Thursday, November 12, 2009

Great Toyota Ad

Bet there were some funny outtakes...

Monday, October 5, 2009

If you were wondering...

You will notice I haven't been posting for a while. It's not because I don't come across beautiful things I want to blog about. It's because I have been cheating on my own blog, with another blog. A friend and I decided to start a blog for women, all about what it means to grow up, as two ladies in the city, working hard and changing from college graduates, to career women, to fiances, to wives, etc. etc. This seems to be top of mind for me nowadays - with work, life and love speeding ahead like a locomotive.

I will continue to use this blog as a place to document the beautiful things I come across or discover that I simply need to document - but probably not as often as I used to. I can't imagine many people are reading this blog though - are you?

If you are - let me know - because if it turns out I have actually inspired anyone along the way - you will inspire me right back - to keep on posting the things I see, learn and love. For now you can find me at, if you dare. It's certainly a little less grounded than this safe haven of a blog.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Look Mom, No Hands!

Learn something new everyday. Apparently synchronized bicycle riding is a sport. Certainly looks like it takes talent. I don't want to know what it looks like when someone is first entering into this sport. Think about it, ouch.

via Geekologie

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Stamp Making Continues

It is official, I have a dream. I officially want to start, work with, design, merchandise or manage a stationary company. This stationary company will support my jewelry line, boutique, and blog. It will be a Julia Brand Franchise - and I will be happy. I say all this with a bit of sarcasm, but I am actually finding my way towards what I love and thinking through the details in my freetime - which admittedly is limited :)

It's interesting though, how sales, an understanding of social media in every essence of the word, and a love for design and creating things is leading me towards something I am very excited about - my own dream.

I will chip away at it, one piece at a time, and in the meantime enjoy making things again.

Last night I made another stamp design. As a friend pointed out - this is not the most economical way to write a letter - but there is so much to be said for something handmade. You get so much joy out of it. And, I am experimenting with the designs and colors and shapes that I love - and deciding to dream big.

I'm clearly not as serious about my photography efforts yet, with these low budge pics, but took a few iPhone shots while making some new designs last night.


Cooliris - a visual thinker's dream

Just learned of CoolIris through Ad Age this morning and I must say I'm hooked. Not only did I find the advertisements on the browser cool - but I felt like I could find any video or picture on the web I may desire.

Then, I clicked 'My Computer' and saw every single picture on my computer displayed in this easy to navigate format. It was way faster and more navigable than iPhoto.

The one thing I found annoying was that I could not get embed code for some of the vids I discovered and wanted to share on this blog.

But I was able to get the below code in order to embed a wall directly into this post.

Pretty cool stuff. Go to to download and start browsing.


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Zen Moment of the Day

Kuroshio Sea - 2nd largest aquarium tank in the world - (song is Please don't go by Barcelona) from Jon Rawlinson on Vimeo.

How amazing is this? It was particularly hypnotizing for me to watch as I just swam with whale sharks in the open ocean in Belize. This aquarium makes them look very small and very gentle in comparison.

Another reason to make it out to Japan one of these days

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Ad I Like

United by Duck Studios

I get the chills anytime I watch any of these United ads. Loved discovering who the agency was behind these today.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Project Make Shit

I have been short on life inspiration lately. I am quite a workaholic, because I love the biz and solving problems. When you work in the digital world though - this results in a huge hole when it comes to the down to earth, use your hands, feed your soul type of stuff - especially for someone like me who loves creating things with my hands but can't seem to find the time. So begins project fill the hole/soul - or the less depressing want to kill myself alternative - project make shit. So I've made a commitment to make more with my hands. I am working on a list of all the I want to learn to do, make, create over the next 5 years. A bit of a 30 before I'm 30 list... Working on the final version of the list, but will post it in the side bar when complete.

For my first do, make, create commitment - block printing! Or the less sexy reality - rubber stamp making. Yipee.

So here are a few pics of my rubber stamp making process. The key has a long story which I will explain at some point in the future I'm sure - but it very likely will make itself onto my future wedding invitations, with my future husband who is (hopefully) my current boyfriend, currently.

Over and out.

(Let me apologize in advance for the crappy iPhone pics - but you'll get the idea of my fabulous post work craft experience)

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A week to remember...

This week was an interesting one - with first the news of Farrah Fawsett dying, then Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson of course being a very big event for many fans around the world. Then oddly enough Billy Mays, the very well known infomercial spokesmen was found dead at his house, not to forget that Ed McMahon died just a few days before. It is all quite bizarre.

Being exposed to the world that I work in, where social media is something I live and breathe everyday. I find it very interesting to see how people use this new way of communicating to learn, connect and make tributes to people they cared about from afar.

I learned of all the breaking news through twitter - and went to my favorite blogs for news. I saw a few tributes later that made me love this industry even more. Technology, no matter how you feel about it, let's us do some really amazing things. It lets us communicate, educate, stretch our minds, abilities and access to information - and most importantly it allows us to be creative.

Thought I think twitter is a bit of a hype at times, and that there is certainly no long lasting value behind a mashup like this - I want to highlight something that shows how people can use technology to do something as simple as pay tribute to an epic pop icon.

A company called, 9astronauts created Billie Tweets shortly after MJ passed away. Billie Tweets is a Twitter tribute to the pop icon and his hit song "Billie Jean". While a music video for the song plays, the application pulls Tweets from Twitter that includes words that align with the lyrics playing in the song. As ideeli's blog put it "Pure visual Prozac- fun and oddly soothing to watch.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Game changer

This is pretty amazing. Microsoft has come out with a motion sensor control they are calling Project Natal. If it works the way it looks in the video below, which I believe it does based on other YouTube videos I've seen - this is pretty revolutionary. Check it out:

The new controller consists of a 'Wii-like horizontal sensor with a built-in RGB camera, depth sensor, and multi-array microphone' according to and 'a camera that measures distance by illuminating a scene with short light pulses, then measures the time it takes for the light to reflect back.' All this together allows the controller to know where you are, who you are, and what movements you are making.

Pretty cool stuff Microsoft managed to pull off here. The biggest game changer I see is the full integration is seems to present to a family, with entertainment, social networking and game play all rolled into one.

Reconsidering my Wii purchase. Now if only Xbox played Blu-Ray ;)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Talk the Talk AND Walk the Walk

A little website appreciation here. Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, an agency doing great work in the space, has one of those websites you take a moment to appreciate. There are several things I love about this site - but I'll tell you my two favorite from my personal point of view.

1. You can find all the information you need
2. They demonstrate just how bad ass they are by showing you, not telling you

Here is why. One, when I was going to the site, my goal was to learn more about an agency I already admire. Most agency websites are very veiled with the information they share with you. I think the motivation for this is one, to be vague enough that potential clients need to give you a call and speak to one of your new biz reps to get any answers, and two they don't want sales people calling on them all the time with a bunch of information in their pocket about what the company is working on. I have my arguments with the latter technique - but I'm sure it is biased and has to do with my profession ;)

Back to Goodby - instead of doing the expected, they showcase all their works, clients, assets, etc on their site. You can see upfront what they have done and who they work with and even search the content to get at exactly what you need.

Second, and the most unexpected by far, they let you know every single human being who works in their office, including their title - and even let you search by name - and that is kick-ass. Not only because they provide this information, which is so not the norm, but because they doing through a website that is so functional and helpful, that you right then experience the type of talent and creativity they are capable of as an agency.

Again - showing my appreciation - as it certainly impressed me.

So here are some images and links. When you go to their site and click on the people section you get presented with this:

From there you can enter someone's name and the image updates as you type:

Now if you're a dork like me you start experimenting with names to see if people with the same name tend to look alike. I think yes... But in all you walk away with a very satisfied experience - the exact feeling the agency is aiming for when presenting themselves.


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Human Integrated

Small things go a long way, when the people before you didn't think to make the same steps. I find it so amazing and wonderful to come across Obama on LinkedIn.

The reason is, I spend a lot of time on LinkedIn getting to know my clients, colleagues, etc. Learning about where they went to school, who we might know in common, etc. It was fun to read Barack's profile like I read hundreds of other profiles all the time. And like everyone else, I learned something new - didn't know he transferred to Columbia from Occidental College...

Interestingly enough, I came across it because it was the #2 Google result when entering the keyword LinkedIn. Smart smart, oh so smart.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

SF Goodness: Universal Cafe

Oh how I love this place, the way they place the silverware on the table. Ate here recently and although not my first time there, loved it all the same.

The architecture of this joint is pristine, but not pretentious. The food is impeccable, with fresh fruits, fresh veggies, and the best french toast I've had in a while. And you can ask anyone who knows me, I always order the french toast, so I've got a good survey going...

Lines can be long on weekends, but you can luck out with a lull every now and then. And, totally worth it either way.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Should I be jealous?

Some chick is trying to sit on my boyfriend's head...

Monday, June 8, 2009

For The Love of (Re)Branding

Casey at Design Muse Blog republished a great post by NY Times today - all about the re-branding of big logos to be more approachable. I think one of the reasons I love to observe the advertising industry is because of these strong trends that shift and touch all of us.

From Casey's blog:
I read this article in the New York Times last weekend and thought I would share it with you. The article talks about the rebranding of some major companies including Walmart, Kraft, Stop & Shop and more. All of the brands shown here have gone for a more approachable feeling. The heavy all uppercase type faces being replaced by sleeker lower case type. And the colors are much more punchy and cheerful. To read the full article visit New York Times.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Beatles: Rock Band

Aah, research. It always takes me to great places. In diving into the video game market today a bit - came across this trailer for The Beatles: Rockband. Holy smokes.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Fight me for it...

Very funny. Came across this ironic wine tool over at Lovely Package.

“The Bourgeois Brass Knuckles are a cross between two iconic objects whose cultural and socio-economic associations lie at opposite ends of the spectrum from one another. Originally designed by Jonathan Sabine, the BBK is being produced in a numbered limited edition run of 50 by the Chromoly studio. Each chrome plated Bourgeois Brass Knuckle comes in a laser etched handmade walnut box.”

Friday, May 15, 2009

Today they repair the Hubble Space Telescope

An image of the space shuttle against the sun, on it's way to the repair job. Beautiful.

You can watch the whole thing live here.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Makes we want to make a video

...or not, haha. Was reminded just how much work these things are, even when the concept is pretty simple. But so awesome. Was captivated by the entire vid.

Her Morning Elegance / Oren Lavie

Her Morning Elegance/Oren Lavie
Directed by Oren Lavie, Yuval and Merav Nathan
Featuring Shir Shomron
Photography by Eyal Landesman
Color Todd Iorio / Resolution

Via Kahi Lee via Decor8

Monday, May 11, 2009

I heart the Mogg Blogg

No explanation needed. Visit Joy and Janet at, you will laugh and love it!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Gimme that Kit Kat

As my boyfriend knows all too well, I LOVE Kit Kat's. I can't get enough of them. There is something about that cheap chocolate taste and crispy wafer that always hits the spot. Cheap date, right?

My other favorite, clever advertising, and to my lovely surprise I came across the marriage of these two loves the other day here.


Monday, May 4, 2009

Beauty Water

Love it - reminds me of caterpillar hunting in Westport, MA when the milk weed was high. I always chuckle a little that water is such a big market, but this design is undeniably beautiful. Nice work Oneighty Creative.

Via TheDieline

Friday, May 1, 2009

Books Obscured

Featuring photographs by Cara Barer today. I was reminiscing about the amazing work of Georgia Russell and came across Cara's photography and curiosity of manipulating the pages and textures of books to obscure their forms. Her photography is what makes it so much more enchanting.

Eye candy below...

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