New images for Nobu Hong Kong added to ‘Cuisine’

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.

For more information, check out the announcement in Hong Kong Tatler Dining where Scott’s photographs are featured.
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Useful links F&B: May 5 – 11, 2013

8 Lessons For Innovation And Success – via Fast Company.
A quick digest of lessons from restaurateur and chef Mario Batali, founder of Babbo, Mozza Restaurant Group and Eataly. Web page contains a video of the interview.

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?

Operators talk about food-truck business – via Philly.com.
A little insight into the food truck business. Wouldn’t it be great to have some innovative food trucks in Hong Kong?

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.

…and finally

An Overlooked Key To Innovation: The Right Sacrifices – via Fast Company Design.
An in-depth review of how Michelin 2-star restaurant, Noma’s devotion to the total customer experience prevents it from achieving the coveted third Michelin Star.

Anti-Abuse Ad Uses Lenticular Printing to Show Alternate Photo to Kids

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.

via PetaPixel DL Cade · May 04, 2013

Abuse awareness ad

 

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.

via PetaPixel: Anti-Abuse Ad Uses Lenticular Printing to Show Alternate Photo to Kids.

Office Design – dtac Headquarters Bangkok

recreation space for Dtac employees
Funfloor for dtac employees

The headquarters of Total Access Communication PCL (dtac) in Bangkok sets a standard for creating an appealing workplace that communicates the company’s brand approach to, “play and learn.” Designed by Hassell and opened in 2009, one of the facility’s highlights is its Funfloor with indoor soccer, table tennis, running track, and concert and performance spaces.

See more at The Cool Hunter – Dtac Headquarters Bangkok.

Flat light

Powder Blue

I love light. Even flat light on a hazy day is beautiful.

The IFC2 curtain wall reflects the flat light of another hazy day in Hong Kong, resulting in an interesting, monochrommatic effect that seems to flatten the subtle articulation of the building facade.

As the gondola slowly moved into position, the cloud cover was shifting and it looked like I wasn’t going to get the shot that I wanted. I actually put my camera away, but just before the gondola drew level with the division in the exhaust manifolds, the clouds moved in again, to give a relatively flat light on the east face, while the sun hit the south face making a nice highlight.

This was even better than I imagined and I would have missed it if I hadn’t looked back just one more time.

Useful Links Marketing: 28th – 30th April 2013

Ernst & Young on social media and mobile technology trends in hospitality - particularly interesting are the sections on the power of TripAdvisor and increasing usage of mobile devices to enhance the guest experience. (article contains link to the full report)

Leading Hotels revamps website - responding to these same trends, LHW has revamped its website, to reach consumers across multiple touch points, including social and online media, and increase the functionality of the mobile site and applications.