The Google Dictionary

UK-based designers Felix Heyes & Ben West have created a dictionary that contains the first Google Image result for every one of the 21,000 words in the average English dictionary.

Simply labeled as ‘Google’ in gold on the front cover, the task of creating a 1240-page picture book was made a little easier by using the PHP scripts written by West’s brother. One downloaded the images in sequence, and the other laid them out into columns.

The QR Conundrum

It’s far too often that I find QR codes wandering the streets alone, unexplained and irrelevant. It seems these days that everything has one slapped on it in the hope that some unsuspecting consumer will be enticed by it’s sexy random rectangles and appealing black border. I mean, who wouldn’t want to take a picture of one of these bad-boys?

It Can Only Be Described As Aloof

After three years of being a designer in school, freelancing for companies and interning at a design studio, I still find the design process to be so elusive and vague. I mean why can’t there be some kind of formula that helps us create great design pieces. For me this process is comparable to the vast and diverse colour spectrum that contains innumerable colours. Unfortunately, we designers are stuck with this very open and loose process that I will attempt to describe next.

Board Game Love

Today marks my first week at Derooted and I figured I should take this time to tell you about one of my passions: board games. I know it sounds pretty nerdy but it’s something that I truly enjoy playing especially when I meet up with a bunch of like minded friends. Last month, my friends and I trekked down to the board game mecca, Snakes and Lattes, where we spent around three hours playing games. For someone who has well over forty board and card games at home, this was truly an amazing experience.

YOHJI YAMAMOTO: THIS IS MY DREAM

Beginning with the finalization of the collection and styling for the show in Tokyo, followed by his arrival in New York City to oversee the final touches for the presentation of Y-3’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection, the documentary turns an intimate eye on Yamamoto during fittings, model castings, guitar-playing, philosophical musings, and interactions with his staff and the global team bringing his ideas to life.

Push the Button

Let’s start the week off with a bang, literally! (You’ll see what I mean in a minute). Over the past few months, I’ve noticed that ad agencies are making a push towards creative work that is risky, daring, unconventional, and all around disruptive. Frankly, in a city like Toronto where we are constantly bombarded with information, a sure way for a brand to set itself apart from the crowd must be accomplished via extraordinary measures. I realize people might talk about it only for a little while before the hype dies down, but at least it was noticed and talked about in the first place. With the amount of content being produced and pushed out to consumers on a daily basis, it’s no wonder many have become desensitized to the media and all its offerings. You need to do something that is above and beyond to stand out. Before we continue, take a look at this hugely literal (yet successful) attempt by TNT (a top-rated cable TV network) to draw people’s attention to their brand.