Archive for October, 2009

A charitable day for Proporta

Last Friday saw the Proporta team put their money where their mouths were and re-open the swear box. After a relatively quiet start, by lunchtime we’d made around £15 and, following a series of meetings, managed to crank it up to around £40 by the end of the day. Pretty impressive considering six people were out of the office.

Speak no evil

All money raised goes to the Proporta Education Fund, assisting underprivileged children in Sri Lanka to continue their further education. Offerings continued into the evening courtesy of a *few* Tuacas at the Robin Hood pub in Brighton, which kindly donates its profits to charity.

Proporta Bungee Brigade

Following Proporta co-Director, Guy Monson’s, plummet towards some very pointy rocks back in October last year, Lynnette (our Marketing Manager) decided she’d give it a try on the first anniversary. Last weekend saw her “fall” 220 metres (we would say jump, but her knees literally give way) off the Versazca Dam in Switzerland… the same location used in the opening scene of Golden Eye. That’s the equivalent of 22 double decker buses or 36 two storey houses with their roofs chopped off… That’s rock and roll…

See the video here

Google Wave Whips up a Storm

Well. A new Google service that combines instant messaging, email, social networking, document sharing, and god knows what else in one package. You could say this is what we’ll all be doing in six months time, or just that it sounds pretty damn exciting. And when you add that there’ll be a “monetizable wave extension store”, or iPhone style app shop to you and I, you can see why the idea of Google Wave is whipping up something of a storm.

googlewave

Available at the moment only on limited invite, just like with gmail, the exclusivity is both an opportunity for Google to test out how it works, and a clever little ruse to make people even more curious. “A wave is equal parts conversation and document”, they tell us, and “a wave is live”. But whatever these things actually mean, you can guarantee that they’re grabbing the imagination, and that no matter how cynical the technophile, they all want in. Unfortunately, we’ll just have to wait and see, but you can’t tell me you’re not intrigued…

Britons to bag Amazon Kindle

It seems a new international version of the Amazon Kindle is shipping worldwide from October 19th. It will go on sale to UK customers for £175 (shipping boosting it up to £200 however).

The proof is in The Sun

Creatives grow better in the South West

Behind the scenes tour of of an award-winning creative farm, juicing process and distribution in South West England.

The South West produces some of the UK’s finest creative work (animation, web design, design, fashion, architecture….) Now you know why….nice conditions, space to breathe and opportunities with some of the best firms around.

Proof here

Proporta on France 3

If you live in France (lucky you) then you’ve gotta check out the Brunch show on 24th October. A few of our cases are going to be showcased. In particular, the Aluminium Lined Leather Case, Soft Feel Silicone Case and the Maya II Case, all for the iPhone 3GS.

The Brunch show talks about issues such as culture, events and fashion, so a very wide range of topics. We’re sure you’ll find it interesting.

Slap, chop advert remix

Check this out – Proporta thinks it’s pretty funny..

Slap, chop remix (American advert)

iPhone Voted the Coolest Brand in Britain

It might not surprise you to learn that the Apple iPhone has been voted the coolest, and most desirable brand in Britain. After all, it seems that you can’t move without seeing one, hearing about the latest app, or having to listen to someone wax lyrical about how beautiful they are. And with Orange breaking the O2 stranglehold and announcing that they will be selling the iPhone from later on this year, they’re only going to get more popular.

iphone_coolest_gadget

Slightly more surprising, to Proporta at least, is the fact that Aston Martin has topped the list for the last 4 years, and still remains in second place. James Bond (or maybe just Daniel Craig) clearly has a lot to answer for…

astonmartin

The rest of the top 10 is dominated by technology, with Apple, the iPod, Nintendo, YouTube, Blackberry, Google and Bang & Olufsen taking up the remaining spots, with the Playstation 3 and the Xbox at 11 & 12. Clearly the recession isn’t stopping anyone wanting the latest and best in gizmos and gadgets, or maybe we’re all just battening down the hatches and staying indoors until things look brighter…