Monthly Archives: August 2008

to get these shoes free i would…

We can be friends if you buy me these shoes.

We can be friends if you buy me these shoes.

a) Tattoo RBK somewhere prominent yet trendy, eg. the surface of my foot or the back of my neck or on my inner wrist.

b) write to RBK (which i am doing right now in an open letter kind of way) and tell them I Am What I Am (their campaign line for all your philistines) and therefore they should send me the shoes.

c) compromise the part of my personal brand that projects an Independent Woman image and ask my boyfriend to buy them for me (ha ha, i would never do that. Don’t forget when you compromise your personal brand for material things you have to consider what it will do to your relationship, and it’s not really fair to my man. To quote a great cereal company, “if it doesn’t say Kellog’s on the box, it’s not Kellog’s in the box”.)

d)  buy them with my cashmoney and then claim them back when i do my tax at the end of the year since having a personal brand means i am a personal business and get such benefits.

e) do nothing and wait 3 days until i get obsessed with some other equally cool object that I can scheme about getting free.

What’s it gonna be?

Green tea should be made by naked men.

this was spotted on a box of Dilmah by my friend and designer, Carla. take a closer look at the second frame.

best made when naked men stand close.

Green Tea: best made when naked men stand close.

fire the proof reader and pay me, since i’m doing their job.

Uh oh. Big time, if you think about how many people should have seen this before it landed up in the deli section of the V&A Waterfront Pick n Pay Cape Town.

Uh oh. Big time, if you think about how many people should have seen this before it landed up in the deli section of the V&A Waterfront Pick 'n Pay Cape Town.

pigeons – the most private form of communication

today i got such a great mail from a friend of mine, Lauren. she’s doing her honours in graphic design in Holland. anyway she wrote to tell me about this project she’s been working on called Something To Hide, and it’s part of a final year research project into using alternative methods to bypass existing communication tools in order to gain more privacy.

No privacy clause in fineprint. Just little pigeon claws.

No privacy clause in fineprint. Just little pigeon claws.

Lauren and 10 other students from the Sandberg Institute have been training carrier pigeons since March. Lauren said the original idea came from watching a programme on how all our communication is traceable and ultimately non-private. their theory is that carrier pigeons are the most private form of communication. fascinating! they have a great website detailing their experiment.

Pigeon knows he was supposed to deliver a message, but cant remember what it was supposed to say.

Pigeon knows he was supposed to deliver a message, but can't remember what it was supposed to say.

they are busy working on a documentary about the project and you can also catch them at the Experimenta design festival in Amsterdam.

God: “Are you sure the kids will think this is cool?” Jesus: “DUH Dad, sheesh, just trust me will ya.”

a fine example of a very old brand doing its best to keep up with social media, new marketing, theworld2.0. found on Camps Bay, Cape Town, via ideate.

It is important for old brands like Christianity to use young slang and jargon such as facebook. But it looks like God does not fully understand the powerplay that happens in a Facebook friend request. See, God requests MY friendship. And if he doesnt get his attitude right, I will IGNORE him, or even worse, BLOCK him.

It is important for old brands like Christianity to use young slang and jargon such as 'facebook'. But it looks like God does not fully understand the powerplay that happens in a Facebook friend request. See, God requests MY friendship. And if he doesn't get his attitude right, I will IGNORE him, or even worse, BLOCK him.

New Nike ad: can you lie about something that hasn’t happened yet?

Nike Print ad featuring British athlete Kelly Sotherton.

Nike Print ad featuring British athlete Kelly Sotherton.

wklondon have just posted about their new Nike ad on their blog. They made Kelly Sotherton promise to win an Olympic Gold Medal under lie detector test conditions. Read all about it here.

push-ups for writers

OneWord is the online version of that exercise they make you do those writing workshops, where they give you a word and a minute to write about it. good for those times when you have lots of words and nothing much to say.

thought for the day

inspired by my latest book review.

book review: Design – a Tom Peters essential

my mom bought me this book. she doesn’t work in design and never has so she is forgiven. I’ve been reading it to get some outsider perspective on design for a job I’m working on.

Even though Tom believes design is at the heart of business, he doesnt seem to think people judge a book by its cover. Which is why he designed it himself. In PowerPoint.

Even though Tom believes design is at the heart of business, he doesn't seem to think people judge a book by its cover. Which is why he designed it himself. In PowerPoint.

The Economost calls him ‘The Uber-Guru’, so he must be worthy of some sort of worship. His writing, not so much. The content is not that bad – his sentiment is actually good. He elaborates on Design being the new currency, the only point of differentiation in business these days. Which is true.

But the fact that every second word is either bold or in italics serves to only emphasise my slight stigmatism.  It’s filled with little boxes that says things like “We are A-L-L designers”. Tom likes to spell things out. To help you see what I mean I have taken some photos.

I think what Tom is trying to do is emphasise the word all. He really means it.

I think what Tom is trying to do is emphasise the word "all". He really means it.

Just in case you thought it said Things that make me rad. R-A-D.

Just in case you thought it said "Design is why I get rad. R-A-D."

Take note all you young uns who spell this word L-U-V.

"Take note all you young 'uns who spell this word L-U-V."

Tom also uses quite a few inverted commas, which results in me wondering just what it is he R-E-A-L-L-Y M-E-A-N-S.

Is he referring to something else by putting dreams in inverted commas? Is this a code? What could dreams stand for? Is Tom being ironic? After a good 10 minutes thought along these lines, i finally turned the page. Defeated.

Is he referring to something else by putting dreams in "inverted commas"? Is this a code? What could "dreams" stand for? Is Tom being ironic? After a good 10 minutes thought along these lines, i finally turned the page. Defeated.

If someone asked me who I was, I would naturally think they were referring to who I am these days. But now Toms pulling a fast one on me again - should one be thinking about who one was, or who one is yet to be, when one is asked the question, Who are you? Have I been answering this question wrong all along, telling people I am a writer from Cape Town when I should be telling them about one of my other lives as a slave in borneo? Will anyone ever really know the answer to this question?

If someone asked me who I was, I would naturally think they were referring to who I am - these days. But now Tom's pulling a fast one on me again - should one be thinking about who one was, or who one is yet to be, when one is asked the question, "Who are you?" Have I been answering this question wrong all along, telling people I am a design writer from Cape Town when I should be telling them about one of my other lives as a slave in borneo? Will anyone ever really know the answer to this question?

The following page stopped me in my speed-reading tracks. My twitching eyes were drawn to a US Marshall’s sheriff badge. What could that possibly be doing in here? I wondered. And then I read the words underneath the badge.

Design cops! What a brilliant I-D-E-A! I feel inspired. I suspect they might do the kind of job a Creative Director might do, but its the cop part Im so down with. Im considering getting a badge for my boss to wear.

Design cops! What a brilliant I-D-E-A! I feel "inspired". I suspect they might do the kind of job a Creative Director might do, but it's the cop part I'm so down with. I'm considering getting a badge for my boss to wear.

I don’t think I could with good conscience recommend this book. The layout and design alone might take your genetic predisposition to epilipsy and turn it into a thriving condition. I do, however, appreciate Tom Peters’s passion for and belief in design as the way forward for business, even though I wonder why a designer wasn’t employed to make the book walk the walk. Hell, what am I saying. They probably did have a designer, but he was just so damn scared of those design cops that this was the best they could get out of him once they’d managed to coax him out of his lift shaft hidey hole.

poetry cereal, and other reasons i want my matterbox

Simultaneously making me want to write and eat cornflakes.

Simultaneously making me want to write and eat cornflakes.

I’ve blogged about Matterbox before, but every now and again i go back to the matterblog just to see what’s going in the boxes. my only gripe with them is that they haven’t delivered one to me yet – guys, South Africa likes matter, too. in fact, SA likes matter most, since the majority of our country doesn’t have access to online regular-like. you guys have my address. send me some matter.

Like Christmas, but it comes 4 times a year. I think.

Like Christmas, but it comes 4 times a year. I think.

real-time fairy tales: writing twistori

Twitter tends to yield cool stuff like this every now and again. if you’re into post secret, or group hug, or anything else to do with human truths, you should like twistori. it’s based on some of the work done by we feel fine, and depending on which emotion you click on it gives you a perpetually scrolling story made up of what people are tweeting about.

Endlessly scrolling tweets. Does the old Page Down button good.

Endlessly scrolling tweets. Does the old Page Down button good.

seaweed flavoured kit kat and other cool stuff from JP

this is a pretty alt post, but hey. nicole got a parcel of rad shiz from a friend of hers who is teaching English in Japan. if you’re a Japanese person, you’d probably think it was filled with junk. but to us cool-arb-stuff-starved saffers, it’s like a gold mine. a pot of happy at the end of the rainbow. or just a pot, with hello kitty’s face on the side. here’s some of the loot.

At first we thought it was wasabi flavoured kit kat, but the salty aftertaste soon taught us otherwise.

At first we thought it was wasabi flavoured kit kat, but the salty aftertaste soon taught us otherwise.

Mmm. The chocolate is green, and tastes like salty white chocolate.

Mmm. The chocolate is green, and tastes like salty white chocolate.

OMG! Sushi stickers!

OMG! Sushi stickers!

Some lost in translation sticker goodness. Make Love! Have a nice f*ck!

Some lost in translation sticker goodness. Make Love! Have a nice f*ck!

Hi-fi badge. To be placed next to Thundacats badge and Bionic 6 snap bangle.

Hi-fi badge. To be placed next to Thundacats badge and Bionic 6 snap bangle.

OMG! Stickers of everyday stuff like hamburgers, except really small and therefore cool!

OMG! Stickers of everyday stuff like hamburgers, except really small and therefore cool!

Happy Time is not free (please note the copyright sign) but I will pay for happy on a sticker.

Happy Time is not free (please note the copyright sign) but I will pay for happy on a sticker.

Nicole is sideways but only because it is easier for her to bath in the happiness of the JP parcel.

Nicole is sideways but only because it is easier for her to bath in the happiness of the JP parcel.

site of the week: hipster runoff

Do you love this t-shirt? Then yes, you are alt.

Do you love this t-shirt? Then yes, you are alt.

i guess working with a bunch of people who are ever referring to varying degrees of ‘cool’ made me jaded when i should have been slutting around semi-naked and badly dressed in blue stockings and red Converse High-tops, delighting in my own ‘cool’, but this site Hipster Runoff, has brightened my day and unjaded me thoroughly. i highly recommend it if you have spare time at work / have work you don’t want to do / think of yourself as uncool / think of yourself as cool / spend more than 30 minutes getting ready in the morning / walk around mumbling ‘why so serious?’to yourself the whole time. you won’t regret it.

awesomeness of the day: pacman and ghost earrings

Found by Nicole at a store in Canal Walk.

Found by Nicole at a store in Canal Walk.

calling all South African T-shirt designers (yes, that means pretty much everyone)

The call to entries for the Uniqlo T-shirt Grand Prix 2009 – ‘The Olympics of T-shirt Design’ – ends 21 September 2008. which means you have just under 2 months to get your most designy design to them. i know they are very keen for South African designers to get involved so don’t have that ‘I’m just a South African therefor I won’t win’ attitude. seriously, send your stuff through. you could be big in Japan. plus, the prize money is something stupid like R200 000. for a t-shirt. for real. this could be your lucky break.

T-shirt by SA designer Rikus Ferreira

T-shirt by SA designer Rikus Ferreira