Shanghai baby!

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Wow. I have been very selective in the kind of stuffs I wanna post on blog as there were really many cool stuffs today, and this really caught my attention. Shanghai is a cosmopolitain city and the fact that it has so many beautiful architectural structures just makes it even more compelling for me. Im an urban man. When I saw photos of the city taken with such depth and quality, I further reassured myself that Shanghai is one my next few destinations. Check out these photos by Wei Gensheng. Wei works as a crane operator on the the Shanghai Tower and mind you, he is an amateur photographer. These wonderful shoots were taken by him. Can you see how beautiful this city is from the ariel view? These pictures are mind blowing. I particularly love the picture with dense fluffy clouds shading the city below from the nice warm sun ray. Fantastic. Wooooot!

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Hobo art

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As much as I remember, I used to collect coins back in the 80s and 90s. Those coins bore sentimental value and the fact that coins are still a form of currency with amazing intricate details on them makes them beautiful items to keep. Barcelona-based artist Paolo Curio, not only collects them, he creates artwork out of them. Also known as ‘MrThe’, he makes interesting intricate coin carvings which he calls them ‘Hobo Nickels’. Art exists everywhere, sometimes in the things we see everyday without us knowing. He uses these coins as a base from which he create his work. Paolo crafts the portraits of literary and pop culture icons onto these beautiful nickels. A lot of his works revolves around skulls with the idea of integrating the hobo theme into all his creations. See more of his work here.

Unbreakable

I know I have been blogging a lot on christmas and how this season gave us so much surprises. Not just the kind of work we see out there, but also stuffs over in the agency that we do to amuse ourselves. Apparently, an idea quite similar to this came by the office a few years ago while I was in Saatchi. We had the opportunity to ‘humiliate’ the client by sending them an eat-your-own-medicine gift. So one of my creatives came out with the idea of having an unbreakable box. One that would irritate the hell out of the receiver. The gist of this entire saga was to basically keep that anticipation so strong you would go miles to crack that box. Only to realize it is just a cheap by the way gift. Of course, I wish that had happened. Now, this case we have here is just way so identical I had to talk about it. Love it. Simply one gift wrapper you just cannot tear it apart! Nice stunt there by Spanish advertising agency, Eureka Global. They are working on the premise that one would grew anticipation the longer it takes to open their christmas gift.

 

 

Santa goes undercover

I never stopped believing in Santa. I think he is magical and that his existence is purely one to be felt during the festive season. As a child, we were told of this big white bearded man carrying a big bag of gifts and would slide down the chimney sneaking into our house only to surprise us with lots of gifts the next day. He keeps us remembering the magic of christmas and these vivid memories of childhood remains beautiful today. However, not every child enjoys that same growing up journey. There are many young children in Peru that were forced into working on the streets since early childhood. To some of them, Santa might never have existed. The magic of this holiday season never seemed to appear. Worse of all, they might even stop believing in him. Advertising agency, Conectart Group, Lima decided to create this magical Christmas with their “Santa Undercover” campaign. Santa goes undercover and approaches these kids asking them to polish his boots only to reveal a secret message. The kids then gets a surprise gift from a nearby gift kiosk. Santa would give them a nickel and they can retrieve this magical gift by pulling down the lever. A well thought campaign that is both simple and meaningful.

Digital spreadsheet art

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This post reminds me when I was a designer. Back in those days, I would slog in office the entire night with my face glued to the mac while I craft my visuals diligently, working towards the client’s deadline. Being a designer has never been an easy job. The idea of being helmed a master of art and one having the eye of an artist is not a simple task. Discerning as a photomaker, the photoshop software is a designer’s best friend. Today, we have Mr Tatsuo Horiuchi who have proven this wrong by using what most people would be surprised – the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software. He creates beautiful traditional Japanese paintings alike its original copies, natural landscapes that are so amazingly detailed. All so full of its cultural richness.

“I never used Excel at work but I saw other people making pretty graphs and thought, ‘I could probably draw with that. Graphics software is expensive but Excel comes pre-installed in most computers… And it has more functions and is easier to use than [Microsoft] Paint.”

The man has since went forward to champ a few more compeitions with the work he created. He has even won first at the Excel AutoShape Art Contest in 2006. Kudos. Check him out here.

Photos of the day

Once again picture editors from The Guardian curates a collection of their hand picked photographs for the day. Some of which evokes so much feeling and portrays so much more depth in the realism they originate from. I would definitely hope you folks would go to their link here for more of the photographs. Again, credits to the photographers and the picture editors from The Guardian.

Mansura, Egypt: Egyptian men inspect destruction following a powerful car b Britanny , France: A man walks in a flooded street in Morlaix Aviemore, Scotland: Eve Grayson, a Reindeer herder of the Cairngorm Reindee Bethlehem: Pilgrims pray inside the Grotto where Christians believe the Vir Tacloban, Philippines: A boy with a Santa Claus mask sits on a pedicab amonMumbai, India: A man waits for customers to sell candy floss at the Mahim f

 

Credits of photographers featured above:
• Mumbai, India: A man waits for customers to sell candy floss at the Mahim fair
• Mansura, Egypt: People inspect destruction following a car bomb explosion
• Britanny, France: A man walks in a flooded street in Morlaix
• Tacloban, Philippines: A boy with a Santa Claus mask sits on a pedicab among debris left from typhoon Haiyan
• Bethlehem, West Bank: Pilgrims pray inside the grotto where Christians believe the Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ in the Church of the Nativity
• Aviemore, Scotland: Eve Grayson, a reindeer herder feeds the Cairngorm reindeer herd in a blizzard

Japan within

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Very little has been shared about creative news in Japan. While Japan still remains a very advanced society with great influences and demands for newer innovations, a lot of their inventions have been kept within the doors of their thriving culture. The Japanese society remains adamant when it comes to sharing their inventions to the world. It is evident from how they would create amazing games but only to serve domestic markets or create interesting apps that would most likely contain within Japan itself. I guess to a certain extent, this arouses much of our curiosity over stuffs that got out of Japan. But it is the things that are kept within those walls that are worth seeking for. This year, there have been lots of amazing mobile apps from Japan. I refer to a post from thebridge.jp, where they mentioned about the app Nohana.

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What the app does is it allows smartphone users to create small interesting photobooks from the pictures they took. These little photobooks will be be delivered by mail. As a fair deal, they are allowing users to order up to one free photobook a month with perhaps 90 yen for domestic shipping. Of course, with additional photobooks, the cost would just add up as accordingly. The good thing about the app is that it basically allows you to kind of “print” from your images. See, you can actually close up the chasm between the users and their families through technology. With the use of the photobook you can take a picture of your son and send it your hubby who might not be able to make it back for the festive holiday. Or one could also use the service to send a copy of the family events taken on christmas to their parents residing overseas. As much as we have seen great initiatives like this from Nohana, very little of these have seeped through the walls into our society. Lately, Nohana is reported to have released another app, Nengajo, which aims to create a New Year’s card. This again, is the company’s way of drawing revenues through the service which requires purchases for their new year cards. The company seem to be adept at leveraging on festive seasons and such festive apps are very popular amongst the Japanese community. Stay updated with more of Japan’s mobile technology trends as they seem to have a knack for grooming startups that pushes boundaries of emerging technologies.

Open the door

What do you see each time you opened your door? I look forward to the shimmering pearl white shelves where all my Lego toys were neatly stacked onto one another. I see loads of toys and minifigures that would filled my heart with so much warmth and joy. Well, my room door is the exit to an arduous day at work. Advertising Agency, Milk, Vilnius, Lithuania did a commercial for IKEA with the message: “Each time I open my door.” Now, that is one powerful message that reminds us intermittently the joy of entering our room, filled with all the things we love. A person’s room represents a lot of who he/she really is. Tapping on this message, the ad projects the message of what to expect whenever you enter your home. Powered by a strong script and beautiful scene transitions, the story for this ad becomes engaging to the audience. Your home is important, for it kept the events and moments that happened throughout our life. We see in the ad a man opening the door, only to remind himself in each phrase of his life, he had a different home where he recalled all the fond memories. Each time he opens the door, he remembers an iconic event or life he went through. The message builds a really good brand relationship as you corresponds what you see at home to the items you placed in it. IKEA wanted us to remember that our home is who we are, what we want to see and how we want to it. Depending on you, your door to home could be a lovely one.

Package yourself properly.

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How many times have you entered the door to a client presentation and have the client challenged you to your design? Unknowingly, they might sometimes appear to have challenged their own brief, which can be extremely appalling especially when you met someone who just can’t seem to differentiate between what’s blue from pink. I have for most occasions done work for clients who are clearly unaware the significance of a great visual identity. Immediately they would jumped into a frenzy when they see something they either did not see before or it just isn’t what they would expect. Great design requires courage of acceptance. And a great design makes your product prominent. Taking the center stage on a clustered rack of products. You want to look like you would be taken off the shelf the moment you have been placed on. So bear in mind, a good design identity is just as important as your logo. I refer to a great post from trendhunter with 76 impressively designed packages. Check them out here.

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