Category Archives: language

Sometimes headlines can actually be clever?

I’m not going to lie… I’m not a huge fan of The Oregonian. between some of their political viewpoints, public policy stances, and honestly mediocre writing, I barely glance at anymore. But that’s no reason not to point out the brilliance of this headline:

and the photo ain’t bad, either. In the doldrums of the winter-spring-greyness season, a bit of humor is difficult to muster up, let alone slap across the front page of the paper. I’m digging it.

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Alex Trebek can certainly call the shots

Indeed, as many of you know, I graduated from the University of Oregon – thus I am a Duck. And I grew up idolizing George Alexander “Alex” Trebek. That being said, even if you hate the Ducks and aren’t a fan of the Trebek, this is still brilliantly amazing:

There are a lot of random videos, clips, mash-ups, etc. floating around, but there is something so genius about the timing, the pacing, and the tone of Trebek that makes this one stand apart. (And big thanks to krobb for pointing this one out!)

Hey! Read this! (and why regular posting has been temporarily suspended)

Sometimes you have to be direct to get your message across. Like this beautiful bit of package design courtesy of the Hain Celestial Group:

Hey! Read my label!

Apparently organic foods and subtlety don’t go hand in hand. Although I suppose it is somewhat attention grabbing and effective, in an annoying sort of way. I’m fine with my rice crisps not having any attitude, thank you. Anyway…

Once again, I’m in the process of moving again, although just a few miles away this time – not half way across the country. So at the moment, I have no internet and no substantial time. Add to it the duties involved with showing a visiting friend around the area, and unfortunately the blog has fallen by the wayside. Dare I say it, I’m on a non-blogging staycation! (imagine regurgitation sounds here).

Anyway, a photo for all you photo lovers from my recent trip to White Sands National Monument.

clouds at white sands

Most likely, assuming all goes according to a loose plan, semi-regular posting should theoretically resume in a few days.

Package and Graphic Design at it’s best: Brooklyn Fare

As many know, I hold a special place in my mind for restaurants and markets. That’s part of the reason that good design for food establishments makes me so happy.

brooklyn-fare-coffee-cups

All designed by Mucca Design for Brooklyn Fare, it’s simple, direct, and an absolutely perfect blend of crisp and ballsy copy with exceptionaly clean, almost modernist design (that kind of reminds me of the W+K work for The Guardian).

Eat Me Daily has an awesome write up with great info and an awesome video.

The Social Media Venn Diagram analyzes your social habits

I’ve been meaning to post this up for a while now… I keep looking at and keep laughing, but somehow forget to post it. I myself am on the fence with most social media outlets (as most who try to keep in touch with me probably know). I understand them, but at the same time, I don’t. They make sense, and the advertising/social networking possibilities are huge. But this beautiful diagram kind of sums up the other side of my feelings.

social_media_venn

Available as a t-shirt from Despair.  And I have to say, there’s some beautiful irony in a social networking diagram on a t-shirt.

In Memoriam Part II: Remembering Billy

While the King Of Pop passing is quite the story, crippling the internet and captivating the 24 hour news channels, there’s another shocking loss to the world: the venerable king of the sales pitch, Billy Mays. His sudden death sent shockwaves through the infomercial circles and his enthusiasm and outside voice will be greatly missed. He’d just got into promoting his new Discovery channel show, Pitchmen.

While any of his many pitches would make a fitting tribute video, the following clip shows him in both an innocent and mischevious character that was rarely seen in his polished pitches.

Synesthesia: Neurological phenomena visualized

Every now and again, a video blows my mind. This short film does just that, on many levels. As some of you may know, I’ve always been perssonally fascinated with Synesthesia: a neurological-based phenomenon that is essentially the blending of sensory experiences (i.e. hearing green or tasting a drum beat). The spectrum synesthesia is vast, yet somehow this video by acclaimed music video directors Terri Timely manages to encapsulate a neurological experience into a tangible and beautifully filmed short.

To see the video in higher resolution, go to the short film’s homepage, and for a bit more info on Directing duo Terri Timely, check out this Q & A at Director File. For a bit more on Synesthesia, check out Mixed Signals.