Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Most Contagious 2010

Great stuff in here...

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The Wantist

When you're looking for a gift, instead of searching the same old websites, let The Wantist help you find it.

Stupid simple product browsing. Nice photography. Cool gifts.



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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Free Holiday Gift For Your Parents

I get a call at least once a week from my dad asking me for computer help.  Now, thanks to a few people at Google, I can send him a quick video instead of wasting 30 minutes explaining how to attach a photo to an email. Awesome.

Teach Parents Tech.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Little Drummer Boy - Will Ferrell and John C Reilly

The holidays are truly joyous, my friends. Enjoy.

<div style="text-align:left;font-size:x-small;margin-top:0;width:512px;">Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy with Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly from Will Ferrell</div>

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Burger King uses augmented reality


Burger King's augmented reality banner created out of Crispin Porter + Bogusky promoted BK's value menu. Viewers would hold up any old dollar bill to their web ams and get a taste of what the greenback can buy. They can also use their faces to make like The King.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Digital Ninja vs Traditionalist

 In case you haven't seen this hilarious video of a conversation between a digital strategist and a traditionalist...

<p>digital ninja from moon stuff on Vimeo.</p>

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Approval From Strangers Is Hot This Season

Insecure "socialites" rejoice!

Fashism is here to satisfy your need for peer approval while stoking your exhibitionistic fire.

Just upload a picture of yourself trying on a new shirt, sporting a new haircut or rocking some jewelery and get instant feedback from the Fashism community. If you're not ready for the virtual stage, judge others by clicking "I like it", "I hate it" and commenting.

There's also a point system offering rewards every time a photo is uploaded and a comment is made or voted for on the site. These points help unlock discounts and specials through Fashism's retail partners.

What do you think? Cool idea or sad cultural commentary?


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Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Low Branches

Our friends, The Low Branches, recently stopped by RVA Magazine to make people say, "holy shit, that's beautiful."

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

RockMelt - Social Browsing

Have you always dreamed of your web browser integrating your social experience? Your prayers may be answered. Introducing RockMelt.

"With RockMelt we’ve re-thought the user experience because a browser can and should be about more than simply navigating Web pages.  Today, the browser connects you to your world. Why not build your world right into your browser?

Your friends are important to you, so we built them in. Now you’re able to chat, share that piano-playing-cat video everyone’s going to love, or just see what your friends are up to, regardless of what site you’re on. Your favorite sites are important to you, so we built them in too. Now you can access them from anywhere, without leaving the page you’re on. And RockMelt will tell you when something new happens.

Share or tweet links often? Yeah, us too. No more wading through each site’s goofy share widget or copy-pasting URLs. We built sharing directly into the browser, right next to the URL bar. Like a site or story? Click “Share” and BAM – link shared. You can use it on any site to post to Facebook or tweet about it on Twitter. It’s  just one click away. That easy." 

I haven't used it yet because I'm waiting for my limited beta invitation. But here's a demo video to peak your interest.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010


 No matter what side of the aisle you're on, this is pretty brilliant.


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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Antoine Dodson Sex Offender Tracker App

Antoine Dodson of Bed Intruder Song fame is now hawking a sex offender tracker app.

Good for him. I love that he's using a terrible situation to get his family to a better place.

My favorite line from this spot: " The sex offender tracker is only app that uses the latest and greatest in augmented reality. It's a technology."

Check it out

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Futuristic Coke Bottle Design - Mystic

Here's an interesting look at French designer, Jerome Olivet's visionary take on the Coke bottle. The designs are stunningly beautiful, but completely wrong for this brand in my opinion.

Coke is a piece of Americana - a tradition steeped in classic, simple design.

I could, however, see Jerome's design positioned as a limited addition offering at a hotel in Dubai or served on the Virgin Galactic Spaceport.

Check out more photographs of the Mystic design here.

And for a few examples of simple but iconic Coke designs, check out what Turner Duckworth has done in the last few years.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

SMS Slingshot

 I'm really into environmental stuff these days. This interactive messaging gaget is crazy cool. How boring would it have been if it were a gun?

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Blendtec does Old Spice

This is what happens when two viral forces collide. It might smell good, but it's pretty ugly.

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Blendtec does Old Spice


This is what happens when two viral forces collide. It might smell good, but it's pretty ugly.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

At the end of every creative brief?

"The only way to discover the limits of the possible, is to go beyond them, into the impossible"-Sir Arthur C. Clarke

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Dazzle The Rainbow

Here's another cool Skittles mob piece from the UK.

In a live interactive competition, a character named David Phoenix challenges Skittles fans to a duel of epic consequence - or at least delicious consequence.  Phoenix wants Facebook fans to try to bury him in a tomb of Skittles. Every person who logs on to the app activates hundreds of Skittles which are dropped on Phoenix every 15 minutes. 

After being buried in almost 2 million Skittles with time to spare, the mob won.


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Monday, October 18, 2010

Digital Mapping - Prague Clock Tower

In celebration of the astrological clock tower's 600 year anniversary, Macula composed this amazing light show. According to their Vimeo site, the only lighting technology used were two Christie projectors (2x18000 lumens in HD). The detail and effects are amazing.

Be sure to check out Macula's site for more examples of their work.

<p>The 600 Years from the macula on Vimeo.</p>

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Conan Blimp

 This is one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time and a great execution of an offline/online idea.

To promote his new show on TBS, Conan is sending a blimp up and down the East Coast for the month of October. You can follow it on Twitter or Foursquare for check-ins above his favorite spots. The project also implements the first ever auto-updating check-in location. So, spot the blimp and get a "Conan Blimpspotter" badge. Pretty cool.

The talented folks over at Breakfast put this together.


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Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Fringe Movement

Today, Anya and I visited a super cool artist collective in Boston called The Fringe Movement. A raw, old warehouse houses offices for a few web designers, a photographer, a letterpress printer, custom bike builders and a bunch of painters/sculptors.

So inspiring!

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Creative Mecca

This past weekend I went to St Louis with my wife and kids to visit my brother's family.

The first day, they took us to the City Museum.  It's described as "an eclectic mixture of children's playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects." This description, although accurate, does the place no justice. It was the first time in my life that I've experienced a "you have to see it to believe it" moment.

The museum was imagined and built by internationally acclaimed sculptor Bob Cassilly and his crew of 20 artisans.  Among the millions of items they used are salvaged bridges, construction cranes, miles of tile and wire, two abandoned planes and even a school bus that hangs over the roof's edge.

Everywhere you turn within the 600,000 square-foot former show factory, there are places to hide, things to climb and amazing slides - including a 10-story slide that goes from the roof to the second floor caves.

Experiencing such creative vision and execution has really reinvigorated me. It's also made me realize that I need to continue to push myself creativity and those working at RTH.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The RTH Office Is Evolving

We've been invaded by crazy dinosaurs.

And that's thanks to our friend Jarrod at J Fergeson Gallery who hooked us up with these amazing paintings by David Dodge Lewis from his The Evolution Series. The colors and detail are incredible...and you know we love a crazy concept.

Every three months or so, we're going to feature new work from some of the region's coolest artists from Jarrod's gallery. It's a great way to infuse a little inspiration into our work environment while giving these contemporary artists a bit of Broad Street exposure. 

So come by for a visit and see for yourself.   

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Monday, August 23, 2010

The Rap Map

Feed your inner-MC and check out The Rap Map. This simple but cool site analysis hip-hop lyrics and maps out any destinations mentioned.



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Thursday, August 12, 2010

I Ain't Getting In No Silo, Hannibal

I been thinking and reading a lot lately about the reinvention of the agency structure. I've worked at big shops in NYC and small shops in RIC, and what's interesting (and frustrating) is they both suffer from the same problems that prevent true collaborative development.

 So, I made a quick list of things that we do at RTH to try to stay a free-range shop.

1. Stop referring to writers and art directors as "creatives." Everyone should be.
2. Don't tolerate egos - they are cancers to the process
3. Kick off projects with ALL members of the team present - not just planners and account peeps
4. Write an internal brief together
5. Set up a blog or wiki where briefs, research, articles, inspiration and ideas can live and be shared
6. Protect each person's core value to the team, but challenge everyone to contribute to all aspects of the project by making everyone responsible for success
7. Don't work the teams to death
8. Promote and reward all idea sharing from everyone on the team - no idea is stupid (within reason)
9. Drink and bullshit together
Would you add anything?

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Old Navy Read My Booty

In an app-crazed world, there's a lot of "ho hum" ideas being produced.

It seems that if an app doesn't offer some sort of utility/value and fit into a bigger campaign idea, it's really just a PR gimmick. No need to dredge up the culprits. I'm all about being positive these days - or so I tell my wife.

With that said, I love the Old Navy "Booty Reader" online app from CP+B. First, the fortune teller reads your butt by using your web cam or uploaded pictures. It's always fun to see your ass on the screen. Humbling to say the least. 

After she sizes you up from a few angles, she asks you to choose 3 cards from a deck that subtly define your different activity levels and lifestyle. Then, voila, she magically provides you with the perfect pair of jeans.

It's a fun, memorable and useful tool that's built for word of mouth success.

Give it a try.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Full Body Search Design

Are you tired of just breezing through the airport security check? Needing some extra attention from the gentle folks at TSA?
Or maybe your ratty suitcase has a few holes that need covering.

No worries. These creative stickers have got you covered. Literally.

So, before your next trip to Peru, pick a few up at The Cheeky for $15.


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Monday, July 12, 2010

Mustaches, Neon & Foam Dome Hats

It's just nice to see this visualized. Makes me feel warm.

Now, I'm off to the attic to break out my parachute pants and Ferrari sunglasses.

via Flavorpill

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Hot Sauce Packaging for Hot Sauce Snobs.

I'm a hot sauce snob. I admit it. I love the stuff and am always seeking out the latest and hottest. Out of the hundreds I've tried, I've never seen one packaged as beautifully as Fuego Hot Sauce.

The line of sauces was designed by University of Washington student, Stephanie Hughes. I love the raw, natural materials and the showcase of the sauce in the small elixir-style bottle. There's always something so gravitating about the use of wood and cork. The numbered heat scale labeling system is a great touch too.

The name of the line, Fuego Hot Sauce," is a little obvious, but all of the other details more than make up for it.

Read more after the jump below...

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Delicious Business Cards 

Cool idea.

Soon to follow...condom cards. Real utility, huh?

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Congrats Noel and Ian

This past weekend during an incredibly beautiful service on the banks of the James River, our Account Goddess Noel McKenzie became Noel Johnson. Congratulations, Noel and Ian.

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Write The Future

In case you missed it, this latest Nike commercial featuring the current superstars of soccer is beautifully done. I'm wondering though if any goalies out there are annoyed that their position was absent from the spot? Sure, goal keeping is no where near as sexy as goal scoring. But it's arguably more stressful, lonely and difficult to be great.



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Thursday, May 20, 2010


Meet our new intern, April. She's a hard worker, talented designer and loves packing boxes all the live long day. No, I'm pretty sure that's not true.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I Love Dust Does Richmond

Mark, Anya and Ingi were looking good after a few well placed drinks at Sam Millers. Great to finally hang out with the gents from London and Portsmouth in person. Their shop is amazing and Release The Hounds is lucky to have such friends/partners.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Freakishly Good Stationery!

Check out this amazing stationery design for 13 Street - "Germany's most famous crime and horror channel."

It was created by JVM of Hamburg and just may be cooler than Oktoberfest.

More pics at Behance.

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