Pi Day in Gotham

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Pi Day is celebrated on 14 march (3.14) around the world for obvious reasons. Since I love numeric sequences and occurrences, today’s Pi Day celebration is extra special – the date corresponds to the first four digits after the decimal point. This won’t happen again for another century.

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Celebrating the artistry of Pinocchio @75

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On 7 february 1940, Pinocchio, Walt Disney’s second animated feature, premiered at the Center Theatre in New York City. The story of course, is familiar: Woodworker Geppetto’s wish to have a real boy is fulfilled as his creation, the wooden puppet Pinocchio, proves himself to be brave, truthful, and unselfish. The film was considered a financial failure at the time.

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Cheers for 2015

The Empire State Building has been a part of my view for decades. With the fancy new light shows atop, the historic building has a whole new personality. I captured the many moods and holidays of the lighting over the year and decided it would a be good send-off for 2014, and a welcoming 2015.

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Reese’s Perfect Brand – How Sweet It Is

While I am not a fan of Halloween, I am a huge fan of the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Halloween commercials. (OK, and the product too.)

Arnold Worldwide/Boston holds the Hershey account and does a fantastic job developing the Reese’s Perfect brand. According to the ARF 2013 case study, the brand hadn’t advertised since 2004, and with sales lagging, the agency developed connection-driven consumer communications to rebuild and grow brand loyalty.

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Graphic Coolness: Blue Note Records @75

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This year, the world-wide favorite jazz label, Blue Note Records, records its 75th anniversary. With ongoing music concerts throughout the year, its 75th not only presented an opportunity to hear great recordings and tributes, but to revisit those fabulous album covers.

The iconic Blue Note album covers are a favorite of mine: The 5000 series from the early 50s and 1500 series from the mid-to-late 50s in particular. From the illustrative nature of the earlier to the photographic leanings of the latter, they encapsulate a sound and create an atmosphere – late nights, dark clubs, smoke-filled air.

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