New Stuff and Inspiration
This dog has some you-know-whats
Sometimes when you swim with sharks, you can’t be afraid to take a bite.
This colorized NASA image shows changes in the composition of the Moon’s surface.
Bright pinkish areas are highlands materials, such as those surrounding the oval lava-filled Crisium impact basin toward the bottom of the picture. Blue to orange shades indicate volcanic lava flows. To the left of Crisium, the dark blue Mare Tranquillitatis is richer in titanium than the green and orange maria above it. Thin mineral-rich soils associated with relatively recent impacts are represented by light blue colors; the youngest craters have prominent blue rays extending from them.
Check out Tattly, a site that sells temporary tattoos for ‘design-minded kids.’ That or hipsters that can’t commit to a real tatt. Either way, they’re pretty darn cool, get yourself a sweet typographic neck tattoo.
Pretty funny spot for Lynx Deodorant. Made me laugh.
Rich and Cold
Sitting in your car, you feel like a bug under a magnifying glass.
You want something cold.
Then you see the Goodtimes outdoor board.
Rich and cold.
They’re talking about frozen custard, not your Aunt Agnes.
Frozen will work.
And if it’s richer than ice cream, even better.
You pull in and order a cup.
Because it’s hot.
Virtual shopping. In the subway.
Tesco Supermarkets in South Korea were rebranded as “Homeplus“, and moved up to the second most popular market, behind E-mart. In order to challenge E-mart, they needed more visibility, yet couldn’t afford to open too many more stores. Their research findings let them know that most Koreans were focused primarily with getting to and from work, finding little time in between to grocery shop. So, in an attempt to blend into people’s everyday lives, Homeplus set up virtual stores in subway stations. The displays were set up to look identical to store shelves in an actual store. Products all have QR codes on them, and potential shoppers can scan codes of products they want and put them into their ‘digital’ shopping cart. Once the transaction is made, then the products are delivered to the door of the shopper, right after he or she returned home. Clever.
Online sales between November 2010 and January 2011 increased by 130 percent, with the number of registered members rising by 76 percent. Homeplus has become the number one online store and has raised the stakes in the offline market. The campaign won Grand Prix in Media, and Gold Lions for Direct and Outdoor at the 2011 Cannes International Festival of Creativity.
A nice looking way to mail a letter
New Forever Stamps from the USPS are dedicated to 12 pioneers of American industrial design. Pretty sweet stamps, if you wondered what we thought.
Everyone loves a good graph or chart
These org charts made me laugh. Good stuff from from designer Manu Cornet, via Foursquare product chief Alex Rainert.
Billboard Magazine in Brazil is offering free downloads of fonts based on the life and work of six well known rock musicians: 50 Cent, Jimi Hendrix, Lady Gaga, Iron Maiden, Michael Jackson and Madonna. The typefaces are available online at www.billboard.br.com/fonts. The print advertising campaign promoting the fonts won a Gold Press Lion (Print and Media), Silver Press Lion (typography) and Bronze Outdoor Lion at Cannes International Festival of Creativity.
Honest Tea testing city's honesty
Honest Teas ambient campaign is pretty interesting. Last summer (2010), in an attempt to promote the concept of honesty, they set up unmanned kiosks filled with $1 bottles of Honest Tea in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. Hidden cameras and mics recorded people’s reactions and whether they were actually honest and paid the $1 for each tea they took. They also did the same thing on campuses and called them “Honest Campuses.” The Honest Stores campaign won a Gold Outdoor Lion at Cannes International Festival of Creativity.
FYI- Boston was the most honest with 93% of people paying and Chicago was the least honest with 75% of people paying.
Here’s a video from Boston that further illustrates the idea: