Inspired by the UnrealChristmas shop, I have decided to make a list of things that I've never got round to doing (well, the ones I can remember anyway). Some of them are past their sell-by date, and some of them were right to be discarded. But I thought I'd share anyway.
Where's Priyanka? - One of my favourite pasttimes back in the day was to get my mug into tourists photos, usually pulling a silly face. This was infinitely more pleasing before digital photography; firstly because they couldn't just delete the picture and secondly because I liked the idea of people going to collect their pictures and being perplexed by the extra. I realise that it would have ruined photos for a lot of people, but I always thought I'd like it if I got surprises in my photos. Anyway I digress. So, the site would be a call for people to upload photos that I'd got into. Apparently 'photobombing' (intentionally inserting oneself as an unwelcome subject in the background of someone else’s photograph) is a real thing now.
Wishlist - Wishlist was a site where you inputted an item and the price you wanted to pay. And you guessed it, you got an email when a retailer had it in stock for the price you wanted to pay (or within a band).
TxtShow - A service that texts you when your favourite series are about to air on TV. Mainly because I always miss the first episode.
Creative Pub Quiz - I am still going to do this eventually, but I thought it would be nice to have a pub quiz for the slightly bizarre inhabitants of creativeland, where Eastenders just isn't
My well-dressed friend - For a while I thought it would be cool to have a website where you can upload pictures of your well-dressed friends. A sort of democratic Sartorialist.
Fear of First - Amanda and I had planned to write a book about first mover advantage. We were just hoping to get on the lecture circuit.
Cardschool - This is the only one that I still really want to do. Any developers out there want to get involved? I'll handle getting it out there, err, you just need to make it. Basically it's interactive games that teach you to play any card game (in the world. Ever). Things like bridge and canasta as well as gin rummy and snap.
The good news is that, along with Rob and Charlie, I am actually doing one of the ideas I've had, so it doesn't go on the list. Watch this space.
If I were mayor, I would make everything more fun. I firmly believe
in elevating the ordinary/mundane with design, colour and pattern in
order to cheer up people's lives. I'm not saying that this is the
answer to solving all societies ills in some bizarre twist on broken windows,
but it doesn't cost that much more to produce a patterned rubbish van
than a plain one, but the effect it has is massive. In fact Southwark
have already started doing this (check out their rubbish vans).
Spotted today in Boots on the Strand, a makeshift wrapping station for the last-minute present buyers. I've said it before, but retailers should always be doing stuff like this to make their customers lives easier. Always. Although Boots, the next stage is to make it a bit more inviting ;)
It's all very well being able to design your own trainers, but what if you just want an old trainer that they don't make anymore? The trainer in question is the Nike Air Epic in Medium Grey/Lt Bone - Soft Grey Grcl/Ecru - Grimoy. I've totally destroyed pair #3 and am in desperate need of another five pairs that I can wear into the ground.
If it's so easy to make bespoke shoes, why can't you just request something from the back catalogue? Or why have Nike not created a site where you can request reissues? It could be one of those crazy peer voting things that Nike seem to pull off very well. On a business level it makes perfect sense; give the consumer the 'power' to get a shoe reissued and know for sure that the reissued shoe is going to be in demand, or how much demand it will have. I doubt more than 250 people will be interested in the re-release of the Huarache Plus. Anyway Mark Parker, I just want my Epics again. Make it happen.
Last week I was invited by Kickers to the launch of their new shoes and the culmination of some summer activity - Meet the Kickers. The reason I was particularly interested in going is because the brief for this came in as I was leaving Holler. I'm always nosy about stuff that I would have worked on or stuff I used to work on, who isnt?
It's a funny one Kickers. I remember when the brief came in they went on about leveraging their historical musical ties, but despite links with Mods and Madchester, you don't automatically associate Kickers with a youth culture movement or hero. To me the lack of immediate connection in your mind makes the claim a bit weak, uncredible and unbelievable. Maybe it's because I listen to hip hop, and MCs are much more forthright about the brands they like.
Anyway they haven't really bothered referencing their supposed history for their new stuff. They got the nice, young talented kids at LoveBite to make a surreal video to some fun music. It's quite sweet.
*PS Re: Cockers not Kickers. Apparently Jarvis Cocker wanted to do a limited edition pair of Cockers.
It's around this time of year that everyone does their review of the 12 months gone by. Heat magazine's shows that it was only in Sept/Oct that Cheryl took Ashley back - it seems much longer ago. Anyway I like the one on Google Zeitgeist most:
I like the fact that the large hadron collider is one of the fastest rising search terms, although maybe a little surprised that it isn't supplemented with the word 'rap'.
Google have loads more data for my ancestral home, India, including top Bollywood celebs searched for. Interestingly, it seems that it's all about trains, cricket and Bollywood (in that order!), which shows that some things never change.
I wish they had a top 'how to' searches for the UK. How brilliant is that list? How to reduce weight and gain weight both in the top ten.
On a different note, shocked to see Chelsea in the top searched 'soccer' teams (1. United, 2. Chelsea, 3. Chivas, 4. Barça, 5. Arsenal); they must be pushing quite aggressively worldwide. C'mon Arsenal, another area where we need to raise our game.
Imagine my surprise when I found that the product was actually blackcurrant flavour. Got me thinking about how lazy we have become as consumers, relying on visual cues - not that this is a bad thing though. Why shouldn't we be lazy about taking the colour orange as a shortcut for the flavour orange? The second it takes to read is a second you could be doing something else.
One part truth, two parts mixer is a digital notebook for Priyanka/@pristyles. Yes, you've reached another planner's blog - but it's mainly full of random thoughts and pretty pictures.
If you're reading, hello - it's nice to meet you.