Category Video

This is just beautiful

I’ve never heard of the band Ólafur Arnalds, but this video is astounding.  The explosions of color.  The beautiful flowing liquid/smoke effects.  The visual dance to the melody of the song.  Together they make magic.

Hooked on the Method

Back in the day The Crystal Method, Chemical Brothers, Underworld, The Prodigy and others were the captins of cool.  Essential parts of MTV’s Alternative Nation’s life blood.  Known for both their innovative visuals as well as their hypnotic beats.  With their mixing of sources, styles and sounds everything felt new, electronic and energetic.  Times and tastes changed, as did their sound.  Well looks like 2009 may be come back time.

Earlier this year The Prodigy returned with some new tracks and a new album, Invaders Must Die.  The first single, Omen is an updated version of the classic Prodigy attitude and sound.  The title track continues that trend, if nothing else it may even have kicked it up a notch.  Thanks to the Internets you can rock some samples from ThePodigy.com

The Crystal Method have returned to dropped some new beats as well. Their first single Drown in the Now is a bit more or a departure from the TCM of yesteryear. Visually the video ups the cool quotient, though I need to take in a few more listens before casting an opinion on the new sound. Got to say it’s growing on me. In both cases they sound nothing like any of the other new tracks I’ve been listening to which is refreshing all its own.

Links:
ThePodigy.com
The Prodigy – Omen
The Prodigy – Invaders Must Die
The Crystal Method
The Crystal Method – Drown In the Now

If clients only knew what they sounded like…

…would they realize how ridiculous the requests are?  Would it make a difference?

Great video switching the context of client requests in to the real world situations.

Via @StellarGirl

Honda Insight – Light Brite

Honda created the worlds largest LED display from the headlights of their new hybrid car, the Insight. As if this wasn’t enough to catch your eye, they worked with Vimeo to integrate the video with the page it’s on.  See the full video on Vimeo or watch the embedded version below.

Links:
Honda Insight – Let It Shine
Making of Let It Shine

Swine Flu Seventies Style

So with all the hype surrounding the Swine Flu, or now the more pork friendly H1N1, this isn’t the first time there has been a swine flu outbreak.  According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) the 1918 Flu Pandemic was associated with the H1N1 strain of influenza, as well as an outbreak in the US in 1976.  This does not mean that the version of H1N1 that we have today will be as catastrophic as in 1918, but this may be the reason for the increased hype over something that is currently effecting such a small number of people.

During the 1976 outbreak US health officials strongly promoted the immunization programs and released these PSA’s, which feature a Hitchcockian style.

BTW: Eating pork does not pose a risk of infection.  So break out the bacon and enjoy some Pork, the other white meat™.

Imitation, the Greatest Form of Flattery

Henry Needle & Sons - LogoA few years ago “Henry Needles and Sons” took their tailoring business online.  It was a beautifully crafted site with plenty of video to fill your broadband needs.  They displayed their tailor made outfits that brought style, craftsmanship and the ability to bring everything with you.  Each outfit offered extra large pockets that you could fit all of your digital devices.  Check them out at GreatPockets.com

Well today I came across another beautifully crafted site, this time for a new cell phone.  One that should give the iPhone a run for the money.  The Pomegranate phone is a sharp little all-in-one cell phone, and so much more.  Like Great Pockets, this site offers a great multimedia experience to show you every detail of their product.  One of my favorite features is the HD projector.  Who knew such a small device could project true HD video for all to enjoy.

Pomagranate Phone

Both sites are also fronts for another product altogether.  Great Pockets was Nokia’s ingenious concept site, designed by FarFar, for the release of their N95 cell phone.  There was a tight connection between all the items that you could fit into your Great Pockets pants and all the features of the N95.  The Pomegranate on the other hand has features even the N95 doesn’t have.  As mentioned there is an HD projector….umm hmm.  I will speak no more of the Pom’s featues, go check it out yourself.  Unlike the Great Pockets/N95 promo, the Pom phone is only connected to its true destination by some well written copy.  That destination being Nova Scotia.  Mad props go out to the Nova Scotia board of tourism for giving this stunt a try.

My gripe with the Pom phone site is that once I got to the true site I couldn’t care less what it had to offer.  The giant disconect from an ultra-high-tec phone and the land of Nova Scotia was too much for me.  I assume I’m not alone here.  I also assume this campaign will be less successful then Nokia’s original.  Either way they are both well worth your time.
Links:
Great Pockets – Henry Needle & Sons/N95
Pomegranate Phone – Nova Scotia
FarFar

A Visual Explanation of the Credit Crisis

The credit crisis is all over the news. Blame being tossed from one side of the isle to the other. The newspapers and newscasts speak of it regularly but it’s more noise then substance if you don’t understand what they are talking about. So this leaves the simple questions like:

  • How does this happen?
  • What does all this mean?
  • Outside of the hype, how does this compare to other recessions?

Well a number of designers have taken on the task of making all that information digestible, might I say, even interesting. Here are some of the better examples I’ve seen.


The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis

As part of his thesis, Jonathan Jarvis has created this beautifully executed and explains the complexities of what caused the credit crisis in simple clear terms. For more visit: CrisisofCredit.com




Four Bad Bear Markets

A simple chart covering the Crash of 1929 through today’s housing crisis. For more info on the data behind this chart visit dshort.com

Four Bear Markets

Interactive Charts by 26Variable


Using Google’s Motion Charts it allows you to see the market in action in a clear colorful way.

26variables' SP100

Failure

Whether it’s a competition or a relationship it’s the last thing you want happening.  It’s the thing many of us fear the most.  Still, sooner or later it’s going to happen to all of us.  In this video Honda takes on failure a suggests it’s the key to success.  They follow how a few of Honda’s failures in both racing and engineering, how it hasn’t stopped them but propelled them to improve.  This is just one video in Honda’s Dream the Impossible series.

Links:
Failure: the key to success

Honda’s Dream the Impossible