Last week I was ‘papped’ for the street style section of a local newspaper. Yes, it’s a paper that I work for but I’m not letting that bring me down. It turns out that in my alternating dress styles of wearing exclusively navy clothing or a mish-mash of patterns I’ve accidentally managed to be ‘on trend’. Go me.
This ‘ensemble’ is mostly me wearing my favourite items of clothing with no regard for co-ordination or taste. The jacket is the lightest, warmest and most expensive thing I own (but it still cost less than one hundred so don’t be hating). It’s supposed to be ski-wear but it’s so cold and wet in Bristol I think I can get away with it. The jumper has stags printed all over it. I clearly have a problem.
photo edited to protect identity/embarrassment
This is somewhat of a stupid post to write as there’s not much I can say. The picture to the below says everything. I touched on it lightly in a previous post but there is an alarming amount of blunt advertising (and that’s being polite). The sort of advertising that makes it hard to admit you want to make a career in the field. The sort of advertising which does a better job alienating viewers than making a connect. The sort of advertising that is just plain bad.
That’s what makes John Willshire‘s quotation (the picture to the right now) so great. Money and sales have always been at the heart of advertising, sometimes explicitly, sometimes not quite so much. It may be called brand loyalty but companies essentially want sales, and repeat sales at that. It’s the ‘making people want thing’ part and it was kind of a big deal. Until now.
Luckily, brands are getting smarter. And that’s because consumer’s are smarter too. We’ve been advertised to for so long that once we feel even vaguely targeted our defence goes up and our interest goes down. That’s why brands (well some of them) have clocked on to making things people want (look up this time). The aim? To create a presence to and connection with consumers. If there’s a sale from that, well, great.
I wanted to keep this short, so I’ll stop. I’ve inevitably not done the quotation justice but it’s the best I can do for now. More content to follow soon along a similar vein on branded utility (aren’t buzzwords fun?).
It’s probably time these stopped, isn’t it? The call of ‘work’ is too strong to overcome so (Father) Christmas is well and truly dead.
I meant to write this blog post yesterday but I was so much busier, and lazier, than I thought I would be. I also keep meaning to stop posting picture grids, especially as I only have my weedy camera phone camera. Don’t worry, I’ll sort it out soon. Without further ado here is my take on my presents of Christmas present in a mock style of Things Organised Neatly.
Thanks to my family for the sick gifts and thanks to the Sun for providing the background paper.
Well with yesterday being the ghost of Christmas past it only makes sense, in my head at least, that today is the ghost of Christmas present. Sticking with the ‘creative’ definitions of ‘ghost’ and ‘christmas’ today I’m talking about Facebook timeline. I absolutely love it, though I acknowldge the flaws, but I seem to be fairly alone on that; the reaction, as ever, to the ‘new Facebook’ has not been a positive one. The complaints I’ve heard so far are all fairly reactive and I think a lot of people are missing out on the hidden potential. Yes, there are a few kinks but in time(line) they’ll be corrected.
What I like the most about Timeline is how graphic and visual it is. The timeline itself is aesthetically appealing and the staggered posting is really quite beautiful. I particularly like that favouriting photo uploads increases their size so if you’re a visually minded person you can really ramp up the impact. Even more exciting is the new cover photo feature. I’ve seen some amazingly designed cover photo/profile picture interactions online and I’m keen to try something like that myself. I currently have a quickly knocked together picture of my mariachi self playing along to a cover photo music score. With any luck I’ll have something more interesting, and professional, soon.
My only complaint, and it’s a fairly general one, is that they’re just too much going on. At standard settings there’s already an information overload. This is a particular problem as fairly unimportant information becomes quite a large block, and that’s a literal block, right at the top of your timeline. The current setup also makes it easier than ever for people to dredge up embarrassing status updates and pictures that you’d rather forget.
Once you go into the customisable options it becomes even more OTT. You can add events to your timeline to update, and backdate, your Timeline. These include such life changers such as ‘new tattoo/piercing’ or ‘new pet’ which completely undermine the importance of ‘real’ events like the ‘death of a loved one’ though god knows why you’d want to make that part of your newsfeed. It’s already embarrassing enough when your relationship status changes to ‘single’.
I’m back at home now and it kind of blows. There’s very little to see or do so I’m feeling pretty uninspired (and also like an absolute tool for writing that last sentence). This boredom provoked me to tidy up my old room which is a sign of absolute boredom if ever there was one. I haven’t been home for about a year now so I have plenty of old tosh to sort through. This got me thinking about a series of self-indulgent posts within a series of self-indulgent posts. So, without further ado I present the ‘ghosts of (christmas) past’. The pictures below probably say more about me than I’d like. They mostly say that I’m an absolute geek.
In order to embarrass myself to the fullest extent the items are (from top left to bottom right):
- my birth tag (?) – I have no idea what that should really be called but I’m going to call it my birth tag.
- Pokemon Blue – nuff said
- a badly extracted print ad about Venice – pretty isn’t it?
- Teach Yourself German – I can’t speak German. Unless I’m trying to speak French. In that case all I can speak is German.
- special edition Plains card – I paid for this. I can’t remember how much but probably a lot. It’s got the Great Wall of China in it.
- Final Fantasy VII – The best of one of the least Final Fantasies.
- ‘retro’ Puma tshirt – I just plain like this.
Today I finished all my Christmas shopping (yawn) but more importantly I saw enough Christmas trees to last me a lifetime. You see, for some unknown reason, Victoria Square (it’s in Belfast, keep up) has decided to cover itself with fake trees. The trees themselves are pretty nice and surprising tasteful but they are absolutely everywhere leading to bad taste overload. There was a three tree bundle about every five metres making for about 120 trees PER FLOOR. There are five floors making up an endless panorama of fake fir finery as far as the eye can see.
Why? Just, why?
I’m in the drive to get presents sorted and it’s stressing me out. I have no idea what to get either of my sisters and it’s getting to be ‘think outside the box’ time. It’s pretty convenient timing too as I was planning on visiting a few Bristol pop ups that are pitched towards the Christmas market (pun completely intended).
I was expecting to have much more to say, and show, but unfortunately I was kind of underwhelmed. It’s not that it wasn’t good (it was!) I was just expecting something different and my expectations were very high given the quality of pop-ups I’ve been to before in Bristol. Their website is here is you want to see a differently subjective take on the whole thing. The ‘collection’ is split up into four shops. Which I’ll give a really quick rundown of with some pictures.
The first, that I went into at least, was definitely the most ‘crafty’ and closest to what I was expecting. It had what I would say was the best gift potential and I was hoping that I’d get something for my sisters there. It wasn’t meant to be. There was a lot of great stuff but I found the pricing to be a bit off. It wasn’t that the stuff was too expensive but it just wasn’t at a price that I was willing to pay. They have an amazing dinosaur lamp which I don’t have a picture for but it was definitely a winner. Some pictures from stop one are below:
My second stop was by far my favourite and much more of a guerilla gallery than anything else. Everything was reasonably priced but still quite a bit out of my price range. I actually saw too many amazing things to go into too much detail here. This shop definitely had the best content and layout in my opinion. Really engaging and interesting. I particularly liked the stuff by Data/Robb Wass and didn’t see a piece of his there that I didn’t like. His butterly/stained glass mashup is incredible. General pictures here:
Third stop was Antlers (with an upside down A). It was cool but nothing new to me. Antlers (with an upside down A) are a cool bunch and I saw some nice tees that I’d never seen before. This was my third time at an Antler (with an upside down A) gallery and I’m impressed how good they are at keeping each new location fresh. It can’t be easy being a ‘nomadic gallery’ to use their own terminology. Nice things included the porcelain tea sets and tees. The animal bones are what stole the show for me though. Again, pictures below:
I don’t really have much to say about the final location and have no pictures at all. Best thing about it was seeing some Susan Taylor prints especially the Rome one which I’d never seen before. She’s on the much more affordable end and if you like striking, graphic typography type artwork then you’ll love her. Definitely worth checking out her website as I’m not doing her justice. Pay particular attention to her city prints. They’re great.
I really recommend that you go down and check it out for yourself. My problem was my high expectations that realistically were never going to be fulfilled. I especially recommend you go it you’ve read the whole review. Maybe after seeing this you’ll absolutely love it!
So, been busy recently and not had much time to post. Getting rejected for grad schemes really takes it out of you. I found this ad on a blog that was recommended to me by another blogger.
I like this. I like this a lot.
so just watch this video of beyonce.