Here’s the first of 2016’s Ten Best. To jog your memory, this is a post with ten things that caught our fancy this week, split evenly between Things from Ireland and Things From Over De Water.
Enjoy and share.
1. On The Grid Southside
On The Grid is a new(ish) beautifully designed, web based collection of City Guides, curated by creatives based on those cities around the globe.
Dublin creative studio It’s Okay have put together a selection for Dublin.
2. 50 years ago.
This has done the rounds for a while but for those that havnt seen it, it's a great colour vid from the 60’s showing Dublin a couple of generations ago.
Some things haven’t changed a bit (Trinity College) and some things are almost unrecognisable (Dublin Quays before IFSC and 3 or 4 extra bridges)
3. Open Gate Brewery
We haven’t been yet (gonna give it a go on Friday) but we are intrigued about the Open Gate Brewery Bar up at Guinness. They say they’ve had this experimental brew house up there for 100 years and now you can book in on Thursday and Friday night to sample random brews made in James’s Gate.
4. Nine things I learned volunteering in a refugee camp
Holly Shortall is a 26 year old fashion illustrator and journalist living in Dublin. Like the reasonable majority she was effected by scenes of refugees putting everything on the line to get to Europe. Unlike the majority however she did something about it.
In October of last year she volunteered to help at ‘The Jungle’ refugee encampment in Calais, writing about it on her blog.
It’s an honest first hand account from somebody who left their comfortable existance to see what was really going on.
5. Droning On
Broadsheet had a great video last week from director David Magnier who took his drone for a walk in Wicklow over Christmas and put together this sublime video.
Good choice of soundtrack too. Watch it via Broadsheet
6. Crockett and Tubbs, Simpson and Flanders
This is quite possibly the best thing the Simpsons have produced in a decade. A ridiculously over the top Miami Vice inspired couch intro, also beautifully scored to ‘Push It To The Limit’ from Scarface.
Simple and nifty. Mostly nifty. Nifty.
A simply designed cable organiser from Poketo
8. MOVI Camera
DIY live streaming of events and other happenings has exploded in the last 5 years (think Boiler Room et al).
Loads of streaming platforms have emerged but all of them relied on you using third party cameras and figuring out how to make them play nice with their software.
Now Livestream, one of the top companies in this field, have developed their own camera specifically for streaming called the Movi. Its a beautiful simple design that ticks the majority of boxes you’d need ticked and with great new features like live editing via your iPhone and the ability to have multiple live camera views from just one camera.
9. Bin It
This falls into the category of I can’t believe this doesn’t exist yet. Two Australian’s have launched a company called Seabin, with a product that has been fully funded to the tune of a $250,000 on Indiegogo.
The product is a simple pump and removable bin that sits in a still body of water slowly collecting trash. Think harbours, slow moving rivers and Dublin’s grand canal full of empty cans of Dutch after a sunny day’s drinking.
10. Jimmy Cauty’s Model Village
Jimmy ‘I burned a million quid for the craic’ Cauty has produced a diorama based commentary on English society.
It’s been around for a while, it was on view last year at Banksy’s Dismaland and is now on view as a stand alone show in London. It is a 1:87 scale model of a dismal English city scene where only the Police and emergency services roam.