Friday, January 28, 2011

Typography, not in the curriculum?

Was surfing Core 77 today and could not help but to notice this banner ad for Academy of Art University. I'm going to take a complete shot in the dark here and guess that typography does not appear in the curriculum?

Way to go!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Escape From Camden

I read tonight that Camden New Jersey will be laying off 40% of their emergency service personal, a good portion being police. Camden, if you do not know, is already one of this nations highest crime and most impoverished cities and right across the river from the place I call home. I can only imagine this decision will make it a North American Leader for such categories.

So I did what most creative people do when they read something disturbing, I made a little social commentary poster about it, enjoy.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

A few weekend things...

First off, something I doubt anyone will actually care about but what is apparently a problem for some. After over 5 years of ownership I decided it was time to do a reinstall of the OS on my laptop. Before this turns into a flame-fest from mac owners, how about you spend your negative energy sending Steve Jobs "Get Well" cards. I have a Dell XPS m1530, It's a very fast dual core system to which I am very happy with. Shortly after reinstalling I discovered that my wonderful laptop lacked any computer / network card love. After some online investigation I learned that Dell in their infinite knowledge forgot to include the correct drivers for the network card on the back-up disks. For some reason many people have had a really hard time finding out where to download them so I'm posting a link.
+ Dell XPS m1530 network card drivers

Secondly I watched a wonderful video campaign for the upcoming EA game Dead Space 2, part of their "Your Mom Hates Dead Space 2" campaign. I have to admit after playing the demo I had thought it a little too stressful to play, ha yes I realize how that sounds it's also the reason I could not make it through Battlestar Galactica. But after seeing this campaign I think they have earned themselves a purchase.

Oh and finally congratulations to Natalie Portman on her Golden Globe win for Black Swan. I thought Black Swan should of won best motion picture but because facebook seems to dominate everyones lives I guess they figured why not the Golden Globes as well.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Remember when Fex-Ex was the best?

What is this magical package, why it's my CS5 stuck in some lazy Fex-Ex drivers truck. That is if it even made it on the truck. Claiming that Philadelphia's historic Wanamaker building is closed at 9:03 on a Friday morning really isn't the best story to come up with if your not going to deliver it. I think I would of gone with, "my dog ate your package". At least there is some plausible deniability with that one.

I called Fed-Ex and explained to them how this is actually not possible and if you have decided that today is just going to be to difficult to deliver the package just tell me rather then making things up. They have assured me that they have gotten a message to the driver to try again. I'm sure sometime between his pot break(s) and his Dunkin Donuts marathon there may be a glimmer that the package is still in the truck and will make it here.

Fed-Ex, so far have you fallen. I sent Adobe a email suggesting that they switch their preferred shipping agent to UPS. You may be able to claim faster on paper but when you factor in the reliability problems why bother claiming anything?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Icons in Modern Living

While I am certain I'm a little behind on such modern appliance design I was tickled to see a fun little icon for the popcorn setting on our new microwave. How cute, I actually hate popcorn but that fact does little to detract from its cuteness.

Friday, January 07, 2011

From the offices of the M.C.P.

So like many others I got a chance to see Tron Legacy and I must say that I am a huge fan of the original movie and could regale you with tons of crazy facts about the original. But lets stay on topic.

Prior to seeing the actual movie whenever I would see a trailer for it I felt as though I were 10 years old again, and lets not even start to talk about when those same trailers were released in 3-D. I began to become convinced that when I finally did get to see Tron Legacy the theater would be asking me to leave due to my squeals of pure joy and excitement. Alas the story of the movie left a bit to be desired however the visuals were pretty solid and the light-bike scene alone was full worth the ticket price.

On an unrelated but soon to be related note, along that same time I was turned onto the blog Letter Heady. Self described as:
Letterheady is an online homage to offline correspondence; specifically letters. However, here at Letterheady we don't care about the letter's content. Just its design.” 
This got me thinking, “wouldn't it be fun if the M.C.P. from the original movie had letterhead?”. It sure would!

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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Found Packaging

Molino e Pastificio

First let me apologize for the image quality, I only had my Android with me.

This fantastic packaging was found in Di Bruno Brothers located in Philadelphia's historic Italian Market. So minimal and such a fresh approach to a color story for what would historically be bathed in earth tones or patriotic Italian banner colors. And with a complete lack of what is usually narrative imagery drawing the user back into a picturesque historic view of a simpler time period on a farm. Unfortunately I could not find much online about the pasta's manufacture or person(s) responsible for the design. If anyone knows please feel free to leave a comment.