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Superbowl Ads

Well, we’d probably be remiss to not mention the superbowl and it’s ads. There were some good ones, there were some REAL terrible ones. Ones that made you think “wow, they just dropped millions for THAT.” All in all, they seemed fair in the world of Superbowl ads. This Clint Eastwood one seemed to be universally liked, though. We’re thinking it was because the message was pretty darned moving. And we all want to believe that we really are just beginning the second half, and that we can, in fact, win.

Kudos to those who entertained us with decent spots. Meh to those who just churned out some average garbage to pollute our eyes.

Don't forget a Valentine!

Most of us who work in and around this biz will love the clever and humorous stuff over at Nerd Valentine. Go surf around and find something nice for your Valentine. If my special someone is reading this, this iPhone case is uber-swell and reminds me of the days of mixtapes (and asking you to homecoming on a mixed tape).

Everything can be branded. Even skimboarding dogs

Firstly, what is it with bulldogs and board sports? They are all over skateboarding, skimboarding, surfing and snowboarding. It’s crazy.

But, what’s even more crazy is the fact that anything anyone does of any significance is branded these days. This is not just Tillman the skimboarding dog. This is Tillman the skimboarding dog who loves to eat delicious Natural Balance dog food. Everything is cross-branded content these days, isn’t it?

Electroluminescent billboard

Pretty cool way to get the board to look like like a video game.

Fed Ex solutions site

This site was the site of the day on FWA last week, and we liked how it told the story of FedEx solutions. It has a really cool story navigation setup, where you navigate through 3D images and pickup tidbits of FedEx info along the way. So go ahead, pick one of the stories and navigate through the linear photographic storyline. It’s a neat way to tell a story, and the way the camera swings around as you follow the story line is great. The sound design is pretty good, too.

Fridays with lots of snow are compatible with beer

It’s Friday, it’s blizzard-y outside, and we are ready for the post work brewski. Since we enjoy a hopped, malted beverage around here we thought we’d recommend something we’re liking these days. So here we have the Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard. If you have any interest in Belgians, this ale is tops. It pours with a nice hazy orange color and produces a beauty of a head that’ll hang around until the pint is gone, all the while providing a bouquet of wonderful, citrusy aroma. It’s got a saison taste to it, and the aftertaste is super crisp and light. This is an extremely drinkable beer.

Oh, and we did enjoy the label too. Maybe a bit of Kerning could go into the “Tank” part, but hey, we’re typo-nerdballs here, so what did you expect me to say?

Hearts are the window to the soul

And now we give props to one of our own. Bob Koch, husband to Sukle’s very own KC Koch, is filling his free time creating these hand-made sculptures, offering windows to our heart and soul. They’re intended to help you reflect on those you love that are far away. He first was inspired to create these in honor of KC’s dad when he was sick, and now is spreading the love by making more of them and selling them in local shops. If this was Facebook we’d be clicking “like.”

In the words of the artist:
“The heart is a universal symbol of the soul. Our souls look through the windows into our world for sometime but eventually move on to other windows; other worlds.”

You can find these beauties locally at Five Green Boxes, Creator Mundi as well as at his Etsy store.

Doritos Crash the Superbowl

We always enjoy cruising through the Doritos contest when we’re in Superbowl season. Usually there’s some pretty funny and quality entries (see them here), and they seem to get better every year. We’re thinking, if we’ve got time, next year would be fun to enter. It gives you the avenue to do something really wacky, which we love to do here at Sukle.

We laughed at this one above that didn’t make the cut. The ending elicited a few cheddar chuckles over here in Sukletown. We actually thought this entry was better than some of the finalists, but hey, what do we know about advertising?

Leaves made of hair. Really.

Artist Jenine Shereos is creating some of the most unique, and hairy, sculptures we’ve run across in a while. She’s creating leaves made out of very intricately woven human hair. These near-weightless sculptures are painstakingly created by weaving and wrapping the hairs together.

This hair sculpture stuff is a very creative medium. Altho I’m sure there’s a legion of Propecia users gasping as they see this egregious wasting of perfectly good head coverings.

From the artist’s website:
In this series, the intricacies of a leaf’s veining are recreated by wrapping, stitching, and knotting together strands of human hair. Inspired by the delicate and detailed venation of a leaf, I began stitching individual strands of hair by hand into a water- soluble backing material. At each point where one strand of hair intersected another, I stitched a tiny knot, so that when the backing was dissolved, the entire piece was able to hold its form. Creating this work was a very meditative process for me, as I found myself lost in the detail of the small, organic microcosms that began taking shape.

You can see much more of her sculptural and installation work in her portfolio.


Beard caps- who knew?

Recently we posted a beard cap post, thinking “hey, look at everyone talking about these on Facebook.” Little did we know, beardcaps are sweeping the nation! Nay, GLOBE!

We were down at SIA last week, poking around, hanging with our pals at SCARPA and just hobnobbing for some new contacts and potentially some fun new clients. And, we came across the guys from Beardhead. They were super nice folks, but we suddenly realized we’d only tipped the iceberg when it comes to knit faux facial hair. Oh boy, I’d like the amish beard beanie in a ginger color, please!

Since the last posting, we’ve also since learned that one of our very own even wear these things on the regular. We’ll let his name be anonymous for now (see, another great use of these things- identity hider. Don’t blame me when you start see a string of beard cap bank heists), but a spouse of one of our co-workers likes to surl about in the wilderness whilst sporting a faux grey beard.