If you could deploy a technology that promises to help you improve your guest experience and streamline your operations, would you?
For Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman, Thomas Staggs, the answer is decidedly, “Yes!” For several years, Disney has been developing a platform integrating radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology with large databases and mobile devices that allow the park and guests to automate entry to the park and rides, reserve seats for shows, find photos taken by Disney photographers and even purchase meals. The platform is expected to allow for extensive personalization of the guest experience while streamlining operations and providing data on guest movement and behavior within the park.
Scott Brooks, our Hong Kong-based commercial photographer, had the pleasure of making the promotional photos for Nobu Hong Kong’s upcoming wine dinner on June 21. Chef Erik Idos has created an eight-course menu showcasing Nobu’s nouveau style Japanese cuisine and the full range of Cloudy Bay wines. In attendance, to introduce each wine pairing, will be Arnaud Mirey, wine ambassador from Moet Hennessy Diageo.
Tim Hortons first LEED® certified Restaurant – via Yahoo! Finance. Restaurants have an environmental impact on their communities and investing into sustainable design is needed, commendable even, but is LEED® certification meaningful? Is this a trend that designers should watch, or a trial balloon by Tim Hortons to see whether it has any traction with customers?
The World's Most Innovative Restaurant Interiors – via Fast Company Design. Restaurant design inspiration – a review of the book, Eat Out! Restaurant Design and Food Experiences in Fast Company Design. I love the rustic feel and illustrated meat charts at Fette Sau in Brooklyn as well as the whimsical birdcage illustrations and green wall at Village Green Marquee in Melbourne.
As a former management consultant, I participated in countless competitive bids over the course of 25 years. The norm in our business was to submit a proposal in response to a detailed RFP (request for proposals) that set out the client’s requirements, timing and expected deliverables. These projects spanned many months and often were at the core of company strategy, so there was a lot of attention paid to every detail.
Some technology from our childhood has also grown up. Do you remember cereal box prizes and the cards we would get sometimes that showed different images depending on the angle that you looked from? Well, PetaPixel recently posted an interesting article on the creative use of lenticular printing to produce street ads that show potential abused children a help line number that their adult minders don’t see. In addition to public awareness messages like this one, I can imagine the potential for a lot of other applications.
Spanish organization the ANAR Foundation (Aid to Children and Adolescents at Risk) recently released a campaign that makes use of photography, and a process called lenticular printing, to send an offer of help to abused children without alerting their abusers, even if they’re walking together.