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Schtock is meant to be the visual blog of someone who works for a large photo library. Here's the about page

About Schtock:
I work at a major stock photo company cataloging images. The majority of the stuff I work with will never see the light of day for no other reason than that most people don't know it's available to them. It's a shame which I'm trying to remedy with this site. As an amateur designer, I occasionally can't help but play around with the images I see floating across my desk on a daily basis. This site contains the results.

Who describes themselves as an "amateur designer"? The about text seems contrived and smells of a marketing cover up. The actual artworks are nice and designy. The type of stuff you see on FFFFound.

The Denver Egotist seems to have deduced that it's Corbis. So is this an official promotion or really just someone doing it for fun. If this was indeed someone just mucking around they spent longer on the HTML setup of the site than the actual designs. A Flickr account or simple blog template would have worked better for someone just mucking about. They also would not have registered the domain via a private register either.

If it is Corbis they are now in the awkward position that if they do admit they are behind it they look stupid for trying to fool us. This is sad as the idea behind the site is solid just the way they tried to sell it to the world is sloppy.

Getty Images also have a blog. 4 in fact. but they all seem to have little readership.

September 18, 2008

Music Almighty

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Death Star Over San Fran

Come to San Fran and see the Star Wars Empire :) Throw in a super at the end for a Star Wars convention and you got yourself awards fodder. This is probably just fan boy stuff but it'd be great is tourism ads were like this.

September 14, 2008

The Coke+Mentos guys follow up

EepyBird's Sticky Note experiment from Eepybird on Vimeo.

The Coke and Mentos guys (EepyBird) have followed up their experiments with Sticky Note experiments. The budget for the videos is bigger (cinematography and direction is spot on)

I kept waiting for a brand of office supplies to appear at the end. Then I remembered that some people do stuff just for the fun of it or under the umbrella of "art" rather than "advertising".

Update: Their other videos (like the one below) are sponsored by OfficeMax and ABC Family. So that would explain the budget busting effort spent on the longer video above. Phew everyone has a price. I thought maybe I had become to commercialized.

This video stars the girl from Samurai Girl (oh dear) and this was taken from the Eepybird site

How do Samurai Girl and Sticky Notes go together? We premiered our grand finale video, "the Extreme Sticky Note Experiments", on ABC Family on September 5th during Samurai Girl.

Sorry the answer is "f*ck all". But we wouldn't have this video if it wasn't for ABC's money. Oh the video stars the lead actor from Samuari Girl who will also be in Fox's Dragonball. A Google image search explains the appeal.

Also interesting is that Samuari Girl is one of those event TV thigns that if it goes well gets turned into a series. Why waste all your money on a pilot no one will see?

Eepybird make waterfalls with sticky notes from Eepybird on Vimeo.

It definetly makes you want to go out there and grab a pack of the sticky notes. Just like the Mentos videos made you want to try it out.

August 24, 2008

What starts with C ends in T?

Err, not sure about the rest of you, but I think this ad for Bendigo Bank (Australia) has some typography issues that might need to be resolved..

And sure enough, someone's edited it -

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