27 Feb, 2014 – leave a comment
Just over 2 months ago I left Deutsch LA to open the LA office of my former consultancy, Undercurrent. While I’m incredibly excited about UC’s mission (to transform organizations to be more responsive), I left behind a cadre of brilliant thinkers and makers – inside my Inventionist group and in the agency at large – who are just beginning to get the recognition they deserve.
Make no mistake – creating anything that isn’t specifically designed to fill a media hole is a herculean effort in any agency and no shop is more obsessed with making it work than Deutsch LA. I can assure you that even more brilliance is on its way from this group …
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shared 18 Feb, 2014
New York City plays host to a particularly overwhelming form of gentrification. It’s constant and relentless, meaning buildings — even historic ones — can vanish and be replaced with luxury high rises before you ever realized they were there. Artist Justin Blinder captures that in his new art project Vacated, a series of GIFs created with images collected from Google Streetview that shows the changing landscape of the five boroughs, forcing the viewer to question the less-than-invisible forces that bring about those changes.[read in full]
shared 15 Feb, 2014
Facebook often undertakes data studies to coincide with current events, holidays, and pop cultural moments, but the site’s Valentine’s Day research results are particularly interesting. First off, Facebook says that San Francisco residents have the smallest chance of getting into a relationship among people in any of the 50 largest American cities. If you’re looking for love, Facebook says, your best bet is Colorado Springs, CO, a city that boasts the largest probability of “relationship formation.” San Francisco also ranks as the city where single men most outnumber single women, Facebook says, and Memphis ranks as the city where single women most outnumber single men.[read in full]
shared 11 Feb, 2014
Flappy Bird is gone. The mobile gaming sensation was pulled from both the iTunes App Store and Google Play by creator Dong Nguyen, but in its place an army of clones has arrived. A quick search for “flappy bird” in the App Store, for example, brings up names like Splashy Fish, Fly Birdie, City Bird, and Flying Flappy Unicorn Bird.
Most of these games are simply reskinned versions looking to capitalize on the surprising popularity of Flappy Bird, letting you play the same exact game, only with characters like doge or a piece of poo in place of the bird.[read in full]
shared 11 Feb, 2014
A year and a half after debuting a massive partnership with Starbucks, payments company Square is announcing its next big, in-store retail deal: Whole Foods. When Square debuted Stand last year, the assumption was that this high-powered hardware and software play would help attract large retailers. Clearly, this is a sign that this strategy is working.
The deal essentially places Square Stands and registers in all Whole Foods in-store venues (not checkout lines). These include sandwich counters, juice and coffee bars, pizzerias, and beer and wine bars in Whole Foods.[read in full]