Been keeping an eye out for a set of speakers to be paired up with the Gramafon Jukebox I backed a few months ago (and hopefully will arrive in the mail soon!)
I've been quite attracted to the idea of wall-mounted speakers (Muji, Braun) so that it uses as little functional space in the house as possible. Anything sitting on a table, TV stand, floor, etc. just feels like it's taking up space when the sole function of it is to enrich us with its brilliant sound, and not how it looks or where it sits. Almost like it's meant to be omnipresent, and above everything because in its own way, it's metaphysical. /wankrant
If all else fails, a sexy minimal and wooden finish is a good compromise too. I'm no designer, but what happened to good aesthetic, functional design these days? What happened to "let's just take a step back away from the bottomline and create something actually pretty damn amazing and clever?" I want to be wowed.
It has been a bit tricky finding shirt designs I like lately. The shops seem to be heavy on surf-inspired designs (fair call considering the whole beach and Bondi bohemian thing that's happening), brands which kind-of... don't have a point, and American-Street-inspired stuff which isn't quite me.
Like all the literature out there on the topic, the t-shirt is a way for one to express themselves so if you can't find it, why not create your own? I was inspired by my friend Sid who has a habit of just getting his own shirts printed and quickly mocked up a few of my own to play around with, looking at urban Japanese contemporary photography and geometric patterns.
I had one of those weird motivational/ beast-mode moments a few weeks ago; it kick-started a new weekend project for me.
I woke up and sourced some Gashapon vending machines, the idea which I've had in the back of my mind for years but never got around to. I've always had an odd relationship with those machines, or any vending machines for that matter. I was fascinated by how disconnected they are from human interactions, provided very simple but basic services and the sheer mechanics of it. Like a giant toy for grown ups - the car is to the man what a vending machine is to me. It was the catalyst for starting my Pinin project over half a decade ago. They always pop up in my thoughts - a vision of a large fleet of vending machines like an army invading a country.
A quick website was put together: akibaalley.com. I've had this domain parked for a while; really liked the name, but never figured out how to use it. Next thing would be to customise them, maybe hook up some unusual products and find good homes for them 🙂
Simple & sexy.
... of Reckitt Benckiser.
Have you ever heard something awesome on fbi radio while driving, whip out your phone to quickly shazam it, but 50% of the time it doesn't recognise it? Fucking annoyingly beautiful obscure shit.
Now you can drown your sorrows of never finding out what that song was with a shot.
Yes I know they have a playlist on their website; that's not the point.
I bumped into some old stuff I used to do online the other night which I found somewhat interesting. I'm mainly a lurker when it comes to forums and four years ago I really loved all things Star Wars Lego! The FBTB forum was probably the only place to go where you can nerd out over it, share reviews and news of up and coming sets, etc.
I was relatively new to the forum, but I put some effort into contributing my own Lego review one night which you can find here. I reviewed the Sith Infiltrator which came with a very cool Darth Maul fig + Speeder bike. I took a lot of photos of my step-by-step processes and gave my score on each of the attributes people were looking for: build, durability, 'swooshability', functionality and overall.
The thread resulted in 29 replies of people's thoughts on it, and however number of views the forum would've garnered (a few hundred SW lego fans at the time?). I guess I could take a jab at around 400 people, as that was how many views I received on my flickr album of the build process.
This struck a chord with me at the time because that was a lot of attention I got from anything that I shared online at the time, and with a lot of people who shared the same interest with me: Star Wars Lego. I was obsessed with the replies and people's feedback on my review, and it felt like I had an opinion to anything that was said. We stayed on those forums for a long time, being passionate about what we thought of the Sith Infiltrator and other reviews people shared. From a high level perspective, we were under the influence of the awesomeness that is Lego and its community.
I try to replicate these types of situations from a work perspective (probably not the best idea with some clients, you really can't compare Lego to financial services or a yoghurt brand); how do you allow people to naturally talk about their favourite brands, as opposed to churning out content with the brand's name on it? In what situations do people comfortably talk about what the brand is propositioning? How can you best provide a channel for this? What is the best channel for it? How can you amplify it, etc. etc.
All I (somewhat confidently) know is that Lego did not need to commission anyone, nor had the direct intention, to build FBTB or any of the large Lego community sites out there.
... new standardized IAB ad formats! C'mon, you wanna rub your nipples on these. With some ice cubes. And fit a toothpick in all this somehow.
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Never quite reached there, but it was fun. 5.4% engagement rate across a 3 hour status. It helps to have a platform which allows us to play in our fan's spaces, as opposed to inviting people over to ours. Should've ran with the tagging mechanism... T_T
I couldn't tell if this was an insensitive job ad or A STRATEGIC USE OF CONTENT TO GARNER ENGAGEMENT AND VIRAL DISSEMINATION.