From the July MacUser Magazine (which nobody told me about and if they had I would have been happy to send them a free 20pack so if you see us mentioned somewhere cool don’t assume that we know about it, drop us a note and if it’s news to us we’ll take care of you) “Like all the best ideas, Jewelboxing came about when the system’s founders, the designers at Coudal Partners, couldn’t find an easy way to package up their digital work…” A nice sidebar on p63. Thanks for that. For more on how this thing got started, read this early entry in the JB blog. Continue reading
We have lots of ways to track where our customers come from. Some are scientific and some not so much. The majority of our site visitors come from links on blogs and in forums. The second biggest chunk come from ads we’ve placed in a variety of places and from contests and promotions we created or sponsored. Search results come third but we’ve seen a big spike in those since AOL dropped a load of promotional direct-mail discs on North America that were packaged using the Super Jewel Box King. Continue reading
The Big Smoker’s In12 contest winners have been announced. And the people who called themselves a contemporary art co and “”used six songs we’d never heard of by people we’d never heard of for the first leg of the journey and then just repeated those same six songs for the second leg didn’t win. Congrats to Ian Pointer of Bicester, UK and Allison Bloom of Madison, Wisconsin who did. Continue reading
Worth 1000 Jewelboxing Photoshop Contest. “Your task is to think up a fake music album or movie and create a cover for it.”
Don’t break the chain. the ever-popular Trivia Chain is rolling along at Ad-Land. Answer a question about advertising with a question about advertising and win. Continue reading
We don’t know what every customer is doing with his/her Jewelboxing system. We’ve asked a few and checked the sites of others and here’s a partial list of who’s buying and for what.
College Video Yearbooks. Student Portfolios. Kid Party Gifts. Animators. Churches. Continue reading
You gotta get funded, deal with anxious writers, goofball actors and knuckleheaded studio employees. At the end of the process, what are you left with? More than likely an hour and change of footage you’re not really proud of. Continue reading
For those of you keen on lists of cities, here’s an attempt to begin catch up on our roll-call of appreciation. If you’re in one of these places and you haven’t bought a Jewelboxing system yet, consider yourself warned. The competition might have a new, aerodynamic, polystyrene arrow in their quiver. Beaverton, Las Vegas, Isleworth, Miami, Siloam Springs, Franklin Park, Chicago, Sparta, Kendal, Boston, Overland Park, Dayton, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Santa Monica, Bonita Springs, Newport Beach, NYC, Lancaster, LA, Austerlitz, Tacoma, Kennesaw and Middleboro.
Only thirty copies of the Akina Nakamori ‘Revamp’ CD, are being made available and we’re glad to say that all of them are being packaged using our system. We’ll show you what the crew has done with the disc and it’s surroundings as soon as we get ours in the mail. Continue reading
To a certain person in New York City whose email address keeps bouncing and who asked us a long poetic question about the possibility of using our system to produce a demo reel for a super-secret game project involving virtual sex and classical music, the answer you’re looking for is “sixty”.
Our undying affection and deep respect goes out to our new friends in St. Paul, Arden, West Newton. Emeryville, Menlo Park, Memphis, Manhattan, Burbank, Arlington, Easthampton, Seattle and Santa Monica.
We’ve got a bit of a backlog of projects to be added to our Examples + Inspirations section and we’re going to try to get those up this week. Music, film and photography showreels lead the way. Continue reading
We’re sponsoring a cool new contest at The Big Smoker. It’s called In12, and you could win a 60pack or a 30pack of our “New Standards.” Continue reading
The other day I followed a link to a Photoshop competition at Worth1000. The challenge was to clothe famous nudes. A funny idea, but perhaps not earth-shatteringly so. Continue reading
We’ve added Santamaria’s sleek new showreel to our Examples + Inspirations section and Juergen and company were nice enough to allow us to share this amazing piece of anmationwith you.
We’ll get caught up on these mentions soon. Starting with the upstanding citizens of Miami, Flintridge, Kennesaw, Seattle, Toronto, Lilburn, Bedfordshire, Elroy, West Orange, NYC, LA and Davie.
Starting right this very minute (well actually a couple days ago) all of our King (movie-sized) cases come equipped with a new two disc-holding hub. Read the last entry of our Frequently Asked Questionsfor more on the basics of the mechanism involved. Now the hub holds two discs, with one floating snugly and held in place above the other so they don’t touch. If you use only one disc, you’ll never notice the difference. Nice huh? Check this little video we made this morning (right before lunch) demonstrating exactly how it works.
The Spring Jewelboxing Tour continues apace. Venues include Aertesia, Alpharetta, Rockwall, Kingsley, St. Louis, Austerlitz, Buffalo. Pleasantville, Santa Monica, Boston, London and Tacoma.
We uploaded all the information about our New Standards to the site at 3:45 Monday afternoon and at 3:53, Brian from Newport Beach made the first ‘official’ purchase of a 60pack. I wrote him to thank him for being first in line and asked him how he happened to place the order at almost the exact moment the product became available. He said. “…awesome! I was just sitting thinking ‘Hey, I wonder if they’ve released those things yet.’ And then boom! There they were.”
Turns out Brian is a previous customer too as his next mail included this pix and note. Continue reading
Our second product is now available. The New Standard is a music-sized version of the Super Jewel Box and it comes in 30, 60 and 150packs with everything you need to produce great-looking band demos, mix tapes or whatever. Go to BestBuy and purchase any old music CD. Spend half an hour unpacking it and then lay it down on the kitchen table. Take one of ours and place it right next to it. The Jewelboxing Standard will kick its ass all over the place. It’s a stronger, cleaner, better designed, more durable product. And once you’re done with the layout, no doubt it’ll be better-looking too. Continue reading
I stumbled across a nice mention of our product at Greg.org and also a link to an an article in today’s New York Times [reg. req.] that pretty much says what we’ve been saying all along. Continue reading
With the launch of The New Standards,imminent (really) we’re looking for ways to promote that product to folks who make their own mix-tapes or record their own music or package demos for bands and musicians. Continue reading
One of the biggest problems we face in expanding this Jewelboxing thing is finding the time to make sure everything is perfect. Continue reading
The final winner of a 20pack in the Ad Land Trivia Chain is Robert Hinchcliffe of the excellent Big Smoker. Thanks to everyone who played. Got an idea for a contest or promotion? We’re more than likely up for it, just give us a shout. Continue reading
We’re sponsoring a contest at The Morning News this week that features the photography of Marshall Sokoloff. Check it out. In other news, it looks like Wednesday will be the day for the launch of The New Standards. A few more packing and shipping tests are needed. We’ll toss a test pack or two out the window. Kick another down the stairs and maybe even head over to Home Depot and see if they’ll let us throw one on the paint-shaker. Then we’ll be good to go. You see, we have to make sure that our products arrive undamaged when we ship them to NYC, Arlington Heights, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Portland or Calgary.
Lots of graduates getting ready to enter the work-world. Lots of reels on CD and DVD coming to the CP studios. I’m looking at the 12 most recent packages. 1 trigger-case. 1 hand-made cardboard thingy. 7 regular ol’ CD jewelcases, 1 paper sleeve (!) and 2 Super Jewel Boxes, designed and assembled with our system. Here’s the coolest part. The design-work on the portfolios in the Jewelboxing packages is much better than the others. Of course, I’m probably a bit biased. Continue reading
Last week the ad-grunts at Ad-Land were playing Trivia Chain by writing short poems that answered an advertising question with another question. The week they’re trying to win win a Jewelboxing 20pack by writing commercial jingles. Like this one. Continue reading
We’ve added Robert Josiah’s sweet set of mixtape CD gifts to the Examples + Inspirations page. In other news, the second week of the Ad-Land Trivia Chain contest was surprisingly poetic. A lot of it was Clayton Claymore’s doing. We’re sending him a 20pack. One week to go.
We’re feeling a bit sentimental about Chiswick, Alpharetta, NYC, San Diego, Miami and Forth Worth.