google doodle rocks on.

23 May 2012 § 4 Comments

Google’s Google Doodle has always been interesting and quirky, but today, I think they’ve outdone themselves with a playable replica of the Moog Synthesizer on the web.

Read about the back story of the doodle’s development here at Mashable and head on over to Google’s home page to play, record and share your tune with your friends! Here’s mine…I tried out a riff of ‘Axel F’, inspired by Wired (tho recording and playback seems a tad bit wonky).

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music in the wild.

2 Mar 2012 § Leave a comment

An amazing ad by NTT DoCoMo to promote a new phone (aptly named Touchwood).

I can’t imagine the amount of time and work that went into building this giant xylophone in the forest – imagine trying to getting the tilt and sound of the xylophone just right! The minimalist ad was beautifully filmed (to the lovely tune of Bach’s Cantata 147) and for want of a better word, peaceful.

So. Awesome.

(This ad was just named as one of the winners for TED’s 2012 ‘Ads Worth Spreading’ contest. For more information on how the ad was developed and filmed, click here.)

half life.

12 Jan 2012 § Leave a comment

I love ads that have a ‘now-this-is-out-of-the-box’ quality, and this one is no exception.

It’s an extremely creative use of Facebook’s new Timeline feature by McCann Digital for an Anti-Drugs campaign for the Israeli Anti-Drug Authority, depicting the (short) story of fictional character Adam Barak‚Äôs two lives: one getting addicted to drugs (shown on the left of the Timeline), one staying clean (shown on the right of the Timeline).

The FB profile page has since been removed apparently due to some violations to Facebook’s T&Cs, but here’s the YouTube video:

The stark contrast between Adam Barak’s two lives if he’d stayed on the straight and narrow is hard-hitting. Show his life under addiction just by itself and the impact would’ve been totally lost. It screams “this is the life you should’ve been/should be living”…I personally think it’s brilliant!

perfectly formed.

3 Jan 2012 § Leave a comment

While attempting to delay the inevitable post-lunchtime coma today, I stumbled across the dieline, a blog dedicated to the package design industry.

Its purpose is to define and promote the world’s best packaging design, and provide a place where the package design community can review, critique and stay informed of the latest industry trends and design projects being created in the field

They have just announced the top 100 package designs of 2011, and if you love gorgeous packaging as much as I do (I sometimes keep really nice paper bags and boxes, and I used to buy and keep wrapping paper when I had no need for it!), check out the entries here. Vintage packaging, retro fonts, it’s all there.

The design that caught my eye, however, was the Flashkus – a conceptual cardboard flash drive by Art. Lebedev. Nothing terribly new, but I love the idea of using cardboard and being able to scribble, draw and personalize my thumbdrive! Check out the pics below:

[Photos are all from the dieline]

Do take a look at the products at Art. Lebedev too. Don’t you just love the Optimus Popularis customizable keyboard?

Available for pre-order now, it’s shipping for a cool USD$1,086…I guess the closest I can get would be to stick similar looking stickers on my keyboard, heh!

pinterested?

29 Dec 2011 § Leave a comment

Here’s a pretty good guide to Pinterest from Mashable. It’s being touted as one of the upcoming social sites and while I signed up for it awhile back, I never really started exploring it until recently.

Pinterest: A Beginner’s Guide to the Hot New Social Network.

I’ve yet to create any boards…following the ones that some of my friends have created is more than enough to hold my attention for now!

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