Wednesday, 5 August 2009
Http://www.thecoolcommentator.blogspot.com has evolved over the last two years from a blog where I talked about nothing worth reading to being a source of cool and interesting content and a place where I shared a book I was writing.
I have had quite a summer and have BIG plans for the future and so I felt it was time for a little bit of a change. Here is Stage 1.0 of this change....
Click on that link and you will be directed to the new and improved cool content side of this original blog. I'm using a different engine and over time the design and layout will continue to evolve into something quite different - possibly even a BRAND?! Wait and see.
I would love to keep in contact with bloggers on blogspot.com who have been such great contributors over the years so please swing by and click the RSS feed. I will be posting to this blog also, but it will mainly be about my life and will not be as often anymore.
You can stick with me over on Twitter as well through this link:
The new site is the start of a new chapter in my life, and this blog will continue to document this in small slabs. No one knows where my life is going to take me over the next two months, even me, so stick with it and enjoy watching this madness that is me and The Cool Commentator evolve!
This is not a goodbye...but a hello to new and exciting things!
P.S. Yes that is my name there in the twitter link...or is it?! Is it really though?! Maybe you will never know for sure...
Monday, 3 August 2009
I don't have time on my side tonight but let me just fill you in on some details:
- I have met some celebs these past few weeks - The Mighty Boosh to name but a few.
- I have met more and more wonderful people - industry types who I hope will become good friends in the future!
- I have seen/heard/smelled/tasted some amazing things.
- I have finally gone to a Broadway show.
- I finally met a girl from the UK that I have been needing and wanting to meet properly for a LONG TIME! Another friend I hope to keep for life.
- I have been working hard at Cunning and looking to the future
- I have made some business cards
- I have tried Sushi. It tasted like raw fish.
- I may have some BIG news to report later this coming week.
- New York might not need to miss me for too long.
Here are some links for now...
This is my newest blog - it's where I'm now posting all the interesting content I find on the web! Check it out!!!
This is my creative director at Cunning. That is his blog. Check it out = he has a genius mind and it a grand fella to boot!
I will be posting again soon, hopefully with some good news!
Monday, 13 July 2009
Sunday, 12 July 2009
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
Monday, 6 July 2009
I was woken by H and MJ at 11am Sunday morning and dragged off to do laundry. I felt okay but I was definitely still drunk. I ate lunch with S and J at a little burger bar down 9th Ave and really felt pretty fine. So fine in fact that I joined H, MJ and S on a trip up to Central Park.
As we got off the subway and started walking through the crowded 5th Ave I began to feel a little funny, I sucked it up and carried on my way, not wanting to have to go back. As we neared Central Park I had another odd feeling in my stomach and across my body. I again ignored it and moved on.
We made it a little way into the park and all of a sudden I came over all dizzy and had to grab onto S and sit down. I knew I had to get out of the park and into a cab fast but we were already quite a way into the park. I walked as quickly as I could, feeling truely awful, back to 5th and managed to get a cab. S came back with me to make sure I was alright. The traffic was horrendous and we requested to go down 9th Ave which was just as bad due to the Gay Pride Parade on 5th.
In the cab I couldn't breath, I put my head forward and cringed as my whole body started to get pins and needles. I had no control. My heart was racing and I was panicking. In the end we left the cab and had to walk almost 20 blogs back to the hotel. My hands were spasming out of my control and I kept feeling dizzy. We finally made it to the hotel to my relief and I went to lie down. As I lay there I remembered a story of a bar tender from New Castle who would drink excessively every day and went to Ibiza, caught a virus and as his liver was so damaged could not sort himself out and almost died. His quote was "I best cut back on the drinking then." This story ran through my head as I lay there, I actually thought I might have been dying. I wasn't...I was just incredibly hungover.
I decided I was not going to drink for a week...I went out again on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Saturday...
We got the E train to 14th, and then the L to 3rd Ave and walked the rest of the way. The subway ride saw a very drunk B pole dancing and a very drunk KV joining him. Everyone on the train hated us for sure. We got to the saloon and I immediately wanted to leave.
The bar girls were less than hot, the "punters" were mostly over weight, balding, sweaty, scary looking and perverted. We got drunks and settled in to watch the mayhem. KV and the french girls were drunk enough to get up on the bar and gave it their all to get a free shot. An odd gentlemen tried to help the girls (who were all wearing skirts) up onto the bar and soon one of the french girls had to be removed from the bar as she was about to fall off it. She later fell asleep in the street. The girls were awarded with a shot from the bar girl and soon a guy at the other end of the bar was having his clothes ripped off, getting whipped and having a shot spat into his mouth by a bar girl. All very moving, but I have had more fun.
We moved on to try and go to my favourite bar in the city so far, Phebes. We got there, B and E left and after a moment of queing we went round the corner to another bar. I wasn't really feeling it in there. It was crowded, and the people wouldn't move out of your way. The music was good though to be fair. I sat drinkless whilst everyone had a beer, I think it may have come across that I was in a mood but I wasn't, I just wanted to go to Phebes...
And so we went over to Phebes. Soon U and I got to talking to two girls. One was very short, the other really quite tall. I liked the short one myself and she was really good fun! We chatted and danced around a bit. What we were talking about and dancing to escapes both U and myself. I got the short girls number and have heard her from once since. Oh well. The love life has progressed slightly from then already as it is now over a week since I was wiped out.
The night progressed and we all got thoroughly drunk once again and danced the night away. There was a posh lounge at the back of the bar where me, G and K chilled out in and boogied around. We attempted to infiltrate a group of pretty looking girls to find them completely uninterested and more than boring so that conversation came to an abrupt end.
We ventured over to Village Lantern to find it empty, completely empty so back to WW's we went and finished of the night. Tonight was good fun but lacked any crazy happenings like so many of my nights out in New York City.
Thursday, 2 July 2009
I mentioned in the last post that my friend was promoting a night at The Anchor. Well that night was tonight (Thursday) and so I rushed to the hotel to change and go get food with H, MJ and B and then jumped onto the E train downtown to Spring street. We found The Anchor hiding on the corner of Spring and Greenwich Streets. It simply had a ships anchor above a big non-descript door. We went over and went in...it was dead. K and G were there with some of their friends from MTV. It was a $20 cover open bar for the first hour we were there so we made the most of it, fitting in around 7 drinks before the time was up.
As we sat sipping our final virtually free drink the first celebrity of the evening walked in, although I was oblivious. It was the actor who plays "The Most Interesting Man In The World" on the Dos Saccis (the beer, probably spelt wrong here) advert. He was strutting around with two young girls and the first thought that popped into my head was "dick" but how wrong an English boy could be.
I strolled over to the old gent a little while later as the club began to fill up and stretched out my hand, and uttered "So, I hear your famous? I don't know who you are though." We went on to chat for a while about acting, about New York, about England and about his life. He was thoroughly interesting and a really nice bloke. He explained that there was actually a rap party going on for a film he had just been in, although I recognised no faces. But hey, I was from England and just liked the fact I could now boast that I had been to a NYC movie rap party.
The BIG news of the night was that Paul Rudd (Hollywood Actor if you please) was meant to be coming to the club around 11pm. We were all sat around patiently awaiting his arrival. 11pm came and went and Paul never showed...typical. I later found out there was another big celebrity party happening somewhere in the city, where possibly Cameron Diaz was attending...damn, I knew I had made the wrong decision.
The night flew by. Drinks were flying and we were all having so much fun. Almost all our friends turned up at some point and we danced the night away in a little corner on some couches. It was grand. I met a random blonde girl who had the same hat as another blonde girl so I felt it was my duty to inform her. I "cock blocked" K with a 26 year old girl who looked like Lilly Allen. She then took me outside and forced a cigerette into my hand and just started telling everyone how cute I was...at this point I decided I had had enough of her and went back inside.
Later in the night H and MJ decided they wanted to go meet a friend of H's uptown at a bar on 3rd ave. I stayed behind with K and G for a bit but the club began to quieten a little bit so decided I would head uptown myself and see what was going on. It was now about 2am. The taxi ride was a nightmare and I ended up directing the driver on a better and much quicker route to 3rd ave. Once I met H and MJ at a bar called Plug Uglies I realised I had made another bad decision as they were playing some game called "Shuffle Board" with some random guy. I stood and watched for a while getting more and more bored and soon decided it was time for me to make a move.
The move, as it turned out, was not a good one. I was drunk, really very drunk right now and had been texting KVD all night as she was working at Van Diemens. I knew Van Diemens was only a short trip north on 3rd from where I was and I figured she would still be working so I left Plug Uglies and stumbled my way up the road. I finally made it to Diemens and walked inside. As it turns out her shift had ended and she had gone home. Now, a sober man would just walk back out and jump into a cab and get to bed as they have work at 9.30am the next day and it was gone 3am but as I was hammered I thought it best to sit down and have another drink. I sipped the drink, sat on my own at a bar with 5 other men...I had officially hit a new low and will never do that again.
Third night coming soon...
Tuesday, 30 June 2009
So, my friend, K, managed to get a list at a club called The Anchor on Spring street in Soho. It's a good spot and a celeb fave so I thought this was pretty good and offered my help with promoting it. He got some flyers printed up and on Wednesday night we went around our accommodation putting them under doors, handing them out to fellow interns and sticking them to walls, the usual. We decided to head outside and flyer on the street to people who looked like returning interns. Upon going through the rotating door of the New Yorker Hotel we were accosted by two people offering us free tickets to some fashion show going on upstairs in the hotel, we asked if there was any nuditiy, they assured us there would be some, so we agreed and headed up.
Well, we found ourselves in a room of 30 black people (I'm not racist you understand, but when your the only two white guys sat at the front of the black-orientated fashion show you feel a little out of your confort zone, and that maybe you just look like a perve?!) So we watched the fashion feeling a little awkward, the music was played on an ipod...the rest is history. We left soon after and I quickly changed then made my way on my own to meet H, her boyfriend MJ and all the girls who were out at Van Diemens on 3rd and 27th.
As soon as I walked into the bar one of the bar girls was in my personal space asking if I wanted a drink. I thought this was a bit scary at first, but she soon came running back asking where I was from and why I was in New York. We proceeded to talk most of the night in fact, I will call her KVD, she was really, really cool and we got on really well. She plied me with strong vodka and cokes and I plied her with money. We eventually left Van Diemens and moved onto Joshua Tree. I stayed back for one more drink with MW (H's friend from school) for one more drink, we said we wanted to wait for our two friends (J and Miss Texas) who were talking to some lads claiming to be basketball players here for the draft...they wern't. I was actually hanging around to talk to KVD some more, and after knowing Miss Texas's drink out of her hand we all moved up to Josh Tree.
This is where my memory kind of evaporated. I remember having a couple of drinks, meeting a group of lads from England, talking to Miss Texas and taking a couple of random pictures in our usual spot.
Later, everyone was almost on the floor so people started to head out and back to the hotel...I decided that I wanted to go back to Van Diemens and see KVD one more time, so I dragged K, H, MJ, and MW back with me. I soon realised on the walk down that we had lost J and Miss Texas (everyone else had already gone back) and I became convinced that they had been kidnapped or had gone home with some creepers...I tried texting and calling to no avail. I soon forgot though as I talked to KVD some more.
I finally got in around 3:30am and passed out on my bed after trying J and Miss Texas one more time...it turns out both their phones died. Typical.
The Second Night Of Four That Wiped Me Out will air tomorrow.
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Staying in has not been too bad at all. Sunday evening saw me being dragged to see The Proposal by H. It was alright but for some reason the cinema was filled with people who laughed hysterically at people's facial expressions ALL THE DAMN TIME, and I was sat next to a chinese couple who would not shut the hell up.
Monday saw a little shopping trip around midtown with H. I couldn't be bothered going at first but it ended up being quite good. I got some new stuff, as did she and we got some good food from The Bread Factory on the way home. The downside was being dragged into a HUGE Victorias Secret on Herald Square and getting stuck in the turn-stile doors with my bags in front of a huge group of women, who were all laughing at me. Yeah.
Tuesday began with the vision of going out and drinking, but ended with me sat watching Role Models on my trusty Mac. The film was alright, but the sleep afterwards was much better. I'm finally getting to sleep quickly, and waking up maybe once or twice when a fire engine comes buzzing past the hotel. It is BLISS! I wake up around 8am feeling refreshed and even more alive than the day before, and the rings under my eyes are slowly evapourating.
So today it is Wednesday, the office is empty and I have nothing to do. The agency have one of their BIG events in town - The Piticure. It is a new experiential-stand-alone event supported by a whole host of digital and print material. It is to launch and sample Dove's new Ultimate Visibly Smooth Deodrant range. The team have been working on it for almost a year and it has finally reached New York. The structure offers women (and men if they really want) a Piticure - a Manicure for your underarms. They get a massage and all sorts of other things like that along with a free sample pack. The event looks great and I will hopefully be headed down to see it for myself later today. If you are in New York, it is on Fulton St near the South Street Seaport.
I'm on a serious hunt for hairdressers/barbers today. My hair is getting WAY too long and needs to be sorted pronto. I'm heading up Spring Street in Soho during my lunch break to seek out one I have found online and also find a bar I'm meant to be headed to tonight for food and drinks. I should be heading into a new area of Soho for me today, so hopefully I will see my usual assortment of crazyness.
Speaking of crazyness, how the hell do people sleep on the subway when it is crammed with about 1000 people?! I only have a short ride downtown from 34th to Spring but the short trip always conjures up some sights - whether it be someone sleeping with the head on their lap (probably missing their stop) or a gorgeous girl sat further down the carriage...I really enjoy taking it all in.
That's all for now, the end of the week should be a bit more exciting than the start so hold tight for another update!
Monday, 22 June 2009
So the fire has been put out before anyone got too burnt. Miss Texas and I will be staying great friends but will not be taking it any further. We hung out at the museum of natural history on Sunday and it was grand. Though her British accent leaves a little to be desired. It is for the best that we don't keep stoking the fire and as the saying goes, what will be will be. I can't lie, I was gutted. I'm getting on with it now though of course, and have met some FUN ladies over the weekend. I couldn't help caring so much for Miss Texas, it was unexpected, unplanned and hard to control and reminded me just how crap feelings can actually make you feel sometimes. I'm in New York to have fun and adventures, not get hung up on one girl, no matter how lovely that girl maybe. She lives in Texas, and me in England for goodness sake!
Plenty more fish in the New York pond and all that.
So on top of all these crazy feelings-related things going on, there were some awesome nights out last week! Met so many cool people, learnt to play Beer Pong, got within 20 feet of Lauren Conrad, walked past Jodie Foster, watched some ladies dance on a bar, met a lovely bar girl from Canada and ran into some girls I met the first weekend I went out in the East Village which was nice. We discovered many new and wonderful bars and places, spent $60 on a bottle of wine and all sort of other random crazyness! The hangovers nearly did kill me though, especially at work so that will not be happening again this week. We need to start doing some things that don't involve getting drunk and actually seeing some more of the city - though maybe the nights out are just too fun?!
I am LOVING that I'm literally not stopping! I have spent a good year being a bum at home, not doing ANYTHING worth talking about except the odd few nights and it has been such a waste of my life. I need to keep this up when I get back to England.
Work is still fantastic, had a nice beer with the CD and Intern 01 on Tuesday evening - we were meant to be brain storming but ended up just chatting about this and that. I also had a lovely dinner on Friday afternoon to celebrate Project Manager 01's One Year Anniversary at the agency. Loads to do and I'm enjoying every minute of it!
I don't quite have a plan of action for after the summer, I have a few ideas floating around in my head but nothing quite set in stone. I already know how HARD it is going to be when I get back and find myself in the country side of Shropshire with NOTHING to do. I won't bore you with my moanings, but it ain't gonna be good!
So what have we learnt? Well, don't allow yourself to care about a girl too much when you only have 8 weeks before you end up 7000 miles apart! And don't waste your life because it is too short!
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
If you ever read/remember the first few chapters of the story I wrote last summer - Our Empire State - then you really should know that I am virtually living that story right now. I wonder how it will end?!
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
The flight over was well, boring, tiring, lonely but all together a great new experience that really helped me grow a little as a human being. My suitcase was over weight so I was immediately down $50 and then I couldn't get an aisle seat so was squished in against the window for nearly 8 hours next to two Indian guys speaking Punjabi for the whole flight. I watched a couple of films and had a little sleep. The plane did not crash so that was nice....RIP Air France Passengers.
After getting my luggage I ended up paying $75 on a taxi ride into the city. New York on a budget was not going to plan so far.
I spent some time wandering around the city on my own. This was refreshing and I felt so proud I had made it all this way off my own back. I had been waiting months for this moment and it was finally here. I then fell asleep...
On the first Saturday night I met with H, my newest BFF (ha, yes I know.) We had talked on Facebook for a while and finally got together for a night that turned into a drunken free-for-all. I still cannot remember how I got home that night. I also met her old room mate C. It was a grand night from what I can remember, which is not much. I then proceeded to lie in and be a bit late checking into my summer accomm.
(Note: It turns out home sickness can strike with vengence when you have a big hang over!)
I moved into my room - not what I was expecting - and attempted to get settled. It is kind of like a large white cell with a oddly high bed, an old desk and a TV which is TINY and will not turn fully towards you, and I can't sit up in bed which REALLY annoys me. I have attempted to make it as homely as possible, and so far I have not spent very much time in there anyway and hopefully won't.
On the Sunday eve I got some food with H and we then went to the orientation meeting where I finally met K1 and K2. Ladies I had met on facebook again. Their accents were cooooool but due to the hangover and mild deafness from the night before I could not tell a word of what anyone was saying. H and I left and decided to call it a night. I went to tune in my cable...as I did a FUCKING HUGE cockroach appeared over the TV right in front of me. I battled with the vile thing trying to kill the unkill-able bastard, finally cutting it in half with a can of hair spray and flushing it down the loo. I reported it - the next day I found the exterminator people had placed mouse traps all over my room...for god sake!
This is when I started at Cunning. What can I say? I LOVE it here. Everyone in the office is lovely and I was immediatly invited to work on a really interesting brief. Everyday at Cunning is really good fun. My creative director (CD) is hilarious and inspiring, the other creative is a blast to be with, the project duo are insane, the managers are "boss" - it just couldn't get any better.
Okay, so it got better...my second internship was cancelled the week before I flew out so I was trying to find somewhere else to go after my three weeks at Cunning UNTIL CD offered to let me stay on for the whole summer! I snapped at the chance and I'm now here til August 14th!
On Tuesday night a whole bunch of people met up and went out to a cool bar on the East Side! Here I met:
K: from Tennesee, great lad!
G: Chicargo and cool!
K3: South Carolina belle!
J: Another North Carolina lady!
B1: Upstate lacross player!
B2: Ohio dude!
U: Great guy from Isreal!
(There are probably more that I have missed off!)
K1, K2, and H all came out too - it was a great night and we discovered a love of Kareoke, and so Kareoke Tuesday's were born. I won't go into great details here, there is just too much to remember!
We continued to meet up in the hotel bar each night and then venture out into the city for food and drinks! Over these first 4 days I met:
M: Great guy interning at Ogilvy and Mather
E: M's roomate, really cool guy!
Miss Texas: K1;s friend from work, from Dallas and lovely.
S: Chinese dude from Michigan - funny guy!
JE: Simon's room mate and school friend, another great guy!
(Again, who the heck have I missed off?!)
The first weekend of partying was fantastic. We ventured out to the east side, west side, downtown, greenwich village, east village and just drank, laughed, chatted, danced and all the other stuff you do when your having fun with new friends. The language barrier has been interesting to get used too - I think we are getting somewhere now. We have found some great bars, and actually befriended one bar owner so now we get cheap drinks there. Good times! KT couldn't make it out with us for the first week, and most of the second but hopefully that's going to change in the future!
Peoples internships are taking up their time as we progress (especially the finance boys who work shockingly long days!) so it's been hard to get everyone together, mini groups are forming from the BIG group which is kinda cool. When we can we all get back together for catch ups which is nice! It's a shame that there are so many people in our accommodation who havn't met such great people as I have.
Lets talk about girls. I've met A LOT of girls since I have been here, pretty much every night. I'm no Brad Pitt (not in the slightest) but this accent doesn't allow me to even go to the bar to get a drink without someone jumping on me about where I am from, if I support Liverpool, if I live near London and if I have met the Queen. It's been so much fun getting to know so many different American people. I don't think I have found anyone that I havn't liked yet.
There's one girl I've met who has stood out a little, Miss Texas. Shes a great lass. She came out on Friday night and we had a blast! On Sunday I took her to the cinema to see The Hangover (GO AND SEE THIS! IT IS FANTASTIC!) We then strolled back down 8th Avenue past a woman weeing herself and then I thought it would be grand to head up to the top of the Empire State, so by heck we went and did it! It was great looking out across the city in the evening sun while chatting about everything and nothing. We were both a bit over-whelmed by the fact we lived in this incredible city, really quite humbling. I regret not trying to ambush her up there and plant a little kiss but I'm a shy, bumbling British boy and I'm crap at putting the moves on! haha. We agreed she was coming out this week, and next weekend we are hitting up the American Museum Of Natural History. I love hanging out with this girl, our adventures are gonna be a blast!
This is the only low-light of the adventure so far . . . I still have not had a damn steak.
Money is dwindling FAST! I must have spent over $800 in the first week alone. It is SO hard to be kind to your wallet in this city. Drinks are rarely cheaper than $6 a pop or worse and the food is no better.
The guys I have met have successfully got me interested in Ice Hockey and Basketball which is BIG NEWS as in England, I hate sport really. It's been fun watching the games with a beer, I will really miss that when I get home. I still stand by my hatred of football.
My journeys to and from work and my lunch times arund Soho have been really great. I always see some odd characters, wierd advertising and just generally amazing things that you don't see in Ormskirk.
All in all so far I have become SUCH a more confident human being. I talk to anyone, I stand up for myself and I can do anything. I knew this whole experience would be life changing, but I diddn't realise how soon it would effect me.
New York is amazing. If it carries on like this, it is going to be REALLY hard to go home.
So there is the first highlight update. I have missed out SO much of what I have gotten up to so far but there is just too much to write about. I will update with pictures and more highlights ASAP!
P.S. I cannot be bothered spell checking all that!
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Thursday, 28 May 2009
There has been a distinct lack of posts over the last month or so, sorry for that. I have been busy finishing off at university and preparing myself for my big summer long adventure in New York City. If you are new to the blog, I'm moving out to NY for three months to live and work. Just the other day I was informed that my second and longest internship had been cancelled which has left me in a bit of a pickle as I now have 9 weeks in NY with nothing planned - BUT - all is not lost, I have been working some contacts and hopefully have a bigger and better internship on the horizon! HOPEFULLY! So I'm not too worried yet!
So, I fly tomorrow morning at 9.30am UK time and arrive at Newark Int at 12.35pm NY time. I'm EXCITED and PETRIFIED all at the same time, quite an strange feeling to have. I know that once the taxi cab pulls out onto 40th Street W and I get my first view of the city for the third time, the nerves will vanish and I will feel at home again!
Heres the deal, as I will be so busy over the next few months there will be very few posts of interesting, exciting and COOL content from across the web unless something amazing comes my way. I will post the odd update on how everything is going, and if anything funny/interested/extraordinary occurs.
I will be posting REAL TIME updates of my travels, adventures and day-day activities on my twitter feed throughout my trip so if you are at all interested, I strongly suggest that you either follow me, or if you are still not on twitter - get on it and follow me! I will be posting pics and all sorts all the time so I promise it will make for interesting reading. I am #tagging (a twitter term) all related posts and will have a regular picture update session once a day, or when ever I get a moment to upload photos onto my mac from my trips around the city.
Here are all the links you need to find me on twitter:
Click the above link to go straight to my twitter profile and feed. I think you can view it even without following me or having an account!
This is my twitter screen name. If you have a twitter account search for me using this or click on it to go straight to my profile.
This is the #tag that will be used to group all my NYC related tweets together. You can use the twitter search function to find all related tweets I have made.
So for now I will bid you fair well. I'm sure I will be posting now and then while I'm away. I'm doing advertising internships, so things will crop up that are worth posting!
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Now, I'm not too sure whether I like this or not. It's an interesting piece of work that's for sure. Just imagine if babies actually got tattooed, that would really push the taboo boundaries eh! Still, grabs your attention doesn't it?
I have come across some really snazzy bits of arty farty loveliness which I think would make great backgrounds. THey are a bit psychodelic, and a little bit colourful so enjoy and use them if you want, I won't be hurt but...THRILLED! ha!
Sorry for the lack of posting over the last couple of weeks. After a bit of an incident involving me face planting into some gravel, I have been a little unable to type too well. All better now and back down to business.
Here is a campaign for Maccy D's run in London's Picadilly Circus. Please ignore the music!
Saturday, 2 May 2009
Well, over the last couple of months my blog has come on leaps and bounds I feel it is time for a change. I want to take the blog to a new DOT COM URL (still with blogger) but alas Guerrilla Blogging is already taken...so it has forced me to come up with a new name. I did not want to change the name until I had hit on the perfect replacement, but now I have and it is on it's way.
Over the next couple of days you should see some changes. The name, the URL, possibly the design BUT the content and the cool will stay the same. Sit tight and let me know what you think when it is all done and dusted.
Wednesday, 29 April 2009
So, following on from the Ogilvy office I thought I would share this with you as well. You watch films like Devil Wears Prada and TV programs like Ugly Betty and they all feature these clean, crisp, modern and fantastical office spaces, you think that this surely can only be done in the movies? Well, MODE Magazine, eat your heart out...it can be done in real life, and GHD proves it can be done in the UK. Not only in the UK but in Leeds...marvel at the new GHD headquarters.
I am just a little bit passionate about architecture. If I had been better at maths of physics I would have been an architect. Whether exterior or interior, I love it. This is one of the reasons why I am such a huge fan of cities. Sky scrapers are a particular favorite of mine, which is why New York means so much to me. Now, as everyone probably imagines, advertising agencies should have interesting, inspiring and creative interior spaces. This is true for many agencies, but not all agencies. Which is a shame. In this post I am going to show you some snaps from the Ogilvy and Mather Guangzhou Office. These interior spaces are just full of quirky, inspirational and random pieces of furniture and decoration, it would really keep your mind fresh, and your thinking fresher on a day to day basis. Companies should really learn from these office spaces and get their redesign-caps on asap! Enjoy!
Originally I didn't bother featuring the viral advert for the Honda Insight. I personally was not bowled over by it and thought there were much better adverts to be posting on the blog. Now, Honda have teamed up with Vimeo to take their viral ad to a new level. I won't go into what happens when you click play on the video, I will leave you to find that out for yourself but I will say that it is a great way to making the viral just that little bit more engaging and interesting. I watched the viral much more closely this time around and it is actually really quite clever. Follow the link and enjoy.
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
I was using a friends mac today and his desktop was possibly one of the most amazing and dynamic images of New York City I had ever seen. As I've mentioned before on this blog, I'm obsessed with everything about New York and this tickled my fancy no end! Apperently the technique is called HDR and it makes pictures look fantastic, it's a technique that was developed in the 1930's and is not used done easily through digital cameras and editing software. I did a bit of hunting and found some great examples of the technique used on some scapes of New York City. Sit back and enjoy. The first image is the one my friend had on his desk top.
This is just awesome. I love it because it uses typography in a really creative, and effective way. This animation is seamless and although I don't think it really sells me a Merc, it definately keeps me hooked and makes me want to watch it again. I also love that there is a clear narrative behind the animation as well, it's not just random, it technically has a beginning, middle and end. Brilliant.
This is a new TV advert for Flora by Gucci. Flora is a new perfume from the fashion giants and this advert, for once, is actually interesting and not your usual mix of uninspiring, unoriginal rubbish. I think it was directed by Chris Cunningham and generally is a great example of good art direction and clever editing/film techniques. Well worth a watch.
Friday, 24 April 2009
Thought I would whack up this little print ad by TBWA in Brussel's simply because I think the art direction is lovely. Really makes you stop and look at the advert, if I am honest though it'd doesn't make me want to buy the product/service (as with many fashion ads). You can't even really tell what they are trying to sell...which quite a lot of the time works really well but this time I think it fails, sorry TBWA.
Calm down, calm down. There is actually no nudity in this video, sorry folks! This was a campaign run this week for some new bit of tech that Peugeot is starting to use in their convertible cars. A bunch of young people were sent off around London wearing "nude suits" and a blue scarf around their necks. This was a great ambient marketing stunt and really grabbed the publics attention. I first heard about it through a random tweet, showing how effective these ambient stunts can be when coupled with the effects and spread of social media. Enjoy.
I was shown this by a good friend of mine today. I had seen a clip of it before but the full video is astounding. Now, I would LOVE to believe that this was just a bunch of skilled lads and the tricks were all real and not faked, but there seems to be a lot of controversy surrounding it. Either way, really good to watch and if it was faked, it was done REALLY well.
Wow, well it has been almost a week since I sorted out my image issues and posted. It has been a hectic week of getting back to university, getting a load of work done and going out a few times for good measure. Tonight I am glued to photoshop working on a mock up of a website for a deadline on Monday. To give myself a quick break I thought I would get some posts together for your viewing pleasure. Here is the first.
To get todays posts rolling I have found some really good images from some photographers. I thought the execution of these particular images were amazing, the art direction is just stunning in some cases. What do you think?
Thursday, 16 April 2009
Thank you to everyone who tried to help out with the images problems I have had the past week, and thank you all for your comments etc! I have now resolved the problem, I've gone through and changed the HTML coding for each image, time consuming but worth it! The problem seemed to lie with Google and Picasa!
So, posting will get back to normal asap, in the meantime check out the newest posts, now with WORKING images! Enjoy and comment!
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Well, since my images don't seem to be working on most browsers at the moment, I thought I would post another mint video the twittersphere has brought to my attention, hopefully you can still watch the videos?!
This is a stop frame animation that is doing the rounds on youtube. It is really cleverly put together and really well executed, I think you will enjoy!
I will warn you now, if I can not resolve my image issues (I'm working on it right now, if you have any suggestions please let me know) I will be either moving my blog to a different blog host service OR I will go it alone and host the blog on my own! Either way, I don't plan to stop trying to bring you some of the coolest content on the web!
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
I love this ad. I love it for two reasons.
1. It doesn't thrust a POS or message down your throat and doesn't try to manipulate you into buying something.
2. It's interactive, engaging and a damn sight more interesting that most adverts these days.
This is a piece of technology called an "e-cast billboard". The advert is for Sharpie, everyones favorite permanent marker. The ad catches the general publics desire to deface public property, and made it into something positive. These interactive billboards have been put around a bunch of cities and allow people to experience the rush of creating their own little piece of graffiti art. They can choose colours and write any message they want on the cast. Whether it be a doodle, a signature or a profanity, the beauty of it is...it doesn't matter.
Here is a print campaign created for New South Wales Police in Australia to highlight the importance of checking for cars while walking/running with your ipod on and blasting music. Apparently the number of teenagers dying while listening to their ipods while crossing the road is beginning to reach epidemic proportions.
This ad is beautifully executed and really well art directed. It draws you in and makes you analyse what has actually happened in the image, thus giving you enough time to take in the message. Definitely a print advert that works, and hopefully it will have the desired effect and raise awareness.
You have to remember that ambient/viral/guerilla advertising can be created for a VERY low cost, especially compared to TV ads etc, and advertisers don't have to fork out out huge spends in magazines and TV commercial air time...I reckon this form of advertising really does have a better impact on an audience and creates a much bigger buzz.
Take this ad for example. This is a photo-realistic image from high above a city which has been slapped across the floor of a lift. This ad was created by Wirz/BBDO in Switzerland for a Swiss skydiving school. This stunt attracted a wealth of media coverage and is still making it's rounds on the net. Genius.
As you can see, this advert was placed across the floor of what looks like a shopping center. From above, the people walking across the floor look like fleas on the dog. Obviously the ad is for flea and tick repellent. Another quirky but successful way to advertise a product in an exciting way.
The ad was created by Saatchi and Saatchi in Indonesia. According to some passers by, the ad consistently created reactions of the likes of "Yikes" from people spotting the ad for the first time.
I came across this interesting piece of new technology today and thought I had to share it. The tech is called FLARE and is basically a whole bunch of moving metal "flakes" or "scales" which form the walls of a building. By changing the angle of the flakes in the sun light it forms a moving membrane or skin on the building. Above is a video showing FLARE in action. Really interesting stuff I reckon, towards the end of the video they actually look at the underbelly of the tech which is also quite interesting to see.
Monday, 13 April 2009
Saturday, 11 April 2009
This videos follows a campaign run by LA agency David & Goliath to raise awareness for the Weingart Homeless Center. They took an ambient approach that invited people to imagine themselves homeless for a moment. The photographed 12 of the 70,000 homeless people living on the streets of LA in the places they call home, getting them to write on a piece of card board "Before You Turn Away, Put Yourself In My Place." with the website for the WHC. They then edited the faces out of the photographs and made life size, photo-realistic cardboard cut outs of the photographs and put them around the streets and shopping centers of Beverley Hills. Suddenly, the homeless could not be ignored. The results were huge increases in traffic to the WHC website and, according to David & Goliath, raised funds at WHC.
A poignant message sent through a clever and well though out ambient/guerrilla campaign. Watch the video, it is great to catch a couple of passer-bys reactions to the cutouts and also see a little of the process behind making the campaign a reality. Here are a few shots of the boards out in public.
Heres the link you need to pass this on: http://tinyurl.com/d7w6gw
Friday, 10 April 2009
This vid is just hilarious. Some guy has subtitled a Bollywood song and dance with what he thinks it sounds like they are saying in English. It isn't a real translation, and is definitely not what they are actually saying, I hope anyway....but nevertheless, bloody funny!!
Heres the link you need to pass this on: http://tinyurl.com/d7w6gw
Thursday, 9 April 2009
Here we have another one of those videos that might just make it VIRAL. Well, after all it is a viral video, whether it was intended to be or not, it is, or at least it soon will be...anyway. I like to think I'm a little ahead of everyone else when it comes to spotting these little viral gems, I get a lot of the heads up through people on twitter, and they really are ahead of the game. For example, I posted the Extreme Sheep Herding viral ad a few weeks ago and now it is taking up prime air time on the ten o'clock news over here in the UK. Now, I'm not saying I had much to do with it's success obviously but every little helps.
This viral was created by an agency called Scholz & Friends in Berlin. They must have some pretty cunning creatives on board to come up with gems like this. Sit back and enjoy.
Did you like it? Want to pass it on to all your friends? Here is the link:
Simply copy and paste that little link anywhere you like, emails, tweets, facebook statuses, myspace, your own blog and your work there is done!
I recently clicked a link which took me to a cool website which had a feature on some pretty damn cool business cards. Now we all know and love business cards, some might say they make the world go round, but most would say usually, they are pretty damn boring. Well, maybe next time you have to get some new business cards printed, you will take some inspiration from my personal favorites from the selection on said website and do something a little special. I have to come up with some kind of business card soon to leave with creative directors that I meet over the next year...do I go with something small or should I be wacky and do a HUGE business card?! Or should I not do a business card at all and just do something completely out-of-the-box? We will see...enjoy and be inspired!
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
I have just come across some amazing time lapse videos created by an Australian artist called Keith Loutit. I have been so mesmerized by how cool these videos look that I have decided to post up my three favorites. The first installment follows the creation of a whale in the sand of a beach in Australia. I believe this was an event/stunt done to create awareness of whale poaching. I absolutely love how these videos look quite like stop frame animations, using tiny characters etc but are actually real life videos caught in time lapse. Enjoy the three videos and check out this artist using the link provided in the third part.
Heres the link you need to pass this on: http://tinyurl.com/d7w6gw
Monday, 6 April 2009
This is a very cool ambient advert which was launched recently. It is for Unicef and revolves around land mines. Hopefully you can see the pictures, but I will explain the concept.
Self-adhesive stickers were place on pavements etc and appeared invisible. The top side of the sticker was decorated to match the pavement, and was sticky obviously. The bottom side was decorated as a land mine with poignant information on land mines, and reminding the shopper that stood on the sticker that if it had been a real land mine, they wouldn't still be walking. The sticker then had a call to action aimed at getting people to the Unicef website to donate.
Really original idea that should have had a grand effect on the passers by as they attached themselves to the sticker.
Heres the link you need to pass this on: http://tinyurl.com/d7w6gw