You Paint My Map.

So I have this weird interest in Maps and the Infographics to do with maps. So when I found on my stats that you could see a map of where people in the world are who have viewed your profile I near died from excitement.
I just want to share with you how it has evolved in the last few days. I only started this blog just over a week ago so its pretty amazing to see I think.

Dates and times should be on each image.
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So im clearly a sucker for info graphics… but this is pretty awesome, the people of wordpress have coloured in my map just by clicking on my page, most of them strangely looking for vodka…
It is amazing to see though that people in countries I never would have expected have seen my blog and i have to say to me that is pretty amazing. The list got so big of countries I could no longer fit it on the photo.

I will keep doing this because I love it.

Thanks for the read and hope you enjoy my maps!


Shock tactic advertising.

Ok so in Northern Ireland the DOE (DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT) put out adverts to try and enforce safer driving, at the start when they first came out, when i was a good bit younger, they were horrifying and i had to turn them off. I still do on occasions. Now though people in Northern Ireland seem to accept them and feel they are important to have on TV, in order to get the point across.

The 2012 campaign… was.. well a shock and couldn’t believe it, but again important. So heres the video before I talk about it and I warn you now it might be a shock.

This adverts was easy one of the most shocking I have ever seen…
Is it right or socially acceptable? Well as I said above that at the start it was shocking and people went mad, but if you asked them then what they thought it would have been very different to now. Now these kid of adverts are socially acceptable in Northern Ireland and people think its a must. The number of deaths on the road has went down over the year, weather its because of this or better cars I’m not sure but in other countries where the like of this isn’t shown the death toll hasn’t changed. Its something I personally think should be all over the UK and Europe if it isn’t because although shocking its a must in fighting road traffic accidents.
What I love about these adverts though and especially this one is that they don’t always target the driver which is very important.
So the goods…

  • Its gets the point across to all ages.
  • Its a brilliant piece of advertising in that it get peoples attention straight away.
  • It plays on people emotions.
  • Well made and produced.
  • Has potential to be put all over the UK and Europe.

The bad…

  • It may not be culturally acceptable in other countries
  • It scares kids and adults alike

To be honesty I personally cant see much wrong with it, yes it scares me… but thats the point I’m scared into driving right and taking care on or around the road and to be mindful about other people.

Thanks for the read and if you like feel free to comment THANKS šŸ˜€

British airline designs. Who has the best?

So I travel a good amount back and forward from university to my home in Northern Ireland, so as you can imagine I am on a large number of flights and have been every since I was 16 and started working for the BBC in london. Also I have always been fascinated with airline and planes… at a stage some may think unhealthy. I decided to do this post as I have just been home a while back and was looking at the airlines at the airport and how they planes look.

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NI 2012 Our Place Our Time


This was the big PR campaign in Northern Ireland for the last two years, to really get the people going.

Im gonna jus have a ramble here about the actual campaign and the designs of it all and maybe a bit of a complain about it two but hey might be worth the read.

Northern Ireland after the troubles of years gone by as many of yous may know off, well it was a dull and grim place not much going for it. So what should the government do about this bad image the world has of an amazing place? Why lets just rebrand the country itself… well I have to say what a good idea, rebranding the whole country and its people! We are a friendly bunch of people we may have our differences but when it comes down to it were all the same and I personally think we needed to all have the rebrand so we all felt as one for a change.

So what will the rebrand do for the country?

Well clearly as you can see that the estimates are looking good for jobs, the GDP and the number of visitors to the country. Now that its nearing the end of 2012 I wonder if they got the extra 150,000. Its a great idea in getting money flowing into a part of the UK that doesn’t have much going for it other than tourism.

Ok so why 2012 you ask… good question because originally I wondered it myself, then i thought about it… 2012 is a big year for Northern Ireland, it marks 100 years of the building of Titanic, giants causeway finally gets its new tourist building, the UVF was started up meaning this was the start of the actual country itself and of course the 2012 london olympics and the Queens diamond jubilee. It seems to have been all go in this wee small corner of the earth this year… but all was included in this campaign.

Now onto the fun part… breaking down the actual rebrand.

The Logo, its a funny one because the way it is allows for the words to be changed, it be used on everything and look different from the one you may just have seen minutes before but you understand straight away what it is and what its about.

Ā Its so simple really five colours are carried through the whole brand and then the white. The five colours are bright, cheerful, energetic and well fun looking, you can tell they have been really thought about because they are playing on peoples feelings.
The nice clean white really gives it that light and peaceful feeling like a free spirt, which I personally feel thats what they where trying to do with the freedom of the white representing the person and then the colours representing the country. So basically the country is taking you the person on an exciting fun filled adventure that allows you to explore and see so much.
These stripes of colour carry through the whole rebrand and you will see them on near everything.

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