Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Co Game Designs

Co Game Designs is a Portland,OR based Design Firm founded by Rebecca Cohan and Marc Cozza. Co is know for their designs working with major brands such as Nike, Coke Cola, and Marriott. Check out the most recent Game designs from Co that show a great creative mind for quirky.

Cranium WOW: What Co has to say about it,
"Cranium Inc. wanted to re-package their flagship game as part of an effort to differentiate between adult and children’s games. We crafted the quirky personality of the game by using wiseacre copy, double-entendres and a little touch of existentialism.  Gary Baseman’s original four characters were given detailed life stories. The outside of the box is wrapped in copy taunting the consumer to play."

Saturday Night Live: The Game What Co has to say about it per The Dieline,
"Our goal was to capture the raw immediacy of SNL's writing process and live performances, which we achieved through hand-drawn illustrations of legendary characters and catchphrases. The package also communicates the fun of playing the game itself, which combines trivia, improv, and quick-fire team play."

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Rory Sutherland: Life lessons from an ad man


Rory Sutherland is a adverting guru. His genius of adverting is cutting edge merging ads with entertainment. This video speaks about perception, how an item to be advertised doesn't need to change, just what others think about it.

Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from

Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from

Steven Johnson, an intriguing thinker, speaker and author communicates his theories about innovation.

Steven Johnson's Books: 

Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter 

Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software

The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World

He co-founded outside.in, a website that collects online conversations per keyword and location.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Stefan Sagmeister shares happy design | Video on TED.com

Stefan Sagmeister shares happy design | Video on TED.com

Pantone Hotel in Brussels Centre, Belgium

I got an email from Behance today informing me of a new design competition. Its called the Pantone "Mind-blowing Color competition. The competition is pretty much submit any project from your portfolio that exemplifies mind-blowing color, or color used wisely to attract the eye, influence emotions, moods and judgment. Submit your best work soon, entries need to entered by October 13th 2010.

 And as for the Pantone Hotel, that's where you'll get to go for a weekend if you win the Grand Prize. Here is what the hotel's website has to say, "The PANTONE HOTEL combines the strong emotions evoked by color with exceptional, vivid design and unyielding comfort. Guests enjoy state-of-the-art accommodations, distinctively chosen at reception to compliment their mood. Luxurious beds, inviting pillows, LCD TVs, and central A/C with individual controls are standard at The PANTONE HOTELTM; many rooms are illuminated with unparalleled views of Brussels." Below is the colors selections...

Accommodations also include, as listed from there webpage.. 

Considered a destination within Brussels city centre for its relaxing vibe and exceptional city views, the PANTONE LOUNGE is a chic lounge and summer rooftop terrace with full bar.
Savor the moment, unwind and divulge the color you’re feeling with our divine cocktails: Pink Champagne PANTONE 12-1107, Lemon Drop PANTONE 12-0736 or Daiquiri Green 12-0435.
Shop and “test drive” stylish products showcasing the innovative use of color and emotion. From mugs to bicycles, browse the largest selection of Pantone products worldwide.
Pantone’s renowned consulting service influences product colors behind many of the world’s best selling brands, including Tiffany & Co., Nike, Barbie, Victoria’s Secret and The Gap. By appointment only.
Available in all guest rooms and public areas.
Allow the PANTONE HOTELTM Brussels to bring alive your company’s dynamic corporate identity with two highly customizable meeting rooms. Both are outfitted with advanced audio video / technical equipment and are available by the day or by the hour. Catering available.

Snazzy, huh?

"You killed Kenny" Door Stopper

"Who killed Kenny Doorstep"

I not a big fan of South Park, but I am a fan of creativity, and this works for me. See the Instructable and make your own. If you don't know who Kenny is, he is a character on the show South Park on Comedy Central Channel. Kenny is the character that, without fail, gets killed every episode he appears in, and when that happens another South Park character usual responds "Oh my God, they killed Kenny".

Friday, September 10, 2010

Another liquid Photoshop Tutorial

Click here to Create a Stunning Liquid Text Effect in Photoshop 

by Joe Moore, on CreativeFan.com

Timothy Gray wants to be just like Tim Burton when he grows up.

TiM from Ken Turner on Vimeo

I found this wonderful mixed media video on Vimeo, if you like Tim Burton movies you'll love this. It's written, designed and directed by Ken Turner from Toronto, Canada.

Ken Turner graduated in 2007 from Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, and while going to school had much success with his film "Umbrella Boy", which was directed by Andrew Ross and mentored by Ricardo Curtis of House of Cool. (A full house animation production studio with a portfolio consisting of works such as that fairytale ING commercial, and Despicable Me) "Umbrella Boy" won 2nd place at the Ottawa International Animation Festival in 2006. Since then his talents have been featured on the front pages of Cartoon Brew and StrutYourReel, and he has directed other films such as, "Attack of the Giant Vegetable Monsters", which won him a Aniboom Award in 2007 and then Best Online Short in the  Jackson Hole Film Festival, Online Short Film Competition, in 2008.

Most currently, he has written and published three books, "A Night at the Movies", "Eye Candy Volume #1: The Village Idioms" and "Eye Candy Volume #2: Apples & Idioms". As of August 2010 he was working as a character designer and character poser for a flash show called "Ugly Americans at Cuppa Coffee Studios; which you can see more about at his blog.