Urbane Moderne

1950’s vespa scooter advertising image #2757(1), originally uploaded by culturesponge. Culturesponge has a series of Vespa adverts from the 1950s and 1960s which are really compelling.  My favourite are a set of Modern illustrations [as opposed to the iconographic pretty lady posters] of urban and rural life – positioning the scooter very much as a… Read more

Time Stuff

I haven’t been able to shit straight lately for work pressure and family life.  I’m a kinda of believer that you make your own time… you have the ability to slow down and speed up according to the activities you are undertaking.  Quite what that means practically I’m not too sure.  Quite how I convey… Read more

Social enterprise as political pyramid scheme

What’s happened to Iain Duncan-Smith?  He’s gone from being the blandest, most doggedly dull politician to displaying a level of charisma and chutzpah normally reserved for  people with, er, charisma and chutzpah…  Being given the role of head of the new Social Justice Policy Group has given him a new lease of life.  I’ve heard… Read more

Choose life

Link: Jan Chipchase – Future Perfect: Screen Polishing. Disposable culture sucks. An affluent society all too readily adopts a psychological grieving at point of purchase.  Death is part of consumption.  And with shorter and shorter shelf lives around  products, especially ‘technological ‘ products our sense of technological mortality is shortening too.  Producers such as Sony… Read more

Just the facts Ma’am

One of the books I recently enjoyed reading was Freakonomics.  It re-affirmed to me the importance of questioning things [social phenomena] through examining evidence [data].  This should be common sense but folk make a lot of faulty assumptions regarding cause and effect when things are presented as straight fact: correlations are not causes.  But the… Read more

Sony graffiti marketing

  The Lincoln Heights NC are all abuzz about this corporate graffiti    Originally uploaded by Vidalia. Vidalia suspects Sony have been using graffiti to generate a some ‘street’ cred’.  Large corporations using street art aesthetics to align themselves with the values of the younger generation is annoying, especially when you know it’s a marketing… Read more

Get Crafty

Link: Los Angeles Times: ( the handmade life ). Interesting article in the LA Times [reg req’d – find here] around the craft movement which kinda supplements what I wrote earlier about Etsy.  The article is useful because it brings out some of the social and psychological drivers underpinning the new craft movement:  Around midnight,… Read more

Home Economics Just Got Interesting

Link: Etsy – Your place to buy and sell all things handmade. I’ve been toying with the idea for a while now of developing a means through which people can sell what they make.  And ask for things for other, experts, to make for them.  A kind of eBay for products that are handmade.  It… Read more