Our Favorite Commercial of 2015… so far

Maybe we’re just suckers for men in crazy high heels strutting butt-out in public; but this UK ad for MoneySuperMarket.com makes us feel all warm and tingly inside. Also, we have an ongoing bet as to whether or not those are the man’s real cheeks… if so, congrats, sir.

It’s impressive to note that the ad has a ton of viral punch and is cleaning up with their hashtag-centric #EpicStrut on Twitter. We’re not even in the UK and somehow we found out about the commercial. Kudos to the advertising team for putting together a winning mixture of short-shorts, twerking, blading men, Sharon Osbourne and shocked citizens.

NOW, WERQ!

A Hunting We Will Go!

The click-holes of the Internet tend to lead us astray from the original point, typically sending us into a deep motivation-suck. Or at least, that’s us. What’s awesome is when we can stumble upon products or services that end up being parts of our everyday lives. That’s usually the main part of the search. It was somewhere on Twitter a couple months ago where we saw the whisperings of this cool new email listing called Product Hunt.

What began as a simple email thread between a guy and his circle of friends on cool new apps and tech, turned pretty rapidly into this hub of great curated products, delivered directly to your inbox.

Sometimes they have curated themes of products (like for “Couch Potatoes” or “Pranks Products” or “Community-Building Tools”) which makes for a fun Christmas-like event of checking your email. You can find (my / our) profile here to see what we’re hunting lately.

Oh and there’s a whole segment of GIF-apps for you to peruse. You’re welcome.

Designer Appreciation Post

We have the utmost respect for the visual crafters, letter-makers, and inspiration shakers. In the first of an ongoing series, we wanted to give due props to the artists we’re stalking. Thanks for making stuff beautiful.

Hische got curves like whoa Hische got curves like whoa

 

Jessica Hische

Our tippy top favorite word nerd, Hische travels the world speaking on typography and letter-making while raking up the awesome-ist clients. From Dave Eggers to Wes Anderson, The Criterion Collection to Penguin Books; she has a resume of stunning work. Creating typefaces that are not only easy-on-the-eye but also remain compelling as a story on it’s own, Hische make letters say more than we thought possible.

 

Amen, Mr. King Amen, Mr. King

 Damian King

We’ve been a fan of DSF clothing company in San Francisco for some time now, and find ourselves drawn to the screen-printed T-shirts of Damian King most often. Fusing typography and illustration, he makes “Getting Shit Done” look beautiful enough to wear proudly on our chests.

 

Sobierajski gets handsy Sobierajski gets handsy

Leta Sobierajski

An accidental stumble down the Internet rabbit hole led us to Sobierajski’s work and we immediately connected to her art. We assume she has some kind of wizardry power over color and texture, because she employs every skill to make her subjects pulsate off the page (or screen).

 

Indeed, a Young Jerk Indeed, a Young Jerk

Dan Cassaro

 Another one of our hyped-type-pros, Cassaro’s style has a classic feel with a modern simplicity. Whether it’s a coupon for fine dinging or GIFs for MTV, he has a distinct sense of play to his work that we admire and lust after in our everyday. Hell, if we had our druthers, every crappy logo out there would get a Cassaro facelift.

 

Nieminen has a lotta skill (get it?) Nieminen has a lotta skill (get it?)

Lotta Nieminen 

After catching Nieminen at an Airbnb Design Talk, we couldn’t help but fall in love with her stunning illustrations and charming presence. Evoking whimsy and detail, her art has a life of it’s own. Collaborating with chic clients like Hermes and Volkswagen, the self-proclaimed “accidental illustrator” makes perfectly contained worlds that seem to embrace the viewer in their simplicity and also keeps them on the outside looking in.

Entertainment with a Purpose: To Be Takei Trailer

Reigning king of Facebook, Star Trek alumni, gay rights activist, all around funny guy and Oliver + Sons favorite national personality, George Takei is the subject of a new documentary, To Be Takei. Taking on his role in changing opinions about Asian-Americans in popular culture, his absolutely endearing relationship with partner Brad, and everything in between, we can’t even begin to express our unadulterated excitement for this film.

Check out the trailer below: 

In addition to everything that he’s accomplished from a personal and industry perspective, we really admire George Takei for his absolute mastery of content and social media marketing. Want to know how to engage users and build your social media followers in an organic fashion? Find a few moments, grab a beer, review George Takei’s Facebok page, take a few notes, and follow his lead — because there’s no one better at it than that guy.