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Logos with a Stench of Ripoffery

Logos with a Stench of Ripoffery

It's a sad day indeed when individuals purloin the hard work of others and present it as their own work.Call it desperation, a lack of pride, or cases of shameless hackery on parade – but the net result is the same: Representing another's work as your own. For shame, I say. Why did you get into this line of work to begin with if not for the satisfaction of work well done? It kind of makes one's skin crawl a little, but now, without further ado, shameful logo rip-offings, courtesy of the logo rip off catchers at Logothief.com. It was noble of the offending sushi bar designer to white out some details in the sushi bar design they ripped off. The logo is testimony to the lack of freshness in the place, however.  There's just no way in heck that two people pull this visual image out of the atmosphere. Sometimes great minds do think alike, but this ain't one […]

They’re Weird, But These T-shirts Actually Have a Point, Usually.

They’re Weird, But These T-shirts Actually Have a Point, Usually.

The world is positively swimming in people who see themselves as t-shirt designers/ illustrators. Ads for their puntastic-abominations are everywhere on the internet, and in most cases, the stuff is pretty much… well, you get it. One exception is a chap from Malaysia by the name of Chow Hon Lam aka Flying Mouse, who lets people have it with both barrels when he unleashes a t-shirt design. There’s an element of absurdity as there pretty much always is with this stuff, but the concepts and illustrations go farther than the usual pun stuff. They’re pretty funny!

A Traveling Retroprospectus of Poster-Like Objects

A Traveling Retroprospectus of Poster-Like Objects

It’s time once again to ooh and ahh at the lovely posters that designers hath made. Yes, the National Poster Retroprospectus is here. Well, maybe not where you are, but it is worming its way around the country. No word on just how many of the posters were fabricated simply to fish for such acclaim, but does that even matter? They’ve been made, and now they’re being celebrated. In all, there will be 300 posters on display crafted by luminary artists and designers. (Who do you consider the most famous poster designer? Maybe Shepard Fairey?) Here are some of the posters that will be on display at the NPR.

Will Phermone Infused Business Cards Get Me Dates?

Will Phermone Infused Business Cards Get Me Dates?

AXE, the men's care line that has dutifully portrayed its users in commercials as being relentlessly pursued by scads of hot women, has taken a subtle and interesting turn by passing out pheromone business cards to its employees. It certainly seems like a lunatic concept, but AXE is betting on their employees being somewhat irresistible. One can only hope, I suppose. For real business cards that rely on one's charm to be irresistible to the lady folk, there's a nice batch of them ready and waiting for you here at Hotcards. These work for women, too. No guarantees that members of the opposite sex will be tearing off your clothing comes with the order, though. You'll have to rely on your own charms for that 🙂    

3D printing: A Beast Upsetting the Apple Cart?

3D printing: A Beast Upsetting the Apple Cart?

Every time I think I have a handle on 3D printing and its potential to change the world, something comes along to suggest that I have no clue. In general, the big movers in the 3D printing space have employed a razor and blade business model whereby they offer the razor at a significant discount while offering the blades – in this case, printing materials – at a significant price hike. But one company, 3COR, a 3D printing company in Ireland, is turning things on their head by printing with the kind of paper that's readily available in any office and most homes. So there's no effort to lock users into buying proprietary materials at a considerable markup through the printer's life. It's kind of like giving away razor blades to go along with your razor. But, of course, it seems more reasonable to discuss a company which prints with paper on a traditional printing blog. So there's that. Anyway, […]

Corporate Logo Changes For 2014, Part 2

Corporate Logo Changes For 2014, Part 2

We really left the most exciting changes for last. Just kidding. University of Illinois. The fighting Illini. A program which shows its face in the Rose Bowl every 50 years or so, has eliminated its own state from its logo and gone for a classic block "I". Not exactly original in the world of college athletics, but it does look classier. And who knows? Perhaps a winning season is in the offing.   The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have themselves a sporty new logo. Well, not new exactly so much as a new illustration. But it's pretty dang good. Greg Schiano may have gotten the old heave-ho, but the 'eers are heading into the future with a snazzy and simplified logo.   Reebok had kind of a dumb-looking logo to begin with, so the fact they've modernized and simplified things a bit would normally be an improvement. But the fact that a shoe and sportswear manufacturer's logo now looks like that […]

Social Media Advertising… Useful?

Social Media Advertising… Useful?

It's hard to deny that an approach to advertising that's so simple and, as a general matter, is infinitely more cost effective than whirling out all manner of printed matter and then paying to place it is a virtue. But aside from a feeble stab at name recognition, it really isn't altogether obvious that social media advertising is accomplishing much of anything. In a sense, it's quite obvious that advertisers would go this route, as fragmentation of the market is increasingly a problem, and the likes of Facebook and twitter have to be monetized in some way, but it's hard not to get a sense that marketers are going about it wrong. All wrong. It's a compelling argument that something such as certainty, which social media advertising provides in the sense that you can track all visitors who lay eyes on your message, but what, really, is the point? I'm certainly not the only person who has aimlessly visited a […]

Is The Art of The Newspaper and Magazine Ad Dying?

Is The Art of The Newspaper and Magazine Ad Dying?

There was a time when print ads were a precious commodity, slaved over at the highest levels of the advertising business. But more and more, it seems as though they're being left in the dust as people frantically, mindlessly even, reorient themselves to prioritizing the web. And really, is this an improvement when rather than competing for eyeballs and attempting to stand for something, we've been taken over by people who engage in search engine optimization and the notion of persuading people has given way to measurements of who can screw with the searching process with such significance that they basically fool people into eyeing their half-assed pitches? It's undoubtedly true that much of print advertising was never any good, as there is an ocean of hacks in the advertising business who are not very good at what they do, and there are countless clients who essentially operate off of checklists but have no intuitive sense about how to persuade. […]

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