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Archive for January 2010

iPad + (Publication & Advertising)

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Anyone else see the HUGE opportunity for the publication and advertising business with the new iPad?! Both industries experienced a HUGE hit with the digital revolution however the iPad offers a new chance for both industries to reain control of their businesses again.

Let’s think about it:
• It’s the size of a regular book/magazine
• Magazines make their money off advertisers and only a small amount from subscribers
• Subscription services could be sold on the app store
• Right now online magazines are wonky and really impractical to navigate when surfing the web because you can’t hold them like a regular magazine or flip through them so they “feel” like they make the internet a slower experience

It still is not a perfect fit and cannot replace magazines and books for the simple fact: you can’t flip to wherever you want in a 3dimensional environment like you can with a true magazine. But imagine looking at Interview Magazine’s amazing photography on a beautiful and bright environmentally friendly digital page in your hands! Imagine flipping through the pages of ads, which are designed just for being seen on this environmentally friendly device, being able to zoom in on details, then moving on to the actual content! Imagine some of those ads moving or being interactive! Imagine real time polls in your hand. Artwork and literature will display beautifully on the tablet.

I was the first of my friends to get a cell phone (that sounds funny to say now, especially considering how young I am). I stopped landlines service in 2002 before it was normal to run exclusively wireless. I was the first to get an iPod, I had a smart phone before smart phones were considered cool outside the professional world, and I know I’ll be an early adopter for the iPad.

I, for one, hope leaders in the advertising and publishing industries see the potential to bring the money back in and raise the overall quality of both industries as well as the consumer experience. If not, well, then I’ll just have to step in 😉

PS: I know people are bitching about the name “iPad.” Personally, I’m calling it the “iBook.” I suggest you see it that way too.


Written by Michael Donovan

30/01/2010 at 5:32 pm

Posted in Business, Design

Experimentation with Art

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I think it is important to experiment with art otherwise it gets static. Today I did a shoot that pushed me. I combined some of the lowest forms of digital technology with some of the highest fashions I have ever shot. The result? Great pictures of amazing photographic quality but with TERRIBLE image quality. I think the public is ready for some new adventures in art.

Written by Michael Donovan

28/01/2010 at 2:27 am

Posted in art, fashion

Fruit Fly

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From a recent editorial about fruits.


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24/01/2010 at 5:48 am

Posted in fashion, Photography


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This month I’m being published in 4 different magazines. They’re based in NY, LA, Miami and Chicago. It also appears I will be published in a great international fashion mag in the next month or two. It is definitely a great way to start the new year. I’m shooting several other stories next week and I’m hoping this will launch to more national and international work.

Written by Michael Donovan

15/01/2010 at 3:21 pm

Some Inspiration

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I found this picture while searching for new mashups and remixes… this shot epitomizes the way I wanted my life to look like when I was a kid (except I wanted my Countach to be red… and I still do!):

Written by Michael Donovan

11/01/2010 at 5:06 am

Shoot with Natalie Hockey

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Ever since I quit Facebook my schedule has been busy. I completely forgot to post some shots I did of Natalie Hockey! She’s a brilliant girl with a bright future ahead of her!

I have TONS of great shots of her and here are a few. There are some more on my site.

Written by Michael Donovan

11/01/2010 at 1:51 am

Posted in Photography


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During my vacation I was commissioned by a friend, Falon, to do her portrait. I haven’t seen in over 7 years!!! We first met at work when I was an Operations Manager in Spokane and she was managing one of my smaller evening teams (she had a staff of about 25 and I think we gave her a part time assistant… but I don’t recall).

I was the youngest operations manager in the company, she was the youngest person in her position and she ran the team with the youngest group of people in the company but we were all the most successful despite having the least experience. Obviously I don’t think age had anything to do with it; determination to be the best despite having all odds stacked against us is what made us the best and is a feature employed by many of us to get the results we want. I think one of the reasons I’ve always liked Falon is because we both connected in terms of understanding people and tasks.

Falon and I always had a pretty good connection so it was great to see that she was doing extremely well both professionally and personally. She is still in the corporate world but doing a completely different industry. We joke about how I made her cry every day (yes, I really did… I was the boss/coach that pushed everyone to their breaking point like) but I’ve always seen her as one of the toughest women I’ve known.

I’ve always found her beautiful so getting the chance to see her through the camera was one of those experiences that I’ll always cherish. I always learn something from every shot but this shoot reminded me the importance of having friends who are truly strong people.

Anywa, enough with the gooey stuff…. here are a few of her shots.

Written by Michael Donovan

11/01/2010 at 1:41 am

Posted in Photography