This weekend in Bristol, we have events full of music, art and nature to look forward to - starting with the Totterdown Music Festival tonight, with free entry. Over Saturday and Sunday, the Festival of Nature takes place in the harbourside amphitheatre, with entertainment, hands on wildlife experiences and a local food market.
The Easton Arts Trail which features work from 110 artists, makers and performers, involves a variety of community venues as well as open houses throughout Easton.
This week at GWS we've been busy attending networking events, including the Bristol Business and NRG lunches, had meetings with clients including the Radisson Blu, and have been working on new sites for the South West Manufacturing Advisory Service and internal decorative cladding specialists Kents Direct. We've also been creating new site designs for the cabling provider ONA.
Content Marketing and Social Media
This week's social media tips include how it is possible to leverage the use of Twitter to grow your business and blog traffic, and a Twitter infographic which gives insight into mistakes we may also make in real life. If you're just starting out as a blogger, this useful guide, with key steps to blogging success, includes tips on creating contagious content.
Other big social media news this week includes the integration of hashtags on Facebook.
The latest Google Penguin update is now 3 weeks old, how will it affect content marketing? Social media today explains the key focus of this update, including author rank and anchor text, and how it may affect your website.
If your business is specific to a town, city or local area, you may like this post on SEO advice for local businesse, which discusses some key points to consider to help your website grow in authority and visitor numbers.
We also liked this post about choosing the best company colour scheme for a new brand or website. It discusses the audience and competition, as well as the psychological response that colours elicit and the personality they represent.
Design, Art and Technology
Artwork that caught our attention this week includes these hand stitched letter designs, especially stitched food items which make the word 'delicious', Japanese paper artwork, intricately cut and hung to create paper sculptures of animals, and these sprawling yet detailed paintings by Californian artist Max Kauffman.
If you have old film negatives lying around, this film scanner for smartphones can transfer negatives into images on your phone. Other new designs we were intrigued by include a flying electric bicycle which uses 6 propellers to freewheel into the air, and these IBM designs, pitched as 'smart ideas for smarter cities'. They provide useful spaces to sit, take shelter and walk. Advertising is constantly evolving and seeping into new spaces, but what about beardvertising- an advertising idea that plans to pay people to clip mini billboard style advertisements into their beard!
Finally, the D & AD awards were awarded earlier this week, with winners in the world of advertising and design announced.
The ' campaign for the London Paralympics and the GOV.UK website were two winners of a coveted black pencil award, along with this metro safety animation from Australia - Dumb Ways To Die: