February 8, 2009
Posted By: Sheri

Let’s be honest, the Japanese are geniuses with wacky innovations. I would be remiss if I didn’t share any of the crazy innovations Marc and I saw on our recent journey to Japan.

Let’s start with their innovations with the QR bar code. Designed to be  read quickly, these codes are now used everywhere from billboards to advertisements. You take a photo of one with your cell phone’s camera and then present that image at the store to be scanned as a coupon or as a ticket. Here’s a billboard in Tokyo that, when you take a photo, loads a special website on your phone.

 

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February 7, 2009
Posted By: MSLK

MSLK-Beauty-IOD-Report
Challenges
Beauty IOD Report, a research report focusing on emerging retail venues and strategies relevant to the beauty industry, needed an effective design solution. The challenge was to clearly communicate these multi-tiered opportunities to busy marketing executives.

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February 7, 2009
Posted By: Marc

I can see the writing on the wall, and it’s full of grease.

Our friend Bex tipped us off to an amazing site that allows you to add bacon to any website. Yup, a healthy side order served up  from bacolicio.us.

Want to baconize your site? Easy. Simply add your URL after “http://bacolicio.us/”

February 5, 2009
Posted By: ellen

 Cordial Invitations

I love this set of  “cordial invitations,” designed by Keetra Dean Dixon. The whimsical designs and messaging are helping to remedy my February blues. I would like to receive one of these cards, cordially inviting me to “Invest in the Fantastic,” “Make Luck,” or “Twist the Cynical Loop.” I love the delicate and playful quality in the typography – much of which appears to be created by combining geometric shapes and colors. See the individual cards after the jump.

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February 3, 2009
Posted By: Sheri

I guess it is the end of the party. Following the amazing courtyard design last year by Work Architects, last week PS1 announced that the design above, by MOS architects Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith, would be gracing the courtyard this summer. MOS wins the 10th annual architectural invitation to design the courtyard space that houses PS1′s summertime outdoor dance party. An honor that grants them $70,000 to fulfill their dream design.

Perhaps it is just my intense love of last year’s exciting proposal, but personally, I can’t help but feel like the architects may have run out of things to do.

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February 3, 2009
Posted By: Marc

MSLK prides ourselves on helping our clients stay top of mind with their customers. With a challenging economy adding to an already crowded and competitive marketplace, it’s more important than ever to stand out from the competition.

We’ve developed our favorite “Top 9″ clever tactics to get people talking about your brand — adding a positive shock value coming from companies that consumers would least expect.

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February 1, 2009
Posted By: Sheri

If you’ve looked at our photo journal you know that one of the most shocking things about our trip to Japan was that there wasn’t much sushi to be found. It turns out that the U.S. version of Japanese food I love so much is just that, a U.S. version of Japanese food.

The Japanese eat sashimi but only as a side dish, most often on special occasions, not really as a meal. As I discovered, a more traditional Japanese meal includes: ramen, rice, gelatinous rice products, eggs, and pork—lots of pork—in everything. Vegetarians, beware!  Even my best-laid plans to have a tofu or egg dish always included pork somewhere.

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