13.04.14 by Jeff

Giveaway: Cecilia Camera Straps

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This week I’m giving away four camera straps courtesy of Cecilia. A little bit about the straps:

“The full-grain leather is selected from premium Argentinian cowhides. The hides are finished in the USA with surface treatments that give the leather its durability. The alpaca textiles are handwoven by weavers in the Peruvian highlands. The backstrap loom weaving techniques and traditional patterns are a heritage of Andean culture. Sourced from mills in the USA, the reinforced webbing runs through the ends of the straps to ensure strength and reliability. The straps are assembled in León, Mexico. We work with some of the most experienced artisans of leather goods to craft a product of The Americas.”

If you’d like to snag one of these camera straps, leave a comment below and upload a photo you have taken recently. I’ll let the folks at Cecilia pick their four favourite images in two weeks (4 different winners).

 

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07.04.14 by Jeff

Cabin Time: A Roaming Creative Residency

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I like this idea a lot. Cabin Time is an off-the-grid creative residency which launches twice a year in various remote locations. If you’re looking for something to do in August maybe you should apply for the one in Santa, Idaho, or the one in Desolation Canyon, Green River, Utah.

Cabin Time accepts applications for residencies and curates a group of 6-9 artists one month before each residency begins.

“Cabin-Time invites artists, designers, writers, musicians, scientists, sign-painters, bird-watchers, cheerleaders, schemers and dreamers to make site-specific work in cooperative intentional isolation. Conscientious environmental stewardship is a core principle of Cabin-Time. Together, we work to set up camp, share chores, cook group meals, and help each other develop our ideas. Cabin-Time hosts residencies bi-annually, one in the winter and one in the summer. The number of creatives invited to each residency varies by location and degree of isolation.”

Watch the video below, it will get you stoked.

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27.03.14 by Jeff

Giveaway: “White Cube” Book by Brecht Vandenbroucke

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My favourite comic artist Brecht Vandenbroucke finally has his book “White Cube” released in North America. Book publisher Drawn & Quarterly has given me a copy to give away to one of you. If you’d like to snag it, tell me a useless fact in the comments below!  We’ll pick a winner on April 11th.

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26.03.14 by Jeff

An Inspiring Visit to Dublin, Ireland

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Last week I was invited out to Dublin, Ireland, by Jameson to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (aka drink lots of whiskey) and more importantly meet some of the local designers out there.

Thanks to Greg and Russell from This Greedy Pig for taking us around the city and introducing us to illustrator Dermot Flynn, as well as designers Ronan and Peter of me&him&you. Thank you also to Jarrod from The Social House, and Jenny from Google, for taking us out of the city to see a bit more of Ireland!

More photos from me and my friend Jennifer Latour below!

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13.03.14 by Jeff

A Curated List of Creative Iphone Apps (Actually Worth Downloading)

 
I am constantly looking for interesting creative apps for my iPhone, and kinda stunned how hard it is to find good ones. I haven’t come across a single blog post on the subject that isn’t full of utter garbage (Mashable’s list is a joke).

So I’m going to compile my own list, and it will be 100% my honest opinion. I will refuse any payment/bribe to post about an app that I don’t actually find interesting. The links to the apps are not affiliate links (I don’t think that’s even possible) I will not benefit in any way from the downloads. The apps on this list will be ones that I actually think are worth downloading. In many cases the apps will be free, and if they’re not free I’ll try to get some promo codes from the developer so at least a few people will get ‘em free.

If you are a cool developer making a cool app, or you just happen to be a cool person up on cool apps please give me recommendations for other creative apps in the comments below!

My plan is to update this list with more apps as I find them, with your help this could be a great resource. Enjoy.

 

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Name: Glitché

Cost: FREE

Category: Experimental, Visual

Description: Distorts images from your camera or camera roll in the coolest ways. You can even make animated gifs with it (which is how I made the “bad tv” animated Booooooom logo for our Tumblr).

 

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Name: Slit-Scan Camera

Cost: FREE

Category: Experimental, Visual

Description: Allows you to make the trippiest twisting portrait of someone, where they appear to wrap around themselves. I used the app to create this selfie. Lots of fun to mess around with, now we just need a video version!

 

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Name: 360 Panorama

Cost: $0.99

Category: Useful, Visual

Description: I’ve used this app a million times (roughly). You look like a total goof because it takes a minute or two to actually make a good panorama with it, but it’s worth it. This app allows you to shoot a complete 360 degree panorama and then send a link to a friend so they can hold up their phone and look around as if they are standing in the exact spot you took your photo from. You kinda have to see it to know what I’m talking about but it feels like you’re in the future when you use it. I rarely send the link to a friend, I mostly just use it to export a flat image of my pano for Instagram.

 

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Name: Field

Cost: $1.99 (Promo codes at the bottom of this post)

Category: Experimental, Audio, Visual

Description: Turns the images coming through your camera into sounds and abstract images. Definitely not useful, but fun to play around with. Should maybe only be $1.

 

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Name: Keezy

Cost: FREE

Category: Experimental, Audio

Description: A simple sound sampler. It’s really fun to make vocal loops with it, beatbox into it, essentially make terrible music with it.

 

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Name: Goldfish Music Box

Cost: $0.99 (Promo codes at the bottom of this post)

Category: Experimental, Audio

Description: Converts images that come through your camera into sounds. Not an app you’ll use all the time but fun to mess around with when you’re in front of a window.

 

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Name: Adobe Kuler

Cost: FREE

Category: Useful, Visual

Description: Quickly pull colour combinations out of everyday life. Hold your phone up over someone’s outfit and you instantly have the colour swatches. 

 

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25.02.14 by Jeff

The End of Facebook

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It’s taken five years to get the Booooooom Facebook page to the size it is now and after all that it appears, due to Facebook’s greed, it’s a complete waste of time to continue using it. The other day I made a post, and of the 155,000 people following our page, only 400 people saw it. That’s not even 1% of our followers! That’s kinda insane if you think about it. There was a time when 60,000 people would see a post, and we had less followers then!

If you run your own Facebook page you’ve already experienced this problem of reaching your own fans. These people who opted in and want to receive your updates won’t ever see them now unless you pay money.

 

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I was going to make this a post for those of you who still want to be updated on Facebook whenever I publish new content. If you go to the Booooooom Page and click on “Liked” there’s a drop down menu to select “Get Notifications”, in theory this should notify you of all future posts from the Booooooom page. I say in theory because who knows if it even does anything. So that was my original intent, but having thought about it some more, I think I’m about ready to throw in the towel.

I was disgusted when I watched these two videos that went viral recently, revealing the shadiness of what’s happening on Facebook right now. The videos explain why none of us see each other’s posts, why all of our pages are filled with fake users, and how Facebook makes more money because of it.

It’s enough to make me want to give up, and it’s sad because if Facebook still worked the way it did a couple years ago, it would be a tremendous tool for connecting with all of you.

 

 

 

I’m interested to hear from other people out there struggling with the same issues as me, what are you doing about it? Have you given up already? Is there an alternative?

 

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05.02.14 by Jeff

Dude Chilling Park (Forever)

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Photo credit: @DustinTimms

The saga of Dude Chilling Park has a happy ending! I can’t remember the last time a petition actually worked but this time it has!

Over a year ago The Province Newspaper reported that Guelph Park’s official sign had been secretly replaced by someone “who put a lot of effort into crafting the counterfeit, which even features the official Vancouver Parks and Recreation crest”.

The sign was a reference to a super chill statue of a dude, reclining on the grass. It was completely harmless and funny but was eventually removed by the parks board.

 

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My photo of the dude chilling statue.

 

This week the Vancouver Parks Board approved the re-installation of the sign! (source) The park right by my house will have the best name in the history of park names, forever.

Thank you Viktor Briestensky for creating my favourite piece of public art in Vancouver, before you left town.

04.02.14 by Jeff

Etsy x Virb x Booooooom

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My friends at Etsy and Virb have joined forces to hook you up with a pretty sweet creative business package. Virb now allows you to integrate your Etsy shop into your own website instantly, so you can create your own website and take full advantage of Etsy’s marketplace really easily.

From now until February 28th if you open an Etsy shop using the promo code: BOOOOOOOM you’ll receive 20 free listings and 50% off  your first 6 months of Virb. Head over here.

One lucky winner will also get a $100 Etsy gift card and a free Virb site for life – by redeeming the promo code, you are automatically entered to win!

I’ve attached a couple example shops below.

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