Sunday, December 31, 2006
Thinking is so often overlooked, since most of us so called creative types tend to enjoy DOING: designing, creating, making and yes, thinking. It's the leisure of unstructured time over these next few days that allow the opportunity for some real thinking.
It's nice to be able to take an extended breather around this time of year, however we'd all be be kidding ourselves to think we could ignore our work for the entirety of our break. Desing Matters posts on exactly what thoughts we should focus on and avoid. For example, we should replace this:
"Will anybody notice if I don't send out a Christmas card?" or "How can I synchronize my font library across the network?"
with something like this:
"Where is your business headed?" and "Are you content with your client relationships?"
Those questions and more coupled with each new task in 2007 beginning with a streamlined, thus more efficient, methodical approach are just some of what I'll be considering over the next 9 days.
To New Beginnings!
Peace & Happy New Year Y'all!
Thanks for reading.
Thanks to squirrelbait over at Core 77
Friday, December 29, 2006
As the New Year approaches, advertising executives are busy divining the future, compiling lists and predicting hot brands and consumer trends.
Not surprisingly, many agencies are focusing on how the digital world will continue nudging the offline world in new directions, and consumer-generated content is in the forefront of everyone’s mind.
But ad executives also say they think companies should pay attention to shoppers’ interest in knowing more about the products they buy and to their desire to turn their cellphones and BlackBerrys — gasp! — off sometimes.
Read The NYT Aricle
Thanks to Louise Story at the NYT
Top dogs Jackie & Ringo. Photo by HMK
For those keeping score, this is the 5th Best Supporting Actor honor for 2006's comeback kid.
Yesterday, the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards chose Jackie Earle Haley the Best Supporting Actor award for his comeback performance in Little Children.
Jackie beat out the formidable likes of Ben Affleck in "Hollywoodland," Eddie Murphy in "Dreamgirls," Jack Nicholson in "The Departed," Brad Pitt in "Babel" and Michael Sheen in "The Queen."
In addition to yesterday's Chicago Film Critics Association Award, Jackie's also won the Best Supporting Actor honors from the New York Film Critics Circle, the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association, San Francisco Film Critics Circle and the Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Dive in and become who you are!
We all want to be confident, don’t we? It’s a word that crops up fairly often in coaching sessions, even with people who are very talented and successful. We’re all human, and for most of us there are times, places, audiences and situations where we feel we’d like to be a little more confident. For creative professionals, these typically include high-pressure performance situations, such as presentations, pitches, interviews, auditions and stage shows.
Of course we want to perform at our best in these situations, but the Creative Coaches over at Wishful Thinking think the word ‘confidence’ creates more problems than it solves and usually advise clients to change the word to ‘enthusiasm’.
Read all 5 Reasons and see why.
As both a creative in the overly political and ego driven advertising game and as concept/designer/artist guy by nature it's always been quite obvious to me that in regard to the business side of things - image, structure, strategic positioning, technology, products or services, we're all pretty much replaceable and everything we do can be copied.
In a world of potentially abundant talent it all comes down to the human factors and finding the people with the right attitude, energy and enthusiasm in addition to the talent. Nobody want's to work with an asshole no matter how much talent they've got - it's simply no fun and life is just too short.
It really all about the energy, enthusiasm, and attitude of each individual person and whether or not you connect, respect and believe in each other enough to do the best job you can and not care about who gets the credit.
I've always believed that a simple, humble, happy and rewarding life is all about relationships and surrounding myself with people that I respect, admire and truly want to be with whether it's friendships, my work, side projects or whatever.
I've been lucky enough so far to be blessed with an awesome wife and kids, great friends and family (even though our time together is a fraction of what it once was) good health and always just enough money to taste some of the finer thing this life has to offer.
And like the headline I wrote in regard to the dress code for Venus de Milo in Boston a few years back:
"Know who you are and dress accordingly"
Cheers and Happy New Year to my true blue friends and family - That's Right - you know who you are!
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Rest In Peace Joe Barbera 1911-2006
Hollywood animator Joseph Barbera, who created some of my favorite characters like Fred Flintston, Scooby Doo, The Banana Splits, Josie and the Pussycats, Johnny Quest, Atom Ant, Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Top Cat, Quick Draw McGraw, Mogilla Gorilla, The Jetsons and more, died yesterday at the age of 95.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Just in case you missed it, here's the Flagg Creek Inn James and I finished a month or so ago.
If you get a chance stop by the site for a visit. And more importantly - go visit Flag Creek Inn!
And dudes, I personally invite you to checkout our favorite 3 Day Weekend Spot and dig for yourself the tranquiility that can only be derived from floating in the pool on a perfect summer night watching a meteor shower with the kids, a couple of friends and a glass of your favorite..
Yeah, it's like that y'all.
Flag Creek Inn
And thanks to Flagg Creek Inn owners Chris McDaniel and his wife Kelly for sharing and making us feel right at home.
This is quite possibly the first official and true collaboration featuring my dear friend Mr. James Lewis on the keyboard.
A HMKJ12 Not2Shabby©FlashThang? Perhaps. Perhaps Not.
Friday, December 15, 2006
The Magical Mystery Stream Is Going To Take You Away!
Launch The HMK Magical Mystery Stream
Copy the url and paste it into your iTunes:
iTunes>Advanced>Open Stream>Paste url
My friend Scott Blackwell took this awesome shot scuba diving last year. I helped out with a little retouching and just had to post this.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Check out The Nice.
The Nice Ice cooler is a real deal wine cooler. Fill the mold with water, freeze for 24 hours, then remove to create a gorgeous bottle chiller made of ice. Throw in some fruit, food coloring, ornaments and more before freezing for a stunning effect, or place a candle inside after frozen for a dazzling light display.
Ordering Info: Dutch By Design
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
“Being an artist is a solo endeavor, and this is a safe way to see what others are doing,” says Denise Parsons, an art student in San Francisco who shows her work, above, on the Saatchi site.
Julie Ann Travis , 23, a graduate student at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, is curious to see what her peers are up to and to share some of her latest work. So recently she posted a self-portrait in which her head is buried in a pile of dirt at Stuart, the latest addition to a recently redesigned Web site for the Saatchi Gallery in London.
The brainchild of the London-based advertising magnate and collector Charles Saatchi, this social networking outlet — a kind of MySpace knockoff for artists — is causing something of a sensation, boosting traffic at the gallery’s Web site overall to more than three million hits a day.
Read The Article: The New York Times
Check Out The Site: Saatchi Gallery
In 1962's Dr. No, a tuxedo-clad Sean Connery subdues assassins, foils the world domination plans of an evil genius, and seduces pretty women, all with an occasional bon mot thrown in. Forty-four years, 20 films and five leading men later, the James Bond film franchise continues to flourish by relying on that same basic formula -- and with good reason, film and marketing experts say.
Read It All
Thanks to Angus Loten at FastCompany
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
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Model Eva Padberg personally presents the new Otto catalogue to thousands of homes across Germany and whoever looked through the spy hole to see who was there saw Eva with the catalogue and the order number.
Agency: Kolle Rebbe, Germany
Monday, December 11, 2006
This just in!
Jackie Earle Haley has just won the Best Supporting Actor Award from both The New York Film Critics Award and the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for his amazing performance in Little Children!
(Runners-up: Eddie Murphy for Dreamgirls and Steve Carell for Little Miss Sunshine)
Not too shabby!
The New York Film Critics
The San Francisco Film Critics
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
The Bridge Of Stolen Bicycles - video powered by Metacafe
Strange things can happen when educational videos become public domain and join forces with a Grammy nomine for best alternative album. This is the 5th of 12 videos I'm been putting together for Sir John and his lable Glurp.
Warning: The Bridge Of Stolen Bicycles is not for those that creep-out easily...
Check out the rest, so far, at johndufilho.com
And this one is not up yet either...
My Circuits Are Blown
Saturday, December 02, 2006
If you're anything like my wife and her gaggle of friends during this Holiday shopping season you'll dig theses goodie gifts with a definite French twist, you'll save yourself some shopping time by check out this groovy online version of the P.O.S.H Chicago store.
There's some sweet brand new stuff - like these awesome these soup bowls, but their Flea Market Finds truly make it worth the click..
Check it out: P.O.S.H