Sunday, 16 August 2009

Orange Bright Top Ups

The new orange advert...simple yet hilarious.

Help Remedies

Again like the vitamin boxes I found this packaging on The reason I chose this as an example is because I loved the concept behind it. If you're not feeling very well, you describe your symptoms and here is the remedies. I like how they're all a different colour, with the simple symbols to connote the product inside. You'll find what you're looking for straight away rather than faffing around, which is what usually happens with me. So these would be much appreciated.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Magma Art & Congress Centre

When on holiday in Tenerife I noticed this building whilst on a passing bus. It's clean and contemporary appearence really did catch my attention. I especially liked the way the roof wound it's way around the building. Unfortunately I didn't have time to go back for a closer look, but it didn't need more than a quick glance to inspire me.

Vitamin boxes

This is awful, but I can't even remember who designed these. I found them on which is a great site if you're into packaging design. It's full of new and innovative packaging which is being produced all over the world. The reason I was drawn to these vitamin boxes was because I found them so clever. Say you require a vitamin C tablet, where do you look? Non other than the C vitamin box. It's a way of keeping your vitamins organised if you tend to take a lot, I can imagine it being helpful. Plus I think they look pretty aesthetically pleasing also.

Thursday, 13 August 2009 for

I can't remember exactly how I found this website, but I remember liking the way you could navigate through it. You begin by being transported to this space full of celebrities and interesting people all in a line. Not only can you click through each one, but you can use the directional buttons on the keyboard also. For some reason I was particularly impressed by this, it's quite a simple application, but I enjoyed being able to zoom in and out using the up and down keys. When you have selected your person of choice, I chose Ed Westwick, who most will recognise as Chuck from Gossip Girl, you can watch a video in which they talk about themselves, their styles, future ambitions and obviously the k. swiss classics. There's also an image gallery if you fancy seeing the the shoes stationary for a while. I did like each of the films, but there's not that much more to it. However, in saying this, the website definitely had a nice flow to it and you could tell that it was well thought out.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Mark Verhaagen

I think you can see why I love this artist, his bush baby style designs are so cute and endearing. The other thing I like is, the realistic but surreal at the same time look his designs have. I like that you can create a style for yourself in creatures such as these. You will automatically notice his designs now from the big wide eyes and little mouth. I hope that I can develop a style like this for myself in the future.

Into The Wild

A film that I have never been bothered to watch until yesterday...what a mistake, seeing this in the cinema would have been amazing! Based on a true story and directed by Sean Penn, this film took my breath away. It's all based on the story of Christopher McCandless, who after graduating college with top grades, decided to give away his $24,000 savings and trek across the US to Alaska.

Definitely crazy, but not stupid, Christopher (played by Emile Hirsch) makes his way across the wildneness meeting people and encountering problems that shape his life.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

The Eco Zoo

In an article I read in my Arts Projects magazine, a designer mentioned this website. He sounded very enthusiastic about it, so I thought I should take a look for myself. It was surprising, I wasn't expecting anything like this. I'm pretty sure this is a website for children, but I seemed to stay on it for a while. Eco Zoo is a website made up of different characters all living in a cardboard tree. You can explore with an impressive 360 degrees perspective and learn about being more environmentally friendly, or having more of a positive attitude. It has an adult message behind it, but with quite a childish facade.

No matter who you are, you can't deny that this is an impressive website. The way you can maneuver your way around is so interesting, I don't think I've seen anything like it before. There's also the way you can interact with the characters, flipping through their pop up books and hearing their stories. It's also quite cute and looks really good, giving you a positive attitude on leaving the site.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Catalina Estrada

I love this woman and what she creates. It's just mind blowing the way all the colours and small details work so harmoniously. That is all I have to say really, apart from, I wish I had one of her designs blown up and put on my wall.

The Taking of an Original?

Originally a thriller novel, then a film released in 1974, moving onto a Television film in 1998 and eleven years later released as a modern day remake. The Taking of Pelham 123 was therefore too popular a story for me to miss. Directed by Tony Scott and starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta, the remake was looking very promising.

Some may find it hard to believe, but John Travolta actually plays the cruel and ruthless character known as Ryder in this film. Former Wall Street money man, Ryder finds himself angered after spending a long stint in Jail for something he believes he didn’t deserve. So what better way to take revenge on the City and to make some money at the same time, but to hijack a Subway Train (i.e. Pelham 123). Walter Garber (Denzel Washington) is the unlucky rail control officer to take Ryder’s call and find’s himself caught up in a whirlwind of money, hard decisions and merciless blood shed.

I won’t give away the ending, but what I will say is the acting in this film is truly captivating, with Washington and Travolta playing out of their comfort zones. Yes Denzel is once again the hero of the film, but not one you’d expect. He’s no Creasy or Agent Doug Carlin that’s for sure, but he does an excellent and compelling job as normal guy Walter Garber. The same goes for John Travolta. He plays this wicked and spiteful man so convincingly, something you wouldn’t expect from the same actor who played Edna in Hairspray.

Overall I would say that this film takes nothing away from the original. It might follow the same story, but Tony Scott does well to create an entirely different film.