Category: gifts

Who made my stuff? Look for the letters!

2014 Primark 'labelgate': click for  page

2014 labels & letter in clothes

2013 the letter in the Halloween decorations. Click for page.

2013 letter in decorations

2012 the letter in the Saks bag. Click for page

2012 letter in Saks bag

2014 our shop-dropping post: click to read

2014 shop-dropping post

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Halloween specials

We have decorated our website’s header for the season. It’s all gone a bit Scooby Doo. Our site is a mystery machine full of pesky kids.

‘Tis the season to be haunted. So here are a couple of followthethings examples with a Halloween theme.

Letter from a labour camp worker found in Halloween decorations

[click here and you can read our page on this letter – who made it, how it was discussed, and the impacts it had]

Film of workers injured making Mickey Mouse’s ‘Haunted Halloween’ book

[click here and you can read our page on this film – who made it, how it was discussed and the impacts it had].

Flo the Cat: shopping & sharing

How can we use images to tell the stories we want to tell – an avoid repeating the ones we don’t? (Platform 2012).

Flo the cat nunzilla

We were very happy to see that Set 11 of Lego’s Minifigures included a new Grandma figure with a cat and shopping bag. We purchased our Grandma at the Thomas Moore store in Exeter, where staff can tell you what’s in each packet just by feeling it.

flo th ecat nunzilla 2

We know that photos of Cats and Lego are among the most shared on social media. We want more people to know about our site and what it’s all about. ‘Flo the Cat’ is helping us to do this.

These are the first ‘What the cat brought home’ photos that we added to Flo’s flickr set today. They point towards our page on Anna Chen’s 2010 Radio 4 investigation China, Britain and the Nunzilla Conundrum. Let us know what you think and, maybe, buy yourself a cat and bag and take some other ‘Flo the cat’ photos for us to publish.

If you haven’t seen Nunzilla wound up and in action, watch this short video:

And here’s what this radio show did with her:

“[The Nunzilla Conundrum] takes the example of British designed, Chinese-made ironic novelty gifts … and expands it into an illuminating discussion of the cultural differences between the two nations, with Chinese production line workers hard-pressed to describe what it is they’re making while British designers are oh-so keen to deconstruct the joke” (Naughton 2010, np).

See our page for more.

Celebrating the patenting of Lego

Yes. A story appeared in Gizmodo today saying that, 55 years ago, Lego bricks were first patented. We are interested not only in their origins, but also in their powers…

For the most part, Lego is one of the great levelers in the toy world: kids love it, adults get excited about it, and you can build practically anything you like out of it. While most wholesome family fun turns out boring or desperate, Lego transcends age and gender and makes everyone want to play.

Here at followthethings.com, we use Lego for our own means,re-creating scenes from ‘follow the things’ examples showcased on our site, posting them on Flickr and hoping that they will generate interest in our site. See a sample from our Flickr set in the right hand column of our blog.

What the Gizmodo article includes is one of Lego’s earliest commercials, in German, illustrating its playful, leveling effects… Enjoy!

New examples for followthethings.com now being researched

Students taking Ian Cook’s ‘Geographies of material culture’ module are now researching the following examples to produce new ‘compilation pages’ for publication on followthethings.com.

Help with our research?

If you know of any good discussions, interviews, videos and any related information on any of the sources below, please comment on this post. Thanks…

Grocery dept.

Starbucks Coffee, iPhones and tents: Louise Mensch on Occupy London  (BBCTV Have I Got News For You, 26 October 2011: watch here).

Various food: Food Inc documentary (2009: watch trailer).

Hamburber: McLibel film (2005: watch trailer).

Fashion dept.

Nike training shoes: Jonah Perretti’s Nike ID emails (2001: read emails).

Various clothing: ‘Primark: on the rack’ BBCTV Panorama documentary (2008: doc webpage).

Jeans: China blue documentary (2005: watch trailer).

Various clothing: Kelsey Timmerman’s Where am I wearing? book (2008: watch trailer).

Electrical dept.

iPhone: The agony and the ecstasy of Steve Jobs, Mike Daisey monologue (2011: watch interview)

Various electricals: Maquilapolis documentary (2006: watch trailer).

iPhone: PhoneStory app (2011: watch review/demo).

Gifts dept.

Various toys: Santa’s workshop: inside China’s slave labor toy factories documentary (2006? watch whole film).