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Thu, 26 Feb 2009 06:27:06 GMT

Floating Logo

Floating Logo

A pretty easy photohsop manipulation, but the idea is really interesting. Floating Logos by Matt Siber - The Project Statement : Inspired by the proliferation of very tall signs in the American Mid-West, Floating Logos seeks to draw attention to this often overlooked form of advertising… - More info & pics Here

Via Trendland

Posted by: CyrilStyle      Read more     Source

February 24, 2009, 6:19 AM CT

Emotions may be more reliable when making choices

Emotions may be more reliable when making choices
When choosing a flavor of ice cream, an item of clothing, or even a home, you might be better off letting your emotions guide you, as per a newly released study in the Journal of Consumer Research

"Our current research supports theories in evolutionary psychology that propose that our emotions can be conceived as a set of 'programs' that have evolved over time to help us solve important recurrent problems with speed and accuracy, whether it is to fall in love or to escape from a predator," write authors Leonard Lee (Columbia Business School), On Amir (University of California, San Diego), and Dan Ariely (Duke University).

"We investigated the following question: To what extent does relying on one's feelings versus deliberative thinking affect the consistency of one's preferences?" write the authors. To get at the question, the authors designed experiments where participants studied and chose among 8-10 products, sometimes relying upon their emotional reactions and sometimes calling upon cognitive skills. Their conclusion: "Emotional processing leads to greater preference consistency than cognitive processing".

The scientists made some additional discoveries about eliciting consistent choices from participants. The study participants tended to make more consistent choices when products were represented by pictures instead of names; when pictures were in color (rather than black and white); when participants were encouraged to trust their feelings when making their choices; when the participants had greater cognitive constraints (i.e., when they were asked to memorize a ten-digit number as opposed to a two-digit one); and when the products tended to be more exciting (a pen with a built-in FM radio receiver) rather than functional (an LED book light).........

Posted by: Edwin      Read more         Source

Thu, 19 Feb 2009 02:44:40 GMT

African Fashion Collective 2009

The show took place last night and featured the designes of Xuly Bet from Mali, South African Stoned Cherrie (designed by Nkhensani Nkosi,) Fati Asibelua of Momo, and Nigeria"s Tiffany Amber.

Said the NYT:

.... the show still gave the crowd plenty to get excited about. There was a surreal turn on the Xuly Bet runway by Grace Jones, whose exoticism has always been of the extraterrestrial kind. There was the vision of the Bryant Park catwalks filled with an array of black beauties and not, as the Memphis-born model Wa’Keema Hollis said, the “same old two or three token girls.”

Watch a video of the show here

S: MBFashionweek

Posted by: Brigitte      Read more     Source

Wed, 18 Feb 2009 23:59:18 GMT

Ayo for Banana Republic

I haven"t been very impressed with Banana Republic clothing lately. To me it seems that they just put out the exact same cotton/silk blend tops and wide leg slacks season after season. This Spring, they"re attempting to shake things up a bit by announcing that "spring gets spicy" on their website. "Spicy" to BR apparently means that one will see a lot of orange in the new collection of silk/cotton tops and wide leg work pants.

They"ve also debuted a new "City Stories" ad campaign featuring musicians and plan a flashy new website to go along with the promotion. I found the above photos featuring beautiful Afro-German singer Ayo in Lucky magazine this month.

Ayo really makes those Banana Republic togs look stylish and a bit bohemian at the same time. I particularly love the snakeskin belt and the print of the scarf she wears to cover her hair.

As of today, there isn"t anything at the special site that BR has set up for the "City Stories" promotion but eventually, there should be some content that will include information about the nine artists chosen for the ad series and free music downloads.

In the meantime, here is Ayo perfoming "Down on My Knees" live:

Posted by: Brigitte      Read more     Source

Wed, 18 Feb 2009 21:29:13 GMT

New book: The power of unreasonable people

New book: The power of unreasonable people
George Bernard Shaw once said: "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all the progress depends on the unreasonable man". This is the main theme of the book "The Power of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets That Change the World" by John Elkington, Pamela Hartigan and Klaus Schwab.

This book is about unreasonable social entrepreneurs which attack opportunities unmet by for-profit business and create value for the whole society. The authors give various examples from the models such unreasonables pursue in order to realize their objectives.

I was impressed by reading great examples such as Barefoot College in India and the story of the people who did act as a catalyst for creating public good. This is a new book; the authors claim that by understanding these entrepreneurs' mindsets and strategies, you gain vital insights into future market opportunities for your own organization.

If you have time, please take a look at it and tell me what you think? Do you agree with the authors?

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Wed, 18 Feb 2009 18:31:01 GMT

Moving Midway

Moving Midway
Moving Midway
Directed by Godfrey Cheshire
2008, 98 minutes, U.S.A.
First Run Features

Documentary filmmakers rarely know if and when it"s appropriate to insert themselves into their own projects, but in his superbly entertaining and tough-minded directorial debut, New York-based film critic Godfrey Cheshire proves he"s certainly seen and written about enough docs (notably those of Ross McElwee, who serves as a consulting producer) to recognize that his onscreen self is an essential role. Turning his camera on Midway Plantation, a centuries-old estate in rural North Carolina that has been in his family for generations, Cheshire introduces us to his cousin Charlie "Pooh" Silver and a Fitzcarraldo-esque plan to literally pick up the ancestral home and move it to a quieter locale, away from the highway, strip malls and real-estate developers now invading its space. Moving Midway is not another tired dysfunctional family memoir, however, nor is it just the story of an old building to be saved-but as an essay on the troubled legacy of American history itself, it"s inspiring and complex and still warmly nostalgic without guilt.

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Wed, 18 Feb 2009 14:53:58 GMT

Snake Attacks Baby

I like that they interview the couple"s mother. What else do you think she"s going to say? "They"re bad parents take their baby away"?


Posted by: Kevin      Read more     Source

Wed, 18 Feb 2009 12:50:06 GMT

Asgar - Gabriel

Asgar - Gabriel
Collaborative painters Daryoush Asgar and Elisabeth Gabriel are making amazing work together.
Via Popwhore

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Wed, 18 Feb 2009 11:11:59 GMT

Morning Brew: February 17th, 2009

Morning Brew: February 17th, 2009
Photo: "IMG_6369" by wyliepoon, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

What"s happening in the GTA (and sometimes beyond):

Newly introduced law that makes it illegal for adults to smoke in vehicles with minors present is already under fire. A 20-year old was pulled over and while being ticketed for the offense, the 15-year old minor got out of the car and lit up a smoke of her own (something that by our current laws isn"t illegal). Ummm.... yeah. Anyone else see this as a contradictory and ironic oversight?

Barriers that keep TTC subway riders off of the tracks are not as easy to bring into place as one might think. Technical challenges include the need for precise train stopping (which requires upgrades to signals) and the whole shebang would end up costing hundreds of millions of dollars and take several years to implement. After the shocking incident at Dufferin Station on Friday, a story with victims, a hero, and attempted murder charges, these barriers are sure to be a hot topic.

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Wed, 18 Feb 2009 06:59:05 GMT

MAC Hello Kitty Brush Holder Set

MAC Hello Kitty Brush Holder Set
If you are a hard core Hello Kitty fan (of any age) then this MAC Hello Kitty brush holder set is a must have. What constitutes a hard core fan, you may ask? Well, for us, it means you probably have at least some but most likely all of the following: the Hello Kitty Toaster, water dispenser, bento box, pillows, costume and/or fine jewelry, pencil cases, multiple t shirts, bags, pens, stickers, waffle maker, telephone, cd player....
So if in fact you are that hard core fan, then there is no question about this item is there?
It"s a limited edition black plastic brush holder in the shape of a Hello Kitty head complete with her iconic pink bow. Contains a basic set of brushes for lip, face, eyes: the 187SE, 109SE, 239SE brushes.
Editor"s Note: We"re told it"s sold out online right now, but check your nearest MAC store to see if they still have them. Happy Hunting! It will be worth it. We"re tickled pink with ours :)To see the rest of the Hello Kitty collection and accessories online please visit today! --RLB

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