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Arming ourselves with the design and communication skills necessary to bring about positive change. Advertising. Graphic Design. Industrial Design. Environmental Design. Automotive Design.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Mac dock icon spelling

Mac dock icon spelling: "Words spelled from apps in the Mac icon dock."

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

World's First Stop Motion Banner Ads For Coraline

We just finished creating these banner ads for Coraline, coming out February 6th. Laika is the genius behind the animation of Bobinsky. Be sure to watch in HD!

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

New Coraline Trailer

We just finished cutting the trailer for Coraline. The movie will be out February 6th

HD Version

Coraline Website

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

PICA TBA 2007 ad

We (FI5T) just finished a spot (Pop Art) for the 2007 PICA (Portland Institute of Contemporary Arts) TBA (Time-Based Art) Festival (Festival). Watch it. Then go. It's pretty fun and there's some good performances. You can download a pdf of the events here.

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

finally, clarity: 08 presidential candidate issue stances

This is something that I've wanted to see for some time now. 2Decide has compiled a chart of all major campaign issues and which side of the fence 2008 presidential candidates fall.

We often get so caught up in the fanfare of campaign or the charisma of a particular candidate that we forget if the actually represent the views we espouse. This chart acts as a good check of reason.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Genius and geniuser

Watch one.

Then two.

Graphis Diagrams

I am an absolute sucker for beautiful information graphics, and this collection of graphic diagrams from Graphis is one of the nicest I've seen. There are a few available used copies at Amazon which has both Graphis Diagrams 1 and 2.

For more in information design, see Feltron.

From: Things to Look At via swissmiss and dendeffe's flickr photoset

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Economist Ads

I'm sure you've seen some of these, but I just thought I'd share.


Nike Vintage Collection

Nike has just released their Nike Vintage Website to reveal the new Vintage Line. A nice throw back (though heavy on the cheese) to the the early days of Pre, Bowerman and Phil selling kicks out of a van. The shoes are beautiful, with details to mimic actual vintage. From awkward hand-cut swooshes to yellowed foam outsoles to dirtied laces, Nike has done an excellent job of keeping the feel of the original.

Maybe Nike should get a a 70's van and drive around to track meets and sell these shoes. Maybe.

Alls I knows is I'll be in line at the employee store come July 21st. Gonna get me six pairs of Waffle Racers; one for every day but Sunday. That's church.

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

stolen red giant tcr2

alchemi gets a lot of readers in the Portland area, so I'm asking for your help.

My 05 Red Giant TCR2 Road Bike was stolen from Old Town/Chinatown in Portland. It was locked on a bike rack inside a locked garage. It was taken from NW 4th and Flanders, probably by the drug dealers that hang out in that area.

It is a Medium frame with a carbon fork and carbon seatpost. It has red water bottle cages, a green and black saddle bag under the seat, black clip-in pedals and front and rear led lights.

It had NO TUBE on the rear tire.

Please help me find this. It's my baby. Please respond to my Cragslist posting if you have any information. Thank you.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Wii Power Pad

I guess I can give up on this now...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Wii Fit

Nintendo announced today a new peripheral for the Wii. The Wii Fit is a device that allows you to do push-ups, balance exercises and jumping-rope to instruction on your Wii. The game monitors your health rating and helps to get you in shape with games.

The device measures your balance, and even calculates your weight (body mass index.) It is wireless via bluetooth, and will ship later this year with the software title.

This in combination with the Wii Weights might be all you need to get dat ass fly.

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

MTV Switch: Global Warming Campaign

12 has come and gone. The reason for my recent lack of entries is not a lack of interest, rather a lack of time. Wieden+Kennedy Portland decided to hire myself and four others from 12.3 to begin a five person creative team. All of us art directors, writers and makers who float from project to project. The last few months have been crazy and hard and wonderful. More to come, I'm sure. But enough about the present, on to the past.

The last project that we worked on in 12 was a series of commercials for MTV's global warming campaign, Switch. We had a budget of $10,000 to produce ten commercials. Here are a few. The rest can be seen at MTV Switch. Enjoy. And try to listen to the message. That's the important part.

For this spot, we filmed 2,400 tealight candles with an HD Camera on a speedrail in a loading dock. 2,400 candles is unbelievably hot and we almost melted a $4000 camera. After filming, we animated the candles using a stop motion effect.


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Sunday, April 08, 2007

W+K Founders Day XXV

We've (almost) recovered from this year's Wieden+Kenndy Founders Day festivities. In celebration of 25 years of creating amazing work, the world's largest independent advertising agency went all out. To get things started, the New York office flew in and brought along the Rock Steady Crew.

After a few words by founders Dan Wieden and David Kennedy, slam poet Rives shared the first of several poems.

Next up was WorldChanging editor Alex Steffen who spoke about the current state of the world and how his book and website is attempting to bring about positive change.

After Steffen came my favorite speaker of the day, Cameron Sinclair, co-founder and executive director of Architecture for Humanity. He was energetic, inspiring, and most importantly, is making things happen. He showed a small share of the works they have done from Africa to New Orleans, and offered anyone who wants to design and build free room and board for two years. I'm considering it. Seriously.

After an emotional speech by Graham McReynolds about the work W+K has done for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Daniel Gilbert spoke on affective forecasting. I'm not really sure what it all meant, but his 2006 national bestseller "Stumbling on Happiness" could probably tell you.

Next was Arianna Huffington. She needed a translator.

I was really impressed with the type of speakers that were brought in for the day. Dan spoke about how important it is that we look outside the advertising world for inspiration, and by realizing the amount of impact you have in the world, you can share positive messages in an interesting human way.

Update: I'll get back with a more accurate description of the shoes shortly. I want to provide accurate credit to everyone involved. I apologize for any misinformation.

These shoes result from a collaboration between a team from Nike and a team from W+K who worked together on this project for the last year. They celebrate the 25th anniversary of W+K and their relationship during that time with Nike.

Day two: party under the big top. The carnival took place in an old bowling alley retrofitted in circus fare. There were trapeze artists, fire-breathers, magicians, fortune tellers, rides and games.

Then the curtains opened up and the Beastie Boys put on an amazing show. Might not be a bad place to work.

A huge thank you and congratulations for everyone who helped put this together. For more pictures and information on the event, please see the W+K Studio Blog.

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Voltaic Solar Bags

The Voltaic solar bags are mobile power generators, designed to charge your devices without tying you to a power outlet, which makes them ideal for traveling. Included with each bag is a Li Ion battery pack which stores any surplus power generated, so it is available when you need it – not just when the sun is up. The battery pack can also be charged using an AC travel charger or car charger (both included). This makes the Voltaic bags just as useful on the grid as off. They provide enough power to charge a cell phone, ipod, pda or camera, but unfortunately not enough for a laptop. Thinking in the right direction.

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