Sunday, 31 October 2010

Adidas: Fast Don't Lie, Beast - LOL!


Best Outdoor Ad August 2010

Advertising Agency: TBWA Switzerland

Advertising Agency: Amélie Company, Denver, Colorado, USA

Awarded Adverts August 2010

Britvic Drench: Cubehead
Advertising Agency: CHI & Partners, London, UK
Gold Award
Click here to watch.

Carlton Draught, Slow motion capturing.
Advertising Agency: Clemenger BBDO Melbourne, Australia
Silver Award
Click here to watch.

Volkswagen: The letter
Advertising Agency: TRY, Oslo, Norway
Bronze Award (Although my personal fav out of them.)
Inspired by this...?
Click here to watch.

Night-photography in London

I love random things. I love doing them.
I love being with my friends. And I love to travel.

A few weeks ago I combined these two things and went on a random trip to London with one of my mates who's quite into Photography. Julian and me left Cardiff at about 6pm as far as I can remember.
So packed with all we needed, tripods, cameras, warm clothes, food, beverages and money, obviously - we were on our way to the big city.
There's one thing I definitely share with Albert Einstein who once said 'I love to travel, but hate to arrive.', especially if it's a trip to London, but this time it wasn't too bad. I had nice company and was actually looking forward to get to London for some night-photography.

I could go on and on about it and the amount of time we spent there, it was a good laugh - I'll definitely going to do it again - better organized, and with new vigour!

Now, let's have a look...

Click here to see all on Flickr.


Search engines - Surfing the web without search engines? Hard to imagine, I think.
They do (well most of them) a pretty impressing job. Whatever we're looking for, we type it in and within a few seconds we get 84,000,000 search results. Whether it be sites, images, places or documents - search engines on the web became so important to us we even invented new verbs. But have you ever tried to 'google' an image?

I know, it sounds weird, but so far, search engines work with the word tags you provide and they look for matches on the web.
Well how about TinEye? TinEye is a reverse image search engine that finds out where an image came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or if there is a higher resolution version.

Pretty cool uuh? I like it. Check it out.

Example: I 'googled' a picture of the original Mona Lisa painting and looked for modifications,
have a look what it came up with...

Friday, 29 October 2010


Minimalism describes a specific movement in various forms of art and design, especially visual art and music, where the work is stripped down to its most fundamental features.
Here are some pretty awesome minimalist movie posters I found in the web from

Found on

Multiproduct Commercial

I'm not gonna lie, I'd love to see this on telly!
Check it...

Thursday, 28 October 2010

The Future of Commercialism comes to an End

One of the best and most inspiring short animations I've seen in a while. My friend Matt found this video by the French animation collective H5 on the web, and put it in his blog.

I think it's a must have so here you go...

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Wicked Skateboard animation

An absolutely amazing skateboard animation. I guess that's one way to spend a hell lot of time and skateboard magazines when you're bored. Definitely worth it though. Beautiful outcome.

Click the image or here to watch.

New blog layout.

Soo... I thought I'm gonna change my blog layout a bit, as I got fed up of the old one.
Nothing special either. If I have some time soon, I'll sort it out properly and design it a bit maybe.

You can look forward to some new posts soon though. =)
Bit now.

Changes to my room

I've recently made some changes to my room in order to get stuff in the right place - basically to get rid of the mess in my room.
So I went to IKEA - who would have thought - and ended up getting some really nice new furnitures.
I got an EXPEDIT sideboard with some files and boxes, an ALEX plan-chest drawer unit and a magnetic whiteboard for my wall!

(left wall) whiteboards, (underneath) ALEX, (at the back) EXPEDIT

Portfolio Surgery

After spending the last 2 hours in a lecture theatre at UWIC's Howard Gardens campus in Cardiff, listening to D&AD Senior Manager Rhiannon James and some design professionals a few of us signed up for the following portfolio clinic, where students get the opportunity to show their portfolio & work to professionals, either attempting an interview or just a scan through the portfolio to locate strengths and weaknesses.

We were initially located to see 2 designers, for some reason though (I think I was the only one) I got to see 4 different designers. Which was interesting yet stressful and it didn't allow me any time in-between two talks to get some notes written down.
In fact, I was pretty damn pleased that Phil, the last professional I was talking to, took some sticky notes for me and put it in my portfolio. Funny enough - seeing so many different designers I got confused by their opinions of my portfolio.
Overall I got a 3:1 plus points for it though. But the one minus point didn't wanna leave my mind and I guess that's only a good thing - as designers we wouldn't be any good if we couldn't take criticism - I do believe it just makes us work, think, try harder.

Focus 2011 calls

You might remember my trip with a few friends up to IPEX in the NEC Birmingham, dedicated in this post. However, by surfing the web I found out about another fair in March 2011 and it's all about photography and cameras.
It's Focus2011 and will kick-off on Sunday 6th March 2011 until Wednesday 9th March. Opening times are 10am-6pm on the Sun,Mon & Tue and 10am-5pm on the last day.
I'll post a comment or another post once I've found out more about it or possible fees.
I hope it's gonna be free for students just like IPEX! That would be sick.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

An interesting online article I came accross, 'Mobile Portfolios'

Quite a good design mag that is,
PAGE focuses on designer and those who want to become on.

In the latest issue i've found an interesting article about portfolios and how to present and promote yourself in situations like job interviws and what not.
Have a look, the article is approachable via this link and is in German, PAGE Online - Mobile Portfolios – PAGE 11.2010

D&AD Rep and Talk

Right, how am I gonna put this.
My tutor came up to me within the first week back in uni and asked me if I want to be the D&AD Rep for the 3rd year, again. I happened to be in the same position last year, being the 2nd year D&AD Rep.
After one year of being this Representative for the Design & Art Direction organization or if you want to, let's call it an educational charity, I'm still not quite sure what it means or what I'm supposed to do.

I've been invited to a couple D&AD events last year, but failed miserably to get involved - shame really. I did try hard a few times, but the events of interest weren't supposed to be for 2nd year reps. Gutted.
So this might change this year - when I'm actually allowed to attend some meetings.
Let's see how that goes.

Former, I guess I'm meant to keep my class informed about D&AD events, competitions and opportunities. That's what I understood after one of my tutors attempt to explain the reps job utterly failed.


The second week back in uni, I think it was, D&AD came to our campus, Howard Gardens, for a D&AD Talk session under the motto 'tackling real life briefs and winning a student award'. That was really enjoyable - they explained how D&AD works, who they are and what sort of competitions and other opportunities they offer for students in the creative industry.
Alongside lots of professionals to talk to and learn from, they've invited i.e. Phil from See Corridor and Marcus from New Future Graphic, providing a portfolio clinic session after the talk.

See this post for the portfolio surgery.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Reflective Journal


Yeh. - That's exactly my reaction to it.
We're meant to keep some sort of diary for our course, where we keep our module briefs and feedback sheets, ideas and inspiration. Well I thought I'm gonna use this blog as my reflective journal, to an extend.

So you can look forward to some more uni related posts, my ideas and projects we're challenged with and maybe some feedback as well. Keep looking.

PS: Blog updates relating to the reflective journal will be indicated by the 'reflection'-tag.