Vote For Your Voice

One of the biggest problems we face with the election is that people don't use their vote. Sometimes the message of forcing your ideas upon people can be too much. Along with Jamie Ellul at Supple Studio we created posters that have a simple message to the younger generation. Vote!

We want to spread the word far and wide and flood social media with a bright, bold and positive message.

(Hold me closer) Tiny Dancer

Following on from a previous post about films my friend Oli emails me, here's some more gold.

Sponsored by YouTube, The Cut has invited filmmakers to make official videos for classic Elton John hits. Directed by Max Weiland, this film for Tiny Dancer will make you happy to be alive, and yearn for a move to LA. Reflecting on life and living in LA through the personal lens of a dozen very different protagonists behind the wheels of their cars, it's the city of angels at it's beautiful, cinematic best.

Thanks Oli.

Athletic Advertising for Energy Drinks

BBDO in Chile have created an outdoor campaign for Amman, a natural energy tea. The work features gymnast's competing on the pommel horse and rings whilst drinking the aforementioned energy drink. To achieve this, they've grown another set of arms.

The ads suggest that Amman is a) addictive b) contains magical qualities not seen since Harry Potter c) is still allowed to be consumed during competitive sports even though it's both addictive and magical. I'm looking forwards to the next Olympics when Chile win gold at everything with their army of mutant Octogymnasts.

Cleaning up

Continuing the theme of awesome advertising that ticks all the boxes; great, simple concept, beautiful design and realisation, snappy copy - Seven from Brazil prove that South America is at the forefront of refreshingly old skool advertising. Juliano Tejada, Giba Bittencourt, Arthur Webber from Seven teamed up with Alopra Studio to deliver this killer work. We at Halo applaud them. And so should you.

Remembering the Minimalist Lego Ads

In 2012 Lego made a series of print ads that have never been bettered. I thought it was time we revisited them because this mic drop moment is the work of true genius. In a world of integrated, 360, trans-media, mobile first advertising, it's good to remember that clever, creative ideas are all that really matter.

And it's fun guessing the characters being represented here.

SXSW 2017 What we think we know

We made it back in (nearly) one piece. There was only one night where, between the Forrest Green drinks reception and the Elephant Room margarita marathon with the legends from Taxi Studio, that we thought we’d permanently broken something, but we made it out alive. In fact, we feel more alive, invigorated and inspired than ever after a week in Austin Texas.

Halo vs SXSW

So, we're here. We've made the 7620km journey that took us 10 hours (including a close call making our connection from Dallas to Austin) - but there's no time to rest because SXSW is a full on experience.

It's kind of like a typical festival. There's incredible things to see, all happening at the same time, and the key is not to plan too much. There's no need to seek out interesting, it's all around you here. Go with your instinct and cool stuff appears.

Better living with cancer

Sometimes design is just life affirming. The power of a simple idea to make life that little bit better. To connect people when they need it the most.

Halo redesigns the sun masthead

David Hockney has redesigned The Sun masthead. The Sun themselves seem very happy with the results, but we can't help but think Mr Hockney may be trolling the paper.

Not ones to miss an opportunity to flex our design muscles we thought we'd join in. Having looked at the Hockney original we think it probably took no more than 5 mins to complete, so we set ourselves the same challange: Redesign The Sun masthead in less than 5 mins. The results are a mixed bag. Much like The Sun itself.

First up is David Hockney's version. The rest we take full credit for.


music videos you need to see

My friend Oli likes to send me a video of the week. The email arrives in my inbox without airs or graces. It simply states 'video of the week'. And it always is. The last two have been especially brilliant and I'm sharing them here because they are worth your time. Don't thank me, thank Oli Kendall.

1. Young Thug 'Wyclef Jean'. A video that Young Thug didn't show up for. The resulting 'documusicvideo' is a sublime work of genius.

2. DJ Shadow feat. Run the Jewels 'Nobody Speak'. A video for our times.