It's all about product ideas that aren't in existence that we think should be.
FASHION - If open source and collaborative culture is the future of the creative industries why is the fashion industry lagging behind? Shouldn't fashion be leading the way? People may argue that fashion is about a singular vision of a creative person. For one moment lets forget this assumption. Lets imagine the creativity of a group of people could surpass the talents of one fashion designer.
Imagine if Comme des Garçons added another brand to their range, I understand that currently Comme des Garçons encompasses 14 brands which includes the newly launched Dover Street Market clothing range. This range however would not be controlled by Rei Kawakubo or Junya Watanabe but the members of a Comme des Garçons network of interested and interesting people. The members of this community could submit designs, vote on the best designs then release a range based on crowd sourced garment designs. This model could allow total freedom from what a clothing brand 'should' produce. One collection could be solely t-shirts then, the following collection could be a wider collection of garments.
To me this idea feels inline with the Comme des Garçons brand ethos and would offer something new and exciting to the industry.
It's worth bearing in mind, that with community/crowd sourced projects the make or break is the 'quality' of the community. If no one updated their Facebook profile it would be a dull place to be with no one worth stalking.
Here's a few interesting examples of crowd sourced in action:
Threadless.com - Similar to the idea outlined but deals solely with graphic tees
Quirky.Com - Social Product Development
I know people reading will be thinking, but what about Threadless! It's a step in the right direction, but they are prints on t-shirts. I want to see more than that from a creative community. The community could be a close community where only people who are invited are allowed to join, much like Luxury Society, the private networking site for luxury professionals.
We hope you enjoyed the first of these little rants. If you have an idea you want share, pop us an email. If it's good enough we'll put it up. Let the debate begin...
Update to follow...