Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Do The Dewey

Forget Google! Ms. Dewey is a new, interactive, Flash based search engine.

To assist you in your search, the website is hosted by smoking hot model/actress/vocalist, Janina Gavankar.

See what she and the site are capable of by typing into the search field, or just leave it blank and watch.

Check out MS. Dewey and her groovy search site.

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Monday, October 30, 2006

Bongo Menu Collection

Some time during the middle of the last century, a man got the yen to start taking home menus from the restaurants he'd enjoyed.

Fifty years later, his collection is in the hands of his grandson.

Some really sweet stuff over at Bostrom's Menu Collection flickr site.

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Another Bright Idea

Not sure if I'm totally down with this or nor yet, but the more I think about - why not?

Brazil's Sol Beer has co-oped with the national the weather forecast.

This makes me thirsty, like when it's hot. Ohhh, I get it now!


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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Haunted When It Rains

Yeah, I realize this is a tad bit creepy - but it is Halloween after all.

If you dare, visit the Book of the Dead, Haunted When It Rains, Victorian Post-Mortem Photography.

And remember - you're not going to be here forever either, so Carpe Diem!

Life is meant to be awesome!

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Friday, October 27, 2006

John Dufilho: Best Alternative Album?

Probably, yes!

Grande Congratulations to my amazingly talented buddy John Dufilho!

His first official solo album, geniusly entitled: John Dufilho, is up for a Grammy. (Sir John's better known as the lead monkey in the amazing Deathray Davies.)

There's some pretty stiff competition - John's in a field of 48 other albums, including Arctic Monkeys, Gnarls Barkley and Thom Yorke.

I've been working with John and his lable Glurp producing some super low-fi videos, one for each song on the album.

The finalists for the 2007 Grammys will be announced Dec. 7.

Check out the first one from the opening track I'm Gonna Stay Under These Covers Today.

Check out the rest (so far!) at John's new site: John Dufilho

John's currently in Lexington right now rehearsing with the Apples In Stereo sitting in as drummer for some shows next week and will be in NY shooting a new Apples video with Elijah Wood directing.

Go John!

And what are you waiting for - go Buy The Album Now!

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

D Is For Discrepancy

With Detroit's storybook season now culminating in the World Series, many fans have begun noticing one of MLB obscurities: The Old English D logo on the team's jersey is different than the one on the cap.

No way, you say? Way, says Uni Watch. At first glance, the two logos appear almost identical. But once you take a closer look, the distinctions start jumping off the screen: The perimeter of the cap D is comprised of jagged, pointy strokes, while the outline of the jersey D is much rounder; the left side of the cap D has two vertical strokes, both of which are curved, with two horizontal spokes in between them, while the jersey D has three vertical strokes, two of which are straight, and no horizontal spokes; and the two horizontal prongs inside the center of the cap D are concave, while the prongs on the jersey D are convex. Identical twins? More like second cousins.

Read it all at Uni Watch.

Go Cardinals!

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006


Buzz-worthy campaigns turn ad-agency creatives into the cool kids of the moment. But behind every copywriter-cum--rock star is a courageous client. Meet the people who had the guts to greenlight this past year's boldest advertising.

My personal favorite is the AMEX My Life My Card campaign. As Diego Scotti,VP of global advertising for American Express puts it - "Authenticity is the thing consumers respond to the most."

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Read it at all Fast Company.

Fluff is no substitute for a concept.


Monday, October 23, 2006

Des Chapeaux

Hats off Pita and her sweet French retrospective over at Des Chapeaux.

Cela a Raison,


Friday, October 20, 2006

A Craving For Cool

Big companies are outsourcing "cool" to nimbler, closer-to-the-ground outsiders. They might as well farm out their souls.

Read the Fast Company article here.

Other companies seek out the best talent, hire them outright with promises and golden carrots with hopes of capitalizing on their unique perspectives and innate talent.

Sadly, these companies end up forgetting the all reasons they initially hired the talent and end up trying to force the energetic and innovative square peg into the predictable and safe round hole .

Bottom-line for the duped: Stay true to yourself, live and learn, get it in writing and pay no attention to that stupid fish on the bumper.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Mmmmm. Beer...

To learn more about some of the new dark brews launch this Interactive Beer thing I borrowed from The New York Times.

Thanks NYT!

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The Art of Being Blunt & Cutting To The Chase

Meet Paula Scher. A ferocious defender of language, she has given voice to many of America's iconic brands.

Unless you're part of the clubby graphic-design fraternity, you may never have heard of Paula Scher, but it's nearly impossible not to know her work. Every time you pass a Citibank ATM or hand over one of its credit cards with the iconic red-arched "Citi" logo, you're in her orbit. When you open a box from Tiffany, with its slender, elegant typeface, you're decoding a message she has sent you (namely, "This had to be pricey!"). If you get subversive pleasure reading Jon Stewart's snarky faux textbook, America (The Book), or are charmed by the signs on the New York subway for the Metropolitan Opera, or look back wistfully on the loopy spaceship cover of the first Boston album, you're under the spell of this astonishingly versatile, formidably talented designer.

Within the design community, Scher is known both for her passionate populism--she has little patience for esoteric "just those of us who speak Helvetica" snobbery--and for her take-no-prisoners defense of good work. "As a designer, Paula has no particular ideological point of view," says Michael Bierut, her partner at the prestigious design firm Pentagram. "She's really, really eclectic. She only cares about making things that are good."

Corporate clients who have worked with her marvel at her willingness to fight for what she thinks is the best solution to any given problem. "She's uncompromising," says Susan Avarde, managing director of global branding for Citigroup's consumer businesses. "That stance can feel challenging, but for us as an organization, it was the right thing." Scher's Citibank identity campaign gave coherence to a politically fraught corporate merger (the logo cleverly used the "t" in Citi as the handle for the old Traveler's insurance umbrella) and made the resulting behemoth simpler and more approachable.

Scher's Valkyrie reputation stands in stark contrast to the woman herself, a slight blonde with a wicked sense of humor who roams New York's Pentagram offices trailed by an Australian shepherd named Mattie. And her bravado, Scher confides, is in many ways a construct built out of necessity. It isn't easy being a woman in a profession dominated by men on both the design and client sides. Earlier in her career, she says, "When I would be in a room with a man, all eyes would go to him. I always felt sidelined. I had to work so hard to hold attention."

She compensated with wit and verbal acuity. "I styled myself as a young smart-ass," she says. "It served me reasonably well for a number of years."

The woman is too modest. You don't get a medal from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, a place in the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame, representation in the collections of MoMA and the Cooper-Hewitt, and become a Pentagram partner just for being brassy.

Still, the kickass street-fightin' woman is never far off. Take, for example, her most recent accolade: being named a finalist for a National Design Award for communication design. Honorees were invited to the White House for breakfast, an invitation few could resist. Scher, however, refused to go, writing a letter (cosigned by four other winners) protesting the Bush administration's "prolonged assault on meaning."

"I'm not going to put on a party dress and play nicey-nicey because Laura Bush is having tea with people she doesn't know who the hell they are anyway," she bristles.

That kind of outspokenness can scare away timid clients, says Bierut. "I've learned a lot from Paula about the advantage of being blunt and cutting to the chase. There's no point in luring people into thinking you're a nice, accommodating person who will do it any way they want if you're concealing this spine of steel."

It's a lesson Scher learned painfully, early in her career, after watching good work get diluted as it worked its way through the corporate food chain. Most organizations, she says, rely on a process of checks and balances to ensure that the design adheres to some particular corporate strategy--that's the language MBAs understand. Trouble is, graphic design is inherently subjective. Who can say that one font is quantifiably better than another, or that one shade of Pantone green will lead inevitably to the destruction of your brand? Without a passionate advocate, a strong initial design may be nibbled away by bureaucrats, each eager to prove his worth with a tweak here and a nip there. Scher's ability to persuade, she realized, rested on two things: "I would have to be perceived, first, as an absolute authority, and second, as the most powerful person to approach about design.

"Fifty percent of doing good work is actually having it made," says Scher. "And getting it made means understanding the obstacles." The key, she quickly discovered, was having a client with both the vision to recognize good work and the power to pull the trigger. It's what Steve Jobs brings to Apple, or A.G. Lafley to Procter & Gamble. Barring a visionary at the helm, Scher prays that she can instill enough confidence and trust in her clients so that she can persuade them to follow her lead.

Fortunately, besides an outsize graphic talent, Scher also has an exceptional EQ: She can read a room and know instantly where the power lies, who's an ally, and who's potential trouble. Ultimately, though, the critical skill for Scher is knowing how to stay fresh, to keep challenging herself by tapping into what she calls the "charm of ignorance." When you're feeling stale, she says, the best thing you can do to shake things up is to "look at what you've been doing for the past five years--and stop. The thing that's most to be feared is doing the same thing over and over again."

Thanks to Fast Company

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Moo Cards + Flickr

Check out Moo Cards. If you're smart and you've got your photos on flickr, for just $20 you can get a box of a 100 of your favorite shots and custom messages.

I hear they're quite nice. I 'll have more feedback when I get mine.

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Monday, October 16, 2006


There's a nice collection of Chinglish signs and products over at flickr.

Happy time please to check them out!

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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Ponder This

"For decades, we've worked under the assumption that mass culture follows a steadily declining path toward lowest-common-denominator standards, presumably because the 'masses' want dumb, simple pleasures and big media companies want to give the masses what they want. But in fact, the exact opposite is happening: the culture is getting more intellectually demanding, not less."

Read the whole article at The New Yorker.

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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Flirting in Traffic

Congrats to my friend Jennifer! She's getting some cool props (and making money!) with her Flirting in Traffic site.

Here's the drill according to the site - "You’re stuck in traffic. The driver next to you is pretty cute. And then the one time you almost don’t want the gridlock to end, their car has sped off."

This new website is now facilitating Craigslist Missed Connection-like matchmaking for the auto set. Go to the site to get a Flirting ID Number, build a profile, then post your assigned number on your car with the hopes that your future lover will look you up online.

Jennifer wrote the nice article for my spread in the October issue of Scene In SA Monthly.

And just in case - if you missed that article you can get it right here: HMK Scene In SA article.

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

YouTube's Competition Misses The Point

It’s not the technology, it’s the experience. It’s simple sharing. It’s easy embedding. It’s reliable viewing. It’s “when I share a YouTube video with someone I know they’re going to be able to see it no matter which browser, computer, or OS they have.” That’s what makes YouTube YouTube.

But you won’t hear that from AOL or Microsoft — two companies that were considered YouTube suitors before Google swept in and closed the deal.

What you’ll hear from them are lines like this:

“The AOL guys would’ve loved to have got YouTube. We looked but decided AOL has not only better technology but it’s also in-house,” said Dick Parsons, CEO of Time Warner, which owns AOL.” (source)

“Microsoft evaluated acquiring this type of technology several months ago, and decided to build our own offering, focused on driving better customer and advertiser experiences through integration with Microsoft assets and services that reach an estimated global audience of 465 million consumers,” said spokeswoman Whitney Burk in a statement. “We are excited about the potential we are seeing in the beta of Soapbox on MSN and believe building our own solution is a more cost-effective way to compete in this new space.” (source)

Both AOL and Microsoft take the “we have better tech in-house” stand. That’s why YouTube wasn’t attractive.

It wasn’t that YouTube was overvalued or YouTube has significant legal battles ahead that AOL and Microsoft didn’t want to absorb. It was that YouTube’s technology wasn’t up to snuff.

Never mind that YouTube was streaming millions of videos a day and never seemed to be down. Never mind that YouTube is the leading video viewing/sharing site by a wide margin. Never mind that the public likes YouTube. Never mind that YouTube movies are embedded with Flash which everyone already has. Never mind that nearly every email I’ve gotten from anyone in the past year saying “hey, check out this video” lead to a YouTube video. Never mind that my parents actually know what YouTube is but have never heard of AOLs “technology” or Microsoft’s Soapbox. Never mind any of that. Just mind the technology.

Can AOL and Microsoft beat YouTube down the road? Anything is possible, but they’re making it awful hard on themselves if they think technology is what’s going to win this race. Technology rarely wins the race — experience and execution does. YouTube nailed that. Time will tell if they nailed a few coffins at the same time.

Thanks to Jason at 37 Signals

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Now That's An iPod Screen!

ViewDock LCD “Made for iPod” displays incorporate an iPod docking station and allow users to dock an iPod to watch videos or listen to music without cables or a separate device.

It also feature four USB 2.0 ports, an 8-in-1 card reader, a microphone, stereo speakers and a subwoofer. They offer DVI connectivity, 5ms response times, 700:1 contrast ratio, and a 16:10 aspect ratio with the VX2245wm featuring a 1680x1050 resolution and a 1440x900 resolution on the VX1945wm.

Pretty sweet.

Click here for more info

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5 Steps To Freedom

Before you make that big entreprenurial leap consider these five pieces of advice.

Step 1: Do Something You Love and Do It With Someone You Trust

Step 2: Do Something You Understand

Step 3: Start With The End In Mind

Step 4: Protect Your Ideas, Invest In An Expert

Step 5: Be Ready For The Unexpected

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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Album Covers Battle!

This is for anyone who spends time organizing their album art in iTunes, a must-must-see!

Go check out Man vS MAgnets's Album Covers Battle!


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Wednesday, October 04, 2006


Nice outdoor work from BBDO New York for the BBC. Eric Silver (Executive Creative Director), Jamie Overkamp (Art Director), Jerome Marucci (Art Director) & Ari Weiss (Copywriter).