Why is it always the urban authorities that decide how to brand a city, and not the local people, or the companies? The aldermen seem to have the exclusive right to shape its image and exclude “those parts of the city image that are not supposed to be enhanced”. This has also happened in Amsterdam, where the highly criticized ‘I Amsterdam’ marketing activities represent a city without its historical Unique Selling Points — the infamous Red Light District, shops selling marihuana. However… a new campaign asks tourists to explain (in video or writing) how they would spend € 1,000 in the Dutch capital. The most creative submission will be rewarded with € 1,000 pocket-money. Online video production agency Big Shots did a pretty good job with this short film that should attract people to participate in the ‘My1000′ campaign. At least they didn’t forget to include the Red Light District.
In their battle for salary increase, the garbage men of the city of Amsterdam decided to strike in May. Their actions led to an entire city full of stinky trash. We were lucky that it wasn’t that warm, otherwise we should have hired some pied piper. In order to make the city a bit more…Read more →
Grafetee is a new app that makes it possible to bookmark your favorite locations. Available for iOS and Android smartphones, the app enables users to bookmark real-world places and share them with friends. Whether you’re planning to buy a new home, make a travel plan or just want to collect interesting places for future reference, then Grafetee says to be helpful. The app works pretty much the same as bookmark service Delicious, but helps you to store interesting locations instead of interesting websites.Read more →
We share our passion for vending machines with at least one other person on this globe: New York-based graphic designer Christopher D. Salyers. Back in 2010 he wrote a book about extraordinary vending machines around the world. Vending Machines: Coined Consumerism showcases a wide range of vending machines that offer crazy products, vending machines on the most idiot locations and vending machines that dispense their products in very strange ways.Read more →
This summer, the world’s first on-demand printing kiosk was introduced in a shopping mall in the Swedish capital Stockholm. Besides the fact that this is yet another interesting concept machine, it offers new opportunities for both print and digital media. Although the concept currently covers the bigger newspapers and magazines, such a machine can also give an impulse to independently published magazines as well as online media.Read more →