Archive for December, 2010

Happy Holidays from NEMO!

We’re wrapping up the year here at NEMO, and sending out our holiday gifts! Thanks to everyone for reading, commenting, questioning, and hassling on our blog this year! Happy Holidays!


BMW burns their logo into viewers eyeballs

Sorry, that headline probably came off much more graphic than what is actually happening. However, the folks over at BMW have gotten pretty crafty in their latest ad/stunt in Germany. Merging knowledge of technology and human sensory reactions, the car giant played their new tv commercial at a local theatre for a select audience. While the film was playing, they fired a profoto strobe through a BMW logo through the back of the screen, into the audience’s retinas, without them really even noticing. But when the viewers closed their eyes at the end of the show, they were left with letters BMW projected on their eyelids. Check out the sly tv spot below (though the flash effect doesn’t work over YouTube)

(via gizmodo)


Photoshop Tutorial Rap

Here is a little tutorial to help out everyone’s photos and christmas cards this year. The rap is a little wack, but the dude surprisingly knows what he’s talking about. CMY-Killa covers red eye removal, “blinging” your text, and applying filters to your unicorn…


Salomon Snowboards is Comm Arts site of the day


After months of hard work, Nemo Design’s recently-launched Salomon website has achieved webpick of the day from Communication Arts! A big shout-out to the crew at Instrument web development for working in conjunction with our Nemoites (Erica, Steve, Tricia and KB). Check out the amazing Salomon Snowboards site here.


Nick Onken at ASMP Portland


Renowned commercial lifestyle photographer Nick Onken will be in town January 11th to talk with the ASMP of Portland. After shooting for clients like Nike, State Farm Insurance, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and Lamborghini, Nick is quickly spreading his philosophy of photography.
“A big believer in living in the moment, his photos follow suit. With a designer’s eye, he’s constantly searching for that perfect moment to tell the whole story. And the pursuit of these moments has taken him around the world. His love of travel has recently collided with his career and he’s published his first book, Photo Trekking.”
Nick’s will lecture on his theory that in the end, running a successful photography business breaks down to making better images, and showing more people.
To RSVP for the talk, go here.
The Event will be held January 11th at Michael Jones Studio, 1937 N.W. Quimby St. Portland


Heavy Water Photography with Clark Little

Clark Little has been gaining a lot of media attention recently (today show, early show, etc) for his photography. Probably because unlike other human beings, he loves to get owned by big waves. Check out this video (and another explaining his methods after the jump) of Clark getting shots in heaving hawaiian shorebreak. (via fstoppers.com)


The Birth of Big Air

Nemo Design Presents:

THE BIRTH OF BIG AIR

Nemo Design presents The Birth of Big Air, a 60-minute documentary film featuring BMX legend Mat Hoffman in his pursuit to go higher on a bicycle than anyone ever thought possible. The Birth of Big Air chronicles Hoffman’s influence on BMX: the physical and emotional strains of riding at his level, and how he continued to question conventional thinking, ultimately leading him to set a World Record.

Our special guest, Mat Hoffman, will join us for the event. Nemo’s creative director Mark Lewman is a longtime friend of Hoffman. Together, Lewman and Hoffman executive produced The Birth of Big Air for Dickhouse Entertainment with Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze, and Johnny Knoxville. The project is part of ESPN Films 30 For 30 series, featuring epic stories of sport told by contemporary filmmakers.

View trailer.

A $5 donation gets visitors into the screening. All proceeds, including a raffle for Hoffman bicycles and products, will benefit Mike Vincent. Mike Vincent is a BMX rider who suffered brain injuries and loss of vision after being struck by a car in 2008.

The film screening takes place Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 7:30 pm at Nemo Design, 1875 SE Belmont Street in Portland, OR.

*sidenote: We are looking for photographers to document this event for us. If you are interested, email jordanl@nemohq.com


Polaroid Cameras back from the dead! (for a limited time only)

There’s nothing like the experience of a Polaroid. And they’re coming back, thanks to the skillful refurbishing of The Impossible Project and Photojojo.

The three models that are being brought back to life are the original SX-70, the Rainbow OneStep, and the Sun 660 Sonar. They span three decades of Polaroid development between 1972 and 1990, and each has been hand-inspected and retooled to work like new again.

And these aren’t just any Polaroids. The SX-70 was the first to use the company’s color instant film, the first to let you watch your film develop before your very eyes. The OneStep came into being during the days of disco—the rainbow stripe is a dead giveaway—while the Sun 660 was produced well into the 90s and features sonar focusing.

There aren’t many available, and they don’t come cheap. Impossible Project and Photojojo have restored 40 each of the OneStep and the Sun 660 (at $200 each, including a pack of film), while there are just 20 SX-70s ($350) up for sale. But these are working fossils, artifacts brought to life. “The memories they evoke, and the new ones they create, are worth every penny.” via Photojojo