Colourful QR codes

Who says QR codes look boring? Not where these cheeky little designs are concerned! JESS3 , a creative data visualisation agency have created these inspired pieces of QR art and the best part is they still take you right to your desired web page. Clever huh?  :)

My spacebar goes down under

Well I’m finally living the dream and shall be getting some experience writing in Australia very soon! I am travelling via various places in South East Asia first, arriving in Sydney on 7th November this year. :)

I shall be looking to freelance for 12 months, so any contacts would be greatly appreciated.

I am also travelling with my boyfriend Matt who is a very talented Web Developer. If you like you can follow us on our travel blog while we wing our way to the land down under!

Pretty, pretty London Town

How beautiful is this? London’s familiar shape is very clearly made up from thousands of tweets and Flickr photographs.

Eric Fischer has come up with this new way to visualise Twitter and Flickr data and the result is this stunning image of London. The red dots are Flickr pictures, the blue dots Tweets, the white ones acting as locations which have been used to post both.

It’s amazing to see exactly where most popular the places are to take pictures, with key landmarks in the city and the river glowing red with pride. And the bright white clusters of dots shine like the flashes of cameras, representing the attractive spots which required a Tweet and a photo! I like.


My Formula 1 adventure!

A few weeks ago I went to see the film Senna, an incredible look back at Ayrton Senna’s life.  From go karting through to his tragic accident in 1994, it covers every aspect of his dream. I was a bit young at the time, so there was lots of real footage and clips I hadn’t seen or heard before, but what I do vividly recall was the world’s grief over the loss of the greatest F1 driver.

The movie depicts, very clearly, Aryton’s struggle with the FIA and his direct competitors. It relays his fierce passion for the sport, his determination to be the best and the rivalry over his natural talent and drive (no pun intended).

You get to meet the man under the race suit. And how, even after becoming the 3 times World Champion, all he wanted was a hug from his dad at the end of a race.  An extremely grounded and humble young man, Aryton was, and still is a testement to the F1 drivers of today. Which leads me nicely onto my next bit of news – my first Grand Prix experience!

I went to watch the British Grand Prix qualifying session last weekend at Silverstone. It’s not an event in the UK without rain, but no volume of it could stop us having fun as we entered the gates at 8am – ready to sample our first  burger of the day!

The first thing that hit me was the noise. When those F1 cars were released onto the track, the screeching was deafening. The second was how happy and smiley everyone was – from the trainspotter type fans who sat huddled together, watching their handheld screen intently to the big groups of lads on their 3rd or4th cider grinning like loons. Like a true beginner, I gasped at the thrilling spectacle of the cars zooming around the track, the loud crack of their engines making me jump from time to time. I smiled to myself at my poor choice of footwear, looking on enviously at the spectator veterans’ wellies. I even grasped the very tricky task of balancing on a stick seat, harder than it sounds, trust me.

So the upshot of it all? I can’t wait to scream till I’m hoarse at the next one in Singapore. Thank you very much Silverstone, you did yourself proud! :)

Unstoppable La Senza goes shoppable

La Senza has launched a new campaign on Facebook today which allows users to purchase bikinis directly from a short film. The online video, by Karmarama, shows several women emerging from the sea wearing La Senza bikinis. But before you dismiss this as another ‘James Bond’ style moment, think again. The film is actually shot on a nudist beach and starts off with some pretty odd looking characters playing ping pong. There’s a hot lifeguard looking extremely uncomfortable at the view he faces – resorting to flexing his biceps.  That is of course, until several women clad in La Senza bikinis strut out of the water. The old people’s reactions on the beach are worth watching it till the end – a great touch for what is a very entertaining way to purchase a bikini. The models then tackle the lifeguard to the ground, ending on the line ‘Be bold’. Facebook is a sensible choice for this popular female brand whose core 18-24 year old target audience spend most of their time there. Oh yes, and the soundtrack – Punching on a Dream by Naked and Famous – is pretty nice too. Well done La Senza!

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