• The Spring Lantern Via Liquid inc.

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    Liquid inc sent us this piece some time ago and we’d like to share it with you now.

    From the crew over there:

    Liquid inc’s tagline, Giving Ideas Shape, has always been at the heart of what we do. This spring was an opportunity for us to continue the lantern campaign we began last holiday season. The spring lantern referenced the annual occurrence of the bioluminescent Firefly Squid, joining together to form a brilliant blue light to express our ability to amaze, inspire and continually provide creative solutions. It is only through a collaboration that this is possible and the lantern exhibits how we too can come together to create amazing experiences – ones less expected and unique.

    The copy reads:

    Every spring the bioluminescent Firefly Squid {watasenia scintillans} of the Pacific coalesce at the ocean’s surface along the eastern coast of Japan. The brilliant bluish-white light emitted by the millions of squid ignites the ocean in a spectacular display that amazes and inspires onlookers. This spring let’s come together and do the same. Amaze and inspire.

    Sweet self-promo.

  • Movie Review: Vicky Cristina Barcelona >>

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    Check out what we thought of Woody Allen’s latest effort here.

  • Hire This Guy: Eric Tobias—Production Artist Extraordinaire

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    Eric Tobias knows his shiznit when it comes to print production. You can see it in his work, some of which is displayed below. He earned his chops actually running Heidelberg Quickmaster digital presses for almost three years before transitioning into pre-press. He’s been doing that for the last seven years, the last two on-staff at Communiqué. He’s highly proficient with CS3 (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat) and Quark.

    Ultimately Eric is looking for a full time position, but if all you have is freelance to offer right now, contact him and get him working to make your final work shine. You can contact him at etobias [at] earthlink [dot] net. Let’s keep this cat busy.

    (Click on images to see more detail.)

  • Banksy tells it straight

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    Balls to the artists. Balls!

  • I'm An Ass Man Buttons

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    Here’s some more homegrown design swag centered around the DNC. This 1.5-inch, round hipster button is available from Secret Design Shop, self-described as, a small, exclusive, secret, digital design collective. We make stuff, and things, and junk, and whatever. We’re all “classically educated” and “real world” tempered. We’ve got 99 problems, but design ain’t one. We’re full-on digital cowboys. We embrace user centered design in all its modern guises. We have day jobs. We’re design snobs. We can tell you what that font is. We thrive on helping our clients solve problems.

    And we make all kinds of fly shit.

    $1.00 each! Come and get ‘em.

    (Thanks for the link, Ivy)

  • Great Idea For World Wildlife Fund

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    We pulled this ambient execution Advantage Advertising in Jakarta, Indonesia created for the World Wild Life Fund. According to the posting, Indonesia is home to 6 out of 7 of the world’s turtle species. Today, however, less than 20% of the turtle population remains. Every day, turtle eggs are stolen and eaten, turtles are killed and made into soup or satay, and turtle meat and shells are illegally exported to other countries.

    These little turtles are placed in the chopsticks on the tables of local restaurants to call attention to the problem. Unfortunately, the copy on the back doesn’t communicate this. Without the diner knowing why the turtles don’t survive, the connection isn’t made as to why the turtle is in their chopsticks. And what could have been a killer piece (no pun intended), is just another great idea that fell flat in execution. Sad, because we really loved the concept.

  • In The Egotist Inbox: A Brian Wilkens Film

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    Brian Wilkens, from The Integer Group, sent us this fun little film inspired by the entry deadline extension for The Denver 50. (The deadline is now this Friday, August 29th.)

    As Brian explained, he just really wanted to make a mumblecore -inspired horror film. The deadline extension just provided the subject matter.

    The dialogue tends to get stiff (Brian admitted he’s no actor), especially when they are trying to work in the topic of The Denver 50, and the build-up is much better than the payoff. That said, overall it’s a fun little piece, and we commend Brian for taking the time and effort to play. We should all take note. In this business, actually doing is how we hone our craft – and in a city where broadcast opportunities are the exception, it’s great to see someone making their own. Who knows, this short flick could mark the beginning of Brian’s movie making career, and we can all say we knew him when.

    Two things we thought were extremely well done were the filming/editing by Ricardo Cozzolino and the bridge section where there wasn’t much dialogue (1:50–2:19). This little snippet perfectly captures the true essence of the concepting session.


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