Google’s awesome doodle: A haunted house for Halloween

Today is Halloween and Google’s doodle for the day is generating a lot of buzz online. The doodle represents a Haunted House, with a 4 doors and the number 13 written on top.Like some other Doodles, this one is interactive as well and each time you open the door you get to meet the spook residents of this house. Oh and there’s eerie background playing in the background as well, with a door creaking and a ghost going oooooooo. You can click on the doodle though if you want to turn off the sound. So who do you get to meet in the Google Doodle? 

On the extreme right door is the blue one-eyed octopus which stands for ‘G’ in the Google logo. The next door has a pair of red and yellow eyes which represent the two ‘Os’. The next is veiled ghost, kind of like the dead haunted brides in ghost stories and this one is shaped like a ‘G’ is a veiled ghost. In the cage, next to it is the L, which looks like Frankenstein, if you click on it, the monster disappears. The last door has a super-evil smiley face that turns into a monster representing the ‘E’.

Also don’t miss the skeleton on the door, which does some pretty fancy tricks. There is also a black alley cat, and if you click on it, it jumps out runs across the doodle and takes you the search result page with Halloween. Oh and the crows caws when you click on it.

Today's Google Doodle Features The Abu Simbel Solar Phenomena

Google today displays a historian doodle featuring the great temples of Abu Simbel, Egypt  to commemorate the Abu Simbel Solar Phenomena which falls today. The Abu Simbel temples in Nubia, southern Egypt are situated on the western bank of Lake Nasser, about 230 km southwest of Aswan (about 300 km by road). The complex is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Nubian Monuments which run from Abu Simbel downriver to Philae (near Aswan). It is believed that the axis of the temple was positioned by the ancient Egyptian architects in such a way that on 22 February and 22 October the rays of the sun would illuminate the sculptures on the back wall, except for the statue of  Ptah, the god connected with the Underworld who always remained in the darkness.

The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari, to commemorate his alleged victory at the Battle of Kadesh, and to intimidate his Nubian neighbors. However, the complex was relocated in its entirety in 1968, on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan High Dam reservoir.

The relocation of the temples was necessary to avoid their being submerged during the creation of Lake Nasser, the massive artificial water reservoir formed after the building of the Aswan High Dam on the Nile River. Abu Simbel remains one of Egypt's top tourist attractions. Abu Simbel Solar Phenomena occurs on 22 February and 22 October every year. 

26 Mind Blowing Double Page Magazine Ads Design

These days, our life is full of various ads, which makes us become more and more blind to advertising. Companies are always trying to find new and creative ways to catch consumer’s attention. I’ve showcased many creative advertisement designs on this blog before, I am posting more inspiration and hope you enjoy this collection: 18 Mind Blowing Double Page Magazine Ads Design.

Seat Ibiza Cupra: Wheel

WMF Knives

Clear: No Dandruff

BR Petrobras Oil: Victory

National Association for the Blind: Donate eyes, magazine cut-out

Bic Soleil Clic: Hand - The safety razor that follows your shapes.

Suzuki Grand Vitara: Rolling Stone

Conto Barriers: Lift – Your Life can turn in a second

Crush: Class – There is another way.

NHA Xinh Furniture

IKEA: Sliding Doors

SulAmerica Health Insurance: Torn

Depilatory Strips: EPILDOU

Arcor: Bubble Gum

DHL:  International courier service express delivery guaranteed.

Macbook Pro “Ultra Thin”

Miradent Dental Floss

Greenpeace: Tree

Hawaiian Tropic: Enjoy The Sun

Tide: Put Stains Back Where They Belong

Shikun & Binui Solaria

TV 6 – I’d Do Anything For Money

Viasat: I’d Do Anything For Money

Is This The Most Interactive Print Ad Yet?

Using Lexus created technology called CinePrint, the ad comes to life only when you take an iPad and put it behind the printed ad in the October 15 issue of Sports Illustrated. A Lexus ES 2013 turns on its headlights, the engine revs, shows, the sky flashes, the car plays music and showcases its interior – all brought to life in print.This is a change from traditionally interactive ads which send you off somewhere else through the use of a QR code or a microsite for example and delivers the experience right there and then (with the aid of an iPad). 

What does the end result look like? See what you think in the video above but we think it’s a great blend of analog and digital. Seeing a print ad come to life is really quite brilliant. There’s not one but two hashtags at the end, wonder which will be the most effective – #NewLexusES or #CinePrint.

 “The new ES proves what’s possible when advanced technology is elevated by style,” said Brian Smith, Lexus vice president of marketing. “This ad not only communicates that message, but literally replicates the paradigm itself, allowing us to bring an interactive layer to a traditionally static medium.”

Google’s latest stunning doodle honors legendary animator Winsor McCay

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Just when you think Google has reached the epitome of Doodle awesomeness, they prove you wrong again. Google’s Doodle today celebrates the 107th anniversary of iconic cartoonist and animator Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland. And this one is not an ordinary doodle as it builds an entire story, which the users can see as they continue to click down.

The comic strip by McCay made its first appearance in 15 October, 1905 in the New York Herald with the title Little Nemo in Slumberland and later in New York American under the tittle In the Land of Wonderful Dreams. The doodle, an interactive animation, shows the story of Little Nemo in Slumberland, through various panels. Of course the Google imprint is ever present in each story panel, you can see the Google, G, e’s and l all playing their own parts in the story.

In the comic strip, Nemo would fall out of bed and into a fantastical world with a King, a Princess, and surreal, scary characters. In Google’s rendering, Nemo goes through a similar type of story as the user clicks a tab several times. It’s a lovely piece of animation, perhaps one McCay would enjoy.

Check out the 1911 short “Little Nemo” below to see some of McCay’s impressive animation skills in action.

This Google Doodle is perhaps the coolest one to come out this year. The animations and colours are totally dreamlike and only enhance the beauty of the original McCay work. Other famous works by Winsor McCay include Dream of the Rarebit Fiend (written under the pen name Silas and the animated cartoon, Gertie the Dinosaur.Needless to say the Google Doodle is already trending on Twitter. Here’s a look at some tweets.

50 Mind Blowing Breast Cancer Awareness Ads & Campaigns From Across The Globe

New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation has launched “Our Women”, a love song by New Zealand artists for all kiwi women to hear. The music video, featuring “Not Taken Lightly” by Chris Knox, is designed to remind New Zealand women that they are precious and irreplaceable, and making sure each one has the information needed to stay healthy. Helena McAlpine was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. Her story through treatment and remission was covered in national media. Now in 2012 the cancer has returned and Helena has been told she will not survive this time. To ensure that other kiwi women didn’t suffer the same fate, Helena partnered with the NZBCF to create a special message. The campaign is online at, aiming to reach the 2,098,654 women of New Zealand.  

Breast Cancer Awareness: Inspiring Ad Shows Woman Returning To Her Life (VIDEO)

"Hair", a commercial for OU Medicine's Cancer Center reminds viewers that cancer treatment is an emotionally costly time for patients.

Creating a hopeful commercial about cancer is fraught territory, but advertising agency BVK’s ad for the University of Oklahoma's new cancer centre managed to forego the use of pink in an ad that is both subtle and powerful as it shows a woman recovering from cancer and chemotherapy, the changes she undergoes compressed into a single morning.

In the video, we see a woman, bald from chemotherapy treatments, staring at her own reflection in despair. As she goes about her morning routine, activities most of us take for granted -- showering, dressing, making a sandwich -- becoming moments of reflection, as we watch her hair, and her smile, slowly return.

Without ever using the word "cancer," BVK shows a woman coming back from the lowest point in her life in a way that reminds us that illness and healing are constant, daily experiences for those going through them.

Breast Cancer Campaigns

Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) (also referred to locally as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM)) is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Awareness Bare in Scotland

NHS is running a television advertising campaign in Scotland, using what appears to be a naked woman holding images breasts containing early stage breast cancer. Glasgow actress Elaine C Smith, whose mother died of breast cancer, reminds her viewers that lumps aren’t the only signs of cancer. Any changes should be checked out. The breast cancer campaign is part of the Scottish Government’s £30 million Detect Cancer Early drive, which aims to increase the early detection of cancer by 25 per cent, saving more than 300 lives a year by the end of the next Parliamentary term. The campaign launched on 4th September 2012 and is running across TV (post 9pm), radio, online and press for four weeks. 

Support for the Woman Behind the Cancer

Breast Cancer Care in the UK is running “Support for the woman behind the cancer”, an integrated advertising campaign using striking imagery to illustrate that behind most breast cancer diagnoses is a real woman with emotional and practical support needs. The campaign is centred around the concept of a woman emerging from a veil of medication. A video is supplemented with billboards and outdoor posters,   and an opportunity for people to show their support for the woman behind the breast cancer. A pro-bono Facebook advertising campaign with Sponsored Stories is being coordinated by BLiNQ Media to reach thousands of users at Breast Cancer Care has recruited guest bloggers to talk about their own experiences on the campaign area of the charity’s website:

Dress for the Cause

The Breast Cancer Society of Canada and Dress for the Cause campaign invited companies, schools, organizations and clubs to participate in Dress for the Cause by wearing “support bra” t-shirts. The campaign, focused on raising funds for breast cancer research encouraged men and women  to wear pink on October 28.

Pink Ribbon Girls Should Never Be Parted

Breast cancer awareness magazine Pink Ribbon launched a print and video advertising campaign in the Netherlands featuring shots by British photographer Rankin. “Girls should never be parted”, the tagline of the campaign, is connected with photographs of women with two bare breasts. The print campaign included poems celebrating the friendship between two breasts, ending with an encouragement to buy Pink Ribbon Magazine, a charity glossy magazine raising funds for The Pink Ribbon Foundation, Netherlands.

Boobyball Bares All

Rethink Breast Cancer recently commissioned four women to pose topless in Toronto raise awareness of the BoobyBall fundraising event. The four models, one of whom is a breast cancer survivor, each presented a message written on their breasts, posing for photographs with supportive bystanders. “Hang out for a good cause”. “Bras aren’t the only support they need”. “Where cleavage meets charity”. “Boobyball 10”. The BoobyBall Bares All campaign was developed at Crispin Porter & Bogusky, Toronto, by creative directors Aaron Starkman, Michael Murray, Darren Richardson, art director Gail Pak, copywriters Neil Blewett and Freddy Nduna, and producer Jen Dark

Komen Italia Preventing Breast Cancer

Komen Italia onlus (Komen Italy Online) commissioned this print advertisement encouraging readers to donate funds for breast cancer prevention. The text: “Per il 90 % dei tumori del seno c’รจ una cura che non lascia segni. La prevenzione. Dai il tuo contributo per sostenere la lotta ai tumori del seno.” Tranlated from Italian to English: “For ninety percent of breast cancer there is a cure that leaves no marks. Prevention. Contribute to the fight against breast cancer.”