Monthly Archives: May 2008

Where on (Google) Earth is Waldo?

Melanie Coles, a young web designer and artist, has developed a modern day viral game of Where’s Waldo as her graduation project from the Emily Carr Institute.

Her project consists of creating and hiding a massive painting of Waldo on a rooftop somewhere in Vancouver in hopes that it will be captured by the Google Satellite and included in the Google Earth library.  At that point, people around the world can go on a web manhunt for our stripey friend. 

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I’ll Drink to That!

This weekend is the 20th Annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) at the Javits Convention Center in NYC.  If you go (which you should), check out designer, Reiko Kaneko who will be launching a new line of English fine bone china with real gold detailing.  Sounds fancy, huh?  Well it is but it really isn’t… her take on this fussy stuff is very playful with her gold lipstick marks and tea drips.  Take a look at the detailing on the saucer.  I’m into it.


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If it takes three things to make a trend, then I think we are on to something with my third installment of I AM SPAM…

Janet Nelson is turning penis enhancement SPAM into something for the whole family… good, clean, cartoon fun.


And for the academics, there is SPAM is Poetry dedicated to turning authentic spam into prose.  The About page says the site is “a collection of desperate cries for attention from the marketing gutter.” 

I guess, I don’t believe in the Ferber Method.  Do you?

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Motivational Thought for the Day

This little animal is called the Naked Mole-Rat and is from Africa.
 So if you are having a bad day and feeling sorry for yourself, remember:
You could look like a dick with buck teeth.

 Via J-Rod… who is very clearly the next Tony Robbins.

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Weebles Wobble But They Dont Fall Down

I do not condone defacing property… in fact, seeing it done brings the crazy, right-winged, (redundant, I know) personality-I-prefer-to-pretend-doesn’t-exist out of me.  However, when I find street art done WELL in an appropriate spot, I am not only impressed but I egg it on. 

Case in point:

And this wonky-eyed view is actually painted on a construction barricade in Paris.

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Tag… You’re It

Last week, Noah Brier launched a super simple site called Brand Tags that collects single word or phrase responses from visitors when they are presented with a brand logo.  Basically, an electronic version of one of the G.A.T.E. entrance exams… “what is the first thing that comes to mind when I show you this…?”

Completely voluntary, it is an interesting insight into what people think about brands… I only wish there was an accurate way to get insight about what they feel towards them.

As of this morning, the site has already received over 160,000 ‘tags’ for the nearly 175 active brands on the site – all available for viewing by brand name and/or specific tag.  Although clearly not reliable, it just might be the kind of research your brand needs to inspire creative marketing…  Contact Noah to be included in this project.

FYI – Noah has also launched Celebtags… which clearly, the shallow part of me loves!

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NYC Waterfalls

The $9-$10 million New York City Waterfalls project will bring 4 man-made waterfalls, ranging 90 to 120 feet, to the East River and New York Harbor this summer. Presented by The Public Art Fund, the waterfalls are the creation of Danish–Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson.

The falls will be located under the Brooklyn Bridge, between Brooklyn’s Piers 4 and 5, near Pier 35 in Manhattan, and off Governors Island. They’ll be visible from several points in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Governors Island, as well as from both The Circle Line Downtown and New York Water Taxi which is scheduled to offer several different guided tours for a close-up view.


The city projects tourism revenues to increase by $55 million during the waterfalls’ duration which is great… but honestly, the only waterfall that seems at all cool is the one under the Brooklyn Bridge (image at the top) as the other look like falling back down out of thin air (like below).  A concept that is more like a fountain sprouting out of the middle of the river than a waterfall.  How random is that?


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