Infographic of the week

Creative advertising

Funny and inspiring examples of creative  outdoor advertising.
I really love how the surrounding environment is used in quirky ways!
Abnsolut New York advertising
In 2000, Absolute Vodka and IKEA teamed up to transform a regular billboard into a Manhattan apartment- shaped like a vodka bottle.
Pimms advertising
Pimms advertising
Pimm’s placed a giant deck chair at Bournemouth beach to mark the start of British Summer Time.
Global warming advertising “Don’t let this be our future”
Social media has never been so disposable
With the tagline, “Social media has never been so disposable”, Australian entrepreneurs have created Shitter, where you can have your favorite Twitter feeds printed onto four rolls of toilet paper!
To launch the Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition book, the world’s largest video game controller was unveiled at London’s Liverpool Street Station.
Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer!

Laptop stickers

I’ve been looking for a new laptop for quite some time and it’s very easy to find some within my price range with all the specifications I want. BUT, the design is always sooo boring and un-inspirational.

So I found these pictures of people pepping up their laptop with different stickers – def what I will do!

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And, if i had a Mac I’ll would get me some of these:

Social Media a la the 90’s

Quite fun videos from Squirrel-Monkey.com on how social media would have looked if it was invented in the 80’s & 90’s

Yet another attempt by Google to world domination.

A couple of  days ago Google launched yet another feature, Google Drive, a cloud based document/photo/video creating, saving and sharing application. It’s seems to be a good improvement to Google Docs which was launched in 2007,  and  Google Drive is built to work seamlessly with your overall Google experience.

With Drive you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff.  You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond. You can attach photos from Drive to posts in Google+, and soon you’ll be able to attach stuff from Drive directly to emails in Gmail.

Google certainly needed an upgrade from Docs, but their initiative seems VERY similar to Dropbox and Evernote! Guess we’ll just have to wait and see who ends up in 1st place.

Going edit, share and post-matic!

No. Not everybody have an iPhone or an iPad. I do prefer my Asus Prime and HTC phone.

Android have been around since 2007, have approximately 190 mil. users, and yet photo sharing apps like Instagram and Pinterst are nowhere to be found on Android Market (or Play Store as Google “cleverly” renamed their app store).

So, on my quest to find a great photo app I stumbled over Pixlr-o-matic and yes, I quite like it. The app makes it easy to apply a vintage and retro effect to your photos with three basic editing options; color theme, effects and frames.

But the unique thing is that, in addition to downloading the app, you’re also able to download it to your desktop, Chrome browser and Facebook!

Here are some of my photos I quickly edited in Pixlr-o-matic:

Magic cube

nikon camera

Download to your desktop, phone, tablet, browser or Facebook here.

(Real) Books

 I’ve completely forgot how wonderful it sometime is to go offline, turn on your radio and read a book. And if you’re not into fictional dramas like me, here are some suggestions to some entertaining and creative reading.

“Type Matters!” by Jim Williams explain fonts and typing and its importance in 21st century computer ruled world. The book is packed with illustrations and inspiration that goes beyond Times New Roman.

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With his latest book, Danish author and brand guru Martin Lindstrøm gives us an insight into how brands affect us and the dirty tricks used to brandwash our minds in order to make us buy a product. As he explains:

“As a kid I built my own Legoland at home. I slept on a bed constructed of Lego. I was well and truly hooked on a brand. I just never realized it.”

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From: Jane Gilles
Date: Wednesday 8 Oct 2008 12.19pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Overdue account

Dear David,

Our records indicate that your account is overdue by the amount of $233.95. If you have already made this payment please contact us within the next 7 days to confirm payment has been applied to your account and is no longer outstanding.

Yours sincerely, Jane Gilles

From: David Thorne

Date: Wednesday 8 Oct 2008 12.37pm
To: Jane Gilles
Subject: Re: Overdue account

Dear Jane,

 I do not have any money so am sending you this drawing I did of a spider instead. I value the drawing at $233.95 so trust that this settles the matter.
Regards, David.

“The Internet Is a Playground”  is a hysterically fun book by Internet troublemaker David Thorne. His many viral e-mail correspondents and articles has been collected and will have you entertained for many hours!

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“Advertising For people Who Don’t Like Advertising” from Dutch KesselsKramer is partly a creative handbook and partly an attempt to make the world a very slightly better place. It’s intended for anyone who has ever hated a web banner or zapped an ad break.

Happy Easter reading!

Insta…who? Pinterest!

 

Just as we were getting used to Instagram being the no. 1 photo-sharing gadget to use, Pinterest came, saw and conquered.  Starting as a closed beta site in 2010, Pinterest now have over 11 million users and is one of the fastest growing social sites. If you’re not on Pinterest yet – you’re not a real socialista!

Pinterest is used to upload and manage your images, and by “pinning” them into themes other users can easily like, share and save your photos to their favorites. Having such a huge growth and social impact, it was only a matter of time before brands would start to advertise.  Kotex is said to be the first to launch a Pinterest campaign;”Women’s Inspiration Day by Kotex”. The campaign reached 2,284 interactions and 694,853 impressions – not bad for a first try!

See the campaign here

Happy Pinterestin’!

Creative barcodes

All though creative barcodes are not a new story, I have yet to see it on an actual product. I love the idea of putting a creative twist on an ordinary, everyday thing that none of us gives much thought. There is nothing like getting your  normal 9-5 stressful day interrupted, even if it’s just for a few seconds, to have something like a bar code bringing a smile on your face. I’m really hoping to see more of this in the real world!