Archive for February, 2010

Wow Steve, is it just me or does your profile picture look strikingly similar to Derek Jeter?

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Facebook Doppelganger Week Screen Print

If you are anything like me and use Facebook for the sole purpose of stalking ex-boyfriends, posting ridiculously meaningless content on the same five profiles, and ignoring your grandmother’s friend request, yet again, for the seventh time, then chances are you also may have found it a bit out of the ordinary when seeing your newsfeed full of celebrity photos last week.

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Written by Danielle Stefanuk
Danielle Stefanuk

February 11th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Damn! That’s a fine looking fruit.

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Officially the sexiest ruit I've ever seen.

Hello, sexy.

Who cares what it tastes like. Via boing boing (again).

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Written by Francesca Gangitano
Francesca Gangitano

February 11th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

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See you in another life, brutha.

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Live together, fly alone

Live together, fly alone

 Heh. Kayak.com easter egg via boing boing post (of course).  If you clicked through it took you to Lostpedia.  Oh, and if you booked it, I guess you’d show up in Nova Scotia.

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Written by Francesca Gangitano
Francesca Gangitano

February 11th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

RIP, Alexander McQueen

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A tremendous blow for the world of fashion, art and imagination was struck today with the passing of epic fashion designer Alexander McQueen. The unlikely star, a working class Brit, refused to bow to the Paris fashion cartels and rose to be one of the most respected and innovative designers in the industry.

A particular point of note was his revolutionary attitude towards the runway event itself. Instead of the usual languid wander down the catwalk, his models fought, square-danced, had mental breakdowns and were sprayed with paint by robots.

Have a look at the show below… one of his finest. The show closes with a heart-stopping appearance by Kate Moss – blossoming out of the stage in hologram form.

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Written by Elizabeth Valleau
Elizabeth Valleau

February 11th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

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QUENTIN TARANTINO
TRIBUTE POSTERS

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Its pretty difficult to improve Tarantino’s poster design. Is it even possible? Okay maybe not, but these limited edition tribute posters by Ibraheem Youssef are damn close. Pure poetic graphic design.

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February 11th, 2010 at 12:10 pm

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The old grey mare she ain’t what she used to be

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Not to be a jerk, but how many times do we have to see this crap from yet another ad agency?

The secret I think is in this statement from Grey Group: “for the 1,200 employees, who now occupy just six floors instead of 26.”

The reality is, in order for your company to behave nimbly, you must have a nimble core. Forcing people in an open environment won’t change a damned thing unless you’re willing to alter your model. I wish them luck of course, but it didn’t work for Chiat\Day, JWT, and the countless other shops with the new “sweat shop tables” because that’s how “digital companies do it.” Agencies need to be themselves!

I can rant further, but I think you all get my drift.

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Written by Louis Marino
Louis Marino

February 11th, 2010 at 11:44 am

Creativity Fail

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In other Super Bowl commercial news – noticeably absent this year was Pepsi Cola who decided to skip the big game for the first time in 23 years, and instead opted to debut their latest ad last week during the season premier of Lost. The concept for the commercial is pretty cool, but I liked it a lot better when Japanese band Sour did it as the video for their song ‘Hibi no Neiro’?

It’s a cool idea so I get why they’d rip it off, but it’s a shame that with a budget that was likely ten times as big, Pepsi couldn’t figure out more clever ways to reproduce it.

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February 9th, 2010 at 1:40 pm

If only…

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Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Skate Expectations – Curling Team Tryouts – Colbert vs. Shuster
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So, on January 4th Stephen Colbert did this piece on The Colbert Report.  For those of you unaware, Stephen Colbert has sponsored the US Speed Skating Team and has garnered quite a bit of press.  His stated, albeit not sincere, intention is to land a spot on the US Olympic Team heading to Vancouver.  2 years ago, MKTG developed a program called “Rockstar” — demo promotional video attached.

The program would seek out athletes and give them a chance to audition, ala American Idol for a chance to try out for the US Olympic Curling Team.  We had sign-off from USA Curling as well as verbal commitment from NBC to air the show over a 10-week period leading up to the Olympics.  We had signed 1 sponsor in Canadian Tourism and were in serious conversations with AB until their acquisition by In – Bev killed the deal.  We simply ran out of time to find a new sponsor.

What is the next Rockstar?

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Written by Charlie Horsey
Charlie Horsey

February 4th, 2010 at 11:33 am

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Art that sells itself (literally)

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A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter (2009) - Caleb Larsen

A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter (2009) - Caleb Larsen

Imagine if you will, an 8″x8″x8″ box made of Acrylic, that perpetually attempts to sell itself on eBay every 7 days.

Every ten minutes the black box pings a server on the internet via the ethernet connection to check if it is for sale on eBay. If its auction has ended or it has sold, it automatically creates a new auction of itself.

Stanley Kubrick would’ve been proud of the monolith Caleb Larson created.  It’s also an amazing foray into creating perceived value in an object, or in this case an experience.

Not to always bring things back to what we do here @ MKTG, but selling experiences IS what we do, and the more interesting they are, the more valuable they become.

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Written by Louis Marino
Louis Marino

February 2nd, 2010 at 11:28 am

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Portland’s Hanging Gardens

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012510 Elizabeth Valleau Portland Gardens

The city of Portland is going “Babylon,” but this garden has a decidedly UN-DECADENT purpose–despite its obvious beauty.

A series of 250 foot tall trellises will shade the west side of the 18-story Wyatt Federal Building, which is undergoing a $135 million green remodel by SERA Architects courtesy of federal stimulus funds.

Unlike traditional vertical gardens, the Wyatt Federal Building will feature a series of seven “vegetated fins” that will jut out from the building as a framework for planters.

There are a number of advantages to building the garden on the 150 foot long west wall of the building — cooling and shade for the building, eye candy for the crowds below, and the light admitted into the building during the winter by bare stems and leaves. But many kinks have yet to be worked out, including how to water, weed and fertilize crops located 200 feet in the air.

The vertical garden isn’t the only new feature for the high-rise. Other improvements include solar arrays, a smart lighting system, and electricity-generating elevators.

From http://www.inhabitat.com/

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Written by Elizabeth Valleau
Elizabeth Valleau

February 1st, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Posted in Design,Technology