Archive for March, 2009

Wired Magazine U.K. launches tomorrow and there is a digital sampler of the printed magazine: HERE (be warned downloading this may take a little while, as the file may be zoomed into without loss of image quality.) One of the interesting articles in the magazine concerns the global tumbling in price of Broadband access (measured […]

Over the last two years or so I’ve been involved in virtual film production, using computer generated environments for film projects, often called machinima. Interest in the area is huge, as it offers film makers the chance to storyboard in 3D, fabricate locations cost effectively, or even film whole productions in a virtual environment. Pixar […]

I heard a wonderful interview with Howard Goodall yesterday. He was promoting his new CD, Enchanted Voices, and discussing his creative process as a composer. Howard is a resident DJ at Classic FM and a composer of music for many TV ads. But he is possibly most famous for his scores for film and TV, […]

“It occurred to me that nothing is more interesting than opinion when opinion is interesting, so I devised a method of cleaning off the page opposite the editorial, which became the most important in America… and thereon I decided to print opinions, ignoring facts.” – Herbert Bayer, Editor of the New York Evening World and […]

A fascinating tech development was unveiled at TED Talks last month and posted online this week. Pattie Maes, MIT MediaLab fame, presented a prototype of a portable surface computer. The demonstration includes a number of scenarios showcasing functionality and possible commercial application of the product. The idea is intriguing; it’s a portable internet computer interface, […]

This simple grid helps to visualise and categorise the competitors in any industry sector. Plot the competitors within any given market inside the grid, based on their product performance and brand magentism.

DoCoMo, the Japanese mobile phone network, has launched an online promotion featuring a micro virtual world. DoCoMo customers are invited to battle each other in a trial of 5 mini-games as they walk around a virtual town. The graphics use a retro style, similar to early Sim City-type gamescapes. Each player picks an avatar and […]

White Horse, the West Coast US digital agency, will be hosting a webinar on Wed 11th March at 1pm PDT (8pm UK time). The subject should interest those involved in Social Media; it concerns an evaluation of metrics appropriate for monitoring ROI from Social Media marketing activities. Pre-Register To Attend: HERE

I’ve been lucky enough to work with some very talented Creative Directors. As it’s Andy Blackford’s birthday today, I’m taking a 19 second trip back to my childhood with a burst of Um Bongo. While he may well remember his TV ad for the children’s fruit juice as one of his minor works. I still […]

In London last week a Facebook group that was set up by fans of the recently deceased UK artist Tony Hart organised a flashmob, but one with a difference. Tony Hart was a much admired children’s TV presenter and artist for over 50 years. His most memorable creation was the animated plasticine character Morph. A […]

I attended a production of Twelfth Night today at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Not the reproduction Globe Theatre in London, nor the copy in Japan. This was a virtual build in Second Life. The actors were a mixture of professional and amateur actors who are members of the SL Shakespeare Company. The theatre itself was an […]

I’ve always enjoyed Alan Carr and Justin Lee Collins’ ‘Project’ shows on Channel 4. Alan is also very funny in stand up. If you missed Lily Allen’s recent appearance on the TV show, here’s a link to their homage to the Cadbury Eyebrows TV ad. Enjoy. If YouTube switch the link off, you may access […]

‘One Nation Under CCTV’ is possibly the most prominent Banksy artwork in London’s West End, although I prefer the work inside MPC’s office in Soho myself. Sadly Westminster Council have instructed the Royal Mail, owners of the property the ‘One Nation Under CCTV’ street art is painted on, to cover over the graffiti. Is there […]