Top 5

Addidas getting pounded
more QR codes
Facebook Rioters
and heaps more

Check out our Top 5; the best links, articles, images, videos that we found
online this week. 15 August 2011.

Branding

1. Adidas Pulls No Punches With Boxing Bags in Chinese Subways Adidas has installed punching bags in Chinese subway stations. You’re supposed to relieve the stress of commuting by punching or kicking the bags. read more (adweek.com)

2. Computers are to design as microwaves are to cooking The West of England Design Forum (WEDF) was formed in 2006 by a bunch of passionate designers and others who wanted to create a place to come together, be inspired and promote design. The idea worked… read more (identitydesigned.com)

3. Introducing the Crowd Periscope Dairy Farmers of Canada wanted to give the crowd at the the annual MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto a great view of the show. This easy-to-assemble crowd periscope allowed fans to catch a better glimpse… read more (adsoftheworld.com)

4. Brands that have been around for a long time tend to have entrenched meanings in their customers’ minds. These entrenched meanings are usually very difficult to change quickly. This is less true for newer brands. read more ( brandingstrategyinsider.com)

5. Republik’s Fujikistan campaign set to shine at DMA ECHO Awards Republik’s Fujikistan DM campaign produced for Fuji Xerox, enjoyed four finalist spots and took home two Gold at this years RSVPs. It’s now set to collect metal at the 2011 Echos. read more (campaignbrief.co.nz)

Marketing and Advertising

1. Are you and your family safe from giant marauding alien robots? Insurance will certainly come in handy when the aliens arrive and start really messing with our suburbs. This visually impressive, and actually quite amusing, action-movie parody from… read more (adweek.com)

2. McDonald’s: Ice Sculpture Stunt Hosted in the town of Sylvan Lake, the stunt saw 8,000 pounds of ice moulded into a seven-foot tall installation, containing over 4,000 sparkling loonies, shaped into McDonald’s famous Golden Arches™. read more (ibelieveinadv.com)

3. Applications of QR Codes Their value has been debated, and their usage has been scattered because most businesses have not yet figured out how to take proper advantage of the technology. However, when… read more (blog.hubspot.com)

4. US Social Network Ad Revenues to Reach $3.08 Billion This Year US marketers will spend $3.08 billion to advertise on social networking sites this year, according to eMarketer data published in January. Spending will be up… read more (emarketer.com)

5. As Telecom zigs, Moa zags with beer-fuelled sex game It had to happen. In what many will see as the exact opposite of life, where sexual activity gets you beer not the other way round, Moa has launched an anti-abstinence campaign. read more (stoppress.co.nz)

Design

1. A Bookshelf That Gently Goads You Into Reading We’ve long suspected that people with big libraries and even bigger mouths about their big libraries haven’t actually read their own books. read more (fastcodesign.com)

2. Gadgets for the creative class This roundup of clever products will help streamline and organize your office or studio- and hopefully help you find more time to be inspired. read more (designsponge.com)

3. Is Adobe Muse the new Frontpage? Earlier this week Adobe announced Adobe Muse, a new product that promises its future users they will be able to create drag-and-drop web design. read more (designsponge.com)

4. Stanley Chow | New Prints Last year I showed you the amazing work of caricature pop illustrator Stanley Chow. And of course Stanley hasn’t been doing nothing since then, so here is some of my favourites from his newer works. read more ( bumbumbum.me)

5. A new website for More Yellow When I was in California, I had a very nice time with my friend Jordan Mauriello. We speak about creativity, web design and communication… I had the opportunity to see his new web site before it went live… read more (moreyellow.com)

Social Media

1. Will Google+ be the Second Biggest Social Network in 12 Months? The answers to these billion dollar questions affects and disrupts industries sometimes for months, years or maybe forever. Google+ Moves to “Kids and Cabernet” Users… read more (jeffbullas.com)

2. Back to School: 15 Essential iOS Apps for Students Forget Sharpies and highlighters, the new back to school essentials this fall are apps for your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. While cellphones used to be classroom contraband… read more (mashable.com)

3. Facebook rioters are given tough four year jail sentences – harsh? Two men from the north of England have been jailed for inciting people to riot by using Facebook. Jordan Blackshaw (left), 20, and Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan, 22, were jailed for four years each. read more (wallblog.co.uk)

4. Infographic: Asia-Pacific Social Media Statistics Internet usage is sky-rocketing throughout the Asia-Pacific region, obviously making the growth of social media the fastest in the world, as you’ll see, it’s not all about Facebook, but… read more (digitalbuzzblog.com)

5. 5 LinkedIn Campaigns Worth a Look Let’s face it, good marketing campaigns using LinkedIn are hard to find. It is the most popular business social network yet there aren’t many examples of good LinkedIn business marketing campaigns. read more (thenextweb.com)

Digital

1. Eye-tracker shows how Google+ ads could line up against Facebook’s At the moment, Google+ is ad-free. But assuming that changes fairly soon (and we have to expect it will), there are claims that the site will be able to ably compete with Facebook. read more (digitaltrends.com)

2. Digital works to get new life in competition Old, digital material will be revived in a unique competition which encourages artists, software developers and students to think outside of the box. read more (stuff.co.nz)

3. Apple plans to start pre-orders for next iPhone Sept. 30, launch Oct. 7. Apple currently plans to begin pre-orders for their next iphone in the final days of September. They still haven’t finalized the pre-order start date, are debating between Thrs, September 29th and Fri, September 30th. read more (9to5mac.com)

4. Google Buys Motorola Mobility For $12.5 Billion. There isn’t much info available about this deal, and why Google decided to purchase Motorola mobility, out of the blue. However, after this deal, we can expect Google to start manufacturing its own handsets. read more (techie-buzz.com)

5. A Year In The Life Of An $11 Million Startup, GroupMe. From a lawsuit, to major competitors, to raising $11 million, the founders have had serious highs and lows. We talked to cofounders Steve Martocci and Jared Hecht who told us all about the hectic first year. read more (businessinsider.com)