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Some people see opportunity everywhere. Irina Blok is producing a limited number of surgical masks with a sense of humour. No more boring, white “faceless” masks…
Proceeds will be donated to Children International to help Mexico fight the swine flu epidemic.

via: noquedanblogs

To highlight the ruined state of the Zimbabwean economy and the worthlessness of their currency, flyers, posters, murals and billboards- all composed of trillions and trillions of worthless Zimbabwean currency – have been causing a stir on the streets of Johannesburg. The ‘Trillion Dollar campaign’ was created for the Zimbabwean Newspaper , by TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris [Advertising Age, 2008 Global Agency of the Year]. 

“In Zimbabwe, the money is so worthless, that banknotes are cheap alternative to paper –  meaning its cheaper to use the notes themselves for printing onto than buying the paper with the currency.”
Check the Zimbabwean Newspaper’s flickr page for more photos for the campaign.
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Some tips on Facebook manners that should come in handy the next time you are on your ‘computing machine’.
from a kinder gentler era…

The Lost Tribes of New York is a short film by urban anthropologists Andy and Carolyn London. Ordinary objects seen daily on the streets of NY – are brought to life and tell the stories of a multicultural life in the City.

via: Laughing Squid

artist:  Ji Lee

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Artist: Ji Lee


A couple of days ago in NYC, Jordon Seiler’s “NY Street Advertising Takeover” took over 120 billboards throughout the city.  Volunteers whitewashed the billboards, and over 80 artists transformed these ‘blank canvases’ into pieces of art.

This project is in response to the hundreds of illegal advertising billboards that are not registered with the city. The billboard companies are not being prosecuted for these violations, and large profits are being made for these illegal, and intrusive ads. 

I am sure the citizens of NY welcome this unexpected break from branding and advertising that is being force fed to us at every level. Keep checking the Wooster Collective site, more photos are being added.

via:  Wooster Collective

“Everytime” by Oi Va Voi, is the result of a month of labour intensive printing, shredding, shooting, configuring…beautiful.

via:  my modern met

This one is for all of my Architect friends out there…enjoy!

These videos are just 2 in a series of dead pan scenarios that most in the industry will be able to relate to on some level. Does Mister Glasses look a little like Philip Johnson??

 

via: a daily dose of architecture

 

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Mona Lisa - Starry Night, by Scott Wade

I could so do this on my little Golf right now.  Well, my car is dirty enough to.  Amazing how some people see everything as a canvas…. Art is everywhere. 

From the website:  “This image featuring Leonardo’s “Mona Lisa” with Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” is shown at its peak. These images drawn in the dust are obviously quite impermanent. One of the cool things about them is how they change over time. More dust accumulates as the car is driven down the road. Early morning dew streaks and dots the image, creating a patina. A light shower creates a deeper patina…” 

Scott Wade has an entire gallery of his ‘Dirty Car Art’, have a look here.

Poker Dogs: Wet Dogs, by Scott Wade

Poker Dogs: Wet Dogs, by Scott Wade

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GOOD IDEAS IN MEDIA, TOMORROW!

Tomorrow, April 21st, Capital C and I (Janet Jones) will be hosting the first PSFK, Good Ideas Salon in Toronto. The Salons are a gathering of forward thinkers, bringing together a wide range of experts to share their experience and knowledge. Our first theme is Good Ideas In Media, and our panelists include: Jonathan Lister (Managing Director, Head, Google Canada),  Jesse Hirsh (Toronto based Internet strategist, researcher, and broadcaster), David Jones (Vice President, digital communications, Hill & Knowlton, Toronto), and Mathew Ingram (Communities Editor, technology writer and blogger, Globe & Mail).

This is Media from a uniquely Canadian perspective…but not what you might expect. Join the panel for great conversation and thought provoking insights on the ‘Media Chaos Scenario’.  Please arrive ready hear our experts extend and defend dangerous new ideas in Media !

Peller Estates  is generously providing a selection of their core wines and VQA offerings.

 

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This Hotel takes traditional hotel advertising and turns it on its head.  They proudly boast about “now even more dog shit in the entrance”, that the beds are uncomfortable, the pillows hard…

The Hans-Brinker is one of Amsterdams most famous hostels…otherwise known as ‘The Most XXXclusive Budget Hotel’ Here you will find: NO PARKING, NO SAUNA, NO BELLBOYS, NO AIR CONDITIONING, NO MINIBARS, NO ROOM SERVICE….but you will find clean basic rooms in central Amsterdam…”

“You have stayed in the worst. Now read in the worst.”  
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The website is one of the worst too. It is an act in frustration. Buttons that lead nowhere…lack of information, I guess that’s part of the charm!

Who thought up this risky campaign? Amsterdam’s KesselsKramer . They take a unique and daring approach to everything they do.  Check out their website [do it now, i’ll wait…] and you will see another example of how far they will go to be disruptive, and cause you to question everything! Keep clicking on the url, it gets better!

Their client list? Diesel, Nike, and MTV.

via: Superfuture 4.0 

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