Four years on: Slippery Email

Four years ago I launched a small experiment called Slippery Email. The idea was to make it really, really easy to set up a burner email account to avoid spam. Inspired by low-friction services like WeTransfer, I set about building the same sort of thing for email. Sure, other disposable email services already existed, butContinue reading “Four years on: Slippery Email”

How we did it: Jura phone boxes

Jura is a small island off the west coast of Scotland, home to just over 200 people. The island has one whisky distillery, named after the island, founded in 1810. Earlier this year, the distillery launched an entirely new range. Creative agency Punk came up with the idea of replicating Jura’s three traditional phone boxesContinue reading “How we did it: Jura phone boxes”

How we did it: The Magners #6Stringer guitar

When I joined Bright Signals in the summer of 2015 one of my first projects was to create an interactive exhibit for Magners Cider. The initial brief was pretty wide open, and the idea we settled upon was to create a large acoustic guitar sculpture out of Magners cans. Working with a local sculptor, weContinue reading “How we did it: The Magners #6Stringer guitar”

Scrum and have a try: our biggest machine so far

When Caledonia Best took on sponsorship of the Scottish National rugby team, they approached us to come up with an activity that they could run at Murrayfield, Scotland’s home of rugby, for the upcoming 6 Nations series. We devised a bespoke machine that would allow groups of two or three friends to test their strengthContinue reading “Scrum and have a try: our biggest machine so far”

Reaching over a million people with DJI Osmo Mobile 2 and iPhone X

This week at Bright Signals we had a fun idea: Scottish people will famously deep fry any food (even pizza and chocolate bars). At the same time, we have a weird type of sausage that’s flat and square (vs the long thin sausages sold in the rest of the world). But somehow, deep frying ourContinue reading “Reaching over a million people with DJI Osmo Mobile 2 and iPhone X”

Rude-olph the animatronic reindeer

Rudolph used to be Santa’s favourite reindeer. But then he got old, flatulent and rude, so Santa had to let him go. These days Rudolph — or “Rude-olph” as he’s now known — earns a crust by entertaining customers in pubs across Scotland. Rude-olph is our latest electronic installation/stunt for Scotland’s most popular beer brand,Continue reading “Rude-olph the animatronic reindeer”

Dare you ride The Night Bus? Our latest video for Tennent's Lager.

Last week we shot and edited our latest video for Tennent’s Lager. The Halloween-themed short poked fun at the typical experience of riding the night bus home after the pub. The video was turned around in an incredibly short timescale: it was shot on Wednesday and was edited, dubbed and published by 8am on Friday.Continue reading “Dare you ride The Night Bus? Our latest video for Tennent's Lager.”

Creating a spooky seance with Raspberry Pi

We were asked to come up with an interesting way to launch Magners Dark Fruit, a new fruit cider which is being launched in cans this month. Since the launch coincided with Halloween, we thought it would be fun to create a spooky paranormal experience for a bunch of people at The Drovers Inn, oneContinue reading “Creating a spooky seance with Raspberry Pi”

Instabam! Our latest app for Tennent's Lager.

Over the summer we’ve produced a number of videos for Tennent’s Lager under the banner “Here To Serve” — solving everyday problems you didn’t know you had. Here’s our latest offering, Instabam: an app that’s basically Uber, but instead of using it to order a taxi you use it to summon a local bam. WeContinue reading “Instabam! Our latest app for Tennent's Lager.”

Our new TV ad for s1jobs

At Bright Signals we’ve been expanding our in-house video capabilities over the past year. What started as a bit of a sideline in creating funny videos for social media has developed into a more substantial offering, with script writers, camera operators, animators and editors all in-house, plus a network of talented freelance specialists that weContinue reading “Our new TV ad for s1jobs”