Totally compelling content

How often do you thank a brand?

Thank you GoPro for making this kind of content available. Watch this on a big, hi-def screen and imagine yourself making this kind of leap.

The painstaking work of Yuken Teruya

Look closely. This is no ordinary happy meal.

Yuken Teruya cuts and tears the strips of paper from the bag to make the art inside. I came across his work at the Saatchi Gallery in 2013. This kind of work is inspiring because it tells a great story, intrigues us to consider the motive of the artist and obviously requires great technical skill.

You can check out more of his work here.

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Inspirational space

I’m always looking for new ways to make my workspace more inspirational.


Then I came across these lucky bastards. What a buzz kill. Now I want to enclose the back yard.

This is the beautifully inspired office of Selgas Cano Architects in Madrid. You can view more images here.

The work of Toronto artist Chris Hayes.

What? I bought lobby art?

I’m a big fan of the Toronto artist Chris Hayes. I own some of his work. That’s why it caught my eye at my local TD Canada Trust branch. It turns out that my local branch manager offered to decorate the bank with the artist’s pieces as a way of promoting local talent.

All of the work is for sale.

This is a beautiful example of local marketing and what can happen when front-line people have the vision and authority to take action in their communities.

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Nikon stays committed to the Small World

Marek Miś used polarized light to capture Cosmarium, a genus of algae, near a Sphagnum, a type of moss.

This is a fascinating way to kill ten minutes but more importantly it’s a competition that makes perfect sense for the Nikon brand.

Nikon has been committed to its Annual Microscopy Competition for years and you can see all of the winner by visiting the small world gallery. It makes perfect sense for the brand to promote exploration and the advancement of image making.

An ant carries larva in its mouth, magnified 5x, by Geir Drange.

Esra Guc’s image of lymphangiogenesis assay.




The @Work State of Mind

I’ve been searching for some good story-telling techiques and came across this example from the idea shop Gyro. You can learn more about them here.


A collaborative marketing research and development project led by gyro, the global ideas shop. The @Work State of Mind means that most global business decision makers are on, irrespective of time or location. Reaching them successfully requires an understanding of more than how they blur the lines between work and personal. It’s imperative to understand their motivations, emotional attitudes and levels of satisfaction with round-the-clock, all-device messaging.



More inspiration from DUMBO (or not)

My wife and I collaborated on this stunning example of bubble-water colour art while touring an Art Fair in DUMBO. We paid $5 to support a local artist who gave us each a plastic straw and a demonstration of his technique.

Four jars were filled with bubble-making solution, the kind the kids use. Each one was tinted with India Ink (CMYK). To make art similar to this flawless example, dip the straw in the ink and blow. When the bubbles land, they create unpredictable art. It’s a ton of fun for half the price of a beer in Manhattan.

Try it with the kids or use it to raise some money at an office fundraiser.



Inspiration in DUMBO

DUMBO NYC. A very hip way to spend the afternoon.

Last Sunday, I crossed the Brooklyn bridge to attend the Arts Fair in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Brooklyn Overpass). The area is now an established home for artists, supported by dozens of galleries and a steady flow of hipster tourists.

I came across an interactive display room, hosted by residents of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYC. The work was quirky, intelligent and very forward thinking. It’s worth the time to check these guys out and see what they do. This qualifies as productive procrastination and can be done on company time.

ITP is a two-year graduate program located in the Tisch School of the Arts whose mission is to explore the imaginative use of communications technologies — how they might augment, improve, and bring delight and art into people’s lives. Perhaps the best way to describe us is as a Center for the Recently Possible.

You can’t go wrong with the Three Little Pigs. This is such a brilliant way to tell a story. It’s captivating from frame 1 and better than most movie trailers. Love it.

Just for fun, here’s a great little segment from one of my all-time favourite cartoons featuring the Three Little Pigs. This is some of Friz Freleng’s best six and half minutes.

Audi continues to stun with fabulous creative

This kind of creative is so brave. It takes a lot of people with a lot of faith to begin something so novel.

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