Tiny sure, but the world’s smallest coffee will still lift your spirits

Monday, 24 April, 2017

Being a Monday morning, you might be desirous of a little more caffeine than is on offer here, but watching what is possibly the world’s smallest cup of coffee being prepared, should nonetheless lift your spirits.

Nice work by Helsinki based designer and animator Lucas Zanotto.

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The top one hundred episodes of The Simpsons. But what to choose?

Friday, 21 April, 2017

This is a bold move, for sure. Alan Siegel, writing for The Ringer, ranks the top one hundred episodes of long running animated sitcom, The Simpsons.

To compile this list, I sought feedback from both hardcore Simpsons fans and former members of the show’s creative staff. Still, it was an inherently subjective undertaking. “You could choose every other episode from the first 200 episodes for your top 100 and you wouldn’t be too far off,” one Simpsons writer told me. I don’t claim to be a scientician, but I tried to be meticulous. So crack open a Duff and enjoy.

And in other news, can it really be thirty years since The Simpsons made their debut?

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Ikea Heights, a melodrama made inside an IKEA store

Wednesday, 19 April, 2017

Ikea Heights was a melodrama web series made in 2009. As the name suggests, the show – which is reminiscent of something like Melrose Place – played out in an Ikea store.

While each episode is only minutes long, and the series was short lived, Ikea Heights was notable for the clandestine way it was filmed. During normal trading hours, and without the knowledge of customers, or the store’s management.

Seemingly IKEA don’t mind people filming things like this in their stores, so long as they know about it beforehand.

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And now for some April Fool’s Day gags

Tuesday, 4 April, 2017

1 April, or April Fool’s Day, came and went pretty much unnoticed in my part of the world. For a second, I thought I was being gamed when it was announced the trains were running to schedule, but as it happens, they were.

The action last Saturday appeared to be elsewhere, and some of the world’s biggest brands were doing the heaviest lifting. Adweek put together a list of the best deceptions, which includes this all too plausible advert for Jameson Irish Whiskey.

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Imagining if Snapchat had been an integral part of the early web

Monday, 3 April, 2017

If photo sharing app Snapchat had been around during the late 1990s, this is what it might have looked like, and how it might have worked. I’m certain if Snapchat had come along twenty years ago, we’d still be using it today.

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Trappist 1 was found last week, but you can visit the website now

Tuesday, 28 February, 2017

Trappist 1 poster, by NASA

Well that was quick. Within days of NASA revealing that Trappist 1, an ultra cool dwarf star thirty-nine light years from the Sun, was found to be hosting seven earth-like planets, the star, and its solar system, already has a website.

No sign – yet anyway – of a social media presence though. I expect someone will soon point out to the powers that be of the Trappist 1 system, that this is detrimental to their brand, and inhibits engagement between them and their clients.

Clients? Sure, that would be anyone who intends to colonise the Trappist 1 planets. There’s also – already – some short stories inspired by the system, and a nice collection of posters. I’m impressed, this is a lot of work in a short amount of time.

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All sorts of small ideas and innovations that are likely taken for granted

Monday, 20 February, 2017

Avocado, with label

Where would we be without BuzzFeed, and their enticing, clickbait titled, listicles? How else would we know about the existence of these sorts of things?

Colour coded shopping baskets, that let the sales staff at a store know whether you need help or not. A credit card tip jar that allows you leave one dollar gratuities. Elevators with buttons near the floor, in case your hands are full.

Or, microwave ovens with mute buttons, so you won’t wake anyone when fixing a midnight snack. Or stickers that indicate how ripe an avocado is, according to its colour, as pictured above.

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You haven’t seen Rogue One until you’ve seen it in the original 8-Bit

Thursday, 2 February, 2017

An eight-bit rendering of Rogue One, that imagines the Star Wars anthology series film as an arcade game. Directed by Norwood Cheek, and animated by Dilara Mundy.

Be warned, contains SPOILERS, of sorts.

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For Australia Day, a new, new, five dollar note, by Aaron Tyler

Thursday, 26 January, 2017

Australian $5 note. Design by Aaron Tyler

Since it’s a holiday here, for some of us at least, I’ll make this fast. Last September, the Reserve Bank of Australia unveiled a new look five dollar note. Long story short, reactions were mixed.

Australian $10 note. Design by Aaron Tyler

Accordingly, Melbourne based creative Aaron Tyler decided to try his hand at banknote design, and what you see at the top was the result.

Australian $20 note. Design by Aaron Tyler

Interestingly though, this is an update to concepts he created for all five Australian banknotes currently in circulation, in 2015, that he titled “Straya Cash”.

Australian $50 note. Design by Aaron Tyler

Given many Australians don’t recognise the historical figures on today’s notes, Tyler’s designs include slightly more contemporary cultural icons, and personalities, such as lamingtons, utes, red-back spiders, Lara Bingle, and Shane Warne.

What do you think? Oh, and Happy Australia Day.

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Star Wars Downunder, a fan made film by Michael Cox

Thursday, 12 January, 2017

It’s a fan made film, so I know you sometimes need to be in the right place, at the right time, to hear about these sorts of things, but I’m still not sure how I missed Star Wars Downunder. Made by filmmaker Michael Cox in 2013, “Downunder” brings a distinctly Australian taste, in the form of beer no less, to the popular sci-fi saga.

See the full film here, 30 minutes in length, or take a look at the trailer for a preview.

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