Michael Keaton (not really but nearly)

The Keaton Music Typewriter.

“There are fewer than a dozen known to exist.”

It was marketed in the 1950s and sold for around $225.

The typewriter made it easier for publishers, educators, and other musicians to produce music copies in quantity.

If you have six grand lying around you can own one of these beautiful pieces.

Beats our piano anyday!


Conference Sheep

A few of us went.

Two observations.

1 – there is a big difference between ‘commercial innovation’ and ‘consumer innovation’.
this event was about the commercial side of innovation. Make things quicker and better for the business not the consumer.

which brings me onto number 2.

2. spot the difference.
one stand featured a beautiful bottle of whisky. another stand featured the same bottle of whisky.
the first stand had repositioned the brand, designed the bottle, the graphics, glassware and outer packaging.

the other stand had printed the label and made the box.

that’s surely the risk the agency takes exhibiting at an event like this.

there were only a handful of ‘design agencies’ there. They all looked like the printers, the manufacturers and the suppliers.

Bits of packaging, leaflets and business cards – just part of, another stand, nothing different,
part of the blur.

A missed opportunity?


From Darkness

You know how when you’re in a dark pub or bar and someone takes a photo with a flash when you’re not expecting it – never a good look. Photographer Ulf Lundin takes this to the ultimate extreme, by sitting people in complete darkness for half an hour, before then taking a flash photograph of their faces. Creepy waxwork-likeness results… 

Ulf Lundin – From Darkness


Time for some animation…

Here it comes in the form of a lovely video by Scott Benson


Back To Basics

They don’t make’em like this anymore… some great examples of Sainsbury’s own-brand packaging from the 60s/70s.

When Sainsbury’s was out on its own

Monoprix has a beautiful range of own-brand products – the in-store effect is really strong, with the items easy to pick out.

Monoprix Packaging


Cat Scan

The question you didn’t even know you wanted answering – what does a sitting-down cat look like from underneath?

You’re bored, you have a scanner, and you have a cat – it makes sense to find out!

Cat Scans