what it does when you add it: trawls all your friends’ profiles who’ve listed them numbers and puts them in a list for you. sends those who have a little box that allows them to drop their number in.
no more joining silly groups and wondering, ‘does this person who has lost their cellphone again really WANT me to send their number since we are more friendly acquaintances than friends?’ .
MTN, Vodacom, Cell C, Virgin – this one’s for you.
Posted in cellular, facebook, innovation, internet branding, online, technology
Tagged alex, application, Cell C, develop, facebook, free idea, instant grass, joining groups, lost cellphone, MTN, mybrandedlife, new media, numbers, south africa, useful, Virgin Mobile, vodacom
i spend so much time online, and the more time i spend online the more cool stuff i find, and the more cool stuff i find the more fragmented my time spent in any given place becomes. i’ve resolved to make a concerted effort to document more of the things that inspire me, for whatever reason. starting with this rad sofa box i found at swissmiss:
ffffound.com is an image bookmarking site i like to frequent for sheer viewing pleasure, or what i call a Brain Massage. some gems include:
and then i see that Courvoisier is kicking their latest branding efforts up a notch by collaborating with urban/skate / hip hop brand LRG this (USA) spring. some of the awesomeness includes these branded gadgets – iPhone and BlackBerry. mmm, me please.
i also came across this article on a speech given by Bill Cosby on how to combat racism, and i find it pretty inspiring. as someone who lives in a racially charged country, it’s refreshing to hear someone speak from a rational place on the topic.
Posted in alcohol, branding, celebrity, collaborations, consumer, cool stuff i like, online, popculture, technology, youth politics
Tagged alex, bill cosby, BlackBerry Curve, blog, brains, branded, chair, co-branding, collaboration, courvoisier, dead stuffed bear, designer, ffffound.com, gore, graffiti, hip hop wear, illustration, inspiration, instant grass, iPhone, LRG, marketing, melted ice cream truck, mybrandedlife, online, pac man ghosts, panda, pharrel williams, racism, sculpture, sensible stance, sofa box, south africa, street art, swissmiss, wall
i’ve been doing some work on fashion trends in Nigeria and Ghana over the past month and Bella Naija has been one of my favourite blogs to hit. always on the look out for fellow African bloggers – this is my shout out to her.
Posted in Africa, fashion, instant grass, popculture
Tagged african, bella naija, blog, clothes, fashion, instant grass, mybrandedlife, nigeria, trends
this is a must-have for our grasses, who are forever telling us about how security in malls and branded parties are asking them to delete their photos. pity about how the glasses actually look, but maybe Spitfire can get in this asap.
find more about them here.
Posted in cool products, geek, grasses, innovation, instant grass
Tagged alex, camera, glasses, grasses, industrial espionage, instant grass, mall, mybrandedlife, photographs, security, sneaky photos, think geek
we have a whole bunch of unbranded cigarettes, though we can’t say why just yet. but we’ve had loads of fun getting our smoker grasses to customise them. here are some of the results:
Posted in branding, consumer collaboration, cool products, design, innovation, instant grass, packaging
Tagged alex van tonder, blank, box, boxes, cigarette, collaboration, consumer, consumermade, customisation, innovation, instant grass, mybrandedlife, packaging, smoking, white
we do some fantastic work with brands that want consumer input right from New Product Development stage through to marketing, and our latest project took Priscilla and I to Joburg, Pretoria and Durban. I love working on projects like these because it means getting to meet all the crazy cool people in our grass network, and actually spend time with them while still getting creative on some very forward thinking brands.
here’s one of our grasses at our Cape Town session:
and this is at Bean Bag Bohemia in Durban
i don’t have very many other photos because i was running the sessions but i’ll be getting more from our photographer.
Posted in Cape Town, collaborations, consumer, consumer collaboration, design, innovation, instant grass, johannesburg, NPD, packaging, people i work with, Pretoria, SA cool kids, youth
Tagged adidas neon, agency, alex, bean bag bohemia, brainstorm, Cape Town, colab, consumer collaboration, creative, durban, florida road, instant grass, joburg, mybrandedlife, new product development, paintings, Pretoria, priscilla, south africa