The Future of T-Shirts. Todays “Album Covers” for Designers.

With music being prodominently exchanged and purchased digitally, the album covers have lost the level of exposure they had prior to the boom of online sales. With this designers, artists and photographers thirst for the want of getting involved with a musician for the album cover has lessened over the years. In turn designers now are using an easier, more accessible and more independent canvas, T-Shirts. They are now so vastly popular as a method of exposure for people in the creative industry that companies are now set up to allow for designers to do this at a manageable price, so if you’ve thought about it, you’ve got the work and confidence. Then perhaps consider it, the exposure is great for the artist that features their work, and now you can achieve it at a fair cost.

Stefan Sagmeister: Design and Happiness, 2012 Lecture

If you’re into design and you don’t know the name Stefan Sagmeister, you should. Stefan is one of the partners at the design agency Sagmeister & Walsh in New York, they have done work for clients like The Rolling Stones, Red Bull, .copy Magazine, NYTimes Magazine, Guggenheim Museum and other incredible clients. When he’s not at the agency working or getting involved in design, he often holds talks on design and the creative industry.

In 2012 he held a lecture in Michigan, USA . In this talk he raises the link between design and happiness and how one effects the other. Although the talk appears quite long, the points raised and the comments made are brilliant, and if you are a designer or a creative of any sort, this lecture is a great listen, and very thought provoking.

Brock Davis: Creative and Graphic Design

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This little interview with American designer Brock Davis brought his clever, humourous work to my attention, and I thought you might like it too …

swim over new york city

swimmingp-nlHSBC have commissioned this advertising stunt in India’s financial capital, Mumbai, to draw attantion to the impact of climate change on coastal cities.

The web address is printed next to the pool, and the website has since seen an increase in traffic and pledges to support HSBC’s work in environmental issues.

Check it out for more pictures.

Is BT the new Nescafe?

We have all become fairly accustomed as consumers to the way advertising engages us with certain products and brands, most have narratives and build relationships through the company’s developments others are more about a story progressing over time.  Some of you might recall the happy moments shared with Leonard Rossiter in the Chinzano ads, or Anthony Head’s encounters over nescafe, and now there is the BT dilemma – what will happen next – we are on the edge of our seats!
Or not,  after all it is just a telephone company.  The guardian made some interesting points in their TV and radio blog…

Where previous campaigns might have relied on broad humour or the intimation of sex to make themselves compelling, the BT approach is to tackle real, complicated human situations like work-life balance, the role of a step parent and, perhaps most importantly, whether you really would pay to watch Bee Movie any day. http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/tvandradioblog/2008/nov/13/bt-couple-adverts-kris-marshall

It is an odd communication between a human experience and the capabilities of broadband packages to fix the issues it throws up.  It does raise some interesting points about the abilities we have to communicate face to face or more coherently through the shared troubles of losing files on your computer.   I know how people get so upset when things don’t work technically but there is always and answer (according to BT that is), watch out for the next episode in this moving tale.

I.T isn’t all about the tragedy.