Friday, November 23, 2007

Look pretty pictures

A few people have been taking about the fact that the new John Lewis ads have been influenced by the artists Tim Noble & Sue Webster.
I found this guy Fred Eerdekens the other day who is doing some equally interesting work making type out of objects.
Look out for it in an ad coming your way soon.

What does Micheal Jackson do in the bath?

This is a diagram showing how joost works. You can follow the path of the tv shows and trail the route the ads take right to you screen. What is does'nt show is the route that cokes taken. They have just launch a new app for joost enabling you to rate how good you think a particulr show is and mark your favourite clips with a bubble.

Does anybody use Joost though? I downloaded it for my mac but i havent touched it.
I'd be there if they've got The Wire. I'd put a bubble on the scene in the first series when they only use the word fuck!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

When Castles Fly

Last weekend was probably my last warm weekend of the year (I'm due back anytime now) and I decided to hit to beach.

Came across this stall that sells sandcastle building kits and shrewdly enough, they also conduct sandcastle building classes for free by the side. And there were some really obvious and interesting pointers that I would never have thought of. While other tips require a nifty pair of hands and a set of really good tools.

What struck me was a real genuine effort by the demonstrator (whom I realised later is also the boss of the company that sells these kits) to encourage parents to allow their kids to be creative. He said that local kids don't use their hands enough and almost pleaded with parents to allow them to use their hands more, whether it's arts and craft or building sandcastles.

He later added that sand is free. If they think that the kit is too expensive they can feel free to just come by every Saturday and let their children use the sample kits and tools that are strewn all over the beach.


Friday, November 02, 2007


Another spoof iphone ad from the states only 7 days to go till its over here. Not a good deal though.

Full price phone and not enough minutes.

But you do get to go cheap to the new tutankhamun exhibition at the O2. Sold.

While the mice is away

Well Janson have been away for good few weeks now (getting his visa) and i'm begining to settle into being a single person team at DHM.
It's a little strange knowing that you can roll with your own ideas without having to run though them with somebody else.

I'm finding that it's helping to establish some more self belief in my ability as a creative. Rather than waiting for somebody to valadate if your right.

I've created a new self management idea filtering system and im calling it:
It's working quite well.

Dhm is good clean fun. Working on howies is great, plus it's helping me to hone some copy writing skills which you dont really pick up when your at Saint Martins.

Anyway...erm somthing to post...i havent really seen that much around thats has taken my fancy but maybe thats because i've been tryin to keep my head down with work un all.

I do quite like the new apple iphone ads from states this has to be my favourite.

They should have cut it half way to keep it the same length, made me smile though.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Back in the deep south

In case some of you didn't know I'm currently in Singapore sorting out my visa while Ollie is holding the fort at dhm.

Everything is pretty much the same since the last time I was back in February. Except that we have the world's first Boeing A380, the Singapore River front looks like a war zone as cranes and excavators work through the night to build 2 super casino/resort in down town, my entire neighbourhood going through a similar 'demolition' phase to beautify and enhance the surroundings and everyone here is excited about the F1 race here next November.

Here's another news that's making headlines:

Read the comments and you can get a sense of the general feelings of Singaporeans about this incident. I personally find the clip funny initially but as it wore on it looked increasingly outrageous as the 3 Brits clearly had the intent to take the mickey out of the poor trishaw rider from the start.

I met a Scottish guy yesterday and he asked me if the reaction would be the same if it's a bunch of locals that did it instead of 3 Brits. Probably not because you don't go to someone's country and take the piss out of our their countrymen, especially one that is clearly poor, old and illiterate. It's respect.

I think most of us were upset by the fact that one of them had the cheek to post the clip on Youtube to further ridicule the old man. For all it's brilliance, Youtube has also become a platform to showcase ridicule and flaunt violence as though it's some sort of trophy.


PS for the record:

1. One of the guys post up the clip on youtube and then took it down due to unprecedented abuses and complaints. This clip is hosted by another Singaporean.

2. The three of them left without paying a single cent.

3. Ten dollars is roughly 3 quid.