An ad-centric spoof of those Monster.com ads from a few years back. Enjoy!
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Graphic designers are an odd group, one which I am proud to consider myself a member. We’re always lamenting that nobody, especially clients, understand what it actually takes to design a piece of printed matter and bring it to life. It’s a common joke amongst designers that even our parents don’t really get what we do. Of course, we never really take the time to explain it properly, either. The net result is that most people think we pictures all day.
So, when I found this site, Printernational, I thought it might actually be a step towards explaining graphic design to the world. The site offers detailed, yet easily understood, explanations for common design questions like “What the hell is a Pantone?” or “Why can’t you just pull the photos off of our website?” It’s a great resource for designer and layperson alike.
For those of you more interested in theories behind design than the technical production, there’s this great compilation of essential design books and magazines. We all have our favorites, and the classics are classics, but my vote would have to go to Ellen Lupton’s Thinking With Type. It’s a simple, readable, interesting introduction to typography that virtually anyone could learn from. Her book DIY is pretty amazing as well.
As I move away from being a full-time designers and towards becoming a full-time account planner, I can’t help but think that the two disciplines have a lot to learn from each other. If more planners understood design and more designer understood planning, the world would be a better place. At least we’d have better looking Powerpoint presentations.
Came accross this funny site in my web-travels. The South Park Studio allows you to build your own South Park character. It offers a bunch of variables, from hair color to facial expression to apparel. Above is my first creation, a surprisingly accurate self-likeness.
Apparently, this site is completely unaffiliated with the creators of the show or Comedy Central.
I always find is fascinating to see other people’s homes. Like nothing else, it gives you a true picture of someone’s personality. From the style of their furnishings to the tidiness of the place to the books on the bookshelves, you can cobble together a sense of who this person is.
That’s why I find Normal Room so interesting. The site invites users to post pictures of their homes, along with their brief comments. They are organized by room and by country, so if you’ve ever wondered what a Colombian kitchen looks like, this is your site.
**NOTE: This is not my livingroom above. It is from Normalroom.com.**
As diehard a Mac-geek as I am, I decided to abstain from the blogging-frenzy surrounding the launch of the iPhone. I just really didn’t think I had much to add to the conversation, short of, “It’s cool. I really want one,” a statement which sums up 99% of all blogposts on the subject.
I do, however, want to mention David Pogue’s great review from the New York Times. He was one of the lucky few who actually had a chance to handle and use the device for about an hour. Everyone else is just rehashing Steve Job’s presentation and making educated guesses about what this thing can really do.
One passage in particular sums up the genius of the iPhone, and of Apple itself:
All of this is cooked up with Apple’s traditional secret sauce of simplicity, intelligence and whimsy. It’s these ingredients, not the features themselves, that inspire such technolust in Applephiles.
As if the security checkpoints at our airports weren’t annoying enough, now we have to look at mediocre advertising. It seems that the TSA will now allow the placement of ads in the bottom of the bins that pass through the X-ray machine. I find this development dubious on two fronts, one personal and one professional.
Personally, I really don’t like the thought of the TSA pimping themselves out like this. It seems to cheapen the whole security process. “Take off your shoes and place them in the bin, brought to you by Coca-Cola.” It just doesn’t feel right.
Professionally, it just doesn’t feel like a great place for and advertisement. Your exposure to the ad is momentary. They’re stacked up. Your remove your bin from the stack. You catch a gimpse of the advertisement before you dump your shoes, laptop, jacket, etc. You put it into the machine. Maybe, just maybe, you see the ad again as you take your crap out of the bin. All told, it’s limited exposure to the message in a moment where all you’re thinking about is getting the hell out of there.
Granted, I’m sure there are some interesting creative possibilities with the media. Some agency, somewhere, will come up with something cool and funny and relavent. This may lead to the the worst case scenario…people standing around reading the ad when they should be taking off their shoes, removing the change from their pockets and generally just trying to get though security as quickly as possible. It could, in some small way, make the security process more annoying.
At the end of the day, this is probably not a big deal. I mean, it doesn’t seem to actually compromise national security, it just cheapens it. It’s just more evidence of the desperate state of advertising, advertisers and media companies (which the TSA now becomes). This is not bold, confident advertising. This is an attempt to make a dime with little or no regard for the consumer, their intelligence, or for that matter their sense of security.
So bad it’s…well…bad. Just watch this ’70s Tab ad for yourself.
So, I got tagged by Kevin just before the holidays. We all know how it goes – I reveal five things about myself and then tag five more people to do the same.
1: I grew up in New Jersey, but when people ask me where I’m from, I say Philadelphia. In my defense, my hometown is only 25 miles from the city and I did go to school and work in the city for most of my adult life. I associate myself more with Philly than Jersey. I live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina now. It feels like home, but I’ll never be “from here”.
2: I steal pint glasses from bars. Not exactly a felony, but I do feel a little guilty every time I look at the 50-plus collection I have amassed.
3: My first real job was at IKEA. I worked in the North American HQ as a designer/art director for six years before going back to school. I worked with more than a few Swedes and travelled to Sweden a bit, leaving me with a fondness for Swedish culture.
4: I have never, not once in my life, eaten an olive.
5: I love squirrels. Outside the window of my home office, I have two squirrel feeders for my own amusement. This may explain why I don’t post to my blog more often.
I hereby tag these five people…
Mr. Huntington at Adliterate (Has he not yet been tagged?)
Graham Furlong at Work hard + Be nice to people
Amber Finlay at Big Secret Pizza Party
Graeme “Doug” Douglas at Planning for Fun
Chris Ray (I’m calling you out, punk. Get that blog up and running.)
It seems there’s a new advertising critic in town, and he wears a giant suit. In a recent blog post, the one and only David Byrne comments on ads seen before a recent screening of Stranger Than Fiction. I don’t know about you, but I think he’s on the money.
Thanks to my favorite music blog, Stereogum, for pointing this out.