Archive | May, 2011

James Mollison – Where Children Sleep

28 May

From Amazon:

Where Children Sleep presents English-born photographer James Mollison’s large-format photographs of children’s bedrooms around the world–from the U.S.A., Mexico, Brazil, England, Italy, Israel and the West Bank, Kenya, Senegal, Lesotho, Nepal, China and India–alongside portraits of the children themselves. Each pair of photographs is accompanied by an extended caption that tells the story of each child. Photographed over two years with the support of Save the Children (Italy), Where Children Sleep is both a serious photo-essay for an adult audience, and also an educational book that engages children themselves in the lives of other children around the world. Its cover features a child’s mobile printed in glow-in-the-dark ink.

Here are a few examples from the book. (Similar concept: Hungry Planet: What the World Eats)

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Lamine (above), 12, lives in Senegal. He is a pupil at the village Koranic school, where no girls are allowed. He shares a room with several other boys. The beds are basic, some supported by bricks for legs. At six every morning the boys begin work on the school farm, where they learn how to dig, harvest maize and plough the fields using donkeys. In the afternoon they study the Koran. In his free time Lamine likes to play football with his friends.

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Tzvika, nine, lives in an apartment block in Beitar Illit, an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. It is a gated community of 36,000 Haredi (Orthodox) Jews. Televisions and newspapers are banned from the settlement. The average family has nine children, but Tzvika has only one sister and two brothers, with whom he shares his room. He is taken by car to school, a two-minute drive. Sport is banned from the curriculum. Tzvika goes to the library every day and enjoys reading the holy scriptures. He also likes to play religious games on his computer. He wants to become a rabbi, and his favourite food is schnitzel and chips.

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Jamie, 9, lives with his parents and younger twins brother and sister in a penthouse on 5 th Avenue, New York. Jamie goes to a prestigious school and is a good student. In his spare time he takes judo and goes for a swim. He loves to study finance. When he grows up, he wants to become a lawyer like his father.

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Indira, seven, lives with her parents, brother and sister near Kathmandu in Nepal. Her house has only one room, with one bed and one mattress. At bedtime, the children share the mattress on the floor. Indira has worked at the local granite quarry since she was three. The family is very poor so everyone has to work. There are 150 other children working at the quarry. Indira works six hours a day and then helps her mother with household chores. She also attends school, 30 minutes’ walk away. Her favourite food is noodles. She would like to be a dancer when she grows up.

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Kaya, four, lives with her parents in a small apartment in Tokyo, Japan. Her bedroom is lined from floor to ceiling with clothes and dolls. Kaya’s mother makes all her dresses – Kaya has 30 dresses and coats, 30 pairs of shoes and numerous wigs. When she goes to school, she has to wear a school uniform. Her favourite foods are meat, potatoes, strawberries and peaches. She wants to be a cartoonist when she grows up.

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Douha, 10, lives with her parents and 11 siblings in a Palestinian refugee camp in Hebron, in the West Bank. She shares a room with her five sisters. Douha attends a school 10 minutes’ walk away and wants to be a paediatrician. Her brother, Mohammed, killed himself and 23 civilians in a suicide attack against the Israelis in 1996. Afterwards the Israeli military destroyed the family home. Douha has a poster of Mohammed on her wall.

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Jasmine (‘Jazzy’), four, lives in a big house in Kentucky, USA, with her parents and three brothers. Her house is in the countryside, surrounded by farmland. Her bedroom is full of crowns and sashes that she has won in beauty pageants. She has entered more than 100 competitions. Her spare time is taken up with rehearsal. She practises her stage routines every day with a trainer. Jazzy would like to be a rock star when she grows up.

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Home for this boy and his family is a mattress in a field on the outskirts of Rome, Italy. The family came from Romania by bus, after begging for money to pay for their tickets. When they arrived in Rome, they camped on private land, but the police threw them off. They have no identity papers, so cannot obtain legal work. The boy’s parents clean car windscreens at traffic lights. No one from his family has ever been to school.

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Dong, nine, lives in Yunnan province in south-west China with his parents, sister and grandfather. He shares a room with his sister and parents. The family own just enough land to grow their own rice and sugarcane. Dong’s school is 20 minutes’ walk away. He enjoys writing and singing. Most evenings, he spends one hour doing his homework and one hour watching television. When he is older, Dong would like to be a policeman.

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Roathy, eight, lives on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. His home sits on a huge rubbish dump. Roathy’s mattress is made from old tyres. Five thousand people live and work here. At six every morning, Roathy and hundreds of other children are given a shower at a local charity centre before they start work, scavenging for cans and plastic bottles, which are sold to a recycling company. Breakfast is often the only meal of the day.

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Thais, 11, lives with her parents and sister on the third floor of a block of flats in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She shares a bedroom with her sister. They live in the Cidade de Deus (‘City of God’) neighbourhood, which used to be notorious for its gang rivalry and drug use. Since the 2002 film City of God, it has undergone major improvements. Thais is a fan of Felipe Dylon, a pop singer, and has posters of him on her wall. She would like to be a model.

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Nantio, 15, is a member of the Rendille tribe in northern Kenya. She has two brothers and two sisters. Her home is a tent-like dome made from cattle hide and plastic, with little room to stand. There is a fire in the middle, around which the family sleep. Nantio’s chores include looking after the goats, chopping firewood and fetching water. She went to the village school for a few years but decided not to continue. Nantio is hoping a moran (warrior) will select her for marriage. She has a boyfriend now, but it is not unusual for a Rendille woman to have several boyfriends before marriage. First, she will have to undergo circumcision, as is the custom.

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Joey, 11, lives in Kentucky, USA, with his parents and older sister. He regularly accompanies his father on hunts. He owns two shotguns and a crossbow and made his first kill – a deer – at the age of seven. He is hoping to use his crossbow during the next hunting season as he has become tired of using a gun. He loves the outdoor life and hopes to continue hunting into adulthood. His family always cook and eat the meat from the animal they have shot. Joey does not agree that an animal should be killed just for sport. When he is not out hunting, Joey attends school and enjoys watching television with his pet bearded dragon lizard, Lily.

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Should kids be allowed on Facebook?

28 May


Mark Zuckerberg wants to open up his social-networking website to children under 13 – but is that such a good idea? Two parents take up the debate

Yes
Joanna Moorhead

So, 11- and 12-year-olds across Britain and the US are standing by in the hope that Mark Zuckerberg’s plea for under-13s to be allowed to use Facebook is heard by their countries’ decision-makers. Only, of course, they aren’t . . . because they are already on it, tapping away furiously like all their mates, finding out what shopping centre to meet in after school tomorrow and what park to hang out in on Saturday afternoon. Under-13s might be banned from having Facebook accounts, both here and in the US, but that hasn’t stopped hundreds of thousands of them from using false dates of birth to rule-dodge.

Yes, of course parents like me worry that means our kids are at risk of both being bullied and of bullying others . . . but the important thing to realise here is that Facebook is only an arena for bullying, like the school lunch hall or the playground. No one is trying to ban under-13s from those places.

Some fear that their children are prey for paedophiles, advertisers and other baddies on Facebook: again, does your kid travel alone, or go to a shopping centre without you? Most children do, from the time they go to secondary school. And just as you teach them the rules for staying safe when they’re out and about alone, so you teach them the rules for staying safe online.

Facebook is about what life is about, which is connecting with others. When children are young, we supervise them: as they get older, we trust them to connect without us around all the time. And what Facebook does is teach our kids a language that will undoubtedly be crucial to their future: because today’s children are going to be interacting online with friends and, in the future, business colleagues and customers, for the rest of their lives. Why, when we’re trying to educate them in useful skills on other fronts, hold them back on this one?

No
Jenni Russell

I hope Zuckerberg is stopped. Allowing the official Facebook user age to drop below 13 will expose children to emotional pressures and public scrutiny they can’t yet handle. Users love the site because they can run their social lives through it, and because they can present themselves to the world in the way they wish to be seen. Those huge attractions have their dark sides. While a user can say anything they like about themselves, others can say anything they like about them. Cyberbullying is a problem no one knows how to fix. Children have always dealt with feuds and social isolation, but now those can happen publicly and indelibly. It’s hard enough for teens to deal with this; it’s too cruel to expose younger ones too.

Bullying only affects a minority, but everyone is affected by Facebook’s essential elements; the need to manage one’s image, and the underlying sense of social competition the site creates. Last week I sat next to a thirtysomething woman on the tube who spent 20 minutes complaining to her sister about how inadequate her friends’ boastful updates and online conversations made her feel. People don’t confess sadness and loneliness on these platforms, as they do to real friends, and that makes all of us unhappier as we assume that other people’s lives are more successful than our own.

Image construction is something that even adults are only starting to grasp – and it’s not just tomorrow’s impact that matters. What goes on Facebook can be there forever. Pictures or statements that look cool to your peer group today could be horribly compromising in the future. It’s ridiculous to expect young children to be making sophisticated judgments about the effects of what they release online. And that’s even before we get to the paedophile issue. Children might want this, but they’re not ready for it. They need protection.

Sony Cybershot: Stories are better panoramic!

28 May

Ads for the new Cybershot-Camera with Panorama-Funktion:

And these for the Cybershot-Camera with Intelligent Sweep Panorama:

Advertising Agency: Dentsu Latin America, Brazil
Creative Directors: Felipe Cama, Alexandre Lucas
Art Director: Rafael Conde
Copywriters: Maria Rita Angeiras, Rodrigo Bergel
Agency Producer: Regina Knapp
Production Co & City: Zeppelin Filmes
Director: Rodrigo Pesavento
Director of Photography: Joel Lopes
Music & Music Publisher: Timbre Produção de Som
Editor: Francisco Antunes
Aired: May 2010

Behind the scenes:

And some things in life definitely need a little distance!

Advertising Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi, Australia
Creative Director: Steve Back
Art Directors: Nils Eberhardt, Vince Lagana, Wassim Kanaan
Copywriters: Steve Jackson, Steve May
Photographer: Andreas Bommert
Retoucher: Mark Sterne
Published: April 2011

Lego Builders of Tomorrow

27 May

The idea is great, but the faces of the parents are the best part of it!

Advertising Agency: Serviceplan, Munich, Germany
Executive Creative Director: Matthias Harbeck
Chief Executive Creative Director: Alex Schill
Creative Director: Oliver Palmer
Art Directors: Sandra Loibl, Julia Koch
Copywriter: Frank Seiler
Account Executive: Monika Klingenfuß
Art Director Assistant: Franz Röppischer
Stylist: Frank Niedorff
Published: Dezember 2010

Director: Susanne Dittrich
susanne-dittrich.com

DOP: Christoph Hagen
birdonawire.co.za

Auszeichnung beim Art Directors Club 2011 in der Kategorie TV/Kino Einzelspot

Amazon Kindle: Inspiration Awaits

27 May

Over 640,000 of the world’s greatest books at your fingertips. Inspiration awaits.

Advertising Agency: George Patterson Y&R Sydney, Australia
Executive Creative Director: Julian Watt
Art Director: Dean Mortensen
Copywriter: Tim Arrowsmith
Illustrator: Dean Mortensen
Account Managers: Ryan Richards, Emma Boyle

What kind of facebook poster are you?

26 May

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Learn Disco Dance Diesel 78

26 May

Don’t blame it on the sunshine. Don’t blame it on the moonlight. Don’t blame it on the good times. Don’t even blame it on the boogie. Blame it on Diesel.

We thought that it was time to commemorate this disco demi-god of sexuality which is Aarlf Smaks and embrace the world of celebrity endorsement, all wrapped up in a special dance lesson remix. Enjoy. And let it be a lesson to you.

Oh, and by the way, Aarlf’s footwear was just as ahead of its time as his dance maneuvers, we give you, The Diesel Freezy Sneakers.

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Village of 100 people

26 May

If the world were a village of 100 people, how would the composition be? This set of 20 posters is built on statistics about the spread of population around the world under various classifications. The numbers are turned into graphics to give another sense a touch – Look, this is the world we are living in.

red dot award: communication design 2009
GDC 09 Awards
International Design Awards 2009
HOW 2010 International Design Awards

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Should Kids Under 13 Be on Facebook?

26 May

In a perfect, law-abiding world, no child under 13 has a Facebook account. But this world is pretty far from ideal, if the 7.5 million tweens — and younger kids — trolling the social-media behemoth are any gauge. Now, if Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gets his way, that already impressive number will explode.

Last week, Zuckerberg told the NewSchools Venture Fund’s Summit in Burlingame, Calif., that he’d like younger children to be permitted to patronize his site. Technically, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) prohibits websites that gather data about users from allowing access to anyone younger than 13. In reality, though, COPPA is pretty ineffectual.

Consumer Reports (CR) recently announced results of an annual survey that found that “more than one-third of the 20 million minors who actively used Facebook in the past year” were under 13.

According to TIME.com’s Techland blog, “that number could be low, since it’s only based on parents who knew their underage kids were Facebook members:”

In fact CR found that over 5 million of Facebook’s 7.5 million-plus underage were as young as “10 and under.” … That’s not the worst of it. CR also found that underage kids using Facebook were unsupervised by parents. The site claims — not wrongly — that this exposes them to “malware or serious threats such as predators or bullies.”

Consider other points raised in the report like: 15% of all Facebook users post “their current location or travel plans,” 34% post their birth date in full, and 21% with children post their children’s names and pictures.

What about Facebook’s privacy controls, your bastion against all things nefarious? CR found “roughly one in five” weren’t using them.

Still Zuckerberg insists that connecting on Facebook — for educational purposes, natch — is a must for young kids. “That will be a fight we take on at some point,” CNNMoney quoted him as saying. “My philosophy is that for education you need to start at a really, really young age.”

Zuckerberg, not so far removed from the gawky age of 13 himself, says that Facebook has not begun researching how to open up the site to young kids and protect them at the same time. “Because of the restrictions we haven’t even begun this learning process,” he said. “If they’re lifted, then we’d start to learn what works. We’d take a lot of precautions to make sure that they [younger kids] are safe.”

Whew. That’s reassuring.

Still, it’s undeniable that kids simply don’t have the same powers of judgment as adults. Consider, for example, the New Hampshire teen who mourned on Facebook that Osama bin Laden hadn’t first offed her math teacher before he was killed. “In hindsight, she’s mortified that she said that, but she’s a 13-year-old kid,” the girl’s mother, Kimberly Dell’isola, told a local television station.

That’s exactly why the publisher of Consumer Reports isn’t quite as cavalier as Zuckerberg about little ones friending and tagging to their hearts’ content. On Friday, the nonprofit Consumers Union worried that kids and teens don’t really get why it’s so important to self-censor what they share with the online world. “We urge Facebook to strengthen its efforts to identify and terminate the accounts of users under 13 years of age, and also to implement more effective age-verification methods for users signing up for new accounts,” Ioana Rusu, the regulatory counsel for Consumers Union, wrote in a letter to Zuckerberg.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Rusu’s letter came on the heels of a congressional hearing questioning the security of underage Facebook users:

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said it was “indefensible” that Facebook had only 100 employees monitoring the activities of its 600 million users.

At the hearing, Facebook Chief Technology Officer Bret Taylor said Facebook shuts down the accounts of people found to be lying about their age. But he acknowledged that Facebook depended on other users to report underage users.

The Consumers Union urged Facebook to be more “diligent and effective” at safeguarding the millions of minors who frequent the site. It suggested a few ways to do that: make minors’ default privacy setting one that facilitates sharing with “friends only” instead of “friends of friends;” for the average user, that amounts to nearly 17,000 people. And institute an “eraser button” that users can click to delete embarrassing information posted on the site when they were underage.

An eraser button? Should it actually be created, many adults will likely lobby to use it too.

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Goldfish – We Come Together

25 May

Credits:

‘We Come Together’ written and performed by Dominic Peters, David Poole and Sakhile Moleshe

Dominic Peters – double bass, keyboards,synths, groovebox & programming

David Poole – tenor and soprano sax, samplers, effects, mixing, production & engineering.

Sakhile Moleshe – vocals

A film by: Mike Scott
bruandboegie.co.za

Pixel Artists:
Carl Douglas – USA
Francis Coulombe – Canada
Emir Cuk – Germany
Shane Gill – UK
Max “Geti” Cahill – Australia
Nic Hooper – South Africa
Velumani M – India
Henrico Djiuardi – Australia
Pixel 600MG – Spain
Jeff Cardinal – USA
Raquel Jaramago – Spain
Tyvon J. Thomas – USA
Clest Elnith – Brazil
Cocefi – Malaysia

3D voxel club scene:
Tim Wesoly, Germany – Design, modeling & animation
Chris Lutz-Weicken, Germany – Dynamics, lighting, rendering & compositing
Rendered at ‘Macina Digital Film’
Voxel scenery and characters made with ‘Qubicle Constructor’
qubicle-constructor.com

Clay Animation: Stuart Coutts – South Africa
scouttsart.blogspot.com

Chiptune Music: The Kiffness – South Africa
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Post-Production Colour Correction:
FrameShuffle VFX
Rafael Emídio – VFX producer
Braam Jordaan – VFX supervisor
frameshuffle.com

More:

goldfishlive.com
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twitter.com/​goldfishlive

Making of: