Wide-Format on the Web

Each week we're all bombarded by so much. From television to radio to the internet, we're surrounded by news. I have the added benefit of being on the receiving end of various PR feeds and distribution lists, so my inbox is overflowing nearly each and every day. I also make it a point to look for interesting and unique stories and blog posts that make me think and/or make me stop and say "Wow. That's cool." I don't always have the opportunity to share these unless it's through social media. So, for this blog, I'm going to run through a few that really stood out to me over the past few weeks. 40 Dangerously Creative Billboard Ads via @SignsByTomorrow http://bit.ly/l1evqT Billboards are everywhere—we can all attest to that. But some are certainly better than others. This collection showcases some of the more unique and amusing (and gross in some cases) billboard programs from around the world. Coca-Cola billboard made of plants that absorb air pollution via @azbillboard and @AdFreak http://bit.ly/jSBuOq This lands in the cool category. Coca-Cola and the World Wildlife Fund have unveiled a 60x60-foot billboard in the Philippines that's covered in Fukien tea plants, which absorb air pollution. 3D Printing Will Revive American Manufacturing via @JCNore http://onforb.es/jSuFLB Forbes magazine's Rich Karlgaard has a very interesting—and mind-blowing—interview with Autodesk’s CTO, Jeff Kowalsky about 3D printing. I also talk about it more at length in the July issue of WFI. UC launches study on signs via @AveryGraphics http://bit.ly/kZ5kjt Do signs really attract customers? Well, the University of Cincinnati’s Economic Center is tackling this question with a survey of business owners. I'm interested to see the results. Summer Lovin': Four Ways to Connect With Gen Y This Season via @AveryGraphics http://bit.ly/mE7UDB They're heavily into social media. They are glued to their smart phones. They're all about getting immersed in the experience. What do you need to do in order to reach Gen Y? Short Billboard for a Short Film Fest via @bp_graphics and @thehangline http://bit.ly/kEhD4l How do you make a billboard for the Worldwide Short Film Festival? Well, for agency doug & serge it was to post a billboard only for a short amount of time. Interesting concept, but did it really work? How many people saw it? Was it worth the money? Searsucker and Burlap Window Displays via @imageoptions @bex_brands http://bit.ly/lHOYzW These are just a little bit—okay a lot—of awesome. Kudos to Freeform (Printing, based in San Diego, CA) and MakeFab (metal fabrication, based in San Diego, CA). Hidden Blades, Glowing Scorpions and Bug Genitalia: Great Science Images From the American Museum of Natural History http://bit.ly/iKTsbw Really cool new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History—and I have some additional information on the exhibit to come shortly. Supergraphics – Transforming Space: Graphic Design for Walls, Buildings & Spaces via @pentagramdesign and @AJWShaughnessy http://bit.ly/k0tZVv Very cool interview with Paula Scher. She is one of the leading American graphic designers and has a huge catalog that includes record covers, identities, and supergraphics. Do you have any other cool links and stories? Make sure you drop me a line and let me know.