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Caribbean Cruising – Haiti & Jamaica | Royal Caribbean

It’s not often that you can claim to have woken up in a different country four days in a row but that’s exactly what happened when Adam and I took to the seas and embarked on our first full length cruise, courtesy of Royal Caribbean. A quick plane ride (please note the sarcasm as this plane […]

The Burrell Twins

posted by on 10/12/2013

I don’t really know much about boxing aside from watching the odd few world title fights on PPV at stupid o’clock. It’s always been a sport that I wanted to try out, mainly due to the heavy cardio/weights program. It’s one that will definitely get you into shape quickly. Director Femi, a long time friend of Y&Y’s latest documentary film focuses on up and coming boxers ‘The Burrell Twins‘ – Scott and Dean. The London-born duo relocated to the US after their graduation to train with legendary coach Hector Roca who’s responsible for a number of World Champions. The film takes a natural approach to telling their story from training to ringside at their debut fight in the UK. The grading and style filming makes the whole thing seem quite raw and authentic, like the boxers – not the most eloquent of people but you can feel the eagerness to get their journey under way.

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Lynx Africa 18

posted by on 07/12/2013

Let’s take it back 13 years back, secondary school days when you first started smelling a little funky after playground – what was the answer to your problems? Deodorant. My choice was always Lynx; Africa to be specific. I used it as if it was eau de toilette, a miracle solution to prevent me smelling like the District Line trains at 6pm. To celebrate the 18th birthday of Lynx Africa in London, they’ve created a well curated tumblr featuring 18 diverse pieces of art that pay homage to the its cultural heritage. Hop on after the cut to see more.

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BWGH for Puma – Bluefield

posted by on 03/12/2013

For me when it’s come to sportswear design, Puma haven’t really done anything exciting with their own sneakers and clothing for a while. Their collaborations on the other hand are always on point. Well, I say always except two mistake; one with SBTV guy Jamal and the other collection with Professor Green who both don’t have any style credibility. Especially the former. Nike have led the athletic wear industry for a minute now with adidas coming in at a close second so it’s nice to Puma willing to expand on their creative capabilities by teaming up with NYC-inspired French brand BWGH (Brooklyn We Go Hard). Inspired by a Jay-Z title for those of you who don’t know, the founders have combined their fascinations with Big Apple’s street culture with a French twist. They’ve brought this influence to Puma’s athletic wear and here we have the short film showcasing the design connections between the painter and the artist. Hop on after the cut to see a teaser of what’s coming.

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DJ Focus – Kelvin’s Story

posted by on 28/11/2013

Over a year late on this story but it’s too good not to share. Kelvin’s story got emailed around the office yesterday – the 15 year old from Sierra Leone spent much of his free time salvaging circuit boards from bins to build his own FM radio station from scratch. DJ Focus is his on air alter ego ago and from doing the show, a pHD student at MIT invited him over to Cambridge for 3 weeks.Watch on to find out what happened, there’s also TEDxTeen talk from him after the cut.

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Videre – The Pinhole Camera

posted by on 28/11/2013

Boom, detox from the digital world by making something with your own hands. 25-year-old designer Kelly Angood was able to launch the product to the market after raising over £35,000 from just 881 backers on Kickstarter which was way over her £15,000 target. It’s made from recycled materials where possible and 100% made in England; the its are screen printed and die-cut individually by hand onto thick recycled card. More on the reverse.

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Harvey Nichols – Sorry, I Spent It On Myself

posted by on 28/11/2013

Brilliant. When every retailer’s advertising touches on the warm fuzzy feeling everyone has around this time of the year, Harvey Nichols chose to flip this on its head with their latest campaign by encouraging consumers to abandoning the thoughtful giving and spend as much on themselves. They’ve created a beautifully minimal collection of gifts in the Sorry, I Spent It On Myself range which includes items such as toothpicks and Lincolnshire gravel. The advert shows different family scenarios where one member has spent all their money on themselves whilst buying whack presents for everyone else. Watch on the reverse.

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Existential Bummer

posted by on 24/11/2013

I’ve been having this internal battle with myself for a while on doing meaningful work. It’s an endless journey to figure out what’s meaningful and what’s not, advertising essentially is junk created by corporations to feed consumerist culture. Once in a while it does the world some good in the form of campaigns like Bat Kid. Existential bummer touches on life and the fact that we know everything around us will die in the end, it’s the sad part that we all try to put at the back of our minds. Film maker Jason Silva will leave you inspired in 3 minutes, click play after the cut.

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Cardy Films | Essence London

posted by on 24/11/2013

I haven’t seen this guy since March at the Y&Y event. It’s crazy how much his artistry has developed in the past few years and this without a doubt is his best work yet. When I got sent through an early version to critique, I was instantly mind blown by the levels. The lighting, grading and sound are on point, not to mention the styling and model were also fitting for the theme. My only complaint was it not being longer than 3 minutes, I’d be happy to watch a 40 min show in this style. Think BBC’s Sherlock but even more slicker. Watch on the flip side.

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Pencil by FiftyThree | iPad Stylus

posted by on 22/11/2013

Pencil. Yes! FiftyThree are always innovating their market and it’s one that has been yearning for a product like this. I’ve actually been on the hunt for a quality stylus for the past few weeks, none stood out for me even though I was recommended many by various different artists. In terms of design, Pencil is a cut above the rest with it’s carpenter’s inspired design. Each Pencil is milled from a single, solid piece of sustainable wood. More on the reverse.

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Workwankers

posted by on 15/11/2013

Don’t be that guy. Funny series of illustrations of advertising/media industry stereotypes, I can certainly relate to a few of these – especially the shoulderbeasts *ahem*. See if you can find one that’s about you, if not I’m sure you’ll know a few people that fall under these hilarious titles.

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