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February 21, 2014 - Comments Off on D&AD Geek Out

So firstly, let me apologise, this is Geek Out through the eyes of a very unable at tech human being. In life though, we must attend talks that teach us things we don’t know about, that’s how we learn.

So Geek Out, a talk to make you realise that anything is actually possible, well if in the hands of the four speakers D&AD had lined up for us with this presidents lecture.

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January 23, 2014 - Comments Off on Mark Denton Esq: Publicity Shy

Mark Denton and his truly fantastic facial furniture was the speaker at D&AD’s presidents lecture last night at the Shoreditch Town Hall. The event was completely sold out which just goes to show the popularity of one of Adland’s biggest and most eccentric characters.

#PublicityShy had a main theme that Denton is a true authority on: Self-promotion. Denton’s view was simply that we give our time, sweat and often our sanity trying to advertise our client’s brands but why do we not do the same for ourselves?

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June 5, 2013 - 4 comments

Converse and Dazed & Confused have teamed up for a fourth year running to present the Emerging Artists Award. An award looking to find the best artists around the UK. If you think this could be you, then its time to enter! Shortlisted artists will bag themselves £1,000 each with the winner taking £5,000 at an event in Whitechapel Gallery. Pretty awesome you could say!

Type of Brief: Five works of art.

Deadline: 23rd June 2013

To be in with the chance of this mega opportunity there's a couple things you have to do / be. Candidates must be unrepresented, under 35, residents in the UK and not in education. If these things apply to you then jolly good. Then its as simple as five pieces of your work, a page description of the pieces and your CV.

So hop to it you budding young artists. You might just be exhibiting this summer. All details can be perused here. Best of luck.


March 12, 2013

Creative Social Sessions : The Probes

Probes are people or teams that spend their time teasing new ideas, deploying rapid building of prototypes and hobby crafting technologies and methods that ignite the sparks of creativity.

Creative Social have a stella line up of speakers from the creative universe who represent these very Probes. Potentially giving attendees a rare insight into the workings of the Probe mind, they will expose what sparks their thinking whilst showcasing their most imaginative work. Speakers confirmed so far, are:

  • Dr Kate Stone, Cambridge Tech Innovator + TED speaker
  • Grant McCracken, Anthropologist
  • Dr Bertolt Meyer, Visiting Professor for Work, Organisational & Social Psychology at Chemnitz University of Technology
  • Mark Cridge, Director Of Consulting, BERG
  • Gregg Mayles, Design Director, Rare Studios
  • Fredrik Forrest, Creative Director, Obscura Digital

It's a half-day on the 26th March @ Modern Jago and although it's a bit costly for you lot to pay for yourselves, you never know if your agency is willing to pay for you to go along unless you ask. Plus, it'll be some time away from your keyboard! Buy tickets and find out more at

March 8, 2013 - Comments Off on Mark Evans : The Score

As creative minds, we are all in search of new ideas. But as time keeps moving and history becomes longer by the minute, it seems that everything has already been thought of and it’s becoming harder to be unique. So, there is one thing that can be relied upon if you want to be innovative: a new media. Whether that be digital, print or in this case, art. Mark Evans has done just that. He has perfected his intricate art by using leather as his canvas. And if that wasn’t badass enough, he uses knives to etch his pieces! We caught up with him stateside to find out more.

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August 31, 2012 - Comments Off on ESPO : The Score

Our Score this week comes from an absolute phenomenon. His name is Stephen Powers but you may know him by the name of ESPO (Exterior Surface Painter Outreach). He created a project and published a book that will probably define love letters, romantic gestures and beautiful typography. But, as you'll see from our Q+A with him, he's down to earth, modest and philosophical about his work.

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April 20, 2012 - Comments Off on Fabio Sasso : The Score

Today we have a treat for you - we've gone straight to one of the greatest sources of inspiration on the web, Fabio Sasso -founder the blog Abduzeedo and senior designer at Google in Mountain View. He has taken time out of his busy schedule to let us into his world and give us a few words of wisdom. We've followed Fabio and his work for a number of years now so it was our pleasure to get a chance to pick his brain. We hope you enjoy...

So Fabio, I suppose the logical first step is to ask you, how did Abduzeedo start, and what does that name mean?

Abduzeedo means abducted in Portuguese. I changed the spelling a bit in order to have the my nickname and also the name of my design studio “Zee”.

The blog started in the end of 2006. My design studio was robbed and I lost my laptop and all my backup disks. I found myself completely lost and decided to start a blog to backup my stuff in the cloud.

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February 24, 2012 - Comments Off on Oliver Goodrum : The Score

Hello there, are you ready for some Friday fun-time? The subject of this week's cheeky Weekly Score is director, Oliver Goodrum, a chap who may just be the kind of genius who understands when people want a laugh and when they just want to be amazed. Hopefully a dip in to his mind will get you wanting to go and film things, probably involving explosives if Olly has his way...

How long have you been in the film-making business?
Really since the summer of 2005 when I did a few running jobs at Kudos Film and TV, and Cut & Run editors.

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March 4, 2011

Phil Clandillon : The Score

Hello to all of you inspiration hunters. This week's score is a flipping cracker. It's from a man that revels in any kind of challenge and media. A lover of the odd and epic, the small and detailed; a top bloke and multi-talented creative. It's Phil Clandillon, Creative Director of Sony Music, London. Hopefully you'll enjoy reading his interests as much as we have:

Hi! I'm Phil Clandillon, Creative Director at Sony Music, London.

I'm in the unusual position of of being one half of a creative team based in a major record label. I've been working at Sony for the last 3 and a bit years with my partner-in-crime Steve Milbourne, and along the way we've employed our backgrounds in design, computing, code and the web to make some pretty unusual advertising, including a music video for AC/DC in Excel format, a synthesiser made of people for Calvin Harris, and a giant game of Guitar Hero for Kasabian.

It's safe to say that I would be nowhere without the web, and so rather than talk to you about my favourite art / book / film / horse etc, I'm going to show you a bunch of my favourite found-on-the-Internet stuff that's inspired me over the last 10 years.


This 2004 project by students (on Stefan Sagmeister's course) Willy Sengewald and Richard Theon continues to be one of my benchmarks for interactive experience done right.

A pair of binoculars offers views over Berlin via a camera high above the city. Participants don't initially know that a pair of cameras are also filming their eyes. The live video images of their eyes are projected on two huge screens close the the top of the tower where the camera is mounted.

I love the 'penny drop' moment when the participants realise what is actually happening. This project helped to teach me a really fundamental thing about interaction design: Interaction should be simple and delightful. If something clever is going to happen, do it behind the scenes so that the technology is invisible. A simple interaction which produces a complex result will surprise and delight the user.


Theo Jansen's Strandbeests

One of the things about making interactive content is that [once you get past the nerdy syntax], learning how to code is pretty awesome. You inject a kind of life into your work, and your project begins to take on a sort of rudimentary intelligence, making decisions based on the variables you feed in.

What I really like to see is these rules applied to projects outside computers. Dutch artist Theo Jansen builds huge mobile creatures from recycled materials like cardboard and plastic which behave in much the same way. His dinosaur-like animals use the same basic logic as a simple computer program, but in a very different form. In a Strandbeest, the input is wind, and the output is surprisingly lifelike movement.

The wind breathes life into the creatures via an array of tubes and an elegantly simple pneumatic drive system. The beasts are becoming more and more sophisticated, and Jansen's ultimate goal is to allow the creatures to roam free on beaches. I'd love to be in the middle of nowhere and see one lumber past like a strange prehistoric life form from a parallel Blue Peter universe.

Be sure to check out the videos of the Beests moving:

Barnaby Barford's china sculptures

The web has brought the phenomenon of cultural hacking and remixing to the fore. The obvious expressions of this are music, video and code mashups, but I find it more interesting when people take more unexpected facets of culture and remix them. Barnaby Barford's re-worked porcelain figures are a brilliant example of this.

The sort of figurine you might find on your gran's mantlepiece is remodelled and repainted to create something funny and unexpected, like two old ladies engaged in a drink-off with a selection of cheap spirits, or some ASBO kids doing a spot of happy slapping.

Come on you lightweight - Down It

Do it again, I didn't press record

Big ears is a cu..


Rad to the power of sick

A big part of what Steve and I do is about hacking platforms, using software and services in a way that's outside their original intended use.

With "Rad to the power of sick", copywriter Ben Couzens and the creative team at George Patterson Y&R in Melbourne elevated the humble eBay auction to comedy gold, selling an ordinary BMX bike for way above it's real value by writing some truly brilliant copy.

Sadly the eBay listing has long since ended, but the whole thing is explained here:

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English Russia

My single favourite site on the whole interweb is an English language blog from Russia. The authors post photos of the weird and wonderful things that can be found in far flung corners of the world's largest country. They cover everything from ghost towns and abandoned space projects, to Moscow teenagers posing as gangsters and uploading their gun-toting pics to the web.

The English is terrible, the information regarding a lot of the photos is often wildly inaccurate [this is usually pointed out in the comments], and the sidebar is covered in seedy personal ads for Russian mail-order brides. In fact - I wouldn't even bother trying to read the content from the site itself - subscribe to the RSS feed instead and by-pass the pop-up windows. As far as I'm concerned, all of the above just adds to English Russia's charm.


Best of Craigslist

One of the greatest things about the web is the way ordinary people create pieces of comedy genius in the most unexpected places. Classified sites like Gumtree and it's U.S. equivalent Craigslist are hiding all kinds of goodness in amongst the old IKEA furniture and secondhand sandwich toasters. Best of Craigslist groups together the funniest of the site's ads, and it's easy to get lost in there for hours. For example:

Woman to sit in my bath tub full of noodles, wearing a bathing suit

I will pay you $1 to sit in my bathtub full of noodles while you wear a one piece bathing suit. I will not be home, nor will anyone else while you do this. I will leave the key for you, and you will sit at your leisure. DO NOT bring any sauce. I will season the pasta after I return home prior to dinner.


Phyllis Galembo

I love the way the web allows me to travel the world from the comfort of my chair. The amazing selection of photography available online has led me to discover everything from Nigerian barbershop signs to neon sign graveyards in the Nevada desert.

Phylliss Galembo's photos of African masquerade costumes have the feeling of coming from a place so exotic that you'd have to machete your way through dense jungle to get there.


I hope you enjoyed this random selection of stuff from the web. You can check out some of my [and Steve's] work at // - I've also got a Tumblr thingy at // and one of those Twitters @philclandillon

So thanks, goodnight, and remember, if you want to know how to do absolutely anything, JFGI [Just F****ing Google It].

So Monkeys, enjoy your weekend and come back next week for another inspirational Weekly Score. We hope to see the lucky few at the BangBang Brief this Thursday; get checking your inbox for an invite.

The YCC. x