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New Zealand's newest typeface designer, Danielle Smith, releases JY Dandy

Wellington, March 18 (JY&A Media) Massey University student Danielle Smith not only turns 21 today, but her first typeface family, JY Dandy, is officially released. Licences go on sale today directly from JY&A Fonts, and JY Dandy will be made available via MyFonts.com and other retailers before March 31.
   Smith, in her final year of a graphic design degree at Massey University Wellington, originally developed JY Dandy as part of a project.
   She describes her hand-drawn typeface family, available in roman and italic, as ‘non-élitist and accessible’.
   ‘It purposely has a delicate, hand-done feel, and is ideal for display usage,’ she says.
   During her project presentation, Jack Yan, of Jack Yan & Associates, spotted Smith’s work and said it should be commercially released.
   ‘It reminded me of Pablo Ferro’s hand-lettering for some of his movie titles,’ says Mr Yan, who began in the design business as a calligrapher 25 years ago.
   ‘I was also conscious that women were greatly under-represented in the typeface design business.’
   Smith completed the characters, including the rupee symbol, and prepared them in FontLab 5. Yan did the technical end, hinting, spacing and kerning the two fonts. The character set is the basic western European one.
   The licensing cost retails at US$29 per font, US$49 for the family.
   Jack Yan & Associates’ font business, JY&A Fonts, represents not only Yan and Smith’s work, but that of Mark Geard, David Philpott, Jure Stojan, Todd Hallock, Greg Bastin, and Antonio González de Santiago.

Images
Images for this release may be downloaded at <http://jya.net/info/2012/03/new-zealands-newest-typeface-designer-danielle-smith-releases-jy-dandy/>.


PDF booklet introducing JY Dandy (102 kbyte)

About JY&A Fonts
JY&A Fonts (http://jya.net/fonts) is part of Jack Yan & Associates, an independent global communications company founded in 1987. It is the oldest digital typefoundry in New Zealand and one of the longest-running in the southern hemisphere. JY&A Fonts, which has created typefaces both for retail sale and for private commissions, is known for its meticulous attention to detail, its careful and extensive use of kerning pairs, and elegant, restrained designs. JY&A Fonts represents designs from Jack Yan, Jure Stojan, David Philpott, Greg Bastin, Todd Hallock, Mark Geard, Antonio González de Santiago and Danielle Smith.

Notes to editors
All trade marks are the properties of their respective owners and are only used in a descriptive fashion without any intention to infringe.

Contacts
Jack Yan, CEO
Jack Yan & Associates
T 64 4 387-3213, F 64 4 387-3213
E jack.yan@jyanet.com

Amanda Dolheguy, Director
Delineate Ltd.
T 64 3 366-3690, cellphone 64 21 328-869
E amanda@jya.net

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March 18, 2012   No Comments

Kiwis can train up on new road rules with eDrive's online simulations

Hamilton, March 12 New Zealanders have a chance to experience the changes to the Give Way rules in real-life situations, safely and easily on their computers, with eDrive’s latest module.
   Users can access the Give Way simulations for free.
   Instead of computer-drawn animations, eDrive’s acclaimed training modules are filmed on real New Zealand roads, and give users a chance to familiarize themselves with the two changes that come in to play on the morning of the 25th.
   The eDrive modules have already been embraced by many driver-training programmes throughout the country for their fun, simple-to-use approach.
   BP will be stocking cards throughout their nationwide BP Connect retail sites, which provide motorists with more information and details on how to access the eDrive practice modules. Alternatively, those online can visit www.giveway.co.nz.
   In the interest of driver safety on our roads, BP has sponsored the distribution of this latest module.
   ‘We realize that many of our customers are concerned about the two road rule changes on the 25th. By sponsoring these latest modules and making them free for Kiwis, we can help educate motorists and prevent accidents on our roads,’ says BP Managing Director Mike McGuinness.
   Created by Dr Robert Isler, eDrive is founded on rigorous research into New Zealand driver behaviour, catching out some of the most common errors behind the wheel.
   In addition to BP New Zealand and Suzuki New Zealand, Bridgestone has joined as a new eDrive sponsor. ACC and NZTA, sponsors of www.edrive.co.nz, also support the module.

Images
Medium-resolution images can be downloaded from http://jyanet.com/press/photo.htm (password required). This release is also available at jya.net/info/2012/03/kiwis-can-train-up-on-new-road-rules-with-edrives-online-simulations/. High-resolution images can be emailed on request from Nadine Isler, Nadine@edrive.co.nz.

At a give way intersection
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eDrive Suzuki Grand Vitara
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eDrive Suzuki Grand Vitara at give way intersection
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Getting the eDrive data
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Getting the eDrive data
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Talking while driving
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With the eDrive Suzuki Grand Vitara
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Getting the eDrive data
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Getting the eDrive data
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eDrive screen shot, Suzuki dashboard
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Greg Murphy, eDrive supporter, with Suzuki Grand Vitara
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Greg Murphy, eDrive supporter, portrait
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The accidents we’re trying to avoid
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eDrive opening screen shot
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eDrive screen shot
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eDrive screen shot
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eDrive screen shot: driving on country roads
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eDrive screen shot: urban driving in Dunedin, New Zealand
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eDrive screen shot: section completion message
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About eDrive
eDrive is a programme which was developed over two years in response to the high road toll on New Zealand roads, with particular focus on young drivers. Research has shown that key skills such as spotting, anticipating and managing hazards while on the road, are crucial to avoiding crashes. eDrive helps train these skills in a safe environment, using video-based real-life traffic scenarios. The videos have been filmed on New Zealand roads, simulating a “road trip” from the Bluff to Cape Reinga. Dr Robert Isler, road safety expert, led a team of dedicated New Zealanders from all over the country to develop the programme, with racing driver Greg Murphy, a strong sup-porter of positive road safety initiatives, as eDrive’s host. The programme was developed in collaboration with the New Zealand Trans-port Authority (NZTA) and the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and is sponsored by BP NZ and Suzuki NZ.

Contacts
Nadine Isler
E Nadine@edrive.co.nz
T 64 7 823-6960
C 64 27 463-9308

Dr Robert Isler
Robert@isler.co.nz
T 64 7 823-6960
C 64 27 418-8423

Jack Yan
E jack.yan@jyanet.com
T 64 4 387-3213

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March 11, 2012   No Comments

Lucire partners with Synergy Events for Emerging Trends show at Boston Fashion Week

Wellington, September 5 (JY&A Media) Lucire has been known as a lightning rod for new talent, and is one of the media partners behind Boston Fashion Week, and its Emerging Trends 2011 Runway Show on September 24, at 8 p.m., at the Cyclorama.
   This event, with Lucire as media partner, will focus on up-and-coming international designers, allowing them to showcase their latest designs, in some cases introducing their lines to the international world.
   The event is intended to introduce fresh faces to Boston’s world of fashion, and aims to increase Boston’s reputation as an international fashion destination. The Emerging Trends 2011 Runway showcase will highlight the works of designers from Australia, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Iceland and the USA. Designers will include: American Linda Rowe Thomas, a Texan-born self-taught mother whose line creates a flexible definition of couture by allowing each wearer to highlight their own individuality through the pieces while simultaneously embodying timeless elegance and glamour; !Nu.I., brainchild of Canadian Vickie Joseph, whose fresh and funky avant-garde style fuses bright colours, haute couture and simplicity to create classical pieces attractive to all women; and Saudi Arabian Rana Al Soliman’s Rajadano, whose beautiful selection of culturally reminiscent and ethnically elegant handbags and clutches allows fashionistas everywhere the ability to add an element of global expression to their wardrobe.
   Other designers will include Maleku Jewelry (USA), Andy Jacques (USA), Kalb & Etiw (Australia), Ashley Zaba (Canada), Gardé Del Avante (Canada), Lady Baptise (Canada), WallacePlayford (Canada), Ruby Ellen Johnson (Canada), and Halldora Eydis Jonsdottir (Iceland).
   Appealing to the young and hip fashion minded community, the Emerging Trends 2011 Runway Show brings a euro-chic style to Boston. Tickets start at US$50 a person and are available at theemergingtrends.com.

Images
Lucire
Lucire logo (for print use)
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Other images available at http://jyanet.com/press/photo.htm. A username and password are required.

About Lucire
Lucire, the global fashion magazine (www.lucire.com), started on the web in 1997. In October 2004, it became the first magazine in its sector to extend its brand into a print magazine. By May 2005, it became the first web magazine to spawn international print editions. Lucire became the first fashion industry partner of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP, www.unep.org). It is headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand and published by Lucire LLC. For print edition information, see <http://www.lucire.net>.

About JY&A Media
JY&A Media, part of Jack Yan & Associates, publishes and licenses magazines, in print and on the web, and produces other interactive content. Best known among its titles is Lucire, the fashion magazine which launched online in 1997 and spawned international print editions in 2004. An internet pioneer, it has been publishing and creating online titles since the early 1990s. More on the company can be found at http://jyanet.com/media.

Notes to editors
Lucire is a registered trade mark of Jack Yan & Associates and subject to protection in certain jurisdictions. All other trade marks are the properties of their respective owners and are only used in a descriptive fashion without any intention to infringe.

Contacts
Jack Yan, Publisher
Lucire
T 64 4 387-3213, F 64 4 387-3213
E jack.yan@jyanet.com

Amanda van Kuppevelt
Delineate Ltd.
A JY&A Consulting global partner
T 64 3 366-3690, cellphone 64 21 328-869
E amanda@jya.net

Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor
Lucire
T 1 310 497-7157
E elyse.glickman@lucire.com

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September 5, 2011   No Comments

eDrive to launch at BP Connect stores nationally

Hamilton, August 15 eDrive, the web-based interactive driver training tool designed to help lower New Zealand’s high road toll, will go on sale at BP Connect stores nationally from August 15.
   BP, with its commitment to road safety, sees eDrive as a way of helping not only the at-risk 15- to 25-year-old group, but older drivers who could benefit from a boost to their training as well.
   BP Managing Director Mike McGuinness says, ‘Road safety is a major issue in New Zealand. By giving our young people the skills to deal with hazards on the road, we can make a real difference.
   ‘We’re really pleased that eDrive will be available at BP Connect stores. Many parents visit our stores every day. We hope that by making eDrive available, they can bring home something which could save their children from a serious accident.’
   BP Connect stores will sell access codes to the eDrive programme at $25 incl. GST for a nine-month subscription. Customers can go to the store and purchase a voucher code, which they then enter into the website at www.edrive.co.nz. To find the nearest BP Connect store, customers can visit www.bp.com.
   The eDrive app works using the freely downloadable softwarre Flash and has 100 video-based traffic simulations that young drivers can access online. Sitting behind the wheel of a realistic simulated car, complete with speedometer, rear-view mirrors and two side mirrors, a driver is encouraged to be vigilant, detecting hazards, assess risks, and adjust their speed to different conditions. High-resolution imagery makes the eDrive experience particularly realistic, reflective of real-life situations that New Zealand drivers would find themselves in. There are night and day driving scenarios.
   Dr Isler and his team, who make up eDrive Solutions Ltd. have managed to incorporate international psychological research into the way eDrive functions.
   The development of eDrive was funded by the New Zealand Transport Agency and the Accident Compensation Corporation and is sponsored by Suzuki New Zealand and BP New Zealand.

Images
Images can be downloaded from http://jyanet.com/press/photo.htm (password required).


eDrive opening screen shot
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eDrive screen shot
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eDrive screen shot
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eDrive screen shot: driving on country roads
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eDrive screen shot: urban driving in Dunedin, New Zealand
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eDrive screen shot: section completion message
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About eDrive
eDrive is a programme which was developed over two years in response to the high road toll on New Zealand roads, with particular focus on young drivers. Research has shown that key skills such as spotting, anticipating and managing hazards while on the road, are crucial to avoiding crashes. eDrive helps train these skills in a safe environment, using video-based real-life traffic scenarios. The videos have been filmed on New Zealand roads, simulating a “road trip” from the Bluff to Cape Reinga. Dr Robert Isler, road safety expert, led a team of dedicated New Zealanders from all over the country to develop the programme, with racing driver Greg Murphy, a strong sup-porter of positive road safety initiatives, as eDrive’s host. The programme was developed in collaboration with the New Zealand Trans-port Authority (NZTA) and the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and is sponsored by BP NZ and Suzuki NZ.

Contacts
Nadine Isler
E Nadine@edrive.co.nz
T 64 7 823-6960
C 64 27 463-9308

Dr Robert Isler
Robert@isler.co.nz
T 64 7 823-6960
C 64 27 418-8423

Jack Yan
E jack.yan@jyanet.com
T 64 4 387-3213

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August 14, 2011   No Comments

JY&A Fonts adds rupee symbol to majority of range

Wellington, August 9 JY&A Fonts (http://jya.net/fonts), the typeface design arm of Jack Yan & Associates, announces that the majority of its font range now includes the Indian rupee symbol. It is among the first typefoundries to issue fonts with the new symbol.
   The fonts are now available for licensing from MyFonts.com and Typos in Switzerland, with retail licensing beginning at other distributors, including Phil’s Fonts, Fonts.com, Fontspring and Fontdeck later in the year.
   OpenType or Pro versions of JY Ætna, JY Alia, JY Décennie, JY Décennie Express, JY Décennie Titling, JY Integrity, JY Pinnacle, JY Tranquility and Yan Series 333 JY all now have the rupee symbol, done to the Unicode 6 standard. That means computer users who are running compatible software will be able to access the official rupee symbol that was approved by India’s cabinet last July through these font families.
   Jack Yan, founder and the designer behind most of the typeface families, has ties to India, primarily through academia. ‘I fell in love with India on my travels, and when the symbol was announced, I felt compelled that we should add it in for designers and all computer users in this wonderful country,’ he says.
   Mr Yan, who was born in Hong Kong, says that he tried to blend Asian and western influences into his rupee designs.
   The rupee symbol can be accessed on new keyboards in India by pressing Alt Gr + 4 together.

Images
Images for this release may be downloaded at <http://jyanet.com/info/2011/08/typefoundry-adds-rupee-symbol-to-majority-of-font-range>.


PDF booklet announcing the rupee-equipped fonts from JY&A Fonts (444 kbyte)

About JY&A Fonts
JY&A Fonts (http://jya.net/fonts) is part of Jack Yan & Associates, an independent global communications company founded in 1987. It is the oldest digital typefoundry in New Zealand and one of the longest-running in the southern hemisphere. JY&A Fonts, which has created typefaces both for retail sale and for private commissions, is known for its meticulous attention to detail, its careful and extensive use of kerning pairs, and elegant, restrained designs. JY&A Fonts represents designs from Jack Yan, Jure Stojan, David Philpott, Greg Bastin, Todd Hallock, Mark Geard, and Antonio González de Santiago.

Notes to editors
All trade marks are the properties of their respective owners and are only used in a descriptive fashion without any intention to infringe.

Contacts
Jack Yan, CEO
Jack Yan & Associates
T 64 4 387-3213, F 64 4 387-3213
E jack.yan@jyanet.com

Amanda Dolheguy, Director
Delineate Ltd.
T 64 3 366-3690, cellphone 64 21 328-869
E amanda@jya.net

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August 8, 2011   No Comments

Faced with a high death toll, New Zealand’s eDrive uses the web to improve driver skill

Hamilton, New Zealand, July 8 (JY&A Media) Visitors to New Zealand know that the country is one of the most beautiful in the world—but its roads can be treacherous, often due to poor driving behaviour. Dr Robert Isler has sought to remedy that using a web-based interactive tool called eDrive (www.edrive.co.nz).
   In New Zealand, 15- to 25-year-old drivers have the highest death rate in the OECD. In a country of only four million, young drivers caused 800 serious injuries and 122 deaths in 2008. And, in general, driving standards in New Zealand are poor, with 314 deaths in the 12 months to June 29, 2011.
   Compared with Wales, which has a slightly smaller population but worse roads, there were only 89 fatalities in 2009—the figure being, per capita, a third of New Zealand’s.
   However, New Zealand is blessed with a high internet usage rate, which is where eDrive comes in.
   Dr Isler, who has researched road safety as part of his job at the School of Psychology at the University of Waikato, says, ‘New Zealanders get behind the wheel at a younger age than most countries. This is coupled with an overestimation of their driving ability. We had to find a way to improve driving skills, and taking it online was the best way.’
   The eDrive app works on Flash and has 100 video-based traffic simulations that young drivers can access online. Sitting behind the wheel of a realistic simulated car, complete with speedometer, rear-view mirrors and two side mirrors, a driver is encouraged to be vigilant, detecting hazards, assess risks, and adjust their speed to different conditions. High-resolution imagery makes the eDrive experience particularly realistic, reflective of real-life situations that New Zealand drivers would find themselves in. There are night and day driving scenarios.
   Says Dr Isler, ‘Research has shown that novice drivers who practise video-based hazard perception skills on video simulations can reduce their risk when they actually get behind the wheel.’
   Dr Isler and his team, who make up eDrive Solutions Ltd. have managed to incorporate international psychological research into the way eDrive functions.
   It is particularly aimed at 15- to 19-year-old learner drivers, who can access it for free if they sign up to the Practice programme (www.practice.co.nz). The development of eDrive was funded by the New Zealand Transport Agency and the Accident Compensation Corporation and is sponsored by Suzuki New Zealand and BP New Zealand.
   As of August 15, BP Connect will sell the eDrive programme at its outlets in New Zealand, to help improve driver skill for all who get behind the wheel—as older drivers can benefit from having years of bad habits highlighted.

Images
Images can be downloaded from http://jyanet.com/press/photo.htm (password required).


eDrive opening screen shot
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eDrive screen shot
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eDrive screen shot
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eDrive screen shot: driving on country roads
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eDrive screen shot: urban driving in Dunedin, New Zealand
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eDrive screen shot: section completion message
High-resolution JPEG, 360 kbyte

About eDrive
eDrive is a programme which was developed over two years in response to the high road toll on New Zealand roads, with particular focus on young drivers. Research has shown that key skills such as spotting, anticipating and managing hazards while on the road, are crucial to avoiding crashes. eDrive helps train these skills in a safe environment, using video-based real-life traffic scenarios. The videos have been filmed on New Zealand roads, simulating a “road trip” from the Bluff to Cape Reinga. Dr Robert Isler, road safety expert, led a team of dedicated New Zealanders from all over the country to develop the programme, with racing driver Greg Murphy, a strong supporter of positive road safety initiatives, as eDrive’s host. The programme was developed in collaboration with the New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA) and the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and is sponsored by BP and Suzuki.

Contacts
Nadine Isler
E Nadine@edrive.co.nz
T 64 7 823-6960
C 64 27 463-9308

Dr Robert Isler
Robert@isler.co.nz
T 64 7 823-6960
C 64 27 418-8423

Jack Yan
E jack.yan@jyanet.com
T 64 4 387-3213

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July 7, 2011   No Comments

Special issue of Journal of Brand Management sees strong Medinge Group participation

Stockholm, July 6 (JY&A Media) The special issue of The Journal of Brand Management, on ‘Conscientious Brands’, has the participation of three senior members and one life member of the Medinge Group, the Swedish-based, high-level branding think-tank.
   Both Medinge Group director Nicholas Ind and life member Ian Ryder have edited the well respected academic journal. The special edition features contributions from director Jack Yan and long-serving member Ava Hakim.
   All papers appearing in the issue have been double-blind peer-reviewed by the editorial board of the Journal, consisting of some of the world’s leading marketing and branding experts.
   The special edition is expected to be released in September.

Images
Jack Yan and 2007 Audi Allroad
Jack Yan with 2007 Audi Allroad Quattro 4·2 (2007)
www.jackyan.com
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Photographer credit: Douglas Rimington


The Medinge Group logo
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More images at jya.net/press/photo.htm.

About the Medinge Group
Founded in 2002, the Medinge Group first published a brand manifesto of eight statements encapsulating a vision of healthy brands for the future. In 2003, the group authored a collection of essays entitled Beyond Branding, which explored the ways in which brands could add value within alternative business and social models. In 2004, the group established the annual Brands with a Conscience list to recognize organizations who epitomize humanistic behaviour; in 2006, Medinge added a special category of recognition named in honour of its late colleague Colin Morley, which acknowledges excellence by an NGO, in keeping with Colin’s humanistic vision. The Medinge Group maintains an online, automated speakers’ and experts’ bureau accessible through its website, medinge.org. In 2007 Medinge launched an online resource, The Journal of the Medinge Group, a digital anthology of papers and articles written by Medinge members.

Contacts
Jack Yan
CEO, Jack Yan & Associates
Director, the Medinge Group
T 64 4 387-3213
F 64 4 387-3213
E jack.yan@jyanet.com

Stanley Moss
CEO, the Medinge Group
T 1 562 219-2111
E diganzi@gmail.com

Johnnie Moore
T 44 20 7354-5576
E johnnie@johnniemoore.com

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July 6, 2011   No Comments

Despite outcry, Wellington aims to copy Hollywood sign again

Wellington, May 21 (JY&A Media) Wellington International Airport Ltd. has announced its intention to erect a ‘Wellywood’ sign, apeing the Hollywood original, despite a huge outcry from residents in 2010 that had initially forced it to back down from the idea.
   Residents have taken to Facebook and Twitter again on news of the sign as it reached the media, with the largest Facebook group, at over 15,000 members, suddenly springing to life.
   Jack Yan, co-author of Beyond Branding and a director of the Medinge Group branding think-tank in Sweden, campaigned against the sign when running for Mayor of Wellington last year. Based in Wellington, where he runs several other businesses, he has restated his opposition in 2011.
   ‘Wellington prides itself on its originality and creativity, and I cannot see how copying someone else expresses either,’ he says. ‘This is totally contrary to the city’s brand.’
   ‘The Airport’s management believes that it can wear down citizens by floating the idea again. From what I have seen, the Airport has misjudged all Kiwis once more.’
   Wellington risks becoming a laughing-stock, says Los Angeles-based branding expert William Shepherd, of Multicultural Brand Consultancy.
   ‘I thought that was over,’ he says. ‘Wellington and New Zealand both have such a positive image here, of intelligent, decent people.
   ‘A real brand is something that represents people accurately, which they can get behind. It’s a shame to see how a small group of people at the Airport can propose something that goes against Wellingtonians and their culture.’
   As in 2010, Mr Yan has notified the Hollywood Sign Trust and the licensing body behind the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which controls how the original Hollywood sign is used.
   ‘I do not believe parody is a defence in this case, as the plans shown by the Airport indicate that the copying breaches several established areas in intellectual property law,’ he says.
   Mr Yan, who also holds a law degree, believes that the sign breaches numerous aspects of intellectual property law, and that he would have acted as passionately if a New Zealand firm was being ripped off.
   In 2010, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce consulted its lawyers. Mr Yan says that the Chamber’s licensing body had very grave concerns after he alerted them of the plans.
   The Airport’s chief executive, Steve Fitzgerald, disputes that, telling the Fairfax Press that the Chamber’s actions were only driven by opponents of the ‘Wellywood’ sign.

Images
Jack Yan and 2007 Audi Allroad
Jack Yan with 2007 Audi Allroad Quattro 4·2 (2007)
www.jackyan.com
JPEG, 3,777 kbyte (download)
Photographer credit: Douglas Rimington

More images at jya.net/press/photo.htm.

About Jack Yan
Jack Yan founded Jack Yan & Associates (http://jya.net), one of the world’s first virtual firms, in 1987. His company is based or represented in over a dozen countries worldwide. Among his company’s interests are business consulting, imaging, software and media, including the fashion magazine brand Lucire. He writes on topics, ranging from branding and business responsibility to fashion and typography, in numerous publications worldwide and is a regular international speaker. His personal site is at www.jackyan.com, and features a highly regarded blog. He is a director of the Medinge Group (http://medinge.org), a think-tank in Sweden devoted to cutting-edge branding. In 2010, he ran a strong but unsuccessful campaign for Mayor of Wellington, New Zealand.

About Jack Yan & Associates
Started in 1987, Jack Yan & Associates is a communications’ company with businesses in brand consulting, font software and media. JY&A Consulting is connected to the Medinge Group think-tank of Sweden, through its founder Jack Yan. JY&A Fonts is New Zealand’s first digital typefoundry and the leading player in the country. JY&A Media is an early pioneer in online publishing, with its first digital magazine launched in 1992; its ventures include Lucire, the international fashion magazine. Jack Yan & Associates is headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand, but has divisions, representatives, licensees and other presences globally.

Notes to editors
All trade marks are the properties of their respective owners and are only used in a descriptive fashion without any intention to infringe. This release may be found in HTML form at this link.

Contacts
Jack Yan, CEO
Jack Yan & Associates
T 64 4 387-3213, F 64 4 387-3213
E jack.yan@jyanet.com

Amanda Dolheguy, Director
Delineate Ltd.
T 64 3 366-3690, cellphone 64 21 328-869
E amanda@jya.net

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May 21, 2011   1 Comment

Miss Wellington, Priyani Puketapu, is the new Miss Universe New Zealand

Wellington, May 2 (JY&A Media) The capital has taken the Miss Universe New Zealand crown for 2011, with Miss Wellington, Priyani Puketapu, winning top honours in front of a packed ballroom at the Amora Hotel Wellington on Sunday.
   Miss North Harbour, Talia Bennett, and Miss Howick, Courtney Ramsdale, were first and second runners-up.
   Miss Tend-a-Foot, Nancy Yan, and Miss Great South Vets, Isabelle Pearson, rounded off the top five.
   In her acceptance speech, Miss Puketapu dedicated her win to her ‘Uncle John, Nanny Puketapu and Granny,’ close family members who had all passed within a short time.
   Nanny Puketapu, Miss Puketapu said, had planned to attend the final night but had suddenly passed last month.
   Miss Puketapu is studying toward a bachelor of communication, majoring in journalism.
   ‘We are confident that Priyani Puketapu will do New Zealand proud at the Miss Universe final in São Paulo, Brazil, to take place on September 12,’ says pageant director Val Lott.
   Head of the judging panel, Lucire publisher Jack Yan, says that 2011’s contestants were the best he and his fellow judges had seen since 2006.
   ‘Only one and a half points separated the contestants when we finished the interview night,’ he says, referring to the Saturday session they had with the judges. ‘It was the tightest we had ever seen it.’
   Joining him on the panel were international judge Dina Janse van Rensburg, Max Factor make-up artist Evana Patterson, Salute Hair and Day Spa principal Carl Manderson, and Miss Universe New Zealand 2007 Laural Barrett.
   The judges say that Miss Puketapu was the most consistent, intelligent and confident contestant.
   Miss Puketapu was the home-town crowd favourite, a situation that was not unknown to her when she last competed for the crown in 2009.
   At the time, she lived in the Horowhenua and the Miss Universe New Zealand pageant was held in Levin.
   She was first runner-up in 2009.
   In attendance were members of the diplomatic corps from Thailand and the People’s Republic of China, including the Thai ambassador and his wife.
   The charity auction at the pageant benefited the New Zealand Red Cross’s Christchurch earthquake appeal.

Images
Images can be downloaded from http://jyanet.com/press/photo.htm (password required). Images may be viewed at Brady Dyer’s website at http://www.bradydyer.com/portfolio/miss-universe-new-zealand-2011/.


Talia Bennett, runner-up; Priyani Puketapu, Miss New Zealand 2011, Courtney Ramsdale, second runner-up
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Contacts
Val Lott, Director
Miss Universe New Zealand
C 64 27 476-7003
E lotts@xtra.co.nz

Jack Yan, Publisher
Lucire
T 64 4 387-3213, F 64 4 387-3213
E jack.yan@jyanet.com

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May 1, 2011   No Comments

Jack Yan says proposed copyright amendments harm New Zealand economy

Publisher and designer believes bill is unfair

Wellington, April 14 (JY&A Media) Wellington businessman Jack Yan is one of many netizens who oppose the provisions in a copyright amendment bill which had its second reading in the House under urgency last night.
   Despite each one of his businesses relying on copyright protection, Mr Yan says the changes will harm economic growth in New Zealand.
   ‘Our economy is weak enough after the Christchurch earthquake and the terrible aftershocks, and we now have a bill that will weaken us more,’ he says.
   He believes the bill, if passed, will hurt small- to medium-sized businesses in New Zealand.
   ‘Who is to say that an illegal download was caused by the computer’s owner? It could well have been caused by a computer half-way around the world illegally making use of a New Zealander’s connection,’ he says.
   He foresees a rise in the hacking of connections by illegal downloaders, which would raise the cost of running a business.
   ‘While larger corporations have IT departments dedicated to dealing with these matters, the majority of Kiwi businesses do not—and they certainly do not need hacking, false finger-pointing or disconnection looming over them.’
   He believes they are another example of the New Zealand Government tipping the scales against New Zealanders and New Zealand-owned businesses.
   ‘Foreign media companies have now been given the power by this government to accuse everyday New Zealanders of wrongdoing—and that presumption of guilt will now stick if the new law comes into effect,’ he says. ‘The “victory” here is ceding more of our sovereignty to corporations abroad.
   ‘An innocent New Zealander will not have the evidence needed to rebut a false accusation. She’ll need more than “I didn’t do it” under these new provisions.’
   Mr Yan, who has admitted that his firms regularly pursue copyright infringers outside New Zealand, says the new law goes further than what even the United States allows.
   ‘In the US, when we pursue an alleged infringer, there’s still a presumption of innocence in favour of the accused. And rightly so.
   ‘Thanks to National and Labour, an American company pursuing a New Zealander has far greater power than it does against one of its own,’ he says.
   Mr Yan believes the status quo ante was a suitable enough means for copyright infringements to be pursued.
   ‘It preserved the accepted principle that a person is innocent till proved guilty, and ensured that a copyright owner has all its facts straight before making any accusation. It was a fair fight, but as of this morning, we might not have that any more,’ he says.
   A Facebook poll currently puts those opposing the bill vastly ahead of those supporting it.

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Jack Yan and 2007 Audi Allroad
Jack Yan with 2007 Audi Allroad Quattro 4·2 (2007)
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About Jack Yan
Jack Yan founded Jack Yan & Associates (http://jya.net), one of the world’s first virtual firms, in 1987. His company is based or represented in over a dozen countries worldwide. Among his company’s interests are business consulting, imaging, software and media, including the fashion magazine brand Lucire. He writes on topics, ranging from branding and business responsibility to fashion and typography, in numerous publications worldwide and is a regular international speaker. His personal site is at www.jackyan.com, and features a highly regarded blog. He is a director of the Medinge Group (http://medinge.org), a think-tank in Sweden devoted to cutting-edge branding. In 2010, he ran a strong but unsuccessful campaign for Mayor of Wellington, New Zealand.

About Jack Yan & Associates
Started in 1987, Jack Yan & Associates is a communications’ company with businesses in brand consulting, font software and media. JY&A Consulting is connected to the Medinge Group think-tank of Sweden, through its founder Jack Yan. JY&A Fonts is New Zealand’s first digital typefoundry and the leading player in the country. JY&A Media is an early pioneer in online publishing, with its first digital magazine launched in 1992; its ventures include Lucire, the international fashion magazine. Jack Yan & Associates is headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand, but has divisions, representatives, licensees and other presences globally.

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Contacts
Jack Yan, CEO
Jack Yan & Associates
T 64 4 387-3213, F 64 4 387-3213
E jack.yan@jyanet.com

Amanda Dolheguy, Director
Delineate Ltd.
T 64 3 366-3690, cellphone 64 21 328-869
E amanda@jya.net

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April 13, 2011   No Comments