*Eunoia is the shortest word in the English language that contains all five vowels. It means beautiful thinking. This blog is a collection of just that, beautiful thinking from the worlds of art, advertising and culture.

Teen Thangz 11: “Don’t dislike this video”

I have no idea what the point of this piece is, but it made me laugh several times. The obviously non-teen ale swigging spokesperson captures YouTube hate in a hilarious way. 

via: Hello You Creatives

California Academy of Sciences: “Every skull tells a story”

I love the writing/typography in these ads. Tells the other half of the story that is missing. 

via: Ads of the World

Bay Area: “Talking is Teaching”

Super smart initiative from Goodby based on research that small children in upper income families had a vastly better vocabulary than kids in lower social economic conditions. The goal was to find a way to increase vocabulary through talking, reading and singing in a playful, nonjudgemental way. Instead of doing a spot, they designed a line of clothing that had different designs with talking prompts so the child literally became the center of the conversation. When agencies solve a problem without a massive media buy, it’s inspiring, and gives me hope that our industry can evolve.

via: Ads of the World

The Nostalgia Machine

If you want to take a walk through your childhood with music you’ve completely forgotten about, this site is for you. It’s a delightful collection of culture and is way better than any scrapbook. I read on Reddit that the guy that developed this did it so he could learn Javascript. We all benefit from his learning. After all, when was the last time you listened to UB40?

Levi’s: “Live in Levi’s Just Don’t Bore Them”

Fun bit of content for the brand. The theme is refreshingly challenging. The scenes feel spontaneous and they’re cut perfectly to the music. The entire piece feels home made and a little gritty, which makes it perfectly Levi’s. The end animation sequence transposing the letters to turn Live into Levi’s is a tasty touch.

via: Hello You Creatives

KFC: “Great American Bites”

This spot shines through in the current wasteland of restaurant advertising in the US. Best thing done in this category since Chipotle came on the scene. Interesting that it was done by BBH London. I wonder if KFC thought American culture would be better captured from someone outside the States? 

The spot doesn’t try to be authentic. It just is. It’s a well-crafted story of a father passing on the baton to his son somewhere in the Midwest. My favorite shot is the when the Dad lays his hand on his son’s chest. You can feel him saying, “Steady now.”

The food isn’t lost in the mix. It’s perfectly introduced at the end without fanfare. Legit from beginning to end.

Boston.com: “The Big Picture”

I have never followed world current events closely. I don’t know if it’s because I feel that I’ll never catch up, or if it’s because there’s so much sadness in the world. The Big Picture does the news in a way that I can appreciate and understand it- in pictures. It gives enough information to keep me current, but not so much that I feel underwater by it. 

Nike: iD

designaemporter:

Sweet.

Featured Artist: Kenji Toma

"I believe every person has a platform in which they express and convey their life."— Kenji Toma

Just discovered this photographer today going through my millions of emails from photographers. I delete most of them, but I was drawn to these. His sense of pattern, texture and light is exquisite. So is his approach to photography and life. I hope I get to work with him someday.

This Artist Takes These Silly Doodles And Makes Them…Awesome.

APlus.com:

David Jablow is a multi-media artist. One of the more interesting things he’s done are series based on mid-20th century “doodle pads:” notepads printed with suggestive pictures of women in provocative poses. These relics were intended for bawdy scrawlings, but Jablow takes them to a new level ENTIRELY…

From objectifying to badassery. These are cool.