Looking back over the week that was, and sharing a collection of stuff that grabbed my attention
1. Paris video
Escape to the moodiness of a black & white Paris in this lovely “Focused” series by Shy Collective. All about the little things.
2. Never give up
The idea of never giving up and fighting to the final bell can sometimes feel like a cliché in the sporting world. And then along comes something like this. A tremendous come-from-behind win by Phil Healy from University College Cork (UCC). She’s not even in the picture until the last 80 yards. And the commentary is suitably excited as well, with great lines like… from the depths of hell. If you pick up the video at the 3 minute mark, you’ll see the crazy last lap.
3. Ikaria – The island where people live forever
Watched this beautiful little short documentary this past week (available on iTunes). In an all too brief 22 minutes, there’s much to find as inspiration – especially when appreciating the benefits of genuine community life, and taking the time to live in the moment. I’m sure the setting doesn’t hurt either.
4. Crazy golf
Love this idea being proposed for London Design Festival in Trafalgar Square. A collection of emerging designers and architects are being called upon to each design a golf course of their own. As well, the late Zaha Hadid also designed a course, and its construction will be managed by her practice in her memory. You can check-out the Kickstarter campaign that was launched to help bring the idea to life.
5. Ten literary magazines everyone should read
Really enjoyed this feature from the clever people at Stack Magazines. They profiled 10 new literary magazines worth reviewing. Proving once again that there is still value in print magazines when they focus on quality content and thoughtful design.
6. A life well lived
This beautiful tribute to David Attenborough has been put together by the BBC to celebrate his 90th birthday. I’m sure the hardest decision was selecting the best bits from decades of stunning footage.
7. NASA – Graphics Standards Manual
If you want to get your hands on NASA’s classic 1970’s graphic standard manual,now’s your chance.
Once again, looking back over the week that was, and sharing a collection of stuff that grabbed my attention – usually focused on branding, behaviour change, strategy and creative. But really, it could be anything.
1. Three Ad Delusions
A few choice words by The Ad Contrarian. He cuts through some of the worst tendencies of the ad industry. I especially liked his comment on the industry’s obsession with millennials.
“You know all the awesome millennials we see in car ads? In the US, people aged 75 to dead buy six times as many new cars as people aged 16 to 24. Do you really think it’s a good idea to avoid these people?”
2. Why I write
I stumbled across this interview via Slate Culture Gabfest. Horatio Clare answers the question Why I write. It’s 13 minutes of great storytelling – honest and inspiring.
3. Road painters
It turns out watching paint dry can be incredibly beautiful. This new film profiles the craft of painting traffic instructions on roads.
The background behind the video is just as impressive. Glasgow based design studio O Street wanted a new brand that would better reflect their focus on “authenticity, collaboration and getting our hands dirty”. So they engaged with a local roadliner crew to create an entirely new font. There’s a great write-up of the new brand design elements over at It’s Nice That
4. Doctor’s prescribing novels
From the UK comes an innovative new scheme where Doctors will be able to prescribe novels for teenagers with mental-health issues. Chosen by mental health experts, there are 35 books included in the scheme. The Reading Well for Young People is aimed at 13 to 18 year-olds and provides a recommended reading list for support on mental health issues such as depression, eating disorders, anxiety, self-harm, bullying and exam pressure.
5. Escape to the Artic
A stunning video showcasing the incredible wildlife photography of Vincent Munier. Worth escaping for just a few minutes
6. The Alphabet of Light
A modular way to build an alphabet of light. Stunning design by Artemide
For a simple lesson in branding, I love this.
Figure out who you are, and stand tall. Embrace your dark shadows, dance like no-one’s watching, and watch people flock toward you as they are drawn by an irresistible sense of genuine authenticity (sorry, I had to add “genuine” since authenticity is so overused as a term to be almost useless).
Hat tip – Never get out of the boat
It’s been a while, but here’s a few stories, ideas and links that have grabbed my attention over the last little while
1. A great little nudge that could help change behaviour by changing habits. Called Car Mode, it’s a brilliantly simple concept that I hope Apple will embrace and make happen.
2. A lovely idea from Ikea and their agency (SMFB) in Oslo. The “Built to Last” campaign helps to overcome the perception that their furniture is tasteful but cheap, while also communicating a positive sustainability message.
3. A bit of fun from Ellen in honour of The Great American Smokeout.
4. A new series of blog posts from The Guardian on the science behind behaviour change. Via the Guardian Sustainable Business division
5. A beautifully illustrated version of the Terry Gross interview with Maurice Sendak not long before his death.
6. This is a short but wonderful article again from The Guardian about the importance of harnessing passion and emotion, and driving it toward action. Life will always get in the way, so we must always help people navigate through the day to day challenges they face, and make the desired behaviour as easy as possible. We must shrink the change at all costs.
7. Wonderful video by GoldieBlox that is popping up on news feeds everywhere. They make engineering toys for girls.
8. A random bit of brilliance from Banksy that packs a punch – Sirens of the Lambs
9. More great storytelling from Google – as always, a reminder of the irresistible power of a good story.