We mourn afewtragedies, celebrate National Nutrition Month, and explore the cosmos. It’s been a busy week – we’ve had business trips, attended business meetings, and wrote business plans. Still, we’ve continued our weekly exercise of collecting a handful of compelling news stories. But first, a correction. Read the entire post
In today’s New York Times, you’ll find a story about a class being taught at CreativeFeed on page B2. We were in awe when the photography department from the NYT insisted on taking the enclosed photo during the storm this Monday afternoon. Thanks to the reporters, the FDNY, NYPD, government officials, and shelter volunteers who are keeping this city running and keeping us all connected. We couldn’t be prouder to have our headquarters in New York. Read more here.
As camera gear grows smaller, and the light sensitivity of cameras increases, the need for large bulky light kits are declining to an extent. For the run and gun shooter, having a quality portable LED light to fill in those dark places — without having to pay thousands — is a must have. F&V has a fairly inexpensive unit that might be right up your alley. Read full review…
Taking place across November 4 and 5 as a prelude to New York’s Illustration Week, the PICTOPLASMA conference invites designers, illustrators, filmmakers and producers, fine and urban artists, and vinyl toy connoisseurs to gather under one roof and chat about the mad world of character-driven art and design. (Above is “Keepon,” courtesy of BeatBots.)
Yesterday, Mr. Bill Cunningham, beloved photographer of The New York Times’ On The Street column, featured a gallery of freewheelers taking advantage of New York’s fourth annual Summer Streets, where connecting roads from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park are closed to motor vehicles for three clear Sundays each August.
And what do you know – our very own Creative Director, Gareth Chisholm, was caught on camera with his son (at 2’33”) pedaling right up the paint on Park Avenue.
Nice wheels, G!
Our CFO, Constantin, is a supreme genius—a sorcerer, if you will. And as any student of the German supreme genius Goethe knows, every genuine sorcerer needs an apprentice. Constantin—not a man to do anything by half—has TWO apprentices…in the shape of his talented young offspring, Michael & Jonathan.
Both boys are featured as ‘Kid Prodigies‘ in the new issue of Time Out New York Kids. Why? Well, eight-year old Michael placed fourth in New York City’s K-3 chess championship in 2010; Jonathan, 6, won in the kindergarten division! Between them, they have 100 chess trophies, and harbor hopes to one day be world champs. Move over, Mannings…here come the Mantas!
Today’s New York Times reports that a recent nationwide upsurge in graffiti, after 30 years of successful deterrence following adoption of the Broken Windows Theory, may be due in part to “glorifying such displays in advertisements.” Or is it a case of art-imitating-art-imitating-art?
Our talented friend, Ross Clugston, attended the opening of Brett Amory’s first New York solo show last night. Amory was this week featured by TimeToSignOff as one to watch (read that profile here), which influenced Ross—and dozens of others, apparently—to take a camera and check it out. Mr. Amory pictured below.
Today they discussed the changing landscape of the digital ecosystem and the effect it will have on marketers moving forward.
• Hyper-local content and targeting will become more prevalent
• Mobile is becoming a more viable channel to target as internet accessibility increases
• Companies will engage more in real-time media bidding (think dashboard interface)
• The changing landscape of ad-buy verification
• Increasing desire to know every facet of consumers’ lives
• Garage mentality brings useful learning for paid client work
• Good for making ideas real while keeping investment low
• Rewards can be high, but decide if you can do it every day
• Don’t be greedy, hand it off to partners who can run with it
• Find people with energy and vision who’ll empower an idea