Cannes Lions 2012

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has recently wrapped up it's 59th year. Running from 17-23 June in Cannes, France, this year's event saw some amazing entries. With so many great campaigns across the range of categories it's best you simply take a look through the winners for yourself, you can check them out in one place here

One piece that stood out for us was from the Cyber Lions category -  'The Liberation' - a stunning piece of retail / ecommerce interactive film - check it out here

The Liberation

Google maps - Indoors!

Google Maps now allows Android smartphone users to view floor layouts and easily navigate selected airports, shopping centres and retail stores. Figure out how to get to departments, airport gates, and even restrooms all from the palm of your hand.

RIP Steve Jobs

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs 

The Rise of QR Codes

  • Wednesday, 28 September 2011
  • By Zoe Bruce
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A snapshot of the rising uptake of QR codes, some highlights:

  • QR code uptake has increased 4589% from early 2010 to early 2011
  • 56% of QR codes appear on product packaging
  • The majority of users expect to receive a coupon or deal from scanning a QR code
  • 11 out of 50 Fortune companies are incorporating QR codes into their marketing strategy
  • 68% of QR codes are scanned via an iPhone

To see the infographics in its entirity click here >> 
Infographics come courtesy of Queaar

A Type of Show

  • Sunday, 14 August 2011
  • By Andrew Suggit
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A Type of Show.

The exhibition is curated by Like Minded Studio and while featuring a range of brilliant local typographers and artists, also features two international type artists Tony DiSpigna and Alex Trochut. According to Like Minded Studio’s Luca Ionesco, “The idea behind the show is to unite the local type and lettering community, but also to welcome to DiSpigna and Trochut to Australia, a rare occasion for our type and lettering community.”

Trochut has been brought out to Australia by The Jacky Winter Group for another exhibition, More is More, and will be participating in a book signing (Friday August 19 from 6-9pm at The Showcase Gallery), while you can catch DiSpigna at his design lecture at COFA (7.30pm, 18 August).

At A Type of Show, look out for work from Keith Morris, Timba Smits, Tristan Ceddia, Andrew van der Westhuyzen, Vince Frost, Marty Routledge, Gemma ‘O Brien, Jonathan Zawada, Luke Lucas, Jeremyville, Ken Taylor and Deanne Cheuk, and many more.

The exhibition runs from 7pm, 17 August to 31 August at Kind of Gallery, 72 Oxford Street in Darlinghurst. 


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Analogue Digital // Creative Conference

  • Sunday, 7 August 2011
  • By Andrew Suggit
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ANALOGUE/DIGITAL is a regional creative conference which delivers big city creatives to the intimate backdrop of your local nook/cranny. this years event features six exceptional speakers from a range of diverse backgrounds, cultures and creative avenues. 

WHEN: 21/OCT/2011

Tix onsale 15 August HERE


  • Friday, 22 July 2011
  • By Andrew Suggit
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Positive Posters 2011

  • Wednesday, 6 July 2011
  • By Andrew Suggit
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The Brief

Positive Posters provides a shared platform that encourages designers to be proactive in shaping important issues. We believe in the ability of design to inspire minds, change attitudes and spark revolutions.

The 2011 Positive Posters brief asks you to design a poster that highlights or exposes an issue specific to your own country, someone else’s or one that is international. It could be social, environmental or political; anything that you believe deserves a global audience and could be better seen or understood.

This is an opportunity for you to make a positive contribution towards an issue by presenting it to a global audience. We don’t want to tell you what’s important; we’d like you to tell us what’s important to you. 



Pause Fest - Melbourne 7-13 Nov, 2011

Pause Fest

Pause Fest is the latest creative festival to hit Melbourne and looks great! A great lineup of featured creatives including our friends from Breeder.

From the Pause Fest website www.pausefest.com.au :

Pause Fest is a manifestation of the digital and creative industries featuring the world's most creative minds of the 21st century within the Melbourne CBD. Pause Fest is about the new, innovative, interactive, exciting, creative and contemporary.

The fest presents the best and freshest work from global thinkers that dare to innovate and break the rules to set new standards, thus making it the essential meeting point for all who want to experience the future in all formats. The weeklong festival will start with small events, exhibitions, projections, open studios, installations, product launches and interactive projects dispersed through the city and it will culminate in one grand and exciting ‘exhibition’ event where visual artists/ agency show reels and business opportunities share centre-stage.

Pause Fest is a gathering of passionate, creative souls where they can connect with each other and with the world’s top talent. We welcome creatives from all fields, companies and agencies that embrace art+innovation and the general public.

They also have a poster contest running as well, a response / interpretation of the quote "If you could pause one moment in your life what would it be?" So get your submissions in - details here


  • Thursday, 23 June 2011
  • By Andrew Suggit
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I USED TO SKATE ONCE 7 is on again tonight at the Zoo in Brisneyland.

Doors are opening early at 7pm and all the shops in the downstairs stage area (Winn Lane), will be open.

The Outpost
Flamingo Cafe (selling tacos)
Little Jane Street
Sunday Social


Entry via The ZOO front door 18+

Get on it!


Introducing Talk-O-Meter iPhone App. 

"There are friends, colleagues or even partners who do not notice it, when they dominate others in a conversation. They just talk too much. A little iPhone app helps.

The iPhone is placed between two people having a conversation and learns to separate the two voices. At intervals of 1, 2 or 5 minutes you see different lengths of red and blue bars that show what percentage of time each speaker was talking."

Passing Through


  • Wednesday, 27 April 2011
  • By Andrew Suggit
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World Graphics Day is an opportunity to recognise communication design, its role in the world and to celebrate Icograda's anniversary. It has been celebrated internationally since 1995.

So go on, leave early today, you deserve it, especially after a 5 day break.


Ideas Festival

  • Wednesday, 27 April 2011
  • By Andrew Suggit
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From the site.

Not just for nerds, the 2011 Ideas Festival is a conversation starter. Have a chat with a few hundred of your neighbours and be inspired by our guests as we dissect ideas old and new. 

Analogue Digital - Sunshine Coast

Analogue / Digital is a new creative conference happening on the Sunshine Coast.  Lineup looks great with the likes of: Claudio Kirac, Vaughan Blakey, Sofles featuring Luke Shirlaw, Simon Degroot, Jeremy Wortsman and Matthew O'Brien. It's great to see regional areas getting a piece of the action - tickets are cheap as well - early bird tickets selling now.



  • Sunday, 13 March 2011
  • By Andrew Suggit
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To raise relief funds for the the devastating earthquake and subsequent massive tsunami that struck Japan March 11, 2011, WK Studio has designed a poster to sell at bigcartel. %100 of the proceeds go to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief. 

Courtesy of FFF
Purchase Here 


  • Wednesday, 2 March 2011
  • By Andrew Suggit
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So head on down/up to Kerbside (Constance Street, Fortitude Valley) from 6 to 9pm on Thursday 3 March to buy a limited edition print and have a drink for a good cause.

Featuring work from a range of Queensland’s best designers and illustrators both past and present, Queenslake is an exhibition of letterpress prints to raise money for the relief effort, with all profits donated to The Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal. The prints will be sold for $50 each, in numbered runs of 50. Get something for your donation dollars (other than a hangover).



RSVP to the event on Facebook

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  • Thursday, 24 February 2011
  • By Andrew Suggit
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Design College Australia is now sending out an SOS to you and your friends. They invite you to join them for a night of international design, food and drink at the college to help turn the tide on this devastation. Brisbane has never seen such a collection of design work gathered in one gallery on one night. Come and bid on one of these world class pieces and your moneywill go to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Fund to help support those who have lost so much.

Contributors include:


When: Friday 18 March 2011 - 6.30pm till late
Where: 200 Barry Parade Fortitude Valley Brisbane
RSVP: 11 March 2011, sos@esigncollege.com.au or facebook-sos

For further details please phone (07) 3257 3499


...and the final word comes from Clint, the man behind DCA........."some of the original prints will blow you away".

(I think I just busta rhymes)


If you THINK. Vote The Greens

Fantastic ad...congratulations to Republic of Everyone!

Secrets Revealed!

  • Thursday, 24 June 2010
  • By Catheryn York
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I came across this picture on Coolhunter using Madonna in a fake beauty care ad. Amazing what we can do with Photoshop...creating these unrealistic images of celebrities. Although I found this fake ad amusing, the message underlying this is serious. People just cant look as good as they do once the airbrush comes out and turns them into genetically gifted gods or goddesses.

A few months ago I was happy to see that Britney Spears, one of the world's most famous pop stars allowed all of her imperfections to be highlighted. She allowed the pre-airbrushed images from a shoot she took part in for fashion firm Candie's to be used alongside the digitally-altered ones, so people can see the difference. Britney may not always be the perfect role model for our children however this is a great step in the right direction. And I personally think she looked beautiful in the before shot! 

Art & Copy Film

  • Friday, 17 July 2009
  • By Catheryn York
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I came across this film and I hope it becomes available in Australia. ART & COPY reveals the stories behind and the personal odysseys of some of the most influential advertising visionaries of our time and their campaigns, including Lee Clow (Apple Computer 1984, and today’s iPod); Dan Wieden (“Just Do It”); Phyllis K. Robinson (who invented the “me generation” with Clairol); Hal Riney (who helped President Reagan get re-elected); and George Lois (who saved MTV and launched Tommy Hilfiger overnight).

Directed by Doug Pray, ART & COPY captures the creative energy and passion behind the iconic campaigns that have had a profound impact on American culture. Featuring rare interviews with the aforementioned industry legends, the film seeks to identify the elements that transform an slogan into a pop culture catch phrases.

Check it out: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Vimeo / YouTube