I wondered to myself today, “When was the last time I lifted a tyre up with my bare hands in a junk yard?” Mmm, I never have because they're MASSIVELY HEAVY. Yep. Today’s mission was made more interesting as we had to tip-toe around the yard to avoid the many delightful deposits left by local street dogs …. Anyhow, the tire wreath turned out to better than we expected considering we never made a wreath in our lives. Phew! In fact, Mrs Whiteley thought it was convincing enough to be a real gigantic wreath. DAY 4 done. Dusted.
the first day of our gigantic street advent calendar which is also our agency christmas card.
Each day, we open a door in the calendar to reveal a new festive street decoration that we've put out into the neighbourhood. Every idea takes something pretty mundane and adds a Wieden + Kennedy Christmas twist. The calendar fills an entire window of the agency and is also a beautifully illustrated map, so finding the street decorations is part of the fun.
Come down to 16 Hanbury st to see the installation and to open the
doors online please visit at www.wkadventcalendar.com.
are some of cheeky behind the scene shots from the install last night.
In December of last year we created a Christmas themed interactive installation in our Hanbury St window. If you stood in front of the window, it would grab your face and in realtime it would place this on a random illustrated Christmas character. All of this behind the scenes trickery of face tracking was created by Joel Gethin Lewis who explained it was all possible because of a free, open source software called openFrameworks.
openFrameworks is really a way for creatives and artists to get computers to help them realise their visions. You still need to be able to program and write code but it hides lots of the complicated parts and opens a much simpler interface to programming - If you need face tracking you just 'plug in' that part of the system and so on.
openFrameworks is developed and maintained by Zachary Lieberman and Theo Watson and the other inspiring facet is the community that is there to share code, improve the software, give advice, form partnerships and collaborate.
In a nod back to the community, Joel and Wieden+Kennedy are open sourcing the Christmas Card Making Machine and perhaps this Christmas there might be more inventive and entertaining uses of the code.