Look how run-down this old blog is. When was the last time someone dusted around here? Or cut the grass? Is that an old moldy sandwich over there? gross.
Well, it’s been a while. Life sure does get right in the way, doesn’t it?
I say all that to say my apologies and also say that there are some cool things in store for this old thing. I’ve got some cool ideas for some online projects that I think will be really cool. I’m going to start writing again soon–some about design, some more illustration thursdays and how-tos, and a new project that I think will be super cool that will hopefully create something a little more valuable.
So, I’m not sure of a timeline; I’m looking to do some revisions and updating and get this old thing running about by the fall.
In the meantime, everyone how hasn’t turned on a TV in the last 6 months or likes how they feel while laughing should check out the Old Spice Guy Re: videos. Great way to spend an afternoon!
Untill then, CHEERS!
PS: I recently got a Twitter account because the universe always wins.]]>
So, as an avid fan of his books, I just finished Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman, the man’s recent essay collection. The collection is very good, providing something a little more than previous works with essays that reflect on our need for recognition rather than just simply how our love lives are ruined by John Cusack. Don’t take this the wrong way-I love the previous essays very much. But the new seem to show a side of a perhaps seasoned author, develing into subjects such as the Unabomber and This American Life in a way that makes me think his books have grown just like I have reading them the last 4 or 5 years.
Granted, there is an entire essay, lengthy as it is, devoted to football. Klosterman’s awareness of his fan base is included in this essay, which is both funny and thoughtful. He discusses the rise and fall of Garth Brooks in a way that makes me almost cherish the times as a child when I was forced to listen to “Friends in Low Places.” Simply by interviewing a master of interviews, Ira Glass, Klosterman makes me feel smarter and more intellectual, which I am reluctant to admit, and perhaps proves some of his points about culture discussed in the same essay.
Though it doesn’t really have the same humorous tone as Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, Eating the Dinosaur reminded me a lot of Killing Yourself to Live. It contained a certain vibe of self-discovery that usually only comes from the ability to be self-aware amongst this pop culture we feed upon. When I read Sex, Drugs…, I laughed and related to the analysis of trival things that I loved. In Killing Yourself…, I saw things about myself mirrored in his road trip, even if it was only 85% truth. And about this book, I felt the same.
PS: Here’s a really cool (but old) interview with Chuck Klosterman over at The Sound of Young America. It also features an interview with Dave Foley, one of the original Kids in the Hall and one of my favorite actors, for reasons not quite understandable to even myself. It’s great–give it a listen.]]>
As previously expressed, one thing that I absolutely love is typography in video, whether it be movie titles, television bumps, etc. I Love TV Intros is a online collection of just that-tv show intros, organized by decade and alphabetical(!). I get really nostalgic about my childhood tv favorites, so this was just a real treat to find.
Found via Quipsologies]]>
So a few weeks ago, I was at yet another library sale in town, and found an old VHS copy of “How to Succeed in Business…,“ a 60′s Broadway musical starring a one Robert Morse. It follows the metoeric rise of a young man from the mailroom to the board room in a matter of days. The play is humorous and crisp, with fantastic visuals and modern songs. It also playfully describes and exploits the typical 60s business workplace, with all female secretaries, a president’s mistress, and all old men at the top.
The lead actor, Robert Morse, does an excellent job. He’s funny and creates a very lovable character that you really wish would win in the end, despite the sort of sneaky nature in which he accomplishes his tasks. He can sing, the dancing is pretty good, and he also playing the character originally on Broadway.
But where did this guy come from? What has he been in since its release in 1968? I’ve watched quite a few musicals and didn’t recognize this dude from anything, so I decided to investigate, and this what I found:
The same dude who plays in a contemporary 60s musical about the corporate rise of a regular dude in 60s NYC ends up playing an ad partner in a contemporary 00s drama about a 60s office in NYC.
Way to blow my mind, Universe.]]>
Look what turned up in my Inbox today: this super awesome typographical tee from Threadless. With a great heavy font and a sweet message, this shirt is great and $18.]]>
There goes your afternoon: My Parents Were Awesome is a great little Tumblr featuring submitted photos of parents when they were young and (most) without kids. It’s a really strange but awesome display of fashion, time, and love of some of the people we love the most.
Found via Quipsologies]]>
Wonderwall is interior design firm in Japan that not only has a pretty impressive portfolio of work, but their website is something of which I have never seen. The site bubbles and moves with every roll over on the front utilizing Flash and presents information and interactivity in a very refined yet fun way. As I’ve said before, I love Flash components that just work, and the Wonderwall site definately does just that.
Double cheers for great design!
(Found via SwissMiss)]]>
News in the design world is that Font Bureau, one of the largest type design companies in the country, are taking NBC to court for the unlicensed use of several of their popular fonts. In a suit for ‘no less that $2 million,’ Font Bureau indicates that NBC used Bureau Grotesque, Interstate and Antenna on several computers throughout the company without paying for all the copies.
Shame on you, NBC! You know just because you can copy it, doesn’t mean it’s legal. And it’s awfully funny that a company that started its own online video streaming site in reaction to posting clips of SNL and Conan on YouTube would be so lax in their distribution on another company’s intellectual property. You know better than to do that, especially when you hire tons of people to score the depths of YouTube for anything that had to do with one of your many TV programs, movies, or news broadcasts.
As a result, NBC has had to redesign much of their fall network promotional materials, which may have not really even be a bad idea. Maybe all the promos for the Jay Leno Show will be misplaced, saving millions of people from having to continue to see his face. Anywhere. We can always hope!
Found via CityFile, where you can also read/see the legal paperwork from the case.]]>
So brace yourselves: The iconic Yale University Press logo designed by Paul Rand is going off the press and spines of the company’s 8,000 published books a year. The 100+ year old publishing company (which just sort of recently actually became a part of the University officially I think) is changing its logo to establish a brand more consistant to the University. This is a sad day.
Armin over at Brand New said it best:
Most of us are wired to react negatively to anything that rids the world of yet another Rand logo. Like many, I am an admirer of this logo and I’m sad to see it go. But it’s crystal clear that the world in which Rand created identities is not the same world they exist in now and most are reaching their expiry date… IBM being the exception. So, yes, it’s lamentable to see Rand’s work slowly dissolve in this über branded era where form doesn’t follow function but the bottom line.
I love that last line: “…it’s lamentable to see Rand’s work slowly dissolve in this über branded era where form doesn’t follow function but the bottom line.”
As it goes by the wayside with the UPS logo, we can still appreciate this identity gem on our bookshelves and in our hearts.
(Found via Brand New)]]>
Wow. Just wow. Monsieur COK is a short French film illustrating the struggle between capitalism and communism, labor and money, automation and human labor. Visually stunning and groteschly real, this is a fantastic yet somewhat scary look at the industry that drives our lives, wars, and world. Watch it online.
(Found via NotCot.org)]]>