Peter Saville has long been one of the most inspiring creators for me. A few months back, I posted an interview in which he discusses his process. Yesterday, he did a Q&A session for the D&AD President’s Lecture and had some forthright answers:

What is wrong with design education?

Has the computer democratized design?

What inspires you?

What do you think of Bansky?

I’m not the biggest consumer and tend to abstain from buying things that I don’t really need. But every now and again, I see an advertisement for something and think “you know I really could use that.” Since it’s been perpetually cold in my apartment, I’m contemplating buying a ridiculous product that I saw on one of those annoying-as-hell infomercial style ads. The Snuggie is a blanket with sleeves. Or I could go with the Slanket which has a better name and comes in an array of colors. Then again the Snuggie comes with a free book-light. Decisions decisions. Guess what everyone is getting for Xmas next year.

The holiday season usually means it’s that time of the year when we’ll catch half naked models frolicking around on a beach in a black & white fragrance commercial. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it seems like a bit of a tired formula. I look forward to the day that I turn on the tube and find a perfume ad as bizarre as this short film created by fashion photographer Eugenio Recuenco for Loewe’s odor “Quizás, Quizás, Quizás”.

(via Wicked Halo)

Parkour is a sort of sport that combines spirituality and the body in a physical challenge to overcome our made environments. Parkour originated in France about 20 years ago and has now grown in popularity in the US, especially among woman. I first had seen the sport on display in the following commercials and music video; I just didn’t know it had a name.

Nike “Angry Chicken

Nike “Young Love

Nike “The Scary Cat

Madonna “Jump

(via Kottke)

The politics of food is very important to me. How we cultivate our food, obtain it and ultimately eat it directly affects our quality of life. I was pleased to learn that the super creative ad firm, Mother had launched a unique venture that speaks to this very topic. Dogmatic is a new kind of sausage vending experience that offers grass fed and free range foods. Additionally, some of the ingredients are locally sourced and this is absolutely an imperative trend to set for a sustainable agricultural system and economy. Former Burger King CEO, Brad Blum has bought a majority stake in the company and has hopes to take the sausage shop across the country. My big suggestion is for them to obtain a beer and wine license as well. What is a sausage without a beer?

Here is more on Dogmatic Sausage Systems.  In celebration of the “sausage” I share my favorite episode of The Kids in the Hall (has something to do with the love of meat stuff intestinal lining).