this is a little film by Saatchi and Saatchi and Heckler – i like...read more and add your thoughts
Here’s the new Kilian Martin video directed by Bret Novak, who’s worked on many of the spanish skater’s previous films including Altered Route. like the previous martin/novak colabs, this one looks and sounds amazing. here it’s india providing the stunning backdrop to some of the most breathtaking skate tricks, movements and acrobatics you’ll see....read more and add your thoughts
Cool vid here of the behind the scenes shoot for the campaign to launch chelsea’s new kit. Put together by London creative agency The Corner, it uses colour as the essence of the club and despite me being a life long QPR fan, and therefore sworn to hate the chelsea, its turend out really really nice. Think the idea of a kit promo that doesn’t show any of the kit at all is sweet.
Of course, the idea of body paint and sports players aint exactly original…...read more and add your thoughts
ever wondered who the biggest hp hop and r n b peeps go to for their beats? its this dude, hit boy. he’s the producer for Kid Cudi, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Eminem, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown,Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber, and several others....read more and add your thoughts
Nifty idea here. Props for dropping Like a Boss into the campaign too...read more and add your thoughts
Here’s an article i wrote about a recent case of what looks like blatant online plagiarism.
*edit, since i wrote this, the offending website has been taken down and the company has also changed their Twitter address.
They say that imitation in the sincerest form of flattery, but it’s unlikely that Sydney based design and development team The Mealings would agree at the moment. Yesterday, they found an almost carbon copy of their award winning website being used by a design and web company in the UK. Of course, no one likes a copycat, but what is extreme about this case of online plagiarism is that it goes beyond just ripping off a design – it’s more like identity theft.
The Mealings is husband and wife team, Leesa and Sam Mealing. Leesa is a graphic designer with a focus on web design, while Sam is in digital development with both front and back end experience.
To profile their business and promote their services online, last year they designed and built themselves a website, and a pretty awesome one at that. The site, themealings.com.au scores highly across a number of judging criteria.
It has a crisp, clean and attractive design; the two-tone colour scheme, the interesting layouts, the use of space and spacing to make it all breath so easily. There’s no doubt that this is an impressive looking site.
The site has been built using some interesting coding practices, giving it several slick and original features, particularly the scrolling nav transition from the splash page to the homepage.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the site has a strong creative concept behind it. Leesa and Sam have used their own personal story to create a unique and engaging brand identity. Their modern and quirky interpretation of the traditional ‘husband and wife’ business makes the site stand out from the rest, giving it that all-important ‘idea’ that good website are built around.
The Mealings’ hard work paid off and when the site launched in October of last year, it received a significant amount of praise and attention. It was featured on a number of influential design sites including bestdesigns.com, admiretheweb.com and coolhomepages.com, as well as winning the coveted ‘site of the day’ award on awwwards.com and web-design-awards.com. So far, so good.
However, 10,000 miles away in Maidenhead in England there is another husband and wife, developer/designer team made up of Ashley and Vicky Hutton who call themselves MrorMrs. Ttheir web site www.mrormrs.co.uk is now disabled / restricted depending on IP address but the company’s Twitter account (which they just since changed the address of after being) described them as ‘a friendly and creative web and design studio promoting advanced web development, design and seo services.’ They too have a beautiful looking website, with really cool development behind it and a really interesting creative concept. Trouble is, it’s almost exactly the same site as The Mealings’.
The website mrormrs.co.uk uses the same brand mark (they’ve replaced the name to read Maidenhead instead of the The Mealings), the same interface designs, the same fonts, the same layouts, the same icons, the same cool scrolling page transition, the same navigation, the same image roll overs, the same Twitter widget and blog post integration, the same feature copy and, apart from a few minor changes, the same body copy.
Of course, this is a pretty low act, but MrorMrs doesn’t stop there. Even the bios look to have been copied. Apart from a few clumsy changes which appear to have been made for SEO purposes, Ashley’s reads the same as Sam’s, and apart from a few lines at the end, Vicky’s is exactly the same as Leesa’s.
The Mealings Home Page
The final insult is perhaps the most hurtful. It looks like not only are MrorMrs copying the brand, web design and personal identity of The Mealings, they are also taking credit for their work, which features on their site. “They claim to have done the Montes newsletter,” says Leesa Mealing, “something I completed while working for an agency in Sydney late 2012. Jana print collateral, also completed for another agency in 2012 and Ashleigh Hughes Photography, a project completed for a very close friend of ours completely done by The Mealings.”
And if you ever wanted an example of rubbing salt in the wound, MrorMrs have copied the website footer note, changing the credit for design and development from Leesa’s and Sam’s names to their own, yet keeping the ‘Please don’t steal my work’ request.
The Mealings found out about this digital doppelganger when another designer emailed them and said that while he admired the site, he thought he’d seen a very similar one somewhere else before. He wasn’t sure if they were aware of it or had authorised it. They weren’t and they hadn’t. “We are both really disappointed that this has happened,” says Leesa Mealing. “We spent many long nights conceiving, designing, architecting and developing our site and our brand. What makes it worse is that haven’t just stolen our site, they have copied what makes our business unique, the fact that we are a married couple, the tone of our content and the idea behind it. I also feel sorry for anyone who has done business with them. You can’t expect them to design and develop unique solutions when they can’t even do it for themselves.”
Spurred on by a wealth of support from fellow designers, developers, friends and strangers, Leesa and Sam have already started looking at what can be done about this. “We did a quick domain lookup and contacted the domain registrar and asked them to take it down. If that is not effective, we will likely look at our legal options. No one likes having their work copied but to literally make a direct copy and try to profit from it is shocking.”
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Video interview I did with the extremely talented Nicholas Jaar before he closed Melbourne’s Laneway Festival. If you are yet to see him live then I’d do what ever you can to fix that. Deep, unearthly, melody filled electronics at it’s very very best. Seek out his Sonar mix, his BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, his vast and varied remixes (personal fav below- needs headphones/good system) and buy his awesome album – Space is Only Noise asap.
wait for the drop in this!
I might be missing my 1210s but this is one of my fav ads of 2013 so far. classic...read more and add your thoughts
I reckon Kenzo do the best branding when it comes to fashion and I’m a big fan of Mat Mainland, the UK art director, illustrator and CD at Big Active Design in the uK , so its not surprising that this new campaign vid is shit hot – track is pretty good too.
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