Was browsing and this caught my eye – mission accomplished for a piece of online advertising – and how could I resist? It wasn’t the meh headline, but the subhead, an invitation to explore a Mercedes via Amazon? Clicking through landed me on what appears to be Amazon’s site heading up a one-pager for the […]

News from designboom of buratti architetti’s work for Alfa Romeo in Milan, leading on the connection between a new car showroom and the museum collection (via an arresting-looking red lift shaft) of the dealership’s owners,  Cozzi While there’s a interesting interior design story here, what’s perhaps more intriguing is the exterior. Considering the usual approach […]

In the mid-90’s, the established travel operator business was in turmoil, faced with increasingly challenging market conditions. While there was still much to be said for the comfort in leaving all the arrangements to the operator – and paying accordingly, either at a premium or at discount, depending on your taste for the familiar or […]

…oh, hang on. Perfect. Thanks It Ran. Read all (less?) about it here It Ran

Another ‘man bites dog’ example of when the world of online retailing ‘discovers’ that we like to try things out before we buy them (you know, like in shops?) got me thinking about what car showrooms – who’s pivotal role for their customers of having the product to try, is a pretty unbeatable advantage  – still […]

It’s great fun to speculate on the future of this or that, and let’s face it, no-one ever got famous (or in the case of those usually engaged in the daily grind of business, tried to generate sales) saying thing’s would broadly stay the same. So here’s a prediction about what the future holds for […]

Short-circuiting all the usual monologues about the roles brands play in our lives, this installation in the Midlands, UK, takes a sideways look at how we shop: In the shop, some 500 items have been repackaged with new branding developed in workshops with members of the local community: schoolchildren, mental health service users, people with […]

Spotted this today, the Riversimple hydrogen-powered car manufacturers ‘sale of service’ ownership model – ‘We’re not selling products. We’ll retain ownership of the cars and sell mobility as a service.’ With a product platform and business culture designed around sustainability, it’s good to see how that philosophy has been neatly and clearly integrated into a full-scale […]

Are you sitting comfortably? You might need to be. Researchers at Durham and Lisbon Universities investigation’s into just how old our oldest fairy tales are, have used techniques usually reserved for biology to investigate storytelling’s origins. Following on from (albeit after quite a hiatus!) the origin of some of our words, tales such as Jack […]

‘Read all about it’ used to be the cry of news-sellers, calling attention to their papers. For the last two years, research by Edelman found that we trust search engines for news more than ‘traditional media’. “The results imply that readers are more likely to trust a headline they read in Google’s news aggregator, over […]