Monday, June 30, 2008

Is it a bird? A plane?

It's a Flogo! Yes, the people at Flogos ( have developed flying logos that are made out of soap-based foam and lighter than air gasses like helium.

This is a sure sign that the end is near.

Friday, June 27, 2008

What A Character

The Stinson Brand Innovation Studio whiteboard has a personality all it's own. But this has sparked an idea to do a series of these for the Studio website. To be continued...

Burning Down The House - Literally

There was a fire right down the street from our studio today. It was tragic to watch but I thought I'd post this just as a reminder of how quickly life can change when something like this happens. Luckily nobody was hurt.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Today's Weather

Right side up umbrella.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

For a good time call...

The platform that MegaPhone  has developed is a great integration of existing technologies that can be applied in so many ways. At the moment they've taken cell phone technology, the multiplayer gaming craze and mixed in larger than life public space video displays to create a new spin on entertainment and gaming.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Temp Posting

I just posted this as a temp file. 

Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Luckiest Place on Earth

Aurora, Illinois must be the luckiest place on earth. This is the 3rd or 4th rainbow I've seen in the last month.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Push or Pull? Not Quality over Quantity.

After flipping through a recent issue of MedAd News these two ads struck me on several levels. At first I was going to do an entry just on the similarity of the design. You almost can't get more parody than this from (what appears to be on the surface) a similar offering and design look and feel. The Google ad did a much better job of executing a story around the information, pulling the reader in with a relevant bit of data and speaks with a lot of confidence. Poor WebMD fell into an worn out advertising idea and follows through with a little chest beating that they probably felt they could get away with because the layout has that ever popular "clean, white space look".  

When I took another look at these you can start to see the future battle of marketing starting to take shape. Are brands like WebMD going to be destinations or are companies like Google going to be able to push information and entertainment to users so efficiently that destinations become obsolete?

Monday, June 16, 2008

World Business

Typically the commercial art in ads or posters on the "L" don't stop me but this image and idea from The Financial Times was so well done I had to snap a photo of it.

The web site does an excellent job of paying off the ad as well as providing relevant content.

To see more go to:

Financial Times - World business. In one place.

Saturday, June 7, 2008


I finally completed a test project that I've been trying to finish for about 6 months. Online publisher LuLu allows you to upload content in word documents and/or images and you can produce your own books on demand. I'm interested in the reproduction quality and overall production value of the product. 

Currently my first offering is ranked 71,354 and soon to be 71,355 once the next book is uploaded. 

Even though nobody reads this blog, and even fewer people will ever see this book I'll do another post about the quality of the final product. I see some other creative uses for LuLu in the future. 

Monday, June 2, 2008

Next Stop, Art

I came across a pleasant surprise today at the Merchandise Mart "L" stop. There's an In-Transit Gallery covering the walls which makes taking public transportation a little more enjoyable.