Great Advert Roundup

I’m a sucker for a good advert. Clever adverts such as Oranges “I Am A Smile When You Least Expect It (see below)”, Benettons controversial but accurate campaigns, and over the past few days I’ve found quite a few great print adverts which caught my eye.

The Orange advert always makes me smile. It’s so fluid and random at the same time. It makes you think like a child for a second and ultimately drops Orange in an exciting, fresh and great advertising niche. Hopefully after the T-Mobile merge these adverts will stay as the T-Mobile adverts are really sh**.

findus-kid1

Clever use of an old stereotype. Kids hate going to Grandmas. So bring her cooking home.

http://www.greyparis.fr/

Head2

Disturbing in every way yet after reading the tagline it makes sense, in a sick twisted way.

http://www.milc.it/

Notice_Wrinkly

Putting textures into Billboards is probably no easy feat although the guy who put it up probably saved time getting each one smooth.

http://www.seetheperson.info/

zeissbeetle

OTT for sure but a brilliant way to advertise…a magnifying glass!

Y&R Dubai

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Golden Age Integrated Marketing & Communication. (Ignore the “Sprinking the Passion” Haiku.)
I like it when companies “dirty” their cars up. Most 4×4’s are pathetic excuses for offroad vehicles, finally Audi saw the light and slapped some mud on there…or did they?

New Result Group Website Launch

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So it’s 4 months in on my new job and I’ve finally just launched the brand new Result Group website. It’s three solid months of development, hundreds and hundreds of tweaks, 1500+ lines of CSS and thousands more of XHTML programming and PHP. It’s built entirely by hand, no cheap CMS systems and no limitations on scalability. It also runs part of the site on WordPress (see the Rental News section).

Result Group develop world leading Rental Management Software and they needed a world class website to go along with that. The site was redesigned from the ground up by myself and there has been a lot of work chucked into a very fast moving three months. We finally went live last week and as of now, all hiccups seem to have been rubbed out.

It also uses GeoIP technology to direct you to the correct regional site (United States visit us.rentalresult.com while UK visit www.rentalresult.com).

It really was a mammoth task and one in which I’m very proud to have built solely.

Go check out Result Groups rentalresult website for their rental software and check out the design and jQuery loveliness.

DRVE

drve

I go on holiday in 5 days and it’s going to be an experience! Theres a group of us going (with about 7 cameras, 4 iPhones, a laptop, a motorhome and 1200 driving miles through Europe) Because there are four creatives on board we decided to build a website documenting our travels.

The outcome is http://drve.co.uk/ so make sure you check it out. You can also follow our tweets @drve09.

Manchester United vs Chelsea – Community Shield 2009 Wembley

Wembley Stadium

Update 6th Nov 09: My panoramic wembley photo has been used in Main Event Magazine (Thanks Ky for sorting this)
Update 12th Oct 09: This photo is now part of the Wikipedia page on Wembley Stadium as the header image

The game was full of controversy, foul play, substitutions and of course, goals. Chelsea finished up beating the Champions 4-1 on penalties and I took along my trusty SLR to photograph some of the action and I got some pretty good shots! Note: all the photos are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales licence which means they are free to use along with attribution to this site! Enjoy!

Cool

Ben Foster

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Rooney Loud Mouthing

Owen Man Utd Debut

Penalties

Cech Saves Giggs

Chelsea Community Shield Winners 2009

Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales

Four Free Vector Characters + HD Wallpaper

Ok so I got my Illustrator hat on yesterday and drew four character doodles on my notepad.
I then thought “Why not draw these as Vectors?”…presenting Four Free Vector Characters + HD Wallpapers!

Characters

These vectors are released under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence. This means you CAN use them for ANYTHING, commercial or personal and you can even modify them without asking permission. All I ask is that you attribute my work by linking to this website.

That’s it. The rest is history, as they say…Download characters.zip (3.3MB)!

Included in the ZIP file are the four characters in vector EPS format and three wallpapers, 1920×1080, 1440×900, 1024×768.

University is over! (for a year anyway)

Stamps

So University is done and dusted for 2009. I won’t be returning until September 2010 which makes for a nice break. In the end I got my grades (A,A,B,B,B,C) which I was very happy with. To top all this off I thought I’d showcase some of the work I did to receive these grades.

Visual Design (B Grade)

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I’ll start with a Module I didn’t thoroughly enjoy this year due to boring briefs, however, I did a little bit of illustration for it which included some postage stamps, posters and even included some Video in After Effects. You can see the video, the illustrations and the posters over at http://turnitoff.info/ (the posters reside in the footer of the page)
The site was built using the latest in Javascript and jQuery technology so check it out, hover over the elements, play with the buttons. Your probably better off using FireFox too, as IE couldn’t really handle it’s superior web modernness. Make sure you check out the video at the bottom of the website too (yes that is me speaking sounding common as muck).

For Visual design I also illustrated the stamps shown in the header image. It’s based on Music Technology over the years and I think I captured the best four from the past century or so. You can see them in all their vector glory too.

WebsiteMultimedia Product (C Grade)

This was a complex one, which also means I can’t demonstrate it online. The idea was simple, Unique Bidding auctions.

The site featured a worlds first in online bidding. Live real time bidding in auctions. You could actually watch LIVE bidders placing their respective amounts on the page as it went along. This meant users could bid against each other based on other users’ bids. Clever eh! It was all jQuery and PHP grabbing the data from a database. It was awfully complex and also included a 10,000 word document explaing the process and research behind it. There was also a very fancy presentation which explains the fundementals if anyone wants to watch it. Its the branding, the functionality and the UI all rolled into a short few slides.

It also had it’s own iPhone web application which tied into the whole site shwoing live bids from anywhere in the world at any time.

Web Programming (A grade)

Another interesting one. And one which I actually really enjoyed.

guestAssignment one involved building a file based Guestbook with full admin features, the ability to edit posts and delete them, a swear word filter to stip out those naughty words and a slick simple UI. It also had AJAX editing of comments right in the page. No loading, no navigating, just click and change! I think you can guess what Lady Part and Ping Pongs were supposed to say! It maybe available as a free download if anyone is interested in the future.

Assignment two was a dog database website. Very similar to Battersea dogs homes website. It needed full admin controls and the ability to save dogs as favourites and have the ability to search the dogs too. The brief was very extensive, and I covered everything. Check it out online right now. I ended up building a commercial site based on this for Cliffe Kennels.

Authoring (B Grade)

It was basically Actionscript 3.0 work. For assignment 1 I had to develop an interface which included an animation, using the drawing API and the components within Flash 8. I ended up building a Spirograph kind of application which allowed you to colour it yourself and watch the application build it for you. Very nice! Have a look at it. I also built a flash gallery using XML and class files. But it’s not something I have online at the moment.

Multimedia Design & Production (A Grade)

This is a group project, and something which is a real challenge working with four different creative minds. My University chum Chris Kovalenko was part of our A grade group which created a chairty website and CDROM called the West Yorkshire Autistic Society (completely fake). Check out the site.

Intro to Video (B Grade)

My mate Adam Fisher helped me out with this one as I couldn’t star, edit and film the whole video. He rode the bike, I edited it, The Chemists supplied the music. It actually works quite well for my first every video. So I’m quite happy with it as a 2nd year project.

That’s it! I hope this gives someone some kind of inspiration either for university or for their next project. If it did help you in any way shape or form, drop me a comment!

IE8 Adverts

I LOVE the new IE8 adverts. They feature that guy from The New Adventures of Superman (Dean Cain). It’s a shame I’m a FF3.5 user and IE8 is fourth in my list (behind Safari & Opera) of browsers to use. They are brilliant though.

I have gritting rage!. Download Firefox then you plonk. :D

Additionally I have omitted the “Puke” advert as it wasn’t that funny (and kinda horrible to watch). But you can still watch it anyway.

New design for a new career

Well, the 1st June saw me start my new job as Innovations Web Developer at Result Group in Elland. I decided that to mark the occasion I’d start by going crazy with my on-line development.
It has seen me redesign the Arctic Monkeys Fansite, build a brand new website for Cliffe Kennels, build a Twitter/Twitpic/img.ly/yfrog mashup called TwiPho and then finally redesigning Zero One Hundred (the site your on now). It’s been a hard slog of a month but one of great productivity. Next will be redeveloping Result Groups website to bring it up to modern standards. It’s something I’m really relishing and something which isn’t going to be easy. It involves a full redesign of structure, the actual look of the site and additionally it’s functionality. The aim is to bang out a perfect, intuitive design which will hopefully feature on some of the great web design galleries. That’s the aim, recognition.