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Fizz of the future

It’s practical. It’s elegant. And it’s 100% biodegradable. French designer Cedric Ragot has created groundbreaking packaging for Veuve Clicquot that ticks all the boxes.

Made of a bio-based material derived from potato starch, this innovative design is not only strong and light, it also keeps your bottle of champagne chilled for up to two hours. And, unlike most clunky booze boxes, this one has a nifty handle to make it easy to carry. Surely that’s worth celebrating?

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Beep beep! If you’re in London, keep a lookout for a MINI with a difference. Covered in over 48,000 high-res LEDs, this one-of-a-kind car is driving round London throughout August displaying live animation.

As part of the NOT NORMAL campaign, people can stream videos of themselves directly onto the MINI, which will be played for all of London to see. To get involved, upload your video through MINI’s Facebook app or tweet a Vine clip with the hashtag #MINIartbeat.

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Moment to moment

Levi’s sub-brand Made & Crafted has just released their first edition of Moment to Moment, a magazine created in partnership with super-cool quarterly publication THE THING.

The project is rolling out in ‘real-time’ across the summer and autumn, and will feature the work of 20 artistic contributors in the form of online videos, paintings, essays, animated gifs and photography.

But instead of just appearing online or in a physical magazine, these pieces will be appearing on billboards, bus stops, and other outdoor advertising spaces in San Francisco, New York, LA, London and Tokyo.

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It’s all based on an idea by artist Dan Graham, who bought advertising space in magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Arts Magazine in the 1960s, to create and publish new art works. Find out more about the project here:


Everything must go

Like the bar stool you’re sat on? It’s yours. How about that stuffed rooster? Or the grand piano? Or the barman’s jeans? Pawn & Co is a new bar on Melbourne’s Chapel Street, where everything – and we mean everything – is for sale. (Nice one, Lyndal.)

The fit-out is speak-easy style, packed to the rafters with handpicked vintage and antique curios. From cocktail glasses to mirrors, couches to a 1920s lawn mower, a barber’s leather chair to a stuffed albino kangaroo.

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The bar is the brainchild of Big Dog Creative executive and Channel V personalities Josh Lefers and Stephen Wools, and has so far proved massively popular. Check it out if you’re in the area (or if you’re in need of some new furniture).



Which suit buttons should you do up? How do you make BBQ ribs? And is there a good way to break up with a girlfriend?

Realising that modern life can be tough for men – especially those who have stayed living with their parents until their mid-30s – brands and publishers are bringing out simple man-uals covering all sorts of everyday topics.

There are all manner of guides to choose from – including Mantry, which tracks down the best food across America for time-tight men. But for a comprehensive overview, start with The Art of Manliness – an online guide with sections including Dressing & Grooming and Manly Skills.

Watch out ladies…

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Breathing new life into cosmetics

From acne cream to wrinkle cream… without a break. Shiseido is now targeting a younger audience – women aged 25-35 – with a new skincare line that tackles the stresses of modern life.

Ibuki, which means ‘new breath’ in Japanese, is designed for always-on Millennials with stressed skin, and comprises seven complementary products that contain Shiseido’s special PhytoResist Complex, including cleansers, moisturisers and an eye-correcting cream.

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The launch will be supported by an integrated media campaign, including an ad that is set in motion when you breathe on your computer screen, tablet or smartphone. Now that’s magic.


By Gum

Gone are the days of men simply running their fingers through their hair before leaving the house. Gum salon is the latest brand to launch a collection of male hair styling products – with everything from a thickening shampoo to conditioning treatments.

With extracts from flowers and plants, the products are all 100% natural and are bottled in packaging made from 100% recycled materials too.

The design takes cues from the brand’s 1950s retro-inspired salon interior, including the use of old-school terms like pomade and cream. Spiffing.

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Everything for U

Toaster – check. Kettle – check. Bed, sofa, lampshade, desk, linen, pictures, cushions, chairs, glasses, cutlery – check. Spotting the trend for freshers heading off to university with more than just the bare necessities, Target has launched a back-to-college marketing campaign called ‘Everything for U’.

As well as campus events and TV ads, the launch includes a digital campaign, with four faux roommates living in dorms kitted out with Target products. Viewers can watch the roommates on YouTube, and interact with them through social media to win prizes and purchase all the featured items.

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Once term has started, Target will also keep running Target After Hours, which transports wide-eyed students from their campus to Target stores on buses. So that’s the way to increase footfall…



Tweety box

Remember the agony of shopping for shoes with your mum? Having your feet measured, being made to pace up and down, and always having to choose the sensible lace-ups?

In an effort to make shoe shops more fun for children, Görtz has introduced a series of shoelace packaging called ‘Shoelace Birds’. Each of the five brightly coloured, tropical birds has the shoelaces placed in their beak like a worm – much more interesting than your standard lace-round-cardboard structure.

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As well as making children’s sections more colourful and playful, these feathery friends are also likely to become collectables. Could the next generation of children actually look forward to shoe shopping?


All aboard the art train

Galleries don’t have to be in big, grand buildings. Or even in buildings at all. Station to Station is a cargo-train-cum-gallery, which displays works of art as it travels across the US.

Conceived by artist Doug Aitken, the train will travel from New York to San Francisco, with ten stops along the way. Inside, visitors will be able to see experimental work by renowned artists like Kenneth Anger, Urs Fischer, Carsten Höller, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Ariel Pink, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Dan Deacon.

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While the train’s moving, it will become a work of art in itself, lighting up in bright colours that will be visible for miles around.

Up for a ride? See more about the project here:

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