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Sharing the Christmas cheer

Portable North Pole

I will be the first to admit I am a big, big fan of this time of year. Christmas would have to be my favourite holiday of the year and really what’s not to love. I really enjoy the spirit of giving at this time of year, so in honor of this I thought I’d share a wonderful Christmas website, so you can spread the Christmas cheer too!

Well Santa has embraced the 21st technology and developed The Portable North Pole, so he can communicate with us from afar. This website offers a service that lets you create a free personalised message from Santa to a special someone, whether their young or old.

The site asks you a number of questions about whom you’re sending the message to. Such as their name, age, favourite toy, how they’ve been good and so on. You can then upload some photos of them and the present they want and the site creates a personalised video message using the options you’ve selected.

Last year I and a great time creating messages for family and friends. It definitely brought out a spark of that Christmas cheer and magic in everyone. I love that technology has developed in a way that lets you create the magic of Santa for the young ones we love, that believe, and those that like to enjoy the innocent magic of Santa and Christmas.

Below is a video sample, so you can see the wonderful message that has been created and I enourage you to send out some Christmas cheer to those you love.

 

 

Yours in Christmas cheer
Dawn

Celebrity Genius

One of my greatest loves is dancing and I appreciate the dedication and hours of hard work that goes into a professionally choreographed dance production having spent 25 years of my life as a “Dance Mum” during my two daughters’ dancing days. Dancing is an Art and it takes a true artist to be able to choreograph and present a great dance routine that will capture the audience’s attention and entertain them with great technique, stage presentation and costumes. One such talented choreographer is Jason Coleman.

Both of my daughters are extremely lucky to have been in Jason’s dance classes when he visited their dance school on a regular basis for Dance Workshops and would choreograph dance routines for them. Jason was also nice enough to invite the parents in to watch on occasions. This was a rare treat.

Jason is currently appearing on the Channel 9 TV show “Celebrity Apprentice”. I have only been watching this show because of Jason. You most likely would have seen either Jason or his choreography on TV, Live Stage or Big Screen. Jason has choreographed for artists such as Christine Anu, Tina Arena, Human Nature, Chaka Khan, Vanessa Amorossi, John Farnham and Kate Cebrano to name just a few. He has also choreographed for TV shows such as Water Rats, G.P, E Street and Popstars and many more.

Jason’s involvement in choreography also includes the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Handover Ceremony for the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and was Director of Choreography for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Asian Games in Doha Qatar. He was also Choreographer and Dance Consultant on the feature film “Happy Feet. Jason consequently also played a motion capture performance.

Jasons list of credits is endless and you can read more about him on his Jason Colemans Ministry of Dance site which is the Dance School that Jason runs in North Melbourne.

Yours in Great Dance Choreography

Angie Rapisarda

Bodies Disappearing into Art

I am in awe of Emma Hack’s beautiful collection of works. There is just no end to this lady’s talent.

She is a diverse multimedia artist, skin illustrator, make-up artist, hairdresser, stylist, photographer, sculptor and keynote speaker. Emma paints models’ bodies to blend in and contrast with backgrounds and then photographs the tableaux to create stunning, eye-catching works.

When you first look at Emma’s creations, it appears that she uses projections or stencils to create such precise fine lines and an accurate reproduction of the wallpaper or image the model stands against, but in reality, she crafts the entire image free-hand. She uses Florence Broadhurst designed wallpapers as well as her own creations or just nature for her backdrops.

Emma’s profile as an acclaimed and talented artist has risen and now also gaining recognition in the music scene as she was the creator of the skin illustrations and wallpaper designs for the film clip for Gotye’s smash hit Somebody That I Used to Know, after being approached by music director Natasha Pinctus. And actually, this was the first time that I saw Emma’s work. The video is truly a great work of art and took 23 hours to create and film.

Emma has also created a short body-art film for Estee Lauder, directed and produced by ex-Adelaidian, Tim Piper. The creation was filmed in Adelaide.

With galleries in London and New York exhibiting her work, her profile can only rise.

Check out more of her beautiful work here.

Yours in Beautiful Art
Angie Rapisarda

Spare Ticket announced as AMI National Finalist

Ok shameless plug warning! We’re super excited to see our client Spare Ticket announced as a National Finalist for the Australian Marketing Institute’s Awards for Marketing Excellence in the ‘New Brand’ category. We’re up against some ‘stiff’ competition: Warnie’s underwear brand SpinnersSimplot’s Quorn and Queensland winner Mater Mother’s Private Redland; so fingers crossed!

The awards are a part of the AMI’s two day conference, Focus on the Future, held at the Hilton Sydney from October 19-20. The conference will showcase a number of high profile speakers from Microsoft, Commonwealth Bank, Spreets, Telstra and Nestle, to name a few, bringing together some of the world’s greatest marketing minds.

Will you be going?

Yours in marketing coolness,
Janet

Brio Reads #1

Welcome to what we hope will become a regular Friday fixture on Brio Daily – Brio Reads. Each day our team stumble upon the cool, quirky, inspirational and creative online. This is our opportunity to share those finds with you. Enjoy!

This week the technology, creative and business worlds lost a true pioneer. Steve Jobs was and shall remain a force to be reckoned with. He was a visionary with the courage and support to make his ideas a reality. One of our favourite Steve Jobs talks is is Stanford College Commencement speech from 2005.

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Journalist Walt Mossberg tells us about the Steve Jobs he knew

A solid reminder that flash mobs are dead. Ok? | Mumbrella

Coffee turned into a $4 splurge – Debbie Millman on how brands have shaped our times | Fast Company

Cold calling for new business can be like trying to score a first date. Chris Savage shows us how it is done | Wrestling Possums

Dreamworks launch their first personal art publication, Moonshine

In praise of slow, Slow Labs list projects that inspire the art of slow design

And we leave you with this fantastic image by Brisbane-based photographer Damien Bredberg

 

THIRD: Seven with another

Sneak peak of artwork by Maria Cleary (designer/maker) + Ralph Barnett (art-director)

 

Tomorrow night (Friday)  will be the opening night for the third Seven with Another exhibition at Substation No 4. As with the previous exhibitions, seven creative types have been paired off with a contrasting and/or complimentary counterpart who is an expert in a different field. Each pair responds to a brief to come up with a conceptual piece of art that forms part of the exhibition. In the past this has ranged from interactive, illuminated sculptures to more traditional, beautifully crafted artworks.

THIRD: Seven with Another creatives include:

Alex Chomicz (film director) + Cezary Stulgis (sculptor)
Colleen Morgan (interaction designer) + Kate Stein (stylist)
Dane Middleton (sound designer) + Kirsty Boyle (robotics artist)
Igor Coric (animator) + Jesse Smith (photographer)
Kitty Horton (illustrator) + Patrick Ozmin (architectural graduate)
Maria Cleary (designer/maker) + Ralph Barnett (art-director)
Riki Salam (indigenous artist) + Steve Minon (copywriter)

If you can’t make it along on Friday, the exhibition is open from Saturday 8 October to Friday 14 October.

Yours in exhibitions,

Anya

get NAKED and get NOTICED

Well I bet that got your attention!

So does Carren Smith‘s presentations where she encourages you to “get naked and get noticed”… however literal you’d like to take it.

Carren’s story will just blow your mind! Everyone was captivated as she shared her life challenges to date which were more than a person should have in a lifetime!

She didn’t let it get the better of her and has turned her misfortunes around and has put her energy into helping others find their voice.

At this mornings breakfast event at AIM I only experienced a taster of what her 1-day Speaker Secrets Exposed workshop, 2-day The Art of Public Speaking seminar or her 3-day The Art of Public Speaking Master Class would provide.

One of the main lessons we took away today was:

N – Niche: Find out who your target audience is – who will be moved by your memorable & inspiring message?
A – Authentic: Be yourself – don’t fake it till you make it – be true to yourself.
K – Kick it to the curb: Write a list – what’s stopping you from getting up to tell your story?
E – Expression: Learn how to express your message with clarity & discover the intent and promise for your listener.
D – Desire: Your desire knows what’s best for you! What we resist persists!

Such a simple message to retain!

I look forward to learning more from Carren Smith!

Yours in public speaking,
Amber van Sloten

Gruen Planet’s first episode airs tonight

 

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The Gruen Transfer is my favourite show. Hands down. It’s required reading (or watching) for those in our industry and gives the rest of the world an insight into what we advertisers do each day.

So naturally I’m busting with excitement for Gruen Planet which airs tonight on ABC1 at 9pm.

Over an eight-week season Gruen Planet will delve into the world of public relations – the world of ‘spin’ with Gruen Transfer host Wil Anderson and panelists Russel Howcroft and Todd Sampson.

“Persuasion is persuasion,” says Sampson, pointing out that the techniques used in PR and damage control are not dissimilar to those used to persuade consumers to buy a product.

Topics will include a proposal to run an ad during grand final week asserting that footballers should not be role models, the rebranding of Rupert Murdoch and a pitch to persuade Australians they hate the Melbourne Cup.

Tonight’s episode will focus on the political survival of prime minister Julie Gillard, described as ‘The only leader on Earth more besieged than Gaddafi’. The show will look at how she should be repositioned as a political brand but will also cover SABMiller’s acquisition of Fosters to tackle the question: How do you sell Aussie beers that are no longer Aussie? And do brands really need to worry about patriotism?

The last part of the show will ask contestants to come up with a campaign to convince Australians that they should stop expecting our footballers to be role models in the run up to grand final week for the NRL and AFL.

And for those of you miss tonight’s episode: a repeat of the show will air on Thursday at 9.30pm on ABC2 or you can catch-up with iView.

Will you be watching?

Yours in spin,
Janet

Sources: mumbrella.com.ausmh.com.au

The Rabbit Hole Ideation Cafe opening soon…

I’ve recently stumbled across the Facebook page for a new cafe and it caught my eye. Set to open soon, the West End cafe combines my two great interests: design and coffee. The Rabbit Hole Ideation Cafe will be a space for creative types to meet, share ideas, tackle briefs and brainstorm concepts.

The cafe will provide individual workstations of three varieties:

  • drop in desks for once off visits
  • semi-permanent desks if you go there on a part time basis
  • long term desks, booked per month.

All desks are equipped with power to plug in your laptop, internet connection, but best of all… $2 coffees! And it’s not just any coffee, it’s specialty coffee brewed by champion barista, Tim Adams.

The Rabbit Hole Ideation cafe also includes a board room, which can be booked to meet with clients, brainstorm ideas or collaborate with a team of creatives. The board room will have blank walls and designers will be encouraged to use the walls as a blank canvas to write/draw/scribble their ideas and thoughts.

I love that this new concept cafe is encouraging creativity in Brisbane. Can’t wait for it to open!

Yours in ideas and coffee,

Anya