The liberation of our daily news by the internet and its social media has proven the relevance of our renowned media. Individuals can say what they want on social media. They don’t have the etiquette of quality and well thought journalism. They jump on hypes, make them bigger, pull them out of their proportions and create bigger lies they could ever imagine. Frankly the mass understands the different between the NY Times and a random twitter account, but it is something we all need to be aware off. To explain the contrast, designer Eva Storck filled the NRC, a renowned Dutch newspaper, with random news from the social media about politics, wars, sports, culture and what so ever.
This paper/project by Eva Storck gave me a clear thought on how important renowned media are. They can’t just write about what’s up on their minds. They have to do research, work with high standards and proof their critical conclusions. And that is very hard to find on our trusted Social Media, were we all creating our own hypes, reacting on each others lies and yelling without doing any research, or having the knowledge at all.
IKEA prints 211 million copies of its product catalog every year. That’s more than 20 times the population of Sweden, the home of the build-it-yourself furniture empire. These are impressive numbers for a print catalog in a digital world, but Ikea is now changing with the times with a head-first dive into augmented reality.
Leap Motion represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. It’s more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen. For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements.
The most interesting thing about this epic way of controlling your computer, is that it works as people naturally do. As human beings, it’s bin always strange to work with computers. Because we are so used to it, we think it is normal to work with pads, mouses, screens and keys, but in fact its not how we move, think and interact. Leap motion makes the way you work with computers more human-like. That is a movement, some would say a trend, you’ll see more in tech-development the next years. The distance between individuals and it’s mechanics will disappear. We will integrate our tools completely with our bodies. They become sixth senses, instead of separated tools. The Google Glasses for example: Instead of a phone, separated from our bodies, will we use integrated glasses that interacts with us by talking, seeing and almost thinking. More intuitive and more naturally: more human.
Old Spice, the all time classic in every mens bathroom had lost the attention of their market. So they asked Wieden and Kennedy, you know, the guys who build up Nike, to take over the worlds soap market again. Well, I don’t know if that was litteraly what they asked for, but they did it anyway! Their hilarious video’s; Smell like a man, man, gone viral like never before. And of course, as a result, the sale-numbres broke every record. But what was the secret behind this?
What I like so much about this campaign is that they did not the predictable thing: using the brand’s history to make it trustful and authentic. Because I think that that is what most agencies would do… W&K used the fun of the web by setting the perfect man, but then less serious: The man your man could smell like. No difficult lines about taking care of your skin and so far. No, they took it up very clear: Smell like a man, man!
Jon Gnarr, mayor of Reykjavik
“We’re the level of government closest to the majority of the world’s people. While nations talk, but too often drag their heels—cities act.” Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City
This quote is a sharp summary of what happens in comtemporary politics, if we may consider the conclusions of renowned policital scientist Benjamin Barber as the truth. Democracy forces people to choose their government, all by the idea that presidents and prime ministers act by the purpose of all nation. But, why don’t we all choose our mayors? They are the right hands of our governments. If the presidents are CEO’s, than mayors are their floor managers. They fix things, make changes and see what’s happening in their cities. Federal governments have already proven that they are to slow and to bureaucratic, to really increase people’s quality of life. At the same time (some) mayors all over the world try to think innovative and act strongly. So did Mayor Bloomberg of New York City increased the health of his people radically, only by setting new (unpopular) rules. Now, the people of New York doesn’t smoke on the streets or in cafés anymore, they drink smaller amounts of soda’s and their food is more healthy. He did this as an American Mayor, because he is a mayor and not a bureaucratic president with complicated wars and an economic crisis on his mind.
In a time of constant growth of urban livings, it’s important to be concerned about the purposes of our mayors. They will get more important, day by day. Now, 80% of the western people lives in the city, and the urbanization hasn’t stop yet. Mayors can be innovative and less bureaucratic than it’s governments. And while people’s trust in their government has reduced, they get more concerned about their own enviroment. That’s were mayors must anticipate. Here the can have more attention for relevant details, small projects and interact with the people.
A great example of a new mayor is Jon Gnarr, Reykjavik. As an old Punk musician and comedian, he was able to act radically different than others that also wanted to do the job of ‘Government’s Floor-Manager’. He speaks out, he interacts with his people, he communicates very low brow and he acts very transparently. That’s is why he can work together with people who are concerned about their environment. The get more trustful to it’s politics, so cities can really change and get more and more livable.
Here is what we saw in 2012. See it through the eyes of those who were there and captured it in the most pure way. You’ll see the joy, anger and sadness of 2012. The wars, ambitions, inventions and journeys we took. People are screaming and laughing, fighting and learning. All gathered by the Atlantic
Enzo Ferrari once sad the Jaguar e-type is the prettiest car ever made. Well, you won’t here me denying that but here is an other classic that shows completely perfectness. ‘Poetry in motion’ explains its magic better then any other words could. Press play and see a movie about the passion a guy can have for cars… This man from California dreamed of this Mercedes 300sl since he was ten years old. Now he has one in his garage. Great movie, stunning car. Press play
A friend of mine was so kind to give me his old race-bike. From this bike, I’m making myself a perfect city-bike on which I will cruise trough our lovely low lands this summer. With this project in mind, I stumbled upon Spinlister. At Spinlister tourists can hire a bicycle from local individuals or shops in the cities they visit. As a local you can offer your bike for free and rent it for friendly prices to curious visitors of your city. Besides you can hire a bike, Spinlister connects you directly to locals who can always give you nice tips for your city experience. Till now, Spinlister is only active in New York and San Francisco but they have plans to expand to lots of other cities. I can’t wait!
I wanted to share this painting I made last week. Same idea as my drawings but then in a different way.
Once in a while, I’ll submit some of my pictures to my Flickr account. Hope you’ll enjoy it! Here’s the first selection.
In this serie of videos all sorts of languages are captured in scenes of daily principles from all over the world. Their goal: to give you an impression of other languages. Press play for a small course French, Spanish, Chinese or other languages.
Maybe the slick Italian suites are not your cup of tea (neither mine) but you should press play anyway!
I found this one at defringe.com. It’s a documentation of left techno battlefields. Besides the music, this culture is loved because of their raw Berlin-like feeling; parties in basements, drugs and long nights. This parties leave a very interesting scene behind. See how Vom Bleiben documented this.
Besides by photography, I’ll trie to give you an impression of cool fashion on a more artistic way, by drawing them myself. Enjoy
Yes, coffee is my pleasure, always. Especially when its presented on the level like Handsome Coffee did. In this very smooth edited short movie you see how Woodsmithe translates the identity of Handsome Coffee into the interior of their flagship-store in LA. The raw high qualified materials suits very well with the characteristic passionated identity of the craftsmanship of Handsome Coffee. Coffee and being a Barista has become a very popular kind of craft. Cool guys with hand-curved mustaches, beautiful interiors and nice movies about their craft makes the experience complete. Coffee, one of the biggest commerces in de world, has become more then some beans with water at all. It has become a lifestyle product that stands for purism, craftsmanship and good taste.