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NOMOON is a French creative agency ….watch their promotional video to the end to see just how creative they are.

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I just read a great article on Fast Company.com.  Really relevant for me right now, and for many others. Since February 10th, I have been unemployed from the Architectural firm I had worked for 10 years.  I have not rushed out to look for another ‘job’. I really don’t want just a job. At this point in my life, I want to do something I really want to do.  What that is – I am still trying to decide.  

Po Bronson argues in his article that “the economy would never get a kick start if our workforce was uninspired.” He suggests “that the way to get business going again was for the workers to do something they cared about. They would work extra hard and innovate their way out of this black hole.”  I tend to agree with him, what the world need now is innovative ideas and these ideas don’t happen when people are just going through the motions. Complacency breeds mediocrity. 

The idea that we should be selective in these times may seen indulgent and selfish, but how can things ever change if everything stays the same?  The reality is that people are less likely to make a significant life change unless they are forced to.  So, when I was laid off I saw it more as an opportunity to make a big change. I might have stayed for another 10 years. Many congratulated me, all agreed that it would be a good thing for me in the end.  For now at least, I will hold out, and decide how to get what I want – challenge, fulfillment, excitement and a sense of responsibility.  

I am pretty confident that I will find it, and I will let you know when I do…

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Robert Rauschenberg, Art Car, 1986 - BMW 635 CSi

BMW racing driver Hervé Poulain had a crazy idea back in 1975. He wanted to invite an artist to use his car as canvas. American artist Alexander Calder obliged and was the first of 16 in the BMW Art Car project. The cars have been on display in Munich’s BMW museum, but are currently travelling to North America with 4 of their finest. Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg (above) will be on display at New York’s Grand Central Terminal from March 24 until April 6 and then on to three locations in Mexico.

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Also on display is Robin Rhode’s” Expression of Joy” project – BMW as paint brush. He installed a set of paint squirters on a 2010 BMW Z4  and set it in motion on canvas. Watch the video!

via:  BMW & yatzer

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Instead of just changing the shape of the water bottle, they decided to be innovative and come up with something completely different.  Boxed Water.

“Part sustainable water company, part art project, part philanthropic project, and completely curious. Boxed Water Is Better, is a boxed water company. ”
The founders were looking for a new way to create a bottled water brand that is kinder to the environment. That is where the idea of boxes came in.  I love the simple, generic packaging and graphics – just like the product it carries.  Water is simple and uncomplicated. It just makes sense that the packaging would be too.  

It is not found everywhere, yet.  Check out the list of stockists on their site. 

via: notcot 

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adidas seems to be coming up with a lot of great ideas lately to ‘Celebrate Originality’ (check out their House Parties celebrating “60 Years of Soles and Stripes”). On March 20th, they will be launching their Urban Art Guide, a mobile art guide for the iPhone.  If you should find yourself in Berlin, and don’t want to visit the usual dusty museums, the adidas Urban Art Guide will show selected pieces of street art and guide you through the city.  Not just art hidden in dark alleys, the guide will also direct you to better known galleries.

From March 20th the adidas Urban Art Guide can be downloaded for free from the iTunes Store.

Check out the preview video here.

I just came across a clip to a documentary film called ‘Us Now‘, directed by social anthropologist & filmmaker Ivo Gormley. This is all I have seen…I would love to hear if anyone out there has seen the entire film.  Us Now explores opportunities that new technologies are providing and asks the question…‘In a world in which information is like air, what happens to power?’  

New models of social organization are the result of these new technologies and a culture of collaboration.  To understand the future, we need to be aware of the changes that social media is creating, traditional media as it is now cannot keep up with these changes.

The power of mass collaboration extends well beyond Facebook.  Peer to peer interaction on this scale is ‘the greatest social change since the invention of the printing press’.  

“Lets face it, look at young people. Do young people read newspapers? Do they watch national broadcasters? No they don’t, they get their information from lots of different sources. Now, there are problems associated with that, but generally speaking the democratisation of how it is we get our information, I think, has to be a good thing.”

Matthew Taylor 

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Beg, Steal or Borrow, is an online auction held by students at The University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK. They have contacted notable designers and illustrators to Beg for their work to auction off in their fundraising efforts. The money will be used to fund an end of the year Graphic Communication degree shows at the University .  Some of the designers on the auction block?  Pentagram, Mike Perry, and Play Area.  Have a look at the auction lots here.

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Mike Perry

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Only effective if you don’t have bad breath…

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I love this little calculation
I have been out of work since February 10th.  Quite a lifestyle change after 10 years with the same company.  But change is good right? It is also the perfect opportunity to try new things, maybe a new career, who knows…actually, I’m not even sure how I had time to work everyday.  

Can’t I just get paid to do this??

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