Even with Vimeo launching their new categories feature, we still can’t say TV goodbye. A lot of great content still lives on TV, and when i thought this medium couldn’t think out of the box, Great Works Spain pulled a new trick: The first music video ever shown on teletext.
The video is being shown the next 2 weeks on Channel 4 (Spanish national TV), on Teletext page 899, promoting Pedro MarÃn’s new single Â“El dÃa despuÃ©sÂ“ with a stylish glam rock look. Enjoy the music video below:
The past few weeks have been irregular on posts for a good reason: i was getting ready for my new job as Web Strategist at Fullsix. Last week i started working at the top digital agency in Portugal, meeting the talented team and some of the brands i’ll be working with.
Rui Vieira played a pivotal role on my decision to change from Draftfcb, as i’ve always admired his creative passion and hard work, both as creative Director at Fullsix and lead OFFF organizer. Also, the chance to join a team known by their excellence in interactive advertising and work with some of the largest brands in Portugal helping them plan their long term web strategy, was something i couldn’t resist.
Expect me to be a lot more active from now on, discussing social media and emerging trends and technologies, but rest assured i’ll keep doing it on my own terms on this blog. I count on you to help me build a better understanding of digital marketing, expecting feedback from readers on my professional work as well as my social media presence. Don’t let me turn into an arrogant prick, OK ?
I’m almost over with my shameless-self-promotion. Just one more thing to share:
I’m proud of working on a team that does such great work. If you’d like to work with us to help you build your online strategy, you can reach me at armando(dot)alves[at]fullsix(dot)com
While covering OFFF’09 i had the chance to interview three of the most memorable speakers of the event, with the videos being now available:
Day 1, Dave Ferner, U.V.A.
More videos to come at Alt.Prt.Sc blip.tv channel, with my full review in the next few days.
Yeah, i know, i suck doing interviews. It’s not like i’m a journalist or something and have been doing this all my life. But if the whole point of the festival was failing gracefully, i did my best and if practice makes perfection, i could only get more graceful. I hope.
If anybody tells you that Graphic Design is not important just bring him the Palm Beach ballot card.
Â— Paula Scher
Anything can be content. Even the Christmas balls on my Christmas tree.
Â— Joshua Davis
Stop being so grown up (…) Doing stupid shit is awesome.
Â— Joshua Davis
OFFF Festival started with Oeiras’ mayor Isaltino de Morais congratulating the 3 days of digital culture, as a major event within the city’s 250th anniversary celebrations.
Taking place at FundiÃ§Ã£o de Oeiras until May 9th, this year marks the largest edition with over 3000 attendees, a diverse audience from several countries looking for inspiration on new digital trends.
The opening keynote by Neville Brody, a graphic design reference in the past two decades, approached the theme of “Make Trouble” by looking at several influences on the creative process and provoking critical thinking on the humanist role of design.
From the original OFFF location came Multitouch Barcelona to talk about their interactive design work. The collective was also present on the venue with an Space Invaders installation, played with foam balls as an interface.
The afternoon schedule resumed with a spectacular Karsten Schmidt, before Eva Vermandel and Studio Jason Bruges. One of the most expected talks, U.V.A. (United Visual Artists), represented by animation designer Dave Ferner, took us through the process of how interactive installations combine structure and creative code creating new forms of visual architecture.
Design tools as new forms of expression was also one of the central subjects on the most interesting talk of the day with James Paterson and Amit Pitaru, discussing projects like the online world of Rotten Fruit Tardis or their collaboration with a dance company to create a show were generative artworks were synced with coreography.
You can watch a short clip of the venue and a few shots of the talks below.
Off to day 2.
OFFF is on. Rui Vieira, Hector Ayuso and Oeiras Mayor, Isaltino Morais introduced the event this morning, with Neville Brody giving the initial talk on the theme of “Make Trouble”. About 3000 people arrived in the first day, an audience record amongst other records for the 2009 edition. Huge venue, big crowd, decent wifi but (there’s always a but) a bit of echo delay at Rooms.
Along with blog network Prt.sc, i’m video blogging the event, so if you speak portuguese, you can check the coverage at Alt.Prt.Sc.
We’ll be interviewing James Paterson and Amit Pitaru this afternoon. Even if we fail gracefully.
The next 3 days i’ll be blogging at OFFF 2009, the International Festival for the Post-Digital Creation Culture. From multimedia to design and motion, in 2009 the festival is celebrating visual culture on an incredible venue. Believe me, i’ve been there yesterday and the place is huge with a kick ass audiovisual setup. Besides the Roots room, Loopita also looked great and Mercadillo reached the largest number of guests of all editions.
You probably can meet me at Mercadillo, on Prt.sc boot, as i’ll be covering the event for the blog network and joining the winners of OFFF Screen Challenge.. Expect a few video interviews on the next few days, from Sagmeister to James Paterson, along with the occasional Twittering, but go easy on the WiFi, ok ? (after all, we’re more that 3500 OFFFers).
Let’s fail miserably. Let’s frail gracefully. Starting tomorrow, at OFFF.
Oops … seems the exit train station is Oeiras. Google Maps, don’t be evil.
Fired up and ready to OFFF ? If you’re packing your stuff and looking for a way around Lisbon, look no further. Here’s a snack size post with all you need to know to enjoy your time in Lisbon and find your way to the festival.
The city of seven hills, the Frisco of Europe, with the yellow trams and the iconic bridge, it’s asking you to be discovered with their hospitality and unforgettable gastronomy (try the fish). Start at St JorgeÂ’s Castle and go downhill to Alfama’s historic district, or explore Belem and the two World Heritage buildings: Jeronimo’s Monastery and Belem’s Tower.
Photo by Pedro Moura Pinheiro
When you’re done with monuments, get ready for a bit of shopping at the commercial district near Restauradores and take a ride on Santa Justa Lift to Carmo, one of the landmarks of Abril’s peaceful revolution. You can then rest for a while at Brasileira or walk a bit further to see the sunset at GraÃ§a. Now ready for the nightlife, head to Bairro Alto district, where you can eat on the more traditional Fado houses or have a go at the several ethnic restaurants, getting strengths for the non-stop movida (well, until 3am at least). For those still standing, time for a few clubs at Cais do SodrÃ© or dance until the day dawns at Lux.
If you’re looking where to stay, there’s plenty to choose from, with accommodation for all budgets, starting with Hotel AÃ§ores to the hostels of 2 close friends: Lisbon Calling and Albergo Odisseo (I did the website of the last one a few years ago 🙂. You could try any of these, and even if all booked, they’ll point you other good choices.
How to get there
Now that you got acquainted with Lisbon and the hangover from last night at Bairro Alto is long gone, time to OFFF. The easiest way is by subway taking the green line all the way to the end (even if you’re commuting from the blue line), reaching Cais do SodrÃ© station.
Photo by ghostboy
Get to the street level and buy a ticket to Oeiras, on the train leaving to Cascais (PDF timetable). Now don’t you get distracted with the seaside scenery and forget to get out on time.
If you’re driving there, take N6 (Avenida Marginal) and exit in Oeiras (at the right side of the beach). On the roundabout a few meters ahead turn left and then right all the way up to FundiÃ§Ã£o de Oeiras, right across the train station.
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Hope to meet you there on Thursday.