Archive for May, 2012

Happy Birthday WordPress!

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Whether we want to admit it or not, WordPress has changed the way we view content on the Internet.  The usability of the website has made the blog site a hub for many people to exercise some creativity and get their word out. The site allows a great amount of design and programming within its capabilities.  If you take the time this can be the go-to place to share your products, messages and thoughts. In fact, we use the medium for our own blogs! Sure, we all have our moments when we want to stab our computer screen trying to adjust a picture in the blog, but there are some great examples of how it is used properly.  To celebrate its ninth birthday, which took place on May 27, here are some images of my favorite WordPress websites:

Creative artist hosts a hub of his music ambitions featuring interesting design and up front images of his new album

This website provides a new designer every day with a scroll-through portfolio. Great creatives!

We love her jokes, but we LOVE her website! Great branding and voice.

Fun corporate blog from everyone’s favorite daily deal website

Another interesting database of creative design portfolios

****UPDATE: As a side note, this post took more than 20 minutes to post and size images. So anything we said nice about WordPress we say very, VERY bitterly.

Some funky and unique website designs that we love:

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Here at JB Chicago, we love learning about the latest creative initiatives taking place across the web. Whether you’re looking for some website design inspiration or just want to “oo” and “awe” at fantastic design, here is a list of some well-designed websites.

Timothee-Roussilhe Portfolio

This portfolio is both classy and fun. It offers an unmatched interactive experience for the viewer.

Mini

Want to experience a Mini, inside and out? This website does just that and more. It’s sleek and incredibly enticing.

Pimkie Color Forecast

This fashionable website boasts a youthful, clean and modern look that gets straight to the point. It is incredibly user-friendly and highly organized.

Shoshorov

Another portfolio that is sweet on the eyes. The retro-modern appeal clearly mimics the designer’s abilities and inspires interest in viewers.

Bones Brigade Djs

Attractive and straight to the point, this event website allows for users to easily access the information they are seeking while being extremely cool.

Castor

Talk about high-quality and unique! Castor cleverly places their links in the image on their homepage. The zoom effect is now only eyebrow-raising, but incredibly entertaining.

Twenty8Twelve

Nothing is more pleasing than seeing a website that matches a product. Twenty8Twelve does just that. The interactive user experience of this website matches the fashion collection held within: Flawless.

Vlog

Visually enticing is an understatement. This website is a whole other realm of amazing. Effortlessly organized and visually pleasing.

Lost Type

This is the most enticing font website I have ever seen. Everything looks good! The dashing appearance allows users to fully experience typefaces.

Tattoos: The future of marketing?

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

As a recent college graduate, my friends and I have joked casually about the many ways that we could acquire money to quickly pay off our student loan debts. One of our jested ideas involved receiving tattoos (real or temporary) from companies that wanted us to be their walking billboards. Little did I know that this marketing/advertising/public relations endeavor had already been in use and was rather successful! Not everyone is a fan of tattoos, but it seems that they are becoming more socially and professionally acceptable each year. Could this be the future of marketing, advertising and public relations? Here are some interesting examples of the many ways that tattoos are being used for promotional efforts:

Chanel Temporary Tattoos

In 2010, Chanel released their own lavished temporary tattoos to the public. They were sold in packs of 55 for £49, which is about $78. Chanel brought temporary tattoos back to the catwalk this year for Chanel 2012/2013 Cruise Collection at Chateau de Versailles. There has been no word on whether these tattoos will be available for purchase.

Thierry Mugler’s Latest Tattooed Fashion Muse: Rick Genest

Many know Rick Genest as Zombie Boy for the corpse tattoo that covers  most of his body. The Canadian artist turned fashion model gained world-wide media attention through his Facebook page which gained over a million followers. He is the latest muse of MUGLER and can be seen in their 2011 Autumn/Winter men’s collection, Vogue Hommes Japan, GQ Style (UK) and in Lady Gaga’s video for “Born This Way”.

Air New Zealand

In 2009, 30 people were chosen to shave their heads and receive henna tattoos stating, “Need a change? Head down to New Zealand.” The people chosen in their efforts to create cranial billboards were awarded a round-trip ticket to New Zealand ($1,200) or $777 (an allusion to the Boeing 777 airplane). Picked for their ability to be fantastic brand ambassadors, the individuals were either expatriates or had previously been to New Zealand and were interested in returning.

Volvo

Volvo utilized tattoos by creating a fictional character whose tattoos spelled out the coordinates of an undersea location of $50,000 in gold coins and the keys to a new car. This tattoo promotion was a unique attempt to help get people to think differently about the brand.

The Human Billboard


Boxer Billy Gibby, aka “The Human Billboard”, is going for a Guinness World Record for the most corporate logos tattooed on a human body. In 2010, Billy had 26 sponsored tattoos on various locations of his body. On his blog he lists the advertising prices for size and location of the tattoo. The highest price is set at $20,000 for a 6” by 1” tattoo on his forehead.

Interested in offering your body to advertisers? Learn more about the advertisement tattoo phenomenon at Leaseyourbody.com. This website connects advertisers with people who want to be paid for sporting tattoo advertisements.

Product Packaging Never Looked So Clever

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

It would be an understatement to say that creativity within the marketing, advertising and branding community is at an all-time high. With an abundance of products coming into the marketplace each day, it’s no surprise that there is a constant creative race to generate the most appealing, enticing and efficient product packaging. Now more than ever before, companies and their customers are expecting product packaging to be as unique as the product itself. Building your brand’s identity has never looked so fresh, fun and eco-friendly. Here are 10 creatively packaged products:


The Anti-Theft Lunch Bag features sandwich-thief repelling mold spots

Hanger Tea Bags are easily hung from your mug.

Pop-Up Popcorn. Popcorn that is geometrically attractive and edible.

Babee’s  Honey, because the bee’s natural packaging has always been aesthetically pleasing.

help™ uses their packaging to get straight to the point.

Rellana Wool. This fun and mildly creepy packaging is sure to grab the customer’s attention.

Kleenex, because who doesn’t want to blow their nose with a tissue pulled from a juicy piece of fruit?

Breakfast Aid brings efficient and attractive packaging to the breakfast nook.

Fridgeezoo knows that adorable packaging is enticing to both adults and children.