Archive for December, 2011

[type] LOL: You’re Doing It Wrong.

Posted in Info Design FAIL, LOLanything, type design, type humor on December 30, 2011 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2738.This photo (found at the URL demonstrates exactly what what can happen in the modern world when simplification goes just a bit too far:

If it weren’t for the Internet, this would be a totally-clever way of depicting a drowning man reaching for air … which it is.

Totally clever, I mean.

But with the Internet culture we all find ourselves immersed in (designers perhaps a little more than most), I defy you, depending on your age cohort, to see this as anything more than a procedure to laugh out loud, then call 911.

Pays to be cognizant of these things.


[art] Paper Zone Stores To Close

Posted in Advance Cascadia Fair, art materials, art supply retailers, Buy Local, liff in PDX, liff in the PNW on December 30, 2011 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2737.It’s with a heavy heart that we mark this passage, and deem it Not A Good Christmas Gift At All:

As you may have heard, we will be closing all of our Paper Zone locations. After receiving an overwhelming outpour of concern, we felt compelled to further explain our unfortunate situation. Paper Zone is a company with 20 year roots in the Northwest. We are based in Seattle, operating eight retail locations throughout Oregon and Washington. However, due to the current economic downturn, we have experienced three years of sales declines between 6%-8% annually. As a small local retailer we were unable to sustain these losses.

The economy eats another one, and it is a local business, at least local to the PNW, to Cascadia. We’ve enjoyed many a nice moment at the Paper Zone, they’ve always had good service and good selection. And local, like the other art-based businesses we prefer: I’ve Been Framed and Muse Art and Design.

Now, as far as I know, IBF and Muse aren’t in danger of going away, but if you want them to continue, you’ll continue to patronize them. Local people spending money locally, providing great local value (there’s a whole lot at Muse and IBF that wont’ break your bank, trust me here).

I’m not trying to lecture you guys … I know money’s incredible-tight, and like me, if you can spend some, you do. I think this should make everyone aware of what happens when local businesses don’t get the support they need.

They go away.

In the meantime, thanks for the memories, Paper Zone. It’s been a good run. Shame it had to end.

If you want to, you can read the entire announcement at the Paper Zone’s blog here, as long as it remains up.

[liff] Peach On Earth, Goodwill Stores To All Men

Posted in photoshoppery, teh_funnay on December 28, 2011 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2736.Hey, these jokes aren’t so easy to write, yaknow.

The original title of this post was to be Seasonings Greetings.

Thank you. I’ll be here for the forseeable future. Tip your veal, try the waitress.

[pdx_liff] So Long, Just Out (1983-2011)

Posted in liff in PDX, Print, Print Media on December 26, 2011 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2735.Sad news for print publishing in the Portland area as Just Out, the alt-paper serving the LGBT community since 1983 has just now announced it has published its last.

It was a paper that could be enjoyed regardless of sexual orientation, however. It introduced my comic-readin’ self to Dykes To Watch Out For, by the still-incredibly-underrated Alison Bechdel, whose soulful storytelling and rich-yet-simple style, reminiscent to me of ligne claire, told real, authentic human stories.

I suspect that the hole the loss of this media leaves in some lives will be larger than this, however.

[liff] Merry Trololo Christmas, From Mr Trololo Himself

Posted in Uncategorized on December 26, 2011 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2734.Back earlier this year, when Edward Hill, the ‘Trololo’ Guy, a/k/a the Russian Rickroll went viral, most people didn’t know what to make of it.

Turned out he was just this happy Russian singer who was beloved by his country and his fans both during the days of Soviet rule as well as the present day. And, at age 77, he’s still kickin’ it, old-school Trololo-style, and still as happy and joyous as ever.

Merry-what-ever-you-call-it. Enjoy.

H/T to fellow Ellisonian John E. Williams. Thanks, guy!

[net_liff] Some Facebook Cover Images If You Don’t Have One Yet

Posted in Facebook, net_liff on December 20, 2011 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2733.I enjoy the new Facebook Timeline. Visually, it’s a winner, being much more visually engaging than the old profile views. And the banner – the ‘cover image’ – across the top can make it all hum, in a visual sense.

You may not have any idea what you’d want to have as a banner. Well, Bart Grootveld is showing off 25 of them that he considers sexy, views such as this:

They’re all sized to fit the new cover photo banner area, so there shouldn’t be any cutoff.
There are a few that I don’t consider sexy; there’s realistically-shaded versions of favorite image-macro memery such as the Y U No Guy, the Forever Alone Guy, and the Me Gusta Guy. Actually, I find them kinda disturbing. But someone might like ’em.
They’re all here: Yeah, there’re 25 of them.

[type] Pilcrow, Ampersand, Section Mark and Hedera, LLC

Posted in type, type design, typography on December 20, 2011 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2732.The four marks alluded to in the title are more popularly known as “The Paragraph Sign”; “The And Sign”, “That Funny Double-S”, and “The Fleuron”.

The article at Retinart, “Marks Unknown”, (, should smart you up a little … or at least get you to appreciate them.