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June 26, 2009

Best "web" in the world?


But I'm not sure I understand this: The Best Job in the world campaign "tonight earned the top award in the cyber website/interactive campaigns category. " at Cyber Lions this year.


I love the campaign, it's by all accounts been hugely successful, and bravo the Cummins for the having the balls to run it - it's just that for some reason a digital Grand Prix that could potentially have focussed on innovation and creativity within the digital space is awarded to no more than a glorified video competition entry form - it might have just as well worked if people had sent in VHS tapes.

I'm speaking from a Digital POV - the word of mouth, channel integration and all that is another thing completely. Sure it might just deserve the accolades in PR, Direct and possibly Integration...

Can someone/anyone allow me the insight I'm missing that gives this the margin on the superb Fiat Eco drive?

"Single-minded campaign" -- didn't signal much in the way of technological innovation or the pushing of boundaries."

Or tell me to shut the f up and all of that.

June 23, 2009


our man on the ground Ash enlightened us on some of the latest and greatest banners from This years Cyber lions.

Looking through the list of banner-esque entries, the thing that really stood out for me is beverages (in general) the cocacola company coming in 2 laps ahead of all others.

From Japan this 18mb monster page takeover:


View it here if you can afford it.

And these, a series of over animated Frank Miller appropriations:


One of which we've grappled into BB space here ...

Then we move onto the join a pal on MSN in the Happiness Factory (Does anyone use MSN anymore?) , pretty cool I guess if it works they way they say....


Then there is the Grip banner... (see it in action here):


...and Shake banners respectively using oldskool banner interactions in a fun way - my personal preference being the latter for what it's worth (cant get it to load the best bit so an image will have to do):


And there's even more...

ZeroZero7 (see it here):


This cocacola karaoke "thing" again using MSN:


all that without even mentioning the CC brand Sprite drink. I believe pepsico are represented by a lone entry for Gatorade...

phew after all that I'm really thirsty... groan.

June 16, 2009

Vodafone: #ukhols

Liked this because of what it does - sure it's irreverent gloating, but maybe it'll give you an idea of where not to go to avoid the surging crowds of brits in Northern Summer (now by the sound of it yesterday as a rainy 24 in London UK).


Simple mash-up G Map, #ukhols included tweets plotting along with key words the likes of location and UK postcode. Why you'd give Vodafone your age and sex with that I'm not sure, maybe it's so they can market to you or something...

Liked it more because it's similar-ish to an idea I was proposing for Tourism Vic about 2 months ago. They didn't buy it of course - probably a little bold for our lovely conservative approach here to digital in Australia ;)

no, I'm not sore at all - but... if anyone wants my version (bold brands out there) just sing out - seriously.

June 14, 2009

35 Awesome Augmented Reality Examples

If it wasn't for Twitter and social media as a whole grabbing all the headlines Augmented Reality would be the most talked about "technology" of 2008/2009.

While the roots of the technology have been around since as early as the 1990's (remember VR games!) it's only in the last 12 months has the interactive industry taken to it like moths to a flame. Below you will find some of the worlds biggest brands dipping their toe into "Augmented Reality". Some are in it for the PR aspect others trying to find a useful application. Many just to satisfy their need to do something new.

The technology has it's limitations though. Not only do you need a web cam but also a printer to activate it. Add to that one requires a download and installation of an application you cut your potential audience down considerably. That said I enjoy watching the videos and demos as much as interacting with it myself.

If you know of any interesting applications for AR please comment below. I know there is much more out there and my limited research was focused on the advertising and marketing side rather than the tech and art side.

Augmented Reality!? That's so 2008
Has AR jumped the shark? Well if Virtual Magicians are using it I think that's your answer. For me the best application of this is in store and also with kids toys. Both applications have far more useful applications than a fun web toy.

Below are 35 great examples of where Augmented Reality and their applications to the commercial and art world.

Correction Update: Apologies to Metaio who I incorrectly forgot to credit as the technology behind the Mini and Lego examples. This is why you don't post at 1am :)

I had not seen any arcade style games in AR before this. Fun and stupid and it was meant to be.

Agency: Poke London [UK]
View | More Info
GE Smart Grid
For such a dry subject this execution generated a lot of buzz.

Agency: Goodby, Silverstein & Partners [US]

Assassins Creed 2 Teaser
Gamers love hidden codes and content and this was the first video game site to use AR.

Agency: Unknown

Earth Hour World in Your Hands
So the way to save the world is to print out useless paper?

Agency: Wunderman [AU]
Relapse 3D Art Comp
Turning the logo into an art canvas was nice idea. Too bad the entries in the comp are so shite.

Agency: Outside Line [UK]

Doritos Sweet Chili
Wow packaging with AR is already here. Doritos moved fast.

Living Sasquatch
It's a video editor with a 3D Sasquatch. Quite impressive and the video record feature is great.

Agency: Boffswana [AU]

Mini Germany Demo
This was the first big brand example I saw last year. Couldn't get it to work on my laptop :(

Agency: Unknown
Technology: Metaio
View | Case Study

Papas Road Trip Virtual Ride
Another brand with their packaging altered to have AR codes.

Agency: Unknown

Nissan Good Decision
The decision maker and then AR surprise at the end is nice.

Agency: Unknown

Ray-Ban Virtual Mirror
Probably the most practical application I've seen online. Too bad another download is needed

Agency: Unknown
Technology: Fitting Box [FR]
Topps Virtual Playing Cards
I wish this was around when I collected playing cards. The possibilities are endless.

Technology: Total Immersion

Night at the Museum 2 Comes to Life
Half promotion for the film half promotion for the news paper.

Agency: Soap [AU]
Technology: Total Immersion

USPS Priority Mail Box Simulator
A semi useful application of Augmented Reality.

Agency: AKQA [US]

Family Football Virtual Trophy

Agency: TBWA | Special Moves [UK]
View Note: Currently not on site

Experience the Enterprise
Paramount went all out on this execution for Star Trek.

Agency: Unknown
Technology: Total Immersion

Join Star Fleet Academy
Another Star Trek augmented reality promo.

Agency: Unknown
McDonalds Dippers Game
Agency: Unknown
ADIDAS Virtual Avatar
Agency: Unknown
Technology: Total Immersion
Lego Store at Disney Land
This must blow kid's minds and parent's wallets.

Technology: Metaio
View | PR
Eye of Judgment for PS3
Consoles are also getting in on the action.

Nissan Cube
Agency: Unknown
Fanta Games
Fanta pushing the mobile aspect of the technology.

Agency: Ogilvy
View | More Info
BMW Z4 in 3D
I love the real life montage of the car. Takes this to a new level of fun.

Agency: Dare [UK]
View | More Info
Toyota IQ Reality
Agency: Unknown
BMW Factory R&D
Not just brands.

Artists, tech heads and musicians are getting into Augmented Reality as well. Here's some non branded examples.
Virtual Drumkit
Looking for this to be re-skinned for a brand soon

By: Squidder
Augmented Reality T-Shirts + Twitter
Status= "I'm wearing a Twitter shirt!"

By: Squidder
Augmented Reality Mobile Game: Catapult
I want this now!

By: Unknown
Level heads
This looks like a lot of fun

Agency: Julian Oliver
Augmented Reality Card Trick
By: Virtual Magician

Julian Perretta's 3d video for "Ride My Star" music video

Agency: Unknown

The Artvertiser
I love how anti-advertising the art world is.

Arhrrrrrr Zombie Game (look for the Skittles integration!)
I missed this at GDC. Looks fantastic.

By: GVU Center's Augmented Environments Lab at Georgia Tech, in collaboration with SCAD-Atlanta
Augmented Reality Snow Flakes
Agencies jumped in for the 2008 Xmas card rush

Agency: Tellart
Special Moves Xmas
Agency: Special Movies [UK]
View Thanks Iain for the video

McCaan Funky Natal
Agency: McCaan [BR]
View | More Info
Scope Augmented Reality Toys
There isnt a toy executive alive that woulnd't get excited by this.

By: Frantz Lasorne
More Info


There are two main ways to achieve Augmented Reality in a browser.

1: Dedicated Plugin:

- Total Immersion:This French company has been the leader in the Augmented Reality field for commercial use. If you are after the best qality 3D this is the one to go with.

Link: Official Site

- Metaio: This German based company is big competitor to Total Immersion and has been behind some of the latest campaigns for Mini and Lego.

Link: Official Site

Pros: Higher quality 3D
Cons: Costly licence fee, no community, single vendor, custom code language, large file size, new plugin required

2: Flash: Can be integrated into any flash site and works with Flash 8+
No plugin, small file size, open source, community, flash is a common skill
Lower quality 3D

There is also various other technologies which could be used but all have limited web capabilities.

Many universities have Augmented Reality research labs and I think we'll start to see this technology get more mature over the next few years as commercial applications for it start to materialize.

More Reading

I got most of the examples and more info from the following sites/articles.
Yotube Search

There are also two blogs dedicated to AR which have even more examples

If you have any other good examples of branded and unbranded Augmented Reality please submit them to us at submit [at]

I can't mention augmented reality without showing this video.

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June 8, 2009

Don't Eat the Marshmallow Yet

Great quick 5 min talk that 's very poignant with todays instant world and funny footage of kids trying to not eat a marshmallow.

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