I’ve been laid up so this has been a long time coming.
I am a big fan of manufacturing videos that show how iconic products are made. This one on Pelican cases isn’t one of the best, but it still gives a good overview of what goes into the cases.
Amerigo Gazaway’s latest mash-up project
Homeboy Sandman & Edan #NeverUseTheInternetAgain – which I think I heard first on Matt Muir’s Web Curios newsletter
Capturing Chına: from civil war to rising superpower – photo agency Magnum put out a book on China
Louis Vuitton channels French space opera comics such as Moebus and Valerian on the promotion material for its latest collection.
We Spoke to an Ex-NSA Hacker Who Has Organized the First-Ever Mac Security Conference – Motherboard
Security Update | Facebook Newsroom – complete cock up and yet governments will do nothing
Interesting programme on why western fast food is struggling to break into Vietnam
Things that made my day this week:
The thing that blew me about this advert is how old school it feels and I mean it in a good way. High production values, great copywriting and beautifully shot. Pretty much everything that modern day adverts tend not to be with production being commoditised with the constant focus on how it can be used on Istagram / Facebook / Snap / Twitter Video – good enough rather than doing things well. These changes are symptomatic of all the forces affecting the ad industry at the moment.
While we’re talking about ad making, I also love this ad done for McDonalds Hong Kong in the early 1990s. Such a simple idea really well executed – you don’t need to speak Cantonese to get it. It is apparently based on this advert screened during the Super Bowl in the US. The creative was done during Leo Burnett’s 35-year run as creative agency for the fast food chain.
Scott Galloway tends to polarise opinions, so I’d ask you to put aside any feelings you have and listen to this interview with Mr Bags – one of the biggest influencers in the luxury sector for Chinese at the moment.
Amazing photos and insight into the Yakuza life: Behind the Yakuza: documenting the women of Japan’s mafia | Dazed Digital
Currently reading City of Devils : A Shanghai Noir by Paul French. It is a true crime story about Shanghai during the Warlord period prior to World War Two. I’m only a little bit into the book but it’s very obvious why the young Chinese Communist Party would have held a passionate dislike for western powers interfering in their country.
Apple reportedly shifting more iPhone XR orders to Foxconn from Pegatron, says paper – Pegatron’s production has been affected by a lower-than-expected yield rate and shortages of workers at its plants in China – the manpower issue is very interesting and implies a possible rift between the factories and local government. China has just begun to see a decline in worker numbers overall in its population
Brands throwing cash at sponsorship with little idea of return, report finds – Mumbrella Asia – not terribly surprising
Deepfakes web α | Generate your own Deepfakes – Japanese currency denominated service
Smart cities — too clever by half? | Financial Times – hell is other people’s technology
Life insurance company John Hancock wants to track your Fitbit data – Vox – very sinister
Software disenchantment @ tonsky.me – innovation entropy
Adobe Changes Its Marketing Cloud Trajectory With Marketo Acquisition – this going to be a very different marketing / sale model for Adobe
Alexa, Blow My Mind | Gartner L2 – Apple’s recent iPhone and Apple Watch launch lacked buzz in comparison to previous launches
FOMO in China is a $7 billion industry | Marketplace – the Chinese payment for knowledge Podcast business dwarves ad funding and Patreon-like services. Many of them are like bank analyst type reports as audio books
Luxury Daily Rimowa seeks to offer more than suitcases to its ‘purposeful travelers’ – marketing and design is going to rely on community and collaboration – sounds like Stüssy’s playbook for the past four decades
European Union has a plan for Asian infrastructure but will it collide with China’s belt and road? | South China Morning Post – this could get interesting
Google Announces That its Data Studio Tool is Now Available to All Users | Social Media Today – Interesting low end attack on Qlik and Tableau
Poundland To Open Stores At Up To 20 Former Poundworld Locations | Poundland Press Room – Jacks about to get hammered by Poundland with new stores. The stock inflating dream that Jacks is supposed to sell to Tesco shareholders may come unstuck very fast
Aldi and Lidl won’t be scared by Tesco’s new discount Jack’s | The Guardian – visually it might be an Aldi analogue, pricing strategy wise it seems closer to Poundstretcher with a bakery. It’s probably what all post-Brexit UK supermarkets will look like
Yom Kippur, a children’s bike festival on Israel’s deserted roads | Reuters – interesting evolution in consumer behaviour
Amazon Announces Echo Link, Echo Link Amp and Echo Sub • Gear Patrol – the (US only at the moment) Echo Link Amp looks lovely but you’d be better off with Schiit instead
Scott Galloway on the state of retailing at Recode Conference
This data viz maps Facebook connections across the country | Fast Company – well that’s another Facebook myth disproved
How to nail the Q&A portion of your presentation – good bits of advice
Apple-owned software company FileMaker does an ad that take aim at innovation hype
EU Starts Preliminary Probe into Amazon’s Treatment of Merchants | WSJ City – the EU has economic reasons to do this as well
CTS – conserve the sound – a German project that preserves what would have been familiar sounds of now obsolete technology. Most are interesting, though the Krups coffee grinder sounds exactly the same as my more modern model