Archive for February, 2013

Design Seeds – making magic colors

Posted by on Monday, 18 February, 2013

Have you ever wondered which colors complement to make your new website or design project beautiful?

Design Seeds┬áhas 356 pages of color palettes to help. Choose a theme and receive a choice of palettes. Photos are used to display the colors in “real life.”

Aquatic Tones - Design Seeds

Aquatic Tones

So there’s no excuse for poor color choices. Unless, of course, you get captivated by the pages of beautiful palettes and don’t return to your work.

Super Bowl 2013: the good, the bad and the Oreo

Posted by on Wednesday, 6 February, 2013

My plan for this post was to look at the best and worst three ads from Super Bowl 2013. Then four minutes into the power outage, Oreo tweeted this:

Oreo Dunk in the Dark

Oreo Dunk in the Dark

At that point I, along with thousands of others, were distracted. In only four minutes the Oreo team had produced a classy, on-brand, topical piece. ONLY FOUR MINUTES. Naturally, it was retweeted instantly. Actually, more than 10,000 times in the first hour. The next morning I discovered that it was the work of agency, 360i. They had a team of 15 and the right people for approvals in the same room ready to act on any opportunity, and that they did.

So, that killed my post idea and proved that maybe a $3.5 million TVC spot isn’t always the best way to get people talking about you. Wired has a complete report of how they did it.

If you’re curious, I still haven’t watched all this year’s ads, but Bud Light’s Journey was the first to make me smile.