Studio Bites: No. 11

Each week we ask our team to select something they’ve seen or read that is inspiring, interesting, or just plain intriguing. At our creative breakfast we meet over coffee and croissants to share and discuss what everyone brought to the table.

 

Community service

What started as a simple Whatsapp wonder between Tunisian-French artist eL Seed and his friend, became a giant anamorphic mural in the heart of Cairo’s ‘Trash Capital’. Using nearly 50 buildings, this powerful piece of ‘calligraffiti’ carries an important message and took just 3 weeks to complete – all under the radar from the Egyptian government.

 

 

Timesheets!

The bane of many an agency, timesheets typically get filled-out haphazardly at the end of the working week (hello Friday!). Aiming to tackle this problem is a neat little device that makes time-tracking altogether more playful.

 

 

Sound thinking

Creating a brand that truly embodies a service or product is no mean feat, which makes this work by Wolff Olins for a South American telecoms company all the more interesting. A user-generated logo that reacts to the sound of a customer’s voice.

 

 

Hidden depths

YouTube comments are usually entertaining nonsense at best, but on rare occasions they reveal something rather more moving. Taking one such comment as its source material, this short film about a teenager’s reconnection with his departed father is bound to tug at the heartstrings.

 

 

A moment in the grime-light

Exploring moving moments of an entirely different sort, Pornhub launched a feature that lets its users search for whatever tickles their fancy using emojis. With 1,620 possible combinations, the mind boggles.

 

 

Tube moquette-iquette

Few of us think deeply about the seats on public transport. But for textile designers Wallace Sewell it’s a full-time job. There’s a strong design heritage in the ‘moquette’ patterns that cover the seating on TfL’s buses, trams, underground and overground trains. Ever aware of this, Wallace Sewell’s designs are great examples of colour theory in practice, and a masterclass in pushing technical limitations.

 

 

He’s behind you!

Finally, a rather neat 360 short film from Google’s Spotlight Stories team. It may not be in the fully immersive realm of VR (more on that difference here), but it’s a solid showcase of what’s possible when the format is placed in capable hands.

 

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