December 1, 2010

Week of tweets #21

My Twitter follower count recently broke through the 1000 barrier (I know Ashton, nowhere near yours). To celebrate here is another “best of” from my most recent tweets…

Small wonder! RT @glueisobar: What a brilliant piece of design!! i3DG: a mobile 3D exhibition. http://bit.ly/aOPECI

  • Just love it when you take an idea from times past and update it for the digital age. This would be great for McDonald’s Happy Meals.

Wise words. RT @MrJonath: “Digital may be everyday but it’s not effortless” – Iain Tait in New Media Age http://bit.ly/aNOcqE

  • Iain Tait is going to be my next featured digital hero in this blog but in the meanwhile he defends the value of digital specialists in this article. We might live in a post-digital age where technology is every day, but (as Iain says) “to deny there’s an art and a specific skillset required to produce and execute great digital products or advertising is a huge, epic, ostrich-like mistake.

Love it! RT @intersphere: Major Oops. Publicis’ Hacked Twitter Video Is a Lesson on Inoculating Your Brand Against Satire http://ow.ly/3bZTN

Sweet idea – unless you’re a tree. RT @BLOGILVYdotNL: When Facebook becomes a book http://bit.ly/ds4bFk

  • Developed by Perfect Fools for DDB Paris, from an original idea by Siavosh Zabeti and Alexander Kalchev. Bouygues Telecom asked them for an idea to launch their Facebook platform. Something that would “go beyond using your profile picture in a funny way, or pranking your friends with a small joke”. They took a look at the way people use Facebook and “found that even though we use the social networking site everyday, we forget our favorite moments we share online”. So they created an app that could change that, and keep your Facebook in book form.

More Kinect goodness… RT @mariegoupry: Xbox Kinect Launch – Interactive Art Installation in Munichhttp://bit.ly/f7zgJT

  • I am always amazed how quickly new technology gets hacked and repurposed. You can find loads of incredible Kinect rehashes online now. They’ve also sold a bucketload of the devices. Which is more can be said for their Windows 7 phones.

The new new media? Richard Branson announces Virgin’s magazine for iPad – in the Guardian UK http://bit.ly/fCwDVA

  • Forget the arms race. Now it is the tablet war with rival media moguls battling it out for our touch screen devices.

And finally, a big bucket of cold water from my good friend and colleague Eric Phu

Reality check… RT @intersphere: View From the Consumer |http://bit.ly/ijfHyG by @ericphu

  • Here’s a sample : I will not jump through your hoops, so don’t even bother asking. If you want me to participate, you better keep things simple.I don’t want to create a custom video, or spend 20 minutes interacting with blatant advertising. I don’t even want to watch a two-minute video intro, or click through 10 pages to get to a point.
November 30, 2010

Best of British

At the BIMA (British Interactive Media Association) Awards last week there were some great winners – some of which are definitely worth taking a look at. The biggest winner of the night was Recode Decode, a project from Saint@RKCR/Y&R. It was a generative marketing campaign for the Victoria & Albert museum’s show of digital art and design, Decode. The agency commissioned Karsten Schmidt to create an ever-changing open source artwork that was used for the exhibition identity. You can read the story behind the project here.

In the Charity and Not for profit category (sometimes known as SCAM – although not in this case 🙂 ), Publicis London won for their iHobo iPhone app. It was developed “to challenge perceptions surrounding homelessness. The app, the first ever to feature interactive live action video footage, has been developed on behalf of homelessness charity Depaul UK”. The free iHobo application downloads a virtual homeless person on to the user’s iPhone and effectively demonstrates in real time the complexity of homelessness; lack of shelter, food and money, emotional distress, isolation, drug use, crime and physical and mental abuse.

We are Social were winners in several categories for their Marmarati campaign. To launch Marmite’s new extra strong product the agency brought together a roomful of bloggers, influencers and journalists as they were being inducted into the secret society of the ‘Marmarati’. This select group of 40 were first sent an email from the secret society, then they received a phone call from a character called William Fotherington-Smythe, and finally were sent a beautifully crafted paper invite to the induction ceremony. At the event the group was told the story of the new product’s creation and introduced to the seven elders of the Marmarati, with Marmite’s CEO playing ‘Lord Marmarati’. They then blind-tasted three iterations of the product and were told that their feedback on flavour, as well as reaction to initial jar designs, would directly affect which version will be launched to the public after Christmas. They were then told about a private Facebook group (set up to create a community around the most passionate fans) and instructed to keep their eyes peeled for further instructions. (source New Media Age)

The full story enfolds in the presentation below.

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In the Websites and Microsites category Aardman Animations (the people behind Wallace and Gromit) won for their Tate Movie project. The Tate Movie Project was “the first of its kind – an animated movie made by and for children across the UK. Showcasing the vivid imaginations of kids, the Tate Movie Project used great artworks to inspire 5-13 year olds nationwide to contribute their ideas to the movie. Children created every aspect of the film, from the hand-drawn characters and plot twists, down to costumes and comic sound effects”.
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The BIMA website does not provide links to any of the cases but if you want to see a list of all the winners click here.