Tuesday, November 11, 2014

True Colours

It’s good for the imagination; picture a sense of peace and tranquillity that pervades the grey matter as it get to grips with the creative challenge at hand. It’s a stress buster; instilling a sense of perfect calm in the strategist seeking a clear head for incisive thoughts. It says, ‘Keep calm and stay orderly’; everything in its place instils confidence and self-belief – Account Manager take a bow. Use wisely Ms Brand Developer; it can summon the icy grip of winter.

Today’s blog was brought to you by the colour blue.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Welsh Poets’ Corner

All hail Dylan Thomas one of Wales’ finest. In the company of a flock of Cymru sheep and under, if not Milk Wood, at least a forest of green, the poet’s centenary was celebrated. The lyrical strains of fellow Welshmen reading from his poetry and prose competed with the rustle of leaves overhead and the occasional angle grinder reverberating around Fitzroy Square – but you get the idea. What a fabulous way to remember a revered writer.

If you want to catch the best Welsh show outside of the Valleys and this side of Patagonia, they are doing it all again on Saturday 25th October.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The summer of 99

It was all going so well; balmy days, short-sleeved t-shirts and flaky chocolate atop a swirly pyramid. Just where did summer go? Thankfully creativity isn’t entirely dependent on good weather, though it does help to have a little sunshine to get the best ideas to the fore. Whether enlivening an email, tweaking some typography or distilling the perfect proposition, it’s certainly a big plus to be receiving a healthy shot of solar energy, not to mention a daily dose of vitamin D. In these more temperate times it looks like a round of flat whites will have to fill the void – until the sound of summer returns.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Royal Record

Well that’s it, Royal Ascot is all over for another year but as Official Timekeeper, our lovely client Longines was there to record all the action. Now we may not be royally appointed, but here at Indigo we’re still a dab hand at capturing all our best moments. So, one rainy lunchtime, Emily and Marianne headed down to Waterloo station to see the results of our latest digital production up on the enormously HUGE Motion Screen for the first time. And we waited. We waited, with baited breath and smart phone at the ready, not wanting to miss a second. The verdict? Well, you can take a look for yourselves below, we’ll be in the winners’ area…

Longines Ascot promo at Waterloo 2014 from Indigo Communications on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

More Self, Less Selfie

Once in a while, in this crazy digital and social age of ours, I thoroughly recommend that everyone get a little lesson in humility to realise that actually, there’s more to photography than owning a phone and applying some pretty filters, and that really, the majority of us are mere photographic simpletons. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of the filtered selfie - it’s flattering fun and silly – but repeat after me: having an Instagram account does not a photographer make. Now to emphasise my point, step forth Mr David Bailey CBE and his Stardust retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery. Over 250 personally selected portraits feature, the large proportion of which are shot in his usual trademark style; stark black and white against a plain white background. The subjects – largely celebrities – are ones we’re accustomed to seeing in numerous magazines and splashed across the internet; blow-dried, styled and crafted into the characters we easily recognise. Bailey, however, shoots in ten minutes; no fuss, no frills, no snazzy filter – the real self is the focus, and it has never looked fresher. Back in your box Instagram, leave the real selfies to the pros.

Monday, March 31, 2014

A Snow Globe of Creativity

In between real-time tweeting and Facebook updates, you’ll be glad to know that whilst on a recent fam trip to the Alps, I found some time to fit in a little ski-time. And it was whilst being sat on a glorified button getting dragged up a mountain, that I realised going skiing is a bit like stepping into a creative dream world.
  A ski lift becomes a scenic drag through a wonderland: mountains covered by fresh white duvets hiding secrets to be revealed in spring; icing sugar spread thick round the edge of a Christmas gateau or lightly dusted on top of a peak; whipped meringue is ready to crunch; cotton wool is ready to pull apart; and lumps of marshmallow are ready to squeeze. All the while set against neutral colourways of powder blues and pebble greys, and all seen through a lens blinded by glitter falling seemingly out from nowhere.
  Just as your succumbing to the dream and stillness, you’re suddenly jolted awake by a blast of contrast and rigidity: the harsh carving of skis and boards through untouched snow; the poker straight “cord” marks left by a jet-black metallic snowplough; the rhythmic grind of a chair lift transporting a never ending stream of clashing coloured skiers. Neon pinks, oranges, reds, yellows and greens arranged in spots, stripes and checks sit alongside one another like paint spattered at a blank canvas, unfazed and inattentive to the wider neutral palette.
  Hard, soft and make-believe seemingly co-exist, shaken up together in a little glacial bubble, a million miles from reality.

Monday, March 17, 2014

What's the craic?!

Well that’s it. The minutes are up, the final whistle has sounded and the Guinness is a-flowing: Ireland are the official RBS 6 Nations winners! After all our hard work helping Tissot with their Official Timekeeper duties, we know that we’ll be left with a rugby-shaped void in our weekends. But that’s a problem for future Indigo! Today, we are perfecting our Irish accents and riding the emerald wave to celebrate St Patrick’s day. And in case we needed a clearer sign that fun and festivity should commence, we even turned up this morning to a newly painted green front door! Who’d have thunk it! Never has there been a case of greater symbolism. Now who let Account Management loose in Paint…