Recently we were invited to give a presentation on ‘Creativity’ at the Dutch HQ of Sogeti. These ‘Sterke Verhalen’ lectures, given by professionals outside the daily business of Sogeti, are organized to inspire their consultants.

We choose ‘Creavitivity & Sampling’ as the theme for our presentation, since giving a twist to the familiar is part of our strategy.

It turned out to be an interesting and fruitful evening for us, but the audience was definitely entertained as well. We saw happy faces during the presentation and received appreciation through the evaluation forms. A small selection of examples we used (from inspiring artist, other agencies and ourselves) you can find below.

Thanks to Remko Spaan.

Maison Martin Margiela

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McCafé ad

Polonaise Project

Students Thomas Ilum and Zoe Vogelius from the Miami Ad School in Hamburg created the “Always First” concept for Fedex. (via Found by James)

‘I Am You Are Me’ by Woes van Haaften

In collaboration with Iksi we’ve upgraded the webshop / online gallery Found by James. Due to these adjustments Found by James is capable to grow to the design platform it slowly seems to become.

Now the homepage shows all James’ activities. In the header you can filter the features by Shop, Notes and Interviews. Places is added as well; on this page all the content of the site is categorized by city or location.

We are very happy with the new and improved Hope you’ll also enjoy it. Spread the word!

PS. Check out the interview James recently had with ‘typologist’ Julien Renault from Brussels and the Press release is updated as well.

SAY 100 caught up with James and asked him to tell more about where he finds his coolest stuff, the most popular things he sells - and who’s in his top 10 for independent design publishers. Check the interview here.

Last week we moved into our new office in the centre of Amsterdam. Thanks to Dog Postproduction! Our new address is:

Lijnbaansstraat 17-II
1016 ST Amsterdam
The Netherlands

See here where it is.

Last Friday (November 4th) an article about the Housecat project was published in the Dutch newspaper Het Parool. Read it here (PDF 1,2MB).

We just launched the Equipe Financière website. Besides the design we were also responsible for converting Equipe’s philosophy to informative and promoting texts for (external) online use.

Where competitors overload readers with incomprehensible details and leave them with impersonal application forms on their websites, we wanted to provide Equipe with a clear look & feel, matching the companies unique approach, and to-the-point information. Therefore we choose a ‘one-pager’ with the characteristic quotes that triggers different types of people to get in touch with Equipe Financière in person; the only way to make a team work.

All copywriting was done in collaboration with Cathalijne Gietman, web development by Iksi. More about our previous work for Equipe Financière here.

Last weekend was great: 9th (final) Housecat poster sold via Found by James! And Rop van Mierlo won the Dutch Design Award (Best Graphic Design). Super proud!

Dutch Design Award nominee Rop van Mierlo created the marvelous Housecat poster (A1 portrait) especially for Found by James. Since this morning the poster is up for sale. Check it here!

We will participate in the exhibition ‘Black & White Are Not Colors’, a charitable event hosted by the major Dutch online design magazine Fontanel, Graphic Design Festival Breda and design studio Trapped in Suburbia.

About a hundred designers and design studios were invited to create a poster for this exhibition that celebrates ‘the power of the poster’. As a general theme, all posters revolve around contrasts with a maximum of two colours allowed on each poster – the cliché black and white had to be avoided, in fact the use of any of these non-colours was forbidden. The result, a colourful mix of work by established and up and coming designers, can be seen in The Hague.

For our poster we collaborated with the artist Ferry Bertholet. You can see our poster (plus posters from Thonik, Hoax, Urform, Joachim Baan and many more) in the Ship of Fools Gallery from October 7th till December 2nd, 2011.

Ship of Fools
Korte Voorhout 20
2511 CX Den Haag

James, our friend and partner in Found by James, will collaborate with Dutch Design Award nominee Rop van Mierlo on a very special project. Teaser and more info here.

Plus read James’ interview with Rop van Mierlo about the things that inspire him, his thoughts about the DDA 2011 nomination, his future plans and his dreams.