Archive for December, 2009

[liff] Happy New Year … Except For This Lady

Posted in liff, liff in PDX on December 31, 2009 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2283Craigslist is forever the placer deposit of awesome, and this ad (via Twitterer @portortraffic) will once again prove.

Just a hint: maybe New Year’s isn’t the best time to break up with your honey:

The text of the ad, which is at this writing still available at http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/zip/1532400449.html, runs, verbatim, as follows

I have a 1997 Honda Accord with a clear title. I just bought it for my wife but she is on meth AGAIN and I caught her cheating AGAIN. I cant do it anymore.So I am leaving and the car is going too.It is completely in my name so I can do whatever I want with it. I dont drive nothing but my truck and I want her to feel the pain. So first come first serve. I can not hold the car and I want it gone tonight even if I have to meet you half way.I am not going to wait until 2010 to better myself I am going to do it while 2009 is here!!! Please do not call if you cannot pick up tonight. I will as soon give it to a tow service or junkyard. The car drives enginge good 119647 miles the tranny was replaced 2 yrs ago by previous owner have reciepts.Only thing is it really needs to be cleaned it stinks to high heaven. The first night she got the car she and her friends smoked a ton of meth in there. So you will have to shampoo the entire car. I will be pulling it on my car hauler I cant stand the smell. Serious callers only. NO TWEEKERS.253.XXX.XXXX And despite what you might here in the background the car is going she has no say so. I have already verified with the police. She is just mad because she is leaving too. I can give you VIN number to check out with highway patrol when you call.

The phone number has been redacted to prevent crank calls, but moreover, if the offer is fo’reals, it’s probably already gone by now. Free running cars being hard to come by and all that. Although the meth smell would be pretty offputting. Get out your bunny suit.

I flagged it Best of Craigslist. Because it’s just that awesome.

Update at 19:20: It’s gone now, deleted by author. C’est la guerre, mon cher.

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[design] Another Thing Crowdsourcing Design Work Kills …

Posted in crowdsourcing, design, logo design on December 24, 2009 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

2282. … actual creativity, as in at least trying to come up with something original.

As detailed by SpecWatch here, an icon from a site called Vecteezy was used in not only a “contest” on Crowdspring, but also on 99designs. The icon, a round design with graphic elements meant to suggest a tree and leaves, was entered on 99designs to be the idenfitying mark for a charter school. At least this one was worked on a bit; traces of the brush-strokes around the margin were eliminated for a cleaner appearance. It was used without change as the winning submission on Crowdspring for an energy company called Woodlands Solutions.

In the disclosure on Crowdspring, the designer … affirmed in their ‘disclosure’ that they had ” created everything in [their] entry and [they] didn’t copy anyone else’s concept”.

Did the designer fib a little? Read the evidence at SpecWatch and decide for yourself. Even if you think this doesn’t cheapen the quality of design work in general, you’ve got to admit that submitting the same design that won for an energy company as a logo for a charter school is more than a bit of a disservice to the charter school – and could open them up for a lawsuit from the energy company, if they were ever interested in such.

Or … one could spend the extra money on hiring an actual designer who will strive to come up with an idea that isn’t merely copied-and-pasted from somewhere else. A real designer will at least take some time to listen to your story, talk to you, get to know you, and try to tell your story as an effective logo.

Paying for pros, in the end, doesn’t cost – it pays off with a truly original design that wasn’t lifted from a vector icon download site, and a designer who actually gives a care about the work they do for you.

Or, put another way, you get what you pay for.

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[design] Another Thing Crowdsourcing Design Work Kills …

Posted in crowdsourcing, design, logo design on December 24, 2009 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2282. … actual creativity, as in at least trying to come up with something original.

As detailed by SpecWatch here, an icon from a site called Vecteezy was used in not only a “contest” on Crowdspring, but also on 99designs. The icon, a round design with graphic elements meant to suggest a tree and leaves, was entered on 99designs to be the idenfitying mark for a charter school. At least this one was worked on a bit; traces of the brush-strokes around the margin were eliminated for a cleaner appearance. It was used without change as the winning submission on Crowdspring for an energy company called Woodlands Solutions.

In the disclosure on Crowdspring, the designer … affirmed in their ‘disclosure’ that they had ” created everything in [their] entry and [they] didn’t copy anyone else’s concept”.

Did the designer fib a little? Read the evidence at SpecWatch and decide for yourself. Even if you think this doesn’t cheapen the quality of design work in general, you’ve got to admit that submitting the same design that won for an energy company as a logo for a charter school is more than a bit of a disservice to the charter school – and could open them up for a lawsuit from the energy company, if they were ever interested in such.

Or … one could spend the extra money on hiring an actual designer who will strive to come up with an idea that isn’t merely copied-and-pasted from somewhere else. A real designer will at least take some time to listen to your story, talk to you, get to know you, and try to tell your story as an effective logo.

Paying for pros, in the end, doesn’t cost – it pays off with a truly original design that wasn’t lifted from a vector icon download site, and a designer who actually gives a care about the work they do for you.

Or, put another way, you get what you pay for.

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[type] Found Tutorials: 22 Ways To Make Your Type Come Alive

Posted in tutorials, twitter, typography on December 24, 2009 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2281.(h/t http://twitter.com/mayhemstudios) Run out of inspiration? Need to make your type jump up and bark for you? Via aggregator Slodive.com here are 22 things you can do about that … including …

… one hot babe.

Oh, yes, the link:

http://slodive.com/photoshop/typography-with-these-22-techniques/

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[logo] 10 Best and 10 Worst Identity Redesigns of 2009

Posted in design, logo design on December 22, 2009 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

2280.From Brand New, the 10 Best (and 10 Worst) ID Redesigns of 2009. They take in a wide swath. This’ll have spoilers, but you’ll definitely want to surf to the article to read the comments, especially considering the Best of the Best of.

The worst have principled objections. They include the Yale Press redesign which wasn’t bad but laments the departure of yet one more Paul Rand logo from the commercial landscape: The Hilton redesign, which rethinks the H but opens up a travel-size can of authentic Photoshop-style bevel’n’emboss, giving it an unexpected design school touch, and the biggest of the worst, the not-very-much-lauded Bing logo, which has caused much mockery from both design geeks and typogrphy geeks alike.

The best? The AOL redesign. While Brand New tries to see the appeal to the zeitgeist that the AOL logo tries to reach for, the commenters seem to want to know what the blogger was on when he rated that one high, lamenting the departure from actual logo “design” that seems inherent in such a “nail-jelly-to-the-wall” approach.

Like I said, it’s an adventure. Read all about it:

http://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/archives/the_best_and_worst_identities_of_2009.php

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[logo] 10 Best and 10 Worst Identity Redesigns of 2009

Posted in design, logo design on December 22, 2009 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2280.From Brand New, the 10 Best (and 10 Worst) ID Redesigns of 2009. They take in a wide swath. This’ll have spoilers, but you’ll definitely want to surf to the article to read the comments, especially considering the Best of the Best of.

The worst have principled objections. They include the Yale Press redesign which wasn’t bad but laments the departure of yet one more Paul Rand logo from the commercial landscape: The Hilton redesign, which rethinks the H but opens up a travel-size can of authentic Photoshop-style bevel’n’emboss, giving it an unexpected design school touch, and the biggest of the worst, the not-very-much-lauded Bing logo, which has caused much mockery from both design geeks and typogrphy geeks alike.

The best? The AOL redesign. While Brand New tries to see the appeal to the zeitgeist that the AOL logo tries to reach for, the commenters seem to want to know what the blogger was on when he rated that one high, lamenting the departure from actual logo “design” that seems inherent in such a “nail-jelly-to-the-wall” approach.

Like I said, it’s an adventure. Read all about it:

http://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/archives/the_best_and_worst_identities_of_2009.php

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[bloggage] An Award?

Posted in bloggage on December 22, 2009 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2279.Not (despite my best efforts) being one of the most highly-trafficked blogs out there means that when someone give me a pat on the back, it means quite a lot, even if it’s kind of an unexpected one.

About two days ago, I received a nod from a web resource I’d never heard of before, called Home Office Furniture Depot, http://homefurnituredepot.net, bestowing a generic “Blog Award” for, apparently, being interesting.

See, I told you all! I’m interesting!

Anyway, they apparently stumbled on my blog on the way to somewheres else, and I like it when anyone says that my stuff is worth a little wastage of time.  So, thanks, Home Office Furniture Depot. Much obliged.

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