dreaming of a life after cubicles

You’ll shoot your eye out!
December 27, 2006, 9:08 am
Filed under: graphic design, retro, xmas

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The obsessive compulsive disease of design
December 12, 2006, 10:14 am
Filed under: graphic design, photography


Being a graphic designer isn’t a job. It’s not a calling. It’s an obsessive-compulsive disease. And not only does it lead you to spend days on end obsessing about street sign kerning and pedestrian crosswalk typefacing, your apartment will be filled with alphabet refrigerator magnets and old marquee letters you dug up at the dump. You’ll choose books by their colors, wine by their labels. Eventually, your entire life will be consumed with typographic aesthetics, until you eventually gate yourself inside your castle with an alphabetic gate. And misused colors? They’ll drive you mad.

Just read this post over at Noisy Decent Graphics. It’s like synaesthetes describing the apple blue tinge of the letter ‘q’: a mental affliction I desperately want to have.

The Design Disease [Noisy Decent Graphics]

Funny illustrations in Japanese Wii manual
December 6, 2006, 8:46 am
Filed under: gaming, graphic design

Mark Frauenfelder:  The Japanese Wii manual reminds you not to pour orange liquid on your console. Other funny illustrations at Gizmodo. Link (Thanks, FishNChimps)Picture 19-1

Vintage Chinese pamphlet: How To Shoot an Airplane
December 6, 2006, 8:43 am
Filed under: graphic design, print, retro

David Pescovitz:  At Institute for the Future‘s Virtual China blog, Jason Li points to scans of a 1965 pamphlet titled 怎样打飞机 (“How to Shoot an Airplane”).

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Custom portrait of you as a zombie
November 27, 2006, 2:56 pm
Filed under: art, graphic design, gross, humorous

Cory Doctorow: Canadian illustrator Rob Sacchetto has opened a business selling zombified portraits of his customers. Email him a picture of yourself and he’ll mail you back a hand-drawn cartoon of you as a horrible zombie. He got the idea after doing a couple friends’ zombie portraits for Hallowe’en — now he’s charging US$85, including shipping. Link (via Neatorama)

Fine art ads photoshopping contest – kick ass!
November 26, 2006, 10:05 am
Filed under: graphic design, photoshop

Cory Doctorow: Today on the Worth1000 photoshopping contest — fine art reimagined as contemporary advertising. This is hands-down the best W1K contest I’ve seen this year — some favorites (besides McDavid, pictured here): Hey Eve!, Advil, Spain Is Different, Reach, Last Supper, Escher Raid, I Wish I Had…, Shout, Coffee, Picasso Crayola, Anbesol. Link

The Art of the Soviet Montage
November 23, 2006, 9:45 am
Filed under: art, graphic design, print, retro

0lepremiermaiWe Make Money Not Art has posted a great review of a current exhibit at Paris’ Passage de Retz,A Visual Weapon: Soviet Photomontages 1917-1953. When 70% of the country can’t read, photomontages became a powerful form of propaganda… so powerful that even the Nazis took notice.

During the WWII, the photomontage becomes the main propaganda weapon inside the country but also outside of it to demoralize the enemy. Jitomirski, for example, designed thousands of propaganda leaflets during the war. So many of them were thrown to German troops that Joseph Goebbels put the name of the artist on the list of the “Ennemies of the State” with a commentary that said “Find him and hang him!”

A hell of a thing, to end up on a Nazi murder squad list just because you’re good and cutting and pasting pictures onto pieces of construction paper. Despite the fact that these photomontages were used to propagate a political system that led to tens of millions of deaths in the Twentieth Century, some of the work is truly beautiful in a way both industrial and dystopian. Maybe one will come to a coffee shop near you!

Soviet Montages 1917-1953 [We Make Money Not Art]