South Africa

The CNN ECOSPHERE Project Case Study

Back in November I posted about the COP 17 conference in Durban, South Africa. Specifically I posted about the real-time holographic model that was being built via Twitter about the conference. The video below is the case study showing the result of how social media impacted and influenced discussions within the conference. It’s pretty impressive when you see the numbers.

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CNN Ecosphere for the COP17 Conference.

CNN has come up with a really amazing data visualization for tweets being generated at the COP17 Conference on Global warming. The concept is really pretty simple, tweet and add the hash tag #COP17. Your tweet is added to the visualization engine and based on the number of re-tweets, comments, direct messages etc. you get to watch your ideas and thoughts grow. To tie this back into the conference itself, CNN is projecting the entire visualization as a hologram inside the conference itself. The embedded video below gives you a pretty solid idea of how this works, and to participate go here.

Radio does Mad Men.

Lately I have been watching Mad Men seasons 1 through 4 on Netflix. With Season 5 delayed until January 2012 I’ve been jonesing for the show just a bit, and I decided to watch the first for seasons over. I’m actually really glad that I have. I am catching all sorts of things this time around that I either missed or forgot over the last 4 and a half years.

The real reason I am posting about Mad Men has nothing to do with my TV viewing habits. What it does have to do with are these great posters from Cape Town-based design studio Radio. I have no idea if these are going to be used to promote Mad Men for the AMC network, but if not they should. The posters have a really nice retro feel to them without being to period. At times they feel older than the decade that Mad Men is set in, but that doesn’t bother me that much. They have a great illustrative style and the execution is really well done.

30,000: An African surfing odyssey

Thirty Thousand is a film about two Australian surfers on a thirty kilometer  journey along the West Coast of Africa in search of the perfect wave. Their travels take them through Angola, Liberia, Morocco, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, Gambia, and the Western Sahara.

The trailer looks stunning with gorgeous cinematography and surroundings as the group takes us on a journey from Casablanca to Cape Town, showing us the wonderfully rich culture, untouched waves and the amazing people of Africa.

2010 World Cup Poster Helps You Keep Score.

World Cup fever has hit, and its all about the football, or as we say here in America, “Soccer”. I’m not a huge football fan, but I have to admit this World Cup thing has kind of gotten to me this year, and I have been watching some of the games. I’m definitely planning on watching the USA vs England today at noon. So this morning while I was out gathering football intel, I came across this.

David Watson’s double-sided poster for the world cup. The poster is set entirely in Gotham, using bright primary colors. It is a double-sided A1+ poster produced in collaboration with G&B printers. 6 Colors printed on PhoeniXmotion paper.

All poster sale profits go to raises money for Soccer Aid, and UNICEF to help children around the world. So I say buy one. It’s for a good cause, and the poster looks fantastic.

Charis Tsevis Amazing 2010 World Cup Posters.

In just eight short weeks, the World Cup kicks off in South Africa. This marks the first time that the worlds greatest and most watched sporting event is being held on the African continent. The World Cup not only highlights this international sporting event, but this time it is helping to expose South African, heritage, culture and art.

To celebrate this event Greek graphic designer Charis Tsevis has created a series of stunning posters. This personal project was heavily influenced by traditional African fabric patterns as well as contemporary football culture. These posters represent Tsevis personal journey and exploration of Africa’s history and traditions. Tsevis was heavily influenced by his  South African experience, and felt that his journey there was an endless lesson into South Africa’s history and rich cultural traditions. According to Tsevis, “South Africa is one of the most beautiful and most vivid places I have ever seen. The country is amazing and rich of cultures and history. I am going to return to visit it soon.“

I think these posters are absolutely stunning. They are a fantastic example of the blending of cultural influences, and a great example of where modern technology meets traditional art. The posters were designed using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Synthetic Studio and Quicktime Pro. The complete poster set is on Flickr here.

This Ain’t No Hallmark Sentiment.

Sometimes it takes a bit of in your face, tongue and cheek humor to make a point with your advertising. This clever little print ad comes to us from Johannesburg South Africa. With a fairly direct headline, it cleverly plays off of A: the correct term for a female dog, and B: completely gets your attention thanks to the pink color pallet and timing the release directly to Mother’s Day. I love it.