I Met The Walrus

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview about peace. 38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative which tenderly romances Lennon’s every word in a cascading flood of multipronged animation. Raskin marries the terrifyingly genius pen work of James Braithwaite with masterful digital illustration by Alex Kurina, resulting in a spell-binding vessel for Lennon’s boundless wit, and timeless message.

Link courtesy of thescott

Inside Threadless.com

I’m a big fan of Threadless.com – an online community based tee shirt company. Over the past couple years a lot of similar sites have popped up and jumped on the band wagon, like Oddica (which I have blogged about before), and the latest one being South African based Springleap.

I’ve always thought there is huge potential in community based e-commerce sites, but I underestimated the sheer size of companies like Threadless.com. I’ve always found it fascinating seeing how an online company operates offline.

This video clip below takes you behind the scenes of Threadless.com and you get to see the AWESOME work place and the incredibly creative staff working there.

I find it hugely inspiring.

Don’t you just love how Threadless oozes creativity, energy and most importantly fun.

Good reading… and viewing

I have been flooded with work this past week, and haven’t found anytime to write anything of importance, instead I found some good reading elsewhere. Please excuse the rather lazy post, but I hope the links below provide you with some entertainment. Hey it is friday after all.

PSDTuts

Creating a fantastic fantasy night sky in photoshop

I can’t believe I haven’t found this site before. PSDTuts is FreelanceSwitch‘s sister site and brings you some quality photoshop tutorials, presented beautifully. I’ve visited a lot of photoshop tutorial sites before, but this one teaches you things you actually want to know – current design trends.

A rookie guide to digital SLR cameras

There comes a time in every point-and-shooter’s life when he or she wonders if there is more to photography than a palm-sized block of aluminum stowed away in one’s pocket.” If that is you then take a read over Mike Davidson’s great post. Mike informs you of exactly what you should be thinking about when in the process of purchasing a SLR camera.

Continue reading Good reading… and viewing

Business Card Inspiration

I’m finally getting around to designing a new business card with my UK contact details on it. Up until now I have been handing out business cards with my South African contact information, not very professional, but it does open up a bit of chit chat. Honestly I just haven’t found the time to invest into my own company’s brand image, I am too busy designing for clients. Not a very good excuse, but I am sure most designers will understand my predicament.

I’ve played with a few designs in Adobe Illustrator, but i’m lacking in the creativity department. After a Google search I stumbled on some great links to get the creative juices flowing again.

I even found this brilliant clip from the movie American Psycho. It’s a must watch.

“Something wrong Patrick? You’re sweating.”

Haha I love it.

Anyways, here is a link to some business card designs that are a little more interesting. And here is a link to a Flickr photoset of hundreds of business card designs.

Having second thoughts about your card design?

Free Cricket World Cup TV

On Saturday I was desperate to watch the SA vs Australia World Cup game, but wasn’t quite ready to head on over to the local smokey pub to watch the game on SKY. That was when I discovered Sopcast. Sopcast is free P2P internet TV software that offers quite a selection of internet TV channels, including a live world cup cricket channel.

After downloading the Sopcast media player, which seems a relatively stable product, I found a website that tells you what channel to tune into to watch the latest game live. That website being http://livecricketstreams.blogspot.com. Bingo.

Besides a few lags in transmission and some terrible Indian Home Insurance adverts I managed to watch a good few hours of the game from the comfort of my new office chair. It swivles, it has a high back, and it looks like it is made of real leather… but it’s not. Perfect.

Then followed a Clapham pub with a few Saffa mates and far too many Aussies.

Final thought: It baffles me why coach Arthur put Kallis and Prince ahead of our pinch hitters Gibbs, Kemp and Boucher. Why!? Was it a tactical loss? Read more on Mike Stopforth’s site.

Update

For the thousands of visitors who have found my site due to this post, and are looking for a channel on Sopcast to watch SA vs Australia, I’ve found one, channel 21270, or visit this page for all the channels.

Help deliver the message

I’ve never posted anything slightly political on my blog, but I am making an exception with this post.

It is so so sad what is happening in Zimbabwe at the moment. However, there is hope. There are amazingly strong individuals united in fighting for Zimbabwe’s freedom. They can’t liberate Zimbabwe without your help though, help in exposing the criminal activities of Robert Mugabe and his gang of baboons.

I encourage every single one of you bloggers, where ever you might come from, to post this video on your website/blog. Leave a trackback on Sokwanele’s “This is Zimbabwe” blog. Help them to deliver their message.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QMlt4Pc5iI

SA Photographic Blog of the Year

I’ve been sifting through the large amount of South African blogs trying to find possible nominees for this year’s blog awards. There are so many great blogs out there it’s hard to decide who my votes will go to.

When choosing nominees for the Best Photographic Blog I urge you to take a look at a few photographers that I am considering to nominate. No, I am not being paid to promote these guys, I am just amazed at their talented portfolios.

In no particular order I present to you: Continue reading SA Photographic Blog of the Year

Spread the love this Valentine’s Day

Coda has relaunched the “Spread the love” website just in time for Valentine’s Day. Rush on over to the new site to have a look at the latest, uniquely South African cards. Pick the one that you know your ladyfriend/blokefriend will giggle at, fill in a little form, and voila, you have the cheapest Valentine’s solution ever. I strongly advise that this card goes in conjunction with something though. Take them for Spur ribs! Hmmm… maybe not.

You will notice a slight change in functionality with the new site. No longer are the cards Valentine’s Day specific. You can now use the cards for any special person on any special day. You can even be anonymous.

Make sure you check out all the cards, as there are some real gems. You might even stumble upon a contribution from me 🙂

Three cheers for Coda. Hip hip…

Getting Google to love you

SEO For EverybodyChris Pearson, the qualified mechanical engineer turned perfectionist website designer has written a couple of great posts over on his increasingly popular blog, on the subject of SEO.

In the first two articles of his five part series he discusses the importance of sitemaps. To sum up his articles in one sentence:

Sitemaps are vitally important in getting properly indexed by the big search engines.

Both of the articles come with wordpress plugins to generate yummy sitemaps for Google at the click of a button. Another reason to move to wordpress!

Continue reading Getting Google to love you