A bit of fun and all that setting up my 404 page but hopefully you won’t be seeing this image on my website (other than here!).
Bands FC is the brainchild of Tim Burgess from music band The Charlatans.
“It’s a celebration of the exact point where bands and football bump into each other – with a nod to Panini sticker collections,” explained designer Nick Fraser.
I love this concept but I must admit I’m not a ‘fan’ of some of the executions. The Gallagher brothers Man City badges are an acception - nice work lads.
That aside, football and music - ahhh, two of my favourite interests oh....and design of course.
Back of the net!
So this week at the Adobe Max Conference there were a couple of updates I was interested in:
1. The exciting 3 updates to Photoshop found in more detail here:
2. The mobile version of Premier Pro - named Rush. Marketed at the videographer/editor on the go - this really does seem to push the boundaries of the capabilities software apps can do. Looking forward to trying it out.
A fun article about how logos stick in the memory, or sometimes not. Some of the 150 people asked recreated damn right impressive memory sketches of the brands (Starbucks) whilst others were particularly bad - Apple!
So I’ve been watching the new bbc drama series Press, mainly due to the fact I’ve worked for a newspaper group and was interested to see Ben Chaplin’s character, Duncan Allen, the editor of red top, The Post.
Growing up I very much enjoyed him in the first series of Game On, he’s a good actor.
Press, its an interesting and in my option a true account of the fast paced, sometimes crazy happenings within the newspaper circle.
It highlights the recent strains that have evidently hit print circulation, the constant sales/editorial battles to maintain the quality of journalism and at the same time stop revenue decline - let alone increase it - and all the while working around the clock to get the papers to readers in time for their cup of tea and toast at 7am.
With 3 more episodes to go, it will be interesting how this initial series plays out. If there is a follow up series, who knows The Post and The Herald (the rival paper) could be online only publications or feel compelled to unite as one title in order to save the future of both. As I said, this drama holds lots of truth and similarities to the industry. No fake news here.
Written by Tom Britton
My crazy mind started wandering the other day whilst I was doing lengths in my local pool. Whilst bobbing my head up and down in the water I began to list from memory the oasis songs that made reference to the weather and our atmosphere. There’s quite a few you know. We love you for it though Noel.
If you’re mildly interested here’s the list, in no particular order...
who feels love - sun
champagne supernova - sky, summer
cast no shadow - sun
cloudburst - cloud
some might say - sunshine, thunder
hello - sun, weather, rain
D’you know what I mean - sun, sky
Girl in the dirty shirt - clouds
Born on a different cloud - cloud
D’ya wanna be a spaceman? - sky
up in the sky - sky
gas panic! - stormy, sky
the hindu times - sunshine, rain
rock and roll star - stars
slide away - sun
stand by me - cold, wind, rain
stoo crying your heart out - stars
turn up the sun - sun
underneath the sky - sky
you’ve got the heart of a star - star
Acquiesece - wind
the shock of the lightning - lightning
setting sun - sun
its getting better man - sky
magox pie - star, shine
dont go away - cold, frosty
be here now - sun, storm
all around the world - shine
stay young - cold
the fame - moon, hurricane
flashbax - shine
i got the fever - air, breeze
my sister lover - sun, air
going nowhere - rain, plane
dont look back in anger - summertime
Lord don’t slow me down - clouds
the importance of being idle - stars, shine
lyla - stars, sunlight
let there be love - sky, sun, weather
little by little - stars
she is love - sunshine, cold
whatever - breeze
falling down - sun, rain
headshrinker - fog
its better people - cold
step out - star
round are way - sun, dark
cigarettes and alcohol - sunshine
guess god thinks I’m Abel - rainbow
keep the dream alive - seasons
a bell will ring - sun, shine
bag it up - sunshine
the turning - cold
waiting for the rapture - sky
get off your high horse lady - rain, sky
soldier on - shine
pass me down the line - sunburst
the quiet ones- sun
youve got the heart of a star - cloud
carry us all - rain
one way road - rain, hurricane, summertime, sky, shine
sad song - sun
It’s that horrible time of year when we all remember the sad atrocities in Lower Manhattan. I recently watched the film United 93 - a very sobering account into what the hijacked airline passengers and staff must have gone through and how the military and air traffic controllers had to deal with the total meltdown and take over of the US east coast by Al-Qaeda. It certainly brings it all back around this time but I think that’s a gentle reminder to us all to stop and remember those who died. Never forget. One of the best cities in the world. We love you New York.
Almost two decades since Adobe launched Indesign to rival and ultimately knock QuarkXpress off its perch, Affinity Publisher you could argue is looking to do the same to the giants that brought us the Creative Cloud.
I’m sure they’ll be Affinity fans looking to migrate across and drop their CC subscriptions... but not just yet.
It’s early days as Publisher is still in BETA but with Designer and Photo getting rave reviews Publisher looks to follow in its siblings footsteps. No doubt the team at Affinity are well into production on extending the family with video and web applications too although, they may have upset their neighbours.
Exciting news from the retail world as John Lewis and Waitrose launch their rebrand with a little help from Pentagram, Adam & Eve DDB and one of the best songs ever written (in my opinion), Queen’s ‘Boh Rhap’.
A fun little article about how Virgin name their planes based on the registration assigned to the aircraft and the reference to Virgin Records.
There’s gotta be an air guitar joke there somewhere.
Reports are that Adobe are set to announce the launch of the fully fledged desktop version of Photoshop for iPad at their MAX event in October.
Lanching next year the question is how user friendly will it be? With the rivals at Affinity going from strength to strength on mobile devices, Adobe needs to remain ‘in touch’.
Back at the start of the year I was asked by my best mate if I would be his best man at his wedding. Naturally I would be chuffed to return the favour he had done for me 3 years prior but at the same time the dreaded thought of doing a speech sprung to mind.
Fast forward a few months and the stag do had gone really well - Part 1 accomplished and a very happy stag.
So now it's time to concentrate on the wedding and the composing of my speech. It's almost written and includes a prop - a mock dust jacket that will hopefully go down a ‘storm’.
Surely... 2 games to go!
And it’s all thanks to a 25 year old art student Jon Pasche. He was paid £50 for his design - money we’ll spent I’d say.
So I recently went to see the greatest rock and roll band in the world on their latest tour - no filter. Of course they were nothing short of great in my eyes, but then again I expected nothing less. It was my first Stones gig and I loved every minute.
I thought the artwork for the latest tour was great too with striking colours and edgy textures.
The logo’s longevity has been just as remarkable as the five band members it represents. Long may it continue.
So i've been working on a self-initiated project of creating an epub via Indesign. Really enjoying this one.
It seems I kinda photobombed myself in a funny kinda way this morning, but can you guess what the photo is all about?
Am loving the grey texture btw.
Listen here: https://youtu.be/sTJ7AzBIJoI
Well what with all British tropical climate on the go at the moment, I find it apt to share with you this article, made famous by the now Australian film producer Baz Luhrmann.
The ‘song’ has always been a stand out memory from my late teens. There's just so many wise quotes and so I’ve decided to highlight some by creating a kinetic typography animation.
Watch this space.
So, what’s the story behind this all encompassing lyrical masterpiece? Find out here.
Nat Geo does it again with an amazingly simple but powerful message to the humans of this Earth.
Ive always been a fan of the perfect bound yellow magazine. Perfect in so many ways. As much an icon of colour as the Yellow Pages or the red and black leather covers of Encyclopaedia Britannica with content and photography to rival any current affairs or travel pub out there. The size has always been a big appeal to me too, large enough to hold and read comfortably, but with a light paper stock, perfect to fold in half and store in your travel luggage at the airport - which is where I normally pick mine up.
Of course, many a copy of NG have been picked up at boot sales or charity shops - that’s the kind of following this treasured title has been recognised for if not only for the cover photo- any and every issue becomes a collectors item because of that . The latest issue is no different, and in some ways is more valuable than any other.
A Beatle of wills between copywriter Aubrey Malden and Ogilvy himself. A strong idea is sometimes too good to ignore based on old-fashioned principles.
This is an extract from his book Between the Briefs by Aubrey himself whichill probably pick up.
It may not be the obvious film title you would expect for the fast food company that today serves over 69 million customers per day in over 100 countries. The storyline may not be so obvious either. I am of course talking about McDonald’s.
This is a fantastic film about the rise and rise of the hamburger giants that based their business model on speedy service and never looked back - well maybe the McDonald brothers did.
Interesting insights are shared in this film about the franchising model, cooking methods and suppliers (Instamix for example; a supplier of milkshake powder that when mixed with water makes a quick milk tasting shake).
This is the story of one man’s big dream. Ray Kroch’s motivational energy, courageous moves and bloody mindedness to succeed at all costs is played superbly by Batman, sorry Michael Keaton. No cameo for Ronald and friends unfortunately.
For the full experience watch with a Big Mac, fries and large shake (minus the Instamix).