“Hey, guys. I’ve got a great layout idea for a movie poster…”
Note: The man is always upside-down.
After a terrible event like the Boston Marathon bombing, certain things are sure to occur:
1. People want to help by purchasing or selling things. We, as Americans, generally like to express ourselves through consumerism.
2. People want to display their grief/solidarity/regional pride.
3. People will generate merchandise at an incredible rate in order to fill the demand, quality be damned.
Now, some of the items below might have their proceeds donated to charity (like One Fund, for instance), which I think is awesome. I’m not delving into the motivation behind these items (though I figure some are more noble than others). I just want to look at ’em for a sec. The internet and print-on-demand allows for entire product lines to be created with just a few clicks. I think occasionally, we should pause and take a look at what’s being pumped out. Continue reading
Oh, the jet-set life of the self-employed! I’ve been keeping busy and hustlin’ to pay off our recent house remodeling project. On the multimedia front, there’s been a bunch of animation work and even some audio/radio work, but I’m not posting any of that because I’m lazy. Instead, here are a few of the freelance print projects I’ve been working on for the last few months. Continue reading
“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.)
What Is Wrong Here
* “FlatJacks”? As in playing off the word “flapjacks”? As in pancakes?
* The phrase “Fully Cooked Chicken Snack”
* The stretched & skewed bad free ‘grunge’ typewriter font, and also the four miles separating the ‘A’ from the ‘C’ in “snack”
* The super 1980’s era representation of what a kid looks like, and also his eyebrows
* The scale of the kid’s hand in relation to the toaster (note that this is bad recycling of two separate pieces of art from the packaging)
* The kid’s fat creepy penis slug fingers
* Pressed & formed chicken slab! These look super gross.
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: Continue reading