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Amp.Sessions

Amp.Sessions are hosted by the very fine folks at Amp.Amsterdam and these guys sure know how to mix business with pleasure, in just the right dosage. The Amp.Sessions are small, intimate lounge room concerts jam packed with some of the industry’s biggest heavyweights, both on-stage and off. Their beautiful canal side office space on the… More.

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No special effects

Created by a post house, but no VFX used. That got our attention. This film created by Xavi’s Lab, which is Glassworks’ “special project unit” based in Barcelona, only used “live visual trickery.” All you need is: water, some pipes, software that generates audio waves, a woofer and video camera, Xavi’s Lab explains. How it’s done… More.

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A type of chocolate

Design Bridge worked for a bunch of chocolate brands this year, which is why the agency converted the acquired knowledge into a chocolate letter. The letter, with some beautiful packaging, is distributed among its business relations as a present, thus aptly serving the Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas. The design agency elaborates on the process of crafting this special present on its blog.

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The Pop Up Documentary

Last March we wrote about the Pop Up Agency; six Hyper Island students traveling for 15 weeks through 15 countries to work for (mostly) ad agencies on 48-hour pressure cooker projects. The students – Maksimilian Kallhed, Wout Arets, Alejandro Masferrer, Zlatko Corluka, Julia Schierbeck, and Abraham Abbi Asefaw – have turned their adventure in this… More.

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A Glowing Orb

Last week I was invited by artist Nick Verstand to come and ‘experience’ ANIMA 1 – iki: a glowing orb that simulates interactions between humans and artificial intelligence. The installation was first shown to the public during ADE, but I had missed the opportunity to visit. So I accepted the invitation wholeheartedly and asked my… More.

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Start This Biz

Start This Biz – founded by freelance art director Jarr Geerligs – sells unique company names with a logo and URL as a starter kit. Geerligs, who likes to come up with quirky names and fresh logos, created brands such as Vélophile, Café Sober and Lick Salon – in Dutch. Geerligs: “It is for entrepreneurs… More.

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Screenshaver

For those “who don’t want to go through the hassle of grooming a handlebar” in Movember, Amsterdam based creatives duo Bas van de Poel and Daan van Dam (working at Anomaly), together with Hong Kong based animator Wong Ping (nowhynowhy), created a ‘Screenshaver’ (You can watch the trailer here). “Whenever your computer is not in use, the animated figure starts shaving every… More.

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Only the chocolote bit at the bottom

Kickstarter allows you to make your wildest dreams come true. Take the Bacon Sprinkles by Natwerk that we recently featured. Or these pointy chocolate filled bits (“Puntjes”) at the bottom of a Cornetto. Silly, this initiative by creative team Sharon Goldstoff and Jimmy Mars? Not really, there’s even a Facebook page called “Eating a Cornetto quickly… More.

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Uncommon

Uncommon is seeking the uncomfortable in the comfortable. Uncommon are those who dare to fly without wings. Uncommon is seeing big, in small. Uncommon is 4 agencies, 3 months each. Dawn, Natwerk SUE and Achtung! launch the first cross-agency advertising traineeship program in the Netherlands (maximum age 27, at least 2 years working experience, you have to… More.

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One big design ad

Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven is one big ad for Dutch Design and its Design Academy. That said, it is a very engaging and inspiring one. Maybe the power of Dutch Design is stripping something to its bare essentials without loosing the imagination. Contradictory it seems. But so is the term Dutch Design. Inspiration comes… More.

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