Things that made my day this week:
A Japanese TV vignette from 1997 featuring the dons of Japanese streetwear Jun Watanabe and Nigo.
A classic example of progress not being better. Tobias Van Schneider revisited Dieter Rams ten principles of good design and bastardise it with current digital design practices
A half hour edit of George Michael’s Fast Love. It reminded me of the way DJs and producers used to make extended edits of disco records to keep the dance floors moving. That was the origin of the 12″ single. It’s truly epic check it out
Louis Vuitton have been on fire recently. Their Master collaboration with Jeff Koons pokes fun at classic art. And then there is the collab collection with Hiroshi Fujiwara’s Fragment Design
Really nice piece of augmented reality marketing with a virtual cosmetics app to sell make-up
Nicky Siano on disco, drugs and DJing at Studio 54 | The Vinyl Factory
ESPN cuts familiar faces in major layoff – CNN – I wonder when this will trickle down to sports rights payments
Government ‘blocked’ from accessing Twitter data to help spot terrorist plots | Telegraph – Twitter pushed back against the surveillance state
Xiaomi phones won’t be heading towards the US anytime soon | Gizchina – not terribly surprising due to not having a patent fence to play rough with other vendors and the difficulties of adapting complex service offerings for US market from Chinese market
Andy Lau teams up with Tencent and Fox for Chinese financial drama | Marketing Interactive – interesting evolution of the Hong Kong TV and film industry
adidas and LPD Are Still Battling Over Failed Collaboration | The Fashion Law – this looks like an interesting collab gone bad
Why has the ubiquity of tech turned us all into divas? | Canvas8 – impatience, desire of immediate gratification
LVMH to Buy Christian Dior in $13 Billion Deal | BoF – raising the money through an expanded public offering….
China wants to restrict WTO rules on dumping, unfair subsidies | SCMP – I am sure they do, as they are most often on the receiving end of penalties
Now you can buy TV ads through Google’s DoubleClick | TechCrunch – this could sting agencies (cough cough WPP) who invested in an ad tech technology stack
Three kingdoms, two empires: China’s internet giants go global | The Economist – with the exception of political censorship, the internet sector in China is lightly regulated. Facebook, Apple and Google, in contrast, face increasing scrutiny. Chinese internet firms can achieve market domination of a sort that would attract close attention in other markets
Why is Foxconn Pushing Sharp back into the Smartphone Market so Aggressively? – Patently Apple – it would put a lot of pressure on Huawei
Barnzley Armitage and the bootleg Chanel tees – DisneyRollerGirl – snide t-shirts that accessorised the whole Buffalo feel of i-D magazine’s famous ‘Happy’ issue
Pathway into Cyber Crime | UK National Crime Agency Intelligence Assessment – more about kudos and moral / political issues (secrecy etc etc). Interesting that its being pulled into Prevent programme
Nothing new in UK Govt cyber security survey – Enterprise Times – in a blow for the government only 4% referred to Government and public sector sources. This is disappointing given the effort the UK Government has spent promoting cyber security
Barnzley Armitage and the Lost Art of Streetwear — the culture crush – great interview with the legendary stylist
I’ve been a bit quiet due to work and life intervening. Alongside my work in looking at strategy through a data-centric lens I have also taken on a content strategy role on a project. This isn’t about:
- Coming up with a few social ideas
- Editorial direction
But a much wider approach that takes a systems approach to content. What it is, where should it be and how it should be refreshed. With this in in mind I can thoroughly recommend The Content Strategy Toolkit: Methods, Guidelines, and Templates for Getting Content Right by Meghan Casey.
Meghan also provides a set of downloadable template to make your life even easier. I found the book relatively easy to digest but still have it about as a reference book on my current project.
I can also recommend the current British Museum exhibition: The American Dream – pop to the present. I really liked the works from the NASA art programme by Robert Rauschenberg that celebrated the Apollo programme.
Things that made my day this week
A barber shop quartet version of Sir Mix-A-Lot
(Space) Cats – Magic Fly
Monocle reported on Salon de Mobile 2017
A QRcode corridor in China
Mesmerising Chinese logistics robots