Reviews 2010

Reviews from 2010

Age of the Dinosaur
Dinosaur Jr @ The O2 Shepherd’s Bush 18.05.10

I think it’s probably been 10 years since I was in a mosh-pit proper. These days myself and the paunchy, greying late-30 something & 40 somethings stand near the sound desk swaying gently, nodding our heads or tapping our feet, perhaps singing the words under our breath. Somehow around the encore of the Dinosaur Jr gig, the young hooligan who had dragged me along (a good 8 years younger than me) had convinced me to join him in the sweaty, roiling mass of committed wreckers. I have to say I quite enjoyed it.

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Friday, May 14th, 2010 copywriting, livemusic No Comments

Old Skool is No Fool

Old Skool IA

Hand-drawn wireframes for the major re-architecting of LMFM - Click for full version

Sometimes it’s really refreshing to go ‘undigital’ as it were, and really get back to basics. So, since we are looking at doing a major overhaul of the IA and user interface, I thought it justified getting out the old A3 flip pad, some markers and a ton of mini Post It notes.

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Better with Viatel

Banner for Viatel's MPLS Campaign

Creative for Viatel's MPLS Campaign - Click for Variants

An integrated print, e-shot and digital advertising campaign for Viatel’s MPLS (Multi Packet Layer Switching) Campaign – focusing on easy set up, faster speeds, better service and more for your money! The printed mailer was an innovative 4-folded piece (see below), and in partnership with the e-shots & banners, took the prospective clients and partners to a Flash-based landing site to sign up for the free offers & free partner workshops.

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Saturday, January 30th, 2010 copywriting, creative development No Comments Reviews 2009 Music Community Site Music Community Site

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Rest In the Eye of the Hurricane Hicks and Guest @ Cavendish Arms, 04.03.2009

The intimate Cavendish Arms Ballroom, with it’s almost Baz Luhrmann inspired decor, quickly filled with an expectant audience who’d braved the council-estates towering over the insalubrious south London borough, to enjoy an evening of some unique and undiscovered talents of the singer-songwriter genre.

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Thursday, December 31st, 2009 Uncategorized No Comments

iPlayer Tivo Please

BBC iPlayer Services

BBC iPlayer Online Services

iPlayer is great, but really, why am I still having to watch it on my laptop? Why can’t I get it on my TV? Well the good news is that iPlayer _is_ finally going to be available on FreeSat in 2010! Hurrah! Of course Digital Cable services (e.g. Virgin Media) have already been enjoying the iPlayers, not just from the BBC but also 4OD and ITV iPLayer as well, for some time now … I guess we’ll never get it on my current Freeview setup though!

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Thursday, December 10th, 2009 copywriting, Technology, TV, Video No Comments

Cloud-Computing vs Apps

Google Chrome OS

Google's Chrome Operating System

With the introduction of Google Wave, following Google Docs and the Google Apps suite of productivity and collaborative working tools released over the last year, the release of Google Chrome is truly one of the most serious ventures in challenging Microsoft’s dominance of the way 90% of the population use their computers.

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Friday, November 27th, 2009 copywriting, opinions, Technology No Comments

Freebooters, Nostalgics, Renaissants & Media Urchins

Napsters Streaming Music Service

Napster's Streaming Music Service

Sky Songs – a new music service, in beta naturally, which offers a streaming service similar to Spotify for a little over 6 quid a month, has over 4m tracks AND you get to download 15 tracks to keep. Now that seems like the perfect model – a decent balance of streaming everything, a reasonable monthly charge AND you get a few favourites to keep. So why has Spotify cornered the market as the “plat du jour” of the streaming music services? How did it manage to get the drop on and since its adoption of a download costing model (all neatly synched with partner 7Digital) … will it really start being a threat to iTunes music store?

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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 livemusic, music, opinions No Comments

The inevitable demise of Geocities

Original Yahoo-Geocities Co-branded Landing Page

Original Yahoo-Geocities Co-branded Landing Page

Geocities, Geocities, Geocities … so Yahoo have finally announced that they will be ditching the Geocities free web-hosting facility. What do internet veterans feel about this?

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Thursday, October 15th, 2009 copywriting, opinions No Comments