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Saturday, February 27, 2010

french bistros and cafes in sharp decline

Times are hard for Le Fontenoy, the only surviving cafe in this village in north-central France which once had three, as well as a butcher's, a boulangerie, a grocer's and a restaurant. Now, as changing habits and new laws alter the residents' relationship with an erstwhile local fixture, its future is looking bleak. It is a bistro with no kitchen, a former tabac with no cigarettes, and Letouzey's coffers are as empty as his bottle of pastis. read more

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Paul Virilio

Paul Virilio
Born in 1932. Lives in La Rochelle.

Emeritus Professor at the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture in Paris, and chairman and director of the same institution from 1968 to 1998, Paul Virilio became editor of the Espace Critique collection at Editions Galilée in 1973 after the publication of his first philosophical essays.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hidden treasure by Andy Day

First form of social:

The story of Mr Anderson’s shears, (and the extraordinary success enjoyed by ‘English Cut’ thereafter)

Hugh McLeod, the blogging pioneer who has a nice take on social media originating from a tribe in Papua New Guinea. Can’t find original talk on it, but here’s his take on the shears and ‘holy objects’. Sales for English Cut suits soared.

Year of books tv campaign, beautifully scripted, well cast etc:

Monday, February 15, 2010

Newspaper Club

This is such a good idea, since Mute was printed on the FT press back in the early 90s I have always wanted a way to do small run newspaper print jobs. Great use of post digital.


Monday, February 08, 2010

NFL lift off ad

Google Paris Love Ad

So many people ask how user journeys work and this ad uses a really simple technique to illustrate a users journey. Simple but works for me.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Dieter Rams at the Deisgn M

Good design is innovative. Good design makes a product useful. Good design is aesthetic. Good design makes a product understandable. Good design is unobtrusive. Good design is honest. Good design is long-lasting. Good design is thorough down to the last detail. Good design is environmentally friendly. Good design is as little design as possible. Copyright Dieter Rams, amended March 2003 and October 2009

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