I recently had the honour of interviewing at BBH London and, although unsuccessful, the Tardis-like environment of their offices is something I’m unlikely to forget. Equally memorable is this insightful chat I found with co-founder and creative prong of the BBH trident, Sir John Hegarty.
Their ethos – ‘when the world zigs, zag’ – typifies the entrepreneurial spirit of Hegarty; to oppose the crowd and break free of convention. Even in the twilight years of his career, even after so much success, Hegarty couples his wisdom with a level of enthusiasm and humility that’s expected more of an intern than the boss of Campaign’s agency of the year. It’s infectious! And you can’t help but like the guy…
It’s difficult not to enjoy this. Believe me, I’ve tried. It reminds me of the days when me and my brother used to stay up late, watch dialogue-heavy movies with the sound off and delve into our new-found enjoyment of accents and improv. Then we got a Playstation.
Caught this bad boy towards the end of last year (2011). A mere 6 months later and it’s still fresh as a daisy in my mind – thus passing the test of CoolShiz. Tis a fascinating depiction of what 7 billion people on this planet actually means… Some tasty insights coming right up.
Dear relentless Key Stage 3 doodler… This one’s for you! Whether it was Dickens or Darwin, that bloke Charles sure had a good point. It’s taken a few years, but this visual ‘etch-a-sketch’-esque metaphor has finally done the trick.
500 people were asked to consecutively trace what was, at first, a single line. As each person traced the last person’s line, the result became more and more jumbled and complex… Just watch the worms dance!
(Sound not necessary, unless you’re a fan of epic gladiatorial battles, or anything featuring Russell Crowe.)
Thanks to those smarty-pants at Apple, ‘creativity’ is the latest over-used buzzword to appear on our LinkedIn profiles. Yet ask those self-proclaimed creative folk to define their new-found asset, and you’ll get a whole host of answers.
Some say… **[assumes Jeremy Clarkson persona]** … creativity is a talent. Others call it a drive. Whatever the hell it is, I guess it’s pretty important. Cue Adland-Yoda Dan Weiden – of Wieden & Kennedy – with his 2 cents…
Ex-footballer-now-pundit Chris Kamara (aka ‘Kammy’) showed off the latest trends for Autumn/Winter 11/12 at QPR this weekend (4th Feb). Every time he appeared on screen during Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday* programme, he chose to don a different item of clothing – borrowed undoubtedly from the fans around him. Great telly…
*Try saying that after a few shandies.
This may be old news, but I really don’t care – it’s bloody brilliant! In 2007, the world’s fourth-largest metropolis, São Paulo, became the first city outside of the communist world to put a (near)complete ban on outdoor advertising. Imagine if those New Yorkers followed suit…?Click for More!
Don’t you just love that grey area between stupidity and genius? One person who doesn’t have to worry about grey areas is Ross Kemp. Seamless transitions aside, remember those folding pictures you did as a kid – where one person draws the head, the next the torso and the other the legs? I used to love Maths…Click for More!
Ever wondered what happened to the Masked Magician? Well, it’s been muttered around the grapevine that he one day picked up a guitar and – well… see for yourself! Imagine the love-child of Michael Bublé and Tom Vek. Actually, don’t. That’s disgusting.
Listen out for the triple-homicide circa 2.20m…
DJ and 1/3 of Mercury Prize-winning ‘The XX’, this half hour mix from Jamie XX is the perfect lil’ pick-me-up. A seriously talented chappy, he’s already worked with the likes of Adele, Florence & The Machine and the late Gil Scott-Heron. One day, he’ll be as big as Deadmau5. You heard it here first!
For 2-hour Essential Mix, please click here.
Yet more Stop Motion (or Still Frame) Animation; this time, graffiti inspired. It’s filthy, urban and gritty – yet makes for mesmeric viewing. I especially love the way BLU toys with the 3D world in what is essentially a 2D animation. Watch out for the robot kicking the log away at 2.35.
Beautiful song. Beautiful video. All in all, this is really rather beautiful. I guess any kind of light art is pleasant on the eye, but this offering from All India Radio has an unkempt rawness about it. I love being able to spot the odd arm or leg – and the building blocks that help the cat jump up and down. It’s honest. And people like honesty.
Levis underline their authentic brand image with a message of sustainability. Although, I can’t say I wash my jeans all that often anyway! A run through the cycle is only usually induced by some kind of spillage. Nevertheless, it’s a fun ad – incredibly resourceful… and it makes all the right noises. Save the world by not washing! You heard em…
Hey friends! Welcome to CoolShiz. Feel free to kick off your shoes, grab a nice cuppa and leave the toilet seat up. This site is all about sharing, and caring, and capturing all the attention-grabbing ‘cool shit’ we come across in everyday life.
Have you ever been walking down the street or surfing the interwaves, and something has stopped you in your tracks? Physically - you stop moving. Mentally - you stop thinking. From an unusual advert to a wonderfully dressed passerby, you pause to take it in. It’s a rare moment. One to savour. One to remember.
CoolShiz is a continual diary of inspiration – documenting all things bright and beautiful. For me, it’s a place of retreat when having a bad day; a pick-me-up. From incredible artists, to jaw-dropping quotes - and even a spot of my own work dotted about - I like it. It’s some pretty cool shiz.
But before you make like a sponge, and start soaking it all up; our friend Oscar Wilde has something he’d like to add:
“It's what you read when you don’t have to, that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”