Sony Canada released the latest spot in its Get Your Ears Ready campaign aimed at encouraging Canadians to experience superior sound through Hi-Res audio. Just as HDTV revolutionized television viewing with its huge leap in picture quality, Hi-Res audio is doing the same for music.
The makers of noPhone have identified a portion of the population who has to have a connection with their smarthphone device at all times – these people would even prefer a dead phone to no phone connection. These people, as a byproduct of their phone addition, would obviously have trouble keeping focused at a dinner conversation, making eye contact during a meeting and may even be sleeping with their phone.
Following up on its high profile and successful Anchor Man partnership with Well Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy, Dodge is continuing to mine a rich vein of slightly subversive indie humour with a campaign featuring Hot Tub Time Machine’s Craig Robinson and New Girls’s Jake Johnson.
More and more, motion is becoming a key part of digital experiences. Whether in native apps or on the web, motion softens the otherwise jarring transition between two states. It helps us understand how we are moving through an interface and also makes using a digital product or experience more fun.
Motion in user interface design doesn’t have to be extravagant. Subtle transitions and animations can delight users. The new StarWars.com features an example of a restrained use of motion. When viewed on a mobile device, the design features a ‘hamburger’ menu button that, when tapped, transitions to a pair of light sabres that form the ‘x’ close icon. These small niceties humanize digital experiences and more closely mirror the real world, where objects generally don’t jump from one state to another. For more examples of this sort of delightful User Experience, Use Your Interface is a site dedicated to cataloguing these ‘microanimations’.
Regardless of whether or not you’re a baseball fan, the name Derek Jeter should ring a bell. Jeter, one of Major League Baseball’s greatest, is playing his final season as a professional. The proud Yankee has played the game with honor, grace, and respect. This season, people across the world are paying their respects to the great #2 with a tip of their hat. The latest video from Jordan brand shows all those who are tipping their hats to “The Captain.”
The spot features fans, celebrities, and athletes all tipping their hats to Jeter. It has amassed nearly four million views in just two days. While a final season of any legend’s sports career is followed, this one is particularly special. With social media being such a prevalent part of everything these days, conversation about Jeter is booming, largely thanks to the #re2pect video. Since the release of the spot on July 14, the hashtag has already received over 350k mentions on twitter and Jeter mentions went from about 50k a day up to nearly 500k.
Over the past few years, we’ve seen citizen journalism transform from a minor influence on mainstream media to a go-to source of information.. Thanks to always-connected smartphones, this type of reporting isn’t just reporting on news after the fact but providing near-real time video reports of disasters, atrocities and more, from remote regions to major centres.
The price of this influence is authenticity. Fake videos are being shared, or older videos unearthed, in attempt to control the flow and path of the information.
Netflix, the world’s leading Internet television network, continues its use of tropes in its latest Canadian brand campaign to demonstrate the value it provides to viewers. The creative platform, “You Gotta Get It, To Get It” first launched in December 2013 with the television spot “Pep Talk,” which recently won Gold at the 2014 Marketing Awards, a Bronze Film Craft Lion at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity, and inspired Coach Alain Vigneault’s own pep talk to the New York Rangers going into Game 4 of the 2014 Stanley Cup series.
Developed by DDB Canada’s Vancouver office, the new campaign creative launched on June 23, 2014 with three humorous television and online spots, Proposal, Test Results and Airport, whose narratives play on iconic scenes and wonted plotlines from popular movies and television shows.
At our Radar 10am sessions, we talk about the Oculus Rift a lot – it seems like every week, there is a new and interesting use for the device. The problem is that it’s still only shipping dev kits, and even when they do come out they won’t exactly be portable and within reach for the average person.
That’s why we like Google Cardboard, dubbed “Oculus Thrift.” instead of relying on a entirely new piece of technology, it takes advantage of one that most people already have: their smartphone. Download an App, drop the phone into an easily-constructed cardboard headset and you’re ready for the exciting world of virtual reality. The app uses the phone’s built-in motion tracker as well as its compass to make the experience come to life. Google Streetview and Google Earth (letting you fly around the world) are two of the most interesting features on the Cardboard App, and we’ll probably see more soon.