Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Heavy Metal in Baghdad - Band on the Run

With no place to now call 'home', Acrassicauda (a Latin name for a type of scorpion) tell an impassioned tale of youth and musical genre in the midst of war. This site shares elements of the film on Acrassicauda that premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival
(Image used found on

Friday, October 26, 2007

Luuverly Online Happenchance

It's great to be broadly surfing a topic and to come across a site that leads you to appreciate and respond. The two images are the work of Jaime Jones however they were perhaps the 'soft option' pick of Jamie's gallery work. If you love some sharp sci-fi creatures take a look through his gallery. Did I forget to tell you that the work is all digital?

I wanted to add that I also very much like Jaime's home page for its colouration, the pirate and the page setup/format.

I am finding many many people I connect with online are wanting quality, creative sites and go out of their way to give credit to people who aim high in presenting their work ' well'. I welcome growing awareness and appreciation of quality in online 'offerings'.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Creature Comforts - Countryside Code

I thoroughly enjoy Creature Comforts and applaud the talent that goes into claymation production. I love the concept of this ad however wonder whether it's a little long and benign? Then again, perhaps a superb ad in children's tv viewing time:

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Happy Birthday October 20th, Kevin Roberts

This short video was developed by Piotr and myself in recognition of Kevin and his birthday on October 20th. We invite you to leave a birthday greeting for Kevin who will be invited to come and read contributions. This will also appear on Piotr's blog @ so please visit there and comment also.

With thanks,

Susan and Piotr

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Interactive Coffee Table

I've enjoyed hearing from Kevin Robert @ KRConnect about sisomo and his enjoyment of 'screens' - BIIIGGGGG screens! - and his perception of their role in generating a lively community. I like to think about the hardware and fitout and the fact that screens and signage - particularly signage - is becoming a blur in front of the eyes. Consider moving to a signature piece or pieces and allow for forms of interaction where the consumer can imprint back on the aesthetic. Here a coffee table but screen interactives, so often found in science and art museums to great effect, are poorly utilised in the marketplace. We do see them in consumer driven photographic facilities however, interactives could be more ingenious and design flexible:

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

How long has it been since you contacted home?

If you are a CEO or manager, how long has it been since you have rung your own switchboard and listened to how the phone is being answered? How long has it been since you have read a work related email and checked the wording for tone, informational assistance and spelling/grammar? How much do you depend on the filters of management for your knowledge on communication2client quality? I suggest a few of you ring home. Check for chewing, a business name said so rapidly that the client has to ask for a repeat, colloquial greetings (if you like "G'day" fine but ensure what you hear is what you are happy with), impatience before the client or caller has even begun their dialogue, being asked for the same information repeatedly (like your name!) and so on.

Businesses should have a lot of pride in quality reception staff and PA's. Seek standards and know they exist, personally.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

David Byrne and Talking Heads

My friends and I really got off on the Stop Making Sense album - and still do :) This is a rarer piece and I just love the I Zimbra style get down jive with the woven hints of the celtic (can you hear where that is?). I wish my knees and hips could get into David's snake like trance sway :) Oh, and clock Letterman in '83.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Mr Trump Down On The Farm...

I recently nominated TV's Play School for a Lovemark. One of the reasons I always loved the show was seeing adults willing to be silly. Plain silly and sometimes a little off key and sometimes wearing goofy hats and clothes. I also loved the show Green Acres when I was young. I just have to smile at this Donald Trump sketch.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Music Vid-to-Ad : Alert-2-Options

I love the energy of this. Marky Mark is an exemplar of the new wave of young male fitness out there. Transpose him and he'd be a great WWE apprentice! Take the small funky elements used in this clip like the oh so sassy male vs female team dance competitive and drop the same into a short ad and there you have the vibe to sell anything 'street'. Sex, fitness, power, being oh-so-cool...
I think it pays to be on constant alert for creative ideas and knowing that what makes you feel funky is likely to do the same for others...
It's the pick and choose and twists of the tail that's the art form.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Joe Jackson - You Can't Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want): Live

The embedded script for this vid has been disabled on YT so I can't offer it directly but do consider the double click thing here and watch this fabulous live performance from Joe Jackson. It has everything SO funky; big band, men in suits vs working class man, jazz, rock, late 70's bass and a happening message:
Image Joe Jackson from his official site: