Do Something To Get Noticed

Meet Chris Kahle, who Tweeted his way into Crispin.

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So there you have it. Blogs and twitter picked it up, over 80 tweets were sent, and he got the cut through.

It’s not something that anyone can do again. But he get their attention and seems to have the skills to back it all up.

Fair play.

Interview with Alex Bogusky.

Bit more about his effort here – http://thisischriskahle.com/projects/cpbtweet/

Augmented Reality. Texture Extraction Experiment

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=6660264&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=ff0179&fullscreen=1

Augmented Reality Texture Extraction Experiment from Lee Felarca on Vimeo.

This is an AR-based experiment that enables the user to lift textures from real-world objects in live video and apply them onto 3D objects that are overlayed on top of them.

Only box primitives are supported here, but the general idea could be extended to other types of 3D primitives or potentially even more complex objects with some clever image compositing and UV mapping.

See blog post for more info, and a live version of the demo:
http://www.zeropointnine.com/blog/augmented-reality-texture-extraction-experiment/

Toxiclibs. An Immense Computational Design Showreel

Showreel of projects & experiments created by current users of the toxiclibs library.

Cool music too.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=6644720&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=ff0179&fullscreen=1

toxiclibs showreel from postspectacular on Vimeo.

toxiclibs is an independent, open source library collection for computational design tasks with Java & Processing.

After 2.5 years of continuous development & refactoring, the collection consists of >14k lines of code, 124+ classes, 18 packages bundled into 7 libraries.

The classes are purposefully kept fairly generic in order to maximize re-use in different contexts ranging from generative visuals, data visualization to digital fabrication, use as teaching tool and more.

More information & downloads: http://toxiclibs.org.

Next Generation Talent

Panasonic’s Next Generation Talent competition asks UK students to put their creative skills to the test and produce a TV ad. It’s back for 2009 and I’ve been asked to get involved with the judging.

However instead of me banging on about what I think; it’s clearly better to get some other opinions. So please take a look at the entries below and leave your comments on the blog or email them to me.

Here’s the lowdown.

The Brief: “Produce a TV ad to promote the Panasonic G10 Viera with FreeSat Home Hub TV, leveraging the Everything Matters brand positioning.”

The Entries:

1 – Paul Bryan // Concept: An upgrade of television life over the past forty years.

2 – Steffan Harrison // Concept: Little things make the big picture happen

3 – Romaine Reid // Concept: Show off the features and benefits of each product within Panasonics HD home hub series.

4 – David-Childs-Clarke // Concept: Electronic devices coming to life via their on lights

So that’s it.

What do you think?

Please take 2 minutes out to give these guys some feedback!!

Read more about Next Generation Talent at http://nextgenerationtalent.co.uk/

Disclosure: I do not work for Panasonic or any of their agencies.

The New Umbro.com

I’m really into the new Umbro site.

They’ve embraced all the right tools out there at the moment (Blogging, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, eBay and Twitter) and have really pulled off a great experience.

Straight away the brand feels fresher and more relevant.

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All strategy, creative ideas, concept development is by Anomaly, who worked with Rokkan on the main framework. The England work is by Perfect Fools, and the Speciali customisation is by my friends over at Enjoy This.

Here’s my Kinseltown FC boot made with the Speciali customisation.

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Talking to Justin and Fraser I know they got this bit out in about 2 weeks which is an amazing effort. (And not one they want to repeat haha).

Siteinspire also caught up with Paul Graham of the creative agency, Anomaly London to find out more about the fantastic new website for sports brand, Umbro. Read the interview.

Agency info via FormFiftyFive.

Top marks all round.

New site design in full:

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Fontplore. Interactive app for searching and exploring font databases

As the development and distribution of interactive tables is still in its early days, they see the Fontplore Table as some kind of customer attraction for the bigger design agencies, where clients and designers get together and share the experience of selecting a suitable typeface for the project.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=5664292&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=c9ff23&fullscreen=1

Fontplore Showreel from Mphasize on Vimeo.

More at: http://www.fontplore.org/