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Random Internet Things From The Internet 48

A recurring feature in which I present a collection of miscellaneous crap err, interesting things to look at that I have lovingly and carefully curated for your enjoyment. (more…)


Random Internet Things From The Internet 47

A recurring feature in which I present a collection of miscellaneous crap err, interesting things to look at that I have lovingly and carefully curated for your enjoyment. (more…)


Random Internet Things From The Internet 46

A recurring feature in which I present a collection of miscellaneous crap err, interesting things to look at that I have lovingly and carefully curated for your enjoyment. (more…)


Random Internet Things From The Internet 44

A recurring feature in which I present a collection of miscellaneous crap err, interesting things to look at that I have lovingly and carefully curated for your enjoyment. For some of these entries, I may have spent upwards of five days cutting and pasting a URL and carefully crafted a sentence to accompany it. I hope you appreciate my Super Dave-like efforts. (more…)


Random Internet Things From The Internet 43

A recurring feature in which I present a collection of miscellaneous crap err, interesting things to look at that I have lovingly and carefully curated for your enjoyment. For some of these entries, I may have spent upwards of two minutes cutting and pasting a URL and possibly included a sentence to accompany it. I hope you appreciate my Herculean efforts. (more…)


From The Flat Files: Turn It Up! Comic Ads

I was doing some house-cleaning and found a beat up old sketchbook with some paste-ups of Turn It Up! CDs comics/ads. I was given the luxury of having a pretty free hand on creating ads back in the day, and little narratives like this little back-to-school gag would often result. These are probably around 15 years old and predate my use of Photoshop. I used to print out the type on the store’s computer, because it had Sierra Print Artist on it. Cheap inkjet printouts + bad cutting job + Pro-White + glue stick + a generation or two of quality loss via photocopying at Kinko’s = Perfessional Grafik Dezyning.

(At the time, I felt very clever for coming up with “Superbman”).


Catch QR Code FEVER!

“Who needs old-fashioned photographs of actual products for sale when we can have high-tech thingamabobs most people don’t understand or want to use?” — A client with a bad idea and an ad guy unwilling to tell him how bad it really is.
(photo: Tom M.)

(Side note: What exactly makes “brandfon” easy to remember? I’d think having a dealership named “brandfon” in the town of Branford would make it much much harder to remember.)

Related: The Super-Funnest Best Looking Pinterest Board Ever (via Katy W.)
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Dear Layout Department: No.


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The New JCPenney Rebranding Is Not Completely Terrible

JCPenney! Does anyone give a shit? Not sure I do, but I wrote a blog post about ‘em anyway! They’ve retooled, rebranded, spent a lot of ad dollars, and issued a bunch of press releases about how fresh and bold they are now. How’d they make out? THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY: (more…)


Stupid Ads For Idiots

Have you ever noticed how hard it is for advertisers to convincingly push their products on consumers? It’s usually because, upon the slightest bit of reflection, the product is revealed to be rather pointless. It’s so pointless, in fact, that advertisers will go to great lengths of entertainment to disguise the fact that the latest feature/advancement/innovation isn’t really worth mentioning in the first place. “New” is almost never new, and sometimes “improved” is just the old product repackaged. Let’s take a look at two random ads because I’m bored and it’s late and I’m typing. (more…)