Archive for May, 2010

Floating Splendor

Friday, May 28th, 2010
If you’ve ever been to Regents Park in the summer and cross over the bridge by the zoo you will no doubt have been struck by the incredible site of the Feng Shang Princess. What appears to be a Chinese House floating  in Cubmberland Basin. The Feng Shang Princess Floating Restaurant is run by Karen Chua and was built in the 80′s. It serves sumptuous Chinese food and delicacies to a discerning clientèle from celebrities of film, music and TV to locals and tourists alike.
The wonderful menu includes such treats as:
Whole Lobster in black pepper & French Red Wine Sauce, Stir Fried Ostrich with Japanese Yakiniku Sauce and Stir Fry Fillet Lamb in Claypot with Ginger & Spring Onions.
We were asked to create a site that matched the splendor of the restaurant and ended up not only designing and building a fully content managed site, but also taking all of the photography as well.
You can take a look at the site here:
www.fengshang.co.uk

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If you’ve ever been to Regents Park in the summer and cross over the bridge by the zoo you will no doubt have been struck by the incredible site of the Feng Shang Princess. What appears to be a Chinese House floating  in Cubmberland Basin. The Feng Shang Princess Floating Restaurant is run by Karen Chua and was built in the 80′s. It serves sumptuous Chinese food and delicacies to a discerning clientèle from celebrities of film, music and TV to locals and tourists alike.

The wonderful menu includes such treats as:

Whole Lobster in black pepper & French Red Wine Sauce, Stir Fried Ostrich with Japanese Yakiniku Sauce and Stir Fry Fillet Lamb in Claypot with Ginger & Spring Onions.

We were asked to create a site that matched the splendor of the restaurant and ended up not only designing and building a fully content managed site, but also taking all of the photography as well.

You can take a look at the site here:

www.fengshang.co.uk

Turning a paperclip into a house

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

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Turning a Paperclip into a House
The internet can be a fascinating place with incredible opportunities if you’re willing to apply yourself. Young Canadian Kyle MacDonald certainly applied himself when he decided that it was time to get himself a house.
Kyle came up with the idea of trading ‘up’ using his website. The idea being to get someone to offer him something that was of greater value than his trade – hopefully managing a final trade which would bring him his much desired house.
He started with a large red paperclip. This was traded for a novelty pen which was traded for a handmade ceramic doorknob. The doorknob became a camping stove, then a generator, then a barrel of beer (with a neon sign). Various trades followed to where Kyle managed to get an afternoon with Alice Cooper.
Much to everyone’s disbelief, this was traded for a snowglobe. Unknown to most, however, was that film director Corbin Bernsen   collects snowglobes and in exchange for it he offered a paid role in his new film.
The town of Kipling, Saskatchewan decided that they would love to have one of their own in a movie and so offered Kyle his final goal – a house.
Find out more on Kyles blog:
http://www.oneredpaperclip.blogspot.com/
Now, where did I put those drawing pins…..

The internet can be a fascinating place with incredible opportunities if you’re willing to apply yourself. Young Canadian Kyle MacDonald certainly applied himself when he decided that it was time to get himself a house.

Kyle came up with the idea of trading ‘up’ using his website. The idea being to get someone to offer him something that was of greater value than his trade – hopefully managing a final trade which would bring him his much desired house.

He started with a large red paperclip. This was traded for a novelty pen which was traded for a handmade ceramic doorknob. The doorknob became a camping stove, then a generator, then a barrel of beer (with a neon sign). Various trades followed to where Kyle managed to get an afternoon with Alice Cooper.

Much to everyone’s disbelief, this was traded for a snowglobe. Unknown to most, however, was that film director Corbin Bernsen   collects snowglobes and in exchange for it he offered a paid role in his new film.

The town of Kipling, Saskatchewan decided that they would love to have one of their own in a movie and so offered Kyle his final goal – a house.

Find out more on Kyles blog:

http://www.oneredpaperclip.blogspot.com/

Now, where did I put those drawing pins…..

Raw

Friday, May 21st, 2010
You know that summer is finally here when Sainsbury’s sells out of disposable BBQ’s, everyone has their shorts and flip-flops on and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition opens. The RA has run an open competition since 1769 and this year it’s the 242nd.
The show is open to anyone, simply submit two pieces of your art, pay your entry fee and wait for the good/bad news. As a result of this open submission policy, the show is a real mixture of styles (and some would say quality) but it’s this that makes it what it is.
There are six categories: paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, architectural designs and models and virtually everything is for sale. The RA takes a commission on these sales and for an organisation that receives no financial help from the government, it’s a useful fundraiser.
Each year there’s a different theme and different judges – this year’s theme is ‘Raw’ and it should be interesting to see the various interpretations of these theme. There will also be new works from various Royal Academicians.
The show runs from 14 June—22 August 2010
Visit the RA site for more information
http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/summer-exhibition/

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You know that summer is finally here when Sainsbury’s sells out of disposable BBQ’s, everyone has their shorts and flip-flops on and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition opens. The RA has run an open competition since 1769 and this year it’s the 242nd.

The show is open to anyone, simply submit two pieces of your art, pay your entry fee and wait for the good/bad news. As a result of this open submission policy, the show is a real mixture of styles (and some would say quality) but it’s this that makes it what it is.

There are six categories: paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, architectural designs and models and virtually everything is for sale. The RA takes a commission on these sales and for an organisation that receives no financial help from the government, it’s a useful fundraiser.

Each year there’s a different theme and different judges – this year’s theme is ‘Raw’ and it should be interesting to see the various interpretations of these theme. There will also be new works from various Royal Academicians.

The show runs from 14 June—22 August 2010

Visit the RA site for more information

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/summer-exhibition/

Froyo

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
Google have just announced Froyo – no not some Hobbit themed browser, but the latest release of their Android OS for mobile devices. Android has always seemed to be playing a bit of a catch up with Apples iPhone OS, but the new features detailed seem to make it a lot more tempting.
The updates are in five key areas:
Speed: We all like things to be fast and due to a new compiler it seems that Froyo will be two to five times quicker than the old Android – that’s quite some improvement.
Enterprise: Where both the iPhone and Android suffer over Blackberry is their percieved lack of business ‘ability’ – there are lots of integration changes, but probably (and probably not advertised as such) the most business like features will be in the way companies will be able to shut down phones and control what their users put on them….
Services: This is where things get exciting – it seems that you’ll be able to use your Android phone as a wi-fi hotspot – with an external USB device being able to get online through your phone.
Browser: There are lots of upgrades to the browser – again it’s mostly to do with speed – Google reckon that Android will provide the quickest browsing of any mobile platform.
Marketplace: Changes and upgrades to the Android Marketplace see Google trying to make inroads to Apples App Store. One nice feature (available for a long time on the iPhone) is the ability to update all your apps at once rather than have to update individually.
Whether these new features are enough to lure people away from their iPhones or to drive business away from Blackberry, it’s hard to tell – one thing that might sway iPhone users is full support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 public beta …something you won’t be seeing soon on your apple!
Here’s some more info for you:
http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2010/05/android-22-and-developers-goodies.html

Google-Android-Froyo
Google have just announced Froyo – no not some Hobbit themed browser, but the latest release of their Android OS for mobile devices. Android has always seemed to be playing a bit of a catch up with Apples iPhone OS, but the new features detailed seem to make it a lot more tempting.

The updates are in five key areas:

Speed: We all like things to be fast and due to a new compiler it seems that Froyo will be two to five times quicker than the old Android – that’s quite some improvement.

Enterprise: Where both the iPhone and Android suffer over Blackberry is their percieved lack of business ‘ability’ – there are lots of integration changes, but probably (and probably not advertised as such) the most business like features will be in the way companies will be able to shut down phones and control what their users put on them….

Services: This is where things get exciting – it seems that you’ll be able to use your Android phone as a wi-fi hotspot – with an external USB device being able to get online through your phone.

Browser: There are lots of upgrades to the browser – again it’s mostly to do with speed – Google reckon that Android will provide the quickest browsing of any mobile platform.

Marketplace: Changes and upgrades to the Android Marketplace see Google trying to make inroads to Apples App Store. One nice feature (available for a long time on the iPhone) is the ability to update all your apps at once rather than have to update individually.

Whether these new features are enough to lure people away from their iPhones or to drive business away from Blackberry, it’s hard to tell – one thing that might sway iPhone users is full support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 public beta …something you won’t be seeing soon on your apple!

Here’s some more info for you:

http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2010/05/android-22-and-developers-goodies.html

New Sites

Monday, May 10th, 2010
We’ve been busy bees here at Viziononline with the launch of several new sites and a very exciting new project underway.
We’ve created a slick content managed flash site Jacqui B Interiors who approached us to created their online presence. Jacqui is an established stylist, distinguished by her superb translation of personal and corporate identities into an interior environment. With her exquisite taste and eye for detail, she creates magnificent interiors.
http://www.jacquib.co.uk/
Prelet Furniture was established in 2000 with an aim to provide the buy-to-let property market with a service of supplying furniture and appliances without the usual hassle. We’ve completed a total re-brand, including logo, print work and photoshoots alongside a fully functional e-commerce website.
http://www.preletfurniture.co.uk/
The Woolly Hat Shop are one of the largest UK Internet bike shop selling and delivering all your favourite brands stocked under one roof, founded in 1993 we have grown to be one of the largest cycle shop mail order companies in the UK. We originally created their logo and website and have recently completely revamped their e-commerce site.
http://www.woollyhatshop.com/

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We’ve been busy bees here at Viziononline with the launch of several new sites (see below) However we’re particularly happy to be designing a new site for Premier League footballer John Utaka.  As a part of this project we’re going to be creating a ‘fly on the wall’ video of a day in the life of John Utaka, following him from Training, to his Academy, business meetings and finishing off with a Q&A session. We’ll make more announcements when the site is live.

We’ve created a slick content managed flash site Jacqui B Interiors who approached us to created their online presence. Jacqui is an etablished stylist, distinguished by her superb translation of personal and corporate identities into an interior environment. With her exquisite taste and eye for detail, she creates magnificent interiors.

http://www.jacquib.co.uk/

Prelet Furniture was established in 2000 with an aim to provide the buy-to-let property market with a service of supplying furniture and appliances without the usual hassle. We’ve completed a total re-brand, including logo, print work and photoshoots alongside a fully functional e-commerce website.

http://www.prelet.co.uk/

The Woolly Hat Shop are one of the largest UK Internet bike shop selling and delivering all your favourite brands stocked under one roof, founded in 1993 we have grown to be one of the largest cycle shop mail order companies in the UK. We originally created their logo and website and have recently completely revamped their e-commerce site.

http://www.woollyhatshop.com/