Our glorious leader is talking 2012 and his hopes for the future on the Shots website. You’ll need a subscription to read it, but if you don’t have one, then you can also catch up on his pearls of wisdom on Little Black Book. Enjoy.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Christmas party in the office? That’s a bit cheap isn’t it? It would appear not in our case. Lu, the most amazing party planner in all of London-dom, is a lady who doesn’t stop at ‘that’ll do’. When she isn’t looking through artists’ portfolios and carving out new links in the art world, she’s busy planning the next Brothers and Sisters shindig. This year’s christmas party was no exception. The office was transformed in a matter of hours into a fully functioning disco heaven. Cakes and pies were lovingly baked, beers gently laid on ice, the DJ briefed to provide the maximum amount of cheese with the minimum amount of cringe. And, out of the depths of the coldest night on earth rolled the chicken van. No ordinary chicken van. Roost is a rolling empire of poultry wizardry owned by Cass Titcombe, chef at Canteen and the food was AMAZING.
It’d be rude to show you ALL the pictures. There are a few dignities to be preserved. However, here are some of our photobooth pictures that were snapped throughout the night. Are you one of our stars?
See the whole set here.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Now that we’re pretty much settled in our new office we thought it was about time to redecorate. I’m not talking another coat of white matt with a hint of burnt apple. No, it was time to get the real painters in.
Every couple of months starting from now we’ll laying ourselves bare in front of an artist and getting them to cover our space. ooh and indeed, err. This month, the crisp white walls of our boardroom, our small meeting room and a few choice blank spaces have been commandeered by design duo Crispin Finn and they get to cover them as they see fit.
First off Crispin Finn came in to take a look a look around and get under the skin of Brothers and Sisters. They picked up on our love for re-found objects and our appreciation for design of yore and went away to create. The results are brilliantly retro, nostalgia inducing prints which have you remembering everything from Nice biscuits and Beano to those weird tunnock cakes you’d get at the school tuck shop. Plus, as they’re created bespoke for us and our office, they’re one of a kind. Now that is NICE.
Obviously, we’d love to have you round to take a look close up, but here’s a sneak preview of how they look.
We’re constantly on the look out for artists and designers who’d like to work in our space. New or established, any genre – we’re open to everything. If you think you have something for us, please contact Lu Howlett on firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
It’s that time again. Tinsel, twinkling lights, excitement, excess, parties and The Pogues. And presents. Presents? Yes, the difficulty of choosing that perfect present for loved ones, be it small children, your other half or the senior members of the family. Previously, this challenge involved endless web research, product reviews, subtle questioning, traipsing through shopping centres desperately searching for inspiration, countless lists and some obscure panic buys. But no more. I’ve cracked it. For everyone. One product for all. And it’s not some fancy new gadget you’ve never heard of or seen before, nor is it something that costs the earth. You may even already have it. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have more. In fact, the more the merrier. The answer is….little plastic bricks. Lego, if you’re a label person.
Before you spit your mince pie out in disgust, think about it. It’s accessible to everyone, easily available, is never obsolete when a new version comes out, children adore it, adults secretly love it,it’s educational, encourages creativity and above all, it’s fun. It lasts forever, doesn’t need batteries, is backwards compatible and future-proof (take note people like Apple and Microsoft), can be handed down lovingly through generations and is classic yet current (just take a look at the Batman, Harry Potter, and Marvel Superheroes sets). It’s so popular they now make video games about it, have dedicated shops selling it, run 6 theme parks around the globe and have even made the Christmas tree in St Pancras out of it.
If not, humour me for a little longer. Lego really is amazing stuff. Amazebricks. Some facts to help me out here:
- There are 62 bricks for every person on the planet
- There are 915 million ways to combine six LEGO bricks
- Lego are the largest manufacturer of tyres (318 million a year) in the world.
There is no limit to what you can build with it. Sure, we all started off with a house and a plastic green tree but there’s more to it than that. You just need to use your imagination a little. If that’s not happening, check out some of these for inspiration:
So there it is. This Christmas, don’t panic about what presents to buy. Brick it.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
As part of Internet Week Europe, our head honcho, Andy Fowler, was speaking at Viral Ad Network’s KittenCamp. He talked about our RE6 work and all the real life stunts we did, which was cool. KittenCamp is a regular monthly event that celebrates the wonderful world of memes, accompanied by free beer. Heaven it surely is.
Oh and this video won the highly contested meme battle. So thankful that youtube did not exist in my teenage years…
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
We have welcomed a new sister to the family fold. Hannah, is our brand new receptionist and beat everyone we interviewed hands down. We’ve put her through the B&S griller to find out some more about what rocks her world.
Hannah, otherwise known as: Hannah! – It is not a very good name for shortening
Furthest place you’ve been from home: New Zealand
An unusual skill you possess: I can pick things up with my toes
Greatest achievement to date: Doing a bungee and a sky dive although I’m afraid of heights and flying.
Something you’ve discovered about Clerkenwell since arriving: They have a Waitrose!
How many people’s names do you know so far: About 7..
The names you’d call 3 kittens if they turned up on your door: David Attenborough/Figaro/Tom
Person you’d most like to spend 24 hours of in their life: Rob Bootle
The first car you drove: My best friend’s
Your three best qualities: Energy/Capacity to drink
Your three worst qualities: Same as above
The website you couldn’t live without: Digitalspy.. get my fix of the soaps…so sad!
The most embarrassing CD/track in your collection: I think the Digitalspy is enough embarrassment for today.
Your favourite day of the year: When it snows
So there you go. Welcome Hannah. Please keep the dragons from our door.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Guest Editor Naomi writes:
When I was in secondary school I can honestly say I loved nearly every lesson I was in, but for some reason science was my least favourite. Every Thursday coming into school looking at that double period of Physics filled me with dread. Going into the same room, taught by the same teacher, most probably wearing the same plain woollen jumper, talking in the same monotone voice, working from the same old torn textbook, well, you catch my drift. I just never learnt anything within that boring environment and it’s a shame to say, with no surprise I failed science.
Today, however, I absolutely, undoubtedly, bloody love science. It totally amazes me how our planet actually works. What I love about science is that most of it sounds like it was written by some guy in his room, high as hell spouting out ridiculous facts that no-one in the right mind would believe.
Some pretty amazing facts for you:
- Look around you now. Everything you see is made of the same thing, your laptop, coffee cup, and lampshade even that pigeon out the window. We all originated from the same ingredients cooked up millions of years ago, which eventually assembled itself together into everything around you today, including you. So next time someone asks you what are you made of? You can just pick up anything around you and say “I am made of *Insert item here*”
- Look up into the sky tonight, search for Orion’s Belt, just above that on the left hand side you’ll find a really bright star called Betelgeuse. Lying 430 light years away Betelgeuse is a dying star and could explode within our lifetime. The explosion will be so powerful that it will add a second sun to Earth’s sky.
- Butterflies taste with their hind feed.
- A hummingbird weighs the same as a penny.
- The human body reproduces a new skeleton every 10 years.
- Infants blink around 1 to 2 times a minute while adults average around 10.
- Every human has a unique thumb print, they also have a unique tongue print.
So you may be thinking ‘why on earth is this girl talking about science on an advertising blog?’ Well I believe advertising creatives think much like scientists. We see things around us and absorb them, learn from them and use them. We constantly question life and experiment; combining different elements together to make unique and fresh ideas. Briefs are just equations to be solved, so don’t think of yourself as an advertiser, think of yourself as an Idea Scientist.
Here are some lovely science gems for you.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Guest Editor Louise writes:
I’d say I’m a frequent Internet user, in fact I use the Internet for pretty much everything. A good portion of the day is spent trawling through webpages or having a nose on social media and I don’t often come across the same thing twice, but I can’t quite believe how often I bump into a cat on my travels. Honestly, I’ve seen more cats on the internet in one day than I’ve ever eaten sandwiches.
Here are some of the web’s finest cats for you to have a prowl through.
http://richcatsofinstagram.tumblr.com – Many of us may have heard of the ‘Rich kids of Instagram’ this summer, posting images of their lavish lives for the rest of us to just be a bit (a lot) jealous of. Well, here are the rich cats of instagram (#RCOI). Oh how the other half of cats live.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHwntRpLobU&feature=player_embedded Maru the Youtube sensation. This fuzzy guys ability to get himself into tiny boxes has earned him more views than Britney Spears cutting her hair off.
http://i.imgur.com/dghTh.gif – Not really sure what to say about this other than, wow.
http://belarr.com/bakercat/ Make sure your speakers are on and the volume is up. You’re about to be impressed.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSK1D3bZhRs Last but not least, a cat we can all relate to.
I’m telling you, they’re going to take over and it’ll be like Planet of the Apes all over again, sort of.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Although the primary use for the internet, as we all know, is looking at pictures of cats, it does occasionally give rise to some other uses.
High on this list, for me, are useful websites. Useful websites are sites that answer questions, save you time and inspire new methods for dealing with old problems.
Quite simply put, I wouldn’t function without them. In fact I often have nightmares about the fact I’m stuck back in 1992 and I am unable to correctly roast a parsnip because there is NO INTERNET. Shudder.
Until this weekend, I thought that everyone knew about these sites, that they were saved right there on their bookmarks bar along with Google. But no. I discovered that my highly intelligent, no nonsense friend actually uses Yahoo Q&A to answer life’s tough questions. Or worse still, doesn’t do anything about them at all.
There are A LOT of useful websites out there. Way too many to visit in a day, or even a lifetime. The sites I visit most for help are all obvious ones – no surprises here – but you wouldn’t believe how many of these my friend had never heard of. So here is my bookmark bar’s most used.
Howstuffworks.com – this site is a treasure trove of awesomeness. It’s proper geek territory but it’s got a hell of a lot of usefulness going on. Heavily science biased, it tells you everything you need to know about just about anything. In fact, it tells you WAY more than you need to know. A lie down is often required after a surf on this site.
Lifehacker.com – This site’s motto is: Don’t live to geek; geek to live! This would have been my life motto had I thought of it first. The site has a great selection of ‘how to’ guides, and a lot of time saving tips. Its food and home section is good, as is the IT section. I got a lot more out of gmail thanks to this site. (geek)
Xe.com/ucc – ok, so it’s not the prettiest of sites, but then neither is the business of currency conversion. Having tried many different currency converters, this one wins out. Also available in handy smartphone app size.
IMDB.com – I have the worst memory ever for films, actors names, plotlines, directors etc. IMDB is an endless mine of information (often whilst watching the film). Yesterday, I discovered that the Deputy Commissioner in The Wire (John Doman) played a foreman in Die Hard With A Vengeance. How I lived without this information till then I do not know. And, I will have forgotten it again by tomorrow but that’s OK because IMDB is always there to remind me.
Skyscanner.net – set up by three clever people in Scotland, skyscanner is the only way to find flights. Its genius lies in its versatility. You can search for flights from country to country and it’ll list all the flights from all the airports in whichever order you want. The search by month option is great to see when the cheapest flights are. In short, I wouldn’t book a flight without checking here first.
Foodily.com – A quite recent discovery, this site is brilliant for aggregating excellent recipes from around the web. It could do with a bit of a wider base of sites to trawl and it’d be amazing if you could toggle the measurement units between imperial and metric, but it’ll do for now.
Lastly, I have to mention Google. We all know it’s above useful. More like absolutely essential. But there are some great tools from Google beyond the search engine. Like if you type in ’10ibs in grams’ it’ll automatically just tell you the answer instead of sending you to a site. Usefulness by stealth right there. I don’t know where I’d be (quite literally) if it weren’t for Google maps directions function and don’t even get me started on the live traffic data. Too good. Oh and Google translate is pretty great.
It seems that the key to a useful site is not just the data in it, but the way you access that data. It’s what all the sites above have in common. Ultimate usability. Information is truly beautiful.
Now, back to looking at pictures of cats.