Your regular dose of Dilbert has now been polluted. Perhaps I’m prejudiced about the new look site. Maybe you actually like Flash(tm)? Maybe you’d prefer to see Dilbert simple and uncluttered. Yes? No? You’re the consumer. You decide.
Meanwhile – A novelty on the new site is Animated Dilbert. (s’funny, I always saw him as if he were animated).
( Via The Daily Irrelevant)
One of the most popular posts (so far) on this blog is a piece I wroted and quoted about the Fedex Logo and its designer, Lindon Leader, way back in early September 2006.
Looking at my blog’s stats, I notice that over 16,000 people have stopped by to have a look at that one article from about eighteen months ago. (I should make those thumbnails bigger – they look so miserly.)
A picture might be in order here: Click this little fellah!
Lindon Leader’s use of negative space was deliberate and very subtle. Now the design group FHD, which mysteriously stands for Fishburn Hedges Group, who’ve proposed a new logo for the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) have found that their design concept contained some positive space that turned out to have a very negative effect.
As The Register reports:
London design outfit FHD proudly announced it would be rebranding the UK’s Office of Government Commerce (OGC) – the HM Treasury tentacle “responsible for improving value for money by driving up standards and capability in procurement”.
FHD’s MD Adrian Day trumpeted to the sound of whalesong: “We are seeing growing demand from clients for consultancy support that spans branding, strategic and stakeholder communications, and this brief from OGC and OGCbuying solutions is a perfect example of the need for a more integrated, informed approach to branding. We have worked on a number of successful corporate branding projects in the past few months and this project is an exciting new win for the business.”
(Where on Earth do these suits go to learn such high octane waffle? And did you notice the brazen way he slipped the word ‘Solutions’ in there?)
Anyway, this is what they came up with: –
Now just tilt your head over onto your left shoulder and stare at that logo for about ten seconds.
The man in the suit said:
“The OGC is currently overhauling the design of its corporate materials following a new strategy and forward direction. As part of this, the OGC has been developing a new visual identity, one aspect of which is a new logo.
“The proposed version, which you have sent over, has been shared with staff, and is now going through final technical stages. It is true that it caused a few titters among some staff when viewed on its side, but on consideration we concluded that the effect was generic to the particular combination of the letters ‘OGC’ – and is not inappropriate to an organisation that’s looking to have a firm grip on government spend!”
In the meantime, the Office of Government Commerce will have to keep using its previous and deeply uncontroversial logotype:
Dutch artist Teun Hocks doesn’t cut corners. His striking images are carefully created using brushes and camera. No digital montage tricks: Hocks hand paints backdrops on which he then photographs himself in bizarre poses. His work exhibits a delightful sense of silliness. (Click to make bigger).
His work has a whiff of Réné Magritte, but with a delicious dollop of whimsy…
Link to his website, and a link to a recent interview on the publication of his book, ‘Teun Hocks’, published by Aperture.
The video is a big (150Mb Quicktime) download, but it is one of the most quirky promos you will have seen for a long time, so kick aside a little space on your hard drive and enjoy this.
The promo was created by Encyclopedia Pictura (Lots of annoying Flash and pop-ups) and produced by Ghost Robots.
The only thing that is real in the whole show is Bjork’s face, hands and feet.
In the next week or so there will be a 3D version of the video. A truly mind boggling concept.
My personal favourite in this video is the D-I-Y rivergod that looks as if he’s been cobbled together from images found in a Taschen coffee table book. The alpenhorns at the beginning are well worth the download. Just turn your speakers up good and loud! Number 11!
Continuing a series about Art Directors in the British film industry up to 1948, when the book containing these articles was published.
This chapter deals with Vincent Korda. (1897 – 1979)
(Korda was responsible for the art direction of many UK made films, as well as international productions, and among his many credits are The Four Feathers, The Thief of Bagdad, The Third Man, The Longest Day, and The Yellow Rolls-Royce.)
Vincent Korda has always been in the enviable position of being able to build lavishly, but his ideas have also been on a scale worthy of lavish treatment.
Don Juan. Dry point. London Films, 1934
This was to be Douglas Fairbanks’ last film performance.
Marius, Watercolour 1931
Directed by Korda’s brother Alexander and Marcel Pagnol.
The Shape Of Things To Come. Pen and wash. London Films 1936
I, Claudius Pen and watercolour. An unfinished film by London Films. 1937
The Four Feathers. Conté and Gouache. London Films 1939 (Directed by Vincent’s brother, Zoltan)
The Lost Illusion AKA The Fallen Idol. Pen and wash. London Films 1948
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One of the most bizarre benefits of having a googlemail account is that all my e-mail spam is in Hebrew.
(Click the thumbnail pictures to enlarge them, please) (Fnarr Fnarr)
I have no idea why this might be, and if anybody can explain it to me, I’d be delighted to hear the reason for it.
At first sight, the immediate benefit is that I don’t get any goy spam. On one hand this is a good thing, because I haven’t a clue as to what any of it might mean, so I can happily follow Google’s advice to “Delete Forever” the weekly accumulation of spam cruft. On the other hand though, I feel I might be missing out on something.
I want to know if this Jewish variety is more alluring than the regular flavour of spam. I mean it’s lovely to start most normal days knowing that you are only two clicks away from a college degree, you’ve also won fabulous riches in a lottery that you have no recollection of having entered, and there are several deposed dictators just gasping to share lurid amounts of money with you and their widows / executors as well as magically swelling your mighty organ with many inches of newfound manhood that will have the ladies sobbing and gasping with desire. But what’s on offer from the Hebrew speaking spammers? Are they offering even more (circumcised?) inches to my manhood than the regular deal? Even richer Nigerian widows? Can anyone tell me?
More seriously, there’s one rather fundamental question that just will not go away: What are Hebrew speakers doing associating themselves with something so screamingly non-kosher as SPAM??? – (Warning: Unwarranted music and Surrealism ahead.)
The top of the googlemail spam page has a keyword related link, of course, and it’s always related to SPAM, the famous canned quasi meat. Today’s suggestion was for “SPAM SKILLET CASSEROLE”
Just feast your eyes on this recipe:-
I love the casual way the writer casually calculates the preparation time as 0:00! Very precise, that!
Which aspect of spam cheers you up and makes you feel good, rather than irritated? Would it be less annoying in Balinese?
And when was the last time you ate the famous tinned, er, meat? Scout camp? Guide Camp? Last weekend, recovering from a hangover?
Bon appetit, already!
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Senator Barack Obama painted for The Chicago Magazine – October 2007
Senator Hillary Clinton, for The Weekly Standard
A self promotion piece. The expression on Bush’s face is perfect.
As well as his published illustration, Jason also works as an online tutor at Schoolism.com
You don’t have to be a student there to look at this painting video he released recently.
Click here for the YouTube link.
My personal favourite has to be his picture of Napoleon Dynamite, painted for The Wittenburg Door in July 2006.
Against my first instincts, I have become rather fond of Napoleon Dynamite. Perhaps because of my daughter’s uncannily accurate impersonations of him… “Go-o-osh!”
Jason has a blog as well as his website.
The forthright and wildly eccentric musings on food and its preparation written by an RAF bomber pilot who returned from prison camp after WW2 to his bleak homeland where rationing and a long tradition of terrible cuisine frustrated his yearning for a decent meal.
Leslie Phillips reads from WMW Fowler’s definitive cookery manual for men. First sold 40 years ago by Willie Fowler in his local pub and recently rediscovered in a charity shop, these joyfully wicked musings retain a surprising relevance today. Abridged by Neil Cargill.
BBC Radio 4
First clip: The introduction.
Second clip: How to cook a cormorant.
Tilt is a new topical comedy programme fom BBC Radio 7, and one of its first episodes deals with the question: Why does the government need to issue ID cards when we have Facebook?
This short sketch is called “StateBook”.
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Artists Ron English and Adam Neate will share more than their ideology in an upcoming two man show at the Elms Lesters Painting Rooms (London) in May.
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Press it. You know you want to….
(Thanks Damien, Thanks Edward.)
The two images above are the work of the American Ron English, and they neatly encapsulate his intellectual approach to his art, wherein every cultural icon is up for grabs and ripe for reinterpretation.
Have a look at this excerpt from “POPaganda: The Art and Subversion of Ron English”. He’s working in a thoroughly post modern arena whose early pioneers were Hippies, Yippies and Adbusters.
Adam Neate’s label is “Street artist” which might help to justify the alignment of these two artists in the same exhibition, and they found they shared common ground when Neate wrote a gushing fan letter to English.
Neate first came to public attention by leaving thousand(s?) of his paintings on the streets (and the pavements too, presumably) of London, for people to take, or leave, at will.
These links will give you a flavour of his work.