Friday, October 29, 2010

twelve creepy cats

My cat, CK Dexter Haven, recently got a case of fleas which I'm certain he got from my contact with the neighborhood cat that I can't help but feed. Regardless, I had to take care of the situation, he was miserable. I purchased the Advantage brand flea medicine on Amazon (which worked great by the way) but was startled to see the cat on the cover. Having noticed that bizarre cat, I started looking around for others. Low and behold, there seems to be a small industry of weird cat pictures. I've ranked them from 12 to 1 - enjoy!

Certainly not the worst thing you've seen, but the illustration reminds me vaguely of myself and the cat not only looks large but sinister.

Oh illustrated cats, you never cease to be creepy. He has a little bit of Looney Tunes going on here, the way that he is coming out of that circle like Porky Pig does at the end of the shorts. But that bell? Probably too big, might make that cat fall over.

Mmm, your fluffball is gonna love all that gravy. He also seems a little sinister too. I don't like fluffball cats...

...nor do I like fluffball dreamy kitty either. He just fades into the box and everything has a distinct glow to it.

This one, I don't know what's wrong with it. All I know is that it's wrong. Maybe it's that he seems like he's a skinny kitty in a fat kitty suit.


Normal, except for that paw up like he's saying, "hey buddy, I'm adorable and photoshopped to be more so, please put food in my face"


Why hello Meow Mix! That is just creepy all around: the tail twitch, tongue out and made of letters. I feel weird about this.

Here begins the series of paws up and mouths open. I've never seen CK do this and he enjoys his food IMMENSELY.

This beats number five for a few reasons, particularly the illustration, the scenery and I can't quite tell what the cat is making that dumb face for.

MEOW! Why is the cat's mouth open on the packaging for nail covers? It reminds me of magazines from 90s, I can almost see a young Justin Timberlake making this face from the cover of my Tiger Beat.

This particular product features quite the trifecta: illustrated kitty with a mouth open and tongue out, paws up in the air and the background is the best yet. Dare you ask, is that Mt Rushmore, with the presidents replaced by a cow, turkey and chicken? Yes, yes it is. Is that cat cooking chicken on an open fire pit? Oh definitely. Is the tent in the background his? Well maybe, but either way that domesticated kitty is out camping.

This little number is the reason I started looking at cat pieces in the first place. I think we can all agree this cat's name is Colonel Gravy and he sails on the S.S. Butter n' Bacon. The cat basically has rolls and seems as though he's stuffed. I almost want this cat to have fleas.

Comments? More pictures? Names for the other cats? Do tell!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

my blogging conundrum

I was driving home from work this week and I was thinking about these blogs - specifically how I have a general aversion to them and that I didn't seem to be alone in that sentiment. I completely understand that there are worthwhile things to read and see out in InternetLand but I found that I don't think it really matters one way or another if I see them, most stuff is forgettable to me I guess. I eventually concluded that I have a two part reason for my reticence: apathy toward media generally and finding worthwhile media.

1. General aversion to media. This will most definitely seem snobbish but it's part of my reason so I'll say it anyway. I avoid an awful lot of media that I assume I will dislike. I don't watch TV, save for some very specific shows and football. I definitely don't sit down and just flip through the stations - I don't have cable so it wouldn't be much fun anyway. I don't listen to the radio; I listen to indie rock so the radio doesn't have much for me and I haven't found a suitable 60s-70s-80s station in Baltimore. I take peoples' suggestions for reading material. I don't watch random movies often, though I have more since I've started dating again.

All of this serves to outline the basic fact - I don't ingest random media. I never go out of my way to find something, I mostly think it doesn't matter, my life is just as rich without it. I do read a few sites daily (The A.V. Club, NY Times, NPR and some blogs of funny things I enjoy) but that's it. So unless things come on recommendation, I'm not going to hear of it.

2. Finding actual experts - not random people who know as little as I do. Part of my discomfort with keeping a blog stems from knowing I am in no way an expert in anything. I don't want to read random opinions on things, I want to know the person is knowledgeable about the subject. And figuring out who is a leader in certain fields would require research I just haven't done yet.

 So if anyone read all that and has some suggestions for me or thinks I need to lighten up and go adventuring in InternetLand, please let me know!

Monday, October 25, 2010

words i like

Our show n' tell this week had us compiling lists of our favorite words and discussing them as a class. Normally, this would have been an easy task but last week was a rough one for me and I was having a difficult time remembering words I liked. Fortunately, everyone else remembered all the words I couldn't - thanks! But here's the list I came up with:


All of those words are sound-based, I like words for their meaning as well but it's hard to remember those out of context. Hopefully I can add to this list in the future, as I run across those meaning-based words!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

i believe in advertising

This website has a pretty nice collection of advertisements from around the world. Seemingly, this person is collecting the best in show, so it might make a nice site to check for interesting international ads. It's also nice that they tell you the agency involved so maybe you'll notice the agencies that produce your favorite ideas. I probably found the following advertisement from Turkey a little too amusing but I didn't know doctors would advertise their circumcision practice like this. Nice!

Also, here's the link to the website I where I found this: I Believe in Adverstising

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

how to use the apostrophe

As a class, we genuinely like to talk about poor grammar. Generally, I like to point out poor grammar to anyone within earshot, it's very hard to resist that temptation. For me, misplaced apostrophes or other mistakes along those lines bother me to a point that I am completely unable to see the message of the text anymore, all I can see is the glaring error. I'll take pictures of signage and text them to people, needing to share the stupidity/lack of knowledge with others. That's where this handy chart comes in (from The Oatmeal)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

call to action

For this week, the show n' tell is a call to action advertisement. The ad below for Bed Bath and Beyond, entices the reader to cut the coupon out of the ad and use it in their store. Below the coupon explains that you can get more savings if you sign up on the website, thus driving people to log on and give their information for discounts. call to action, yay.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

baltimore print studios grand opening

Baltimore Print Studios (on North Avenue, next to The Wind Up Space) is having their grand opening event on Sunday (tomorrow). It's going to be a great place to learn more about actual printing and get in contact with other like-minded individuals. If you'll be around, it's definitely worth checking out, the shop looks amazing! And of course, their blog should be very interesting/helpful/fun so maybe worth keeping tabs on. So, the link is below, enjoy!

P.S. Love the poster for the event!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

gap logo change, or how can i wring this topic dry

I, like apparently all people, wasn't a huge fan of Gap's logo change. I think it feels too corporate and boring. Not that their previous logo was the best logo ever, just that why bother changing it? Unless you come up with something better, maybe you should just stick with what you have? I found several new blogs, as many people I know sent me links to things they read discussing this change, so it's not all bad. Also, it was fun to see just how many people would send me info about the change, knowing I'd be all over judging it. Anywho, I enjoyed some of the following comments on it:

Gap Logo Change - NY Daily News
A slightly more even-handed approach to analyzing it. Like the type evaluation...

 This is on the blog "Your logo makes me want to barf" - and definitely has some that would fit into that category.

The highlight on this blog? A conversation between the new and old logo:
Old Gap logo: Hey do I know you from somewhere?
New logo: I don't think so, but I'm a really big fan of your work.
Old: thanks...Man I could swear you look so familiar. Did I see you in American Apparel the other day?
New: No, that store is too trendy for me and there is something about half naked tweens that makes me feel like a pedophile
Old: I hate to be rude, but you should really go get that thing on your p checked looks infected
New: Oh, actually its part of my style.
Old: Is it a reference to Lady Gaga or something?
New: No, actually its a reference to you
Old: Wow, I'm flattered, but it looks a little Windows 95
New: oh...should I do something different?
Old: I don't know, its your style. I just think if Milton Glaser saw that you left the house wearing that on your head he would have marched you back up to your bedroom and made you change. Its just not that flattering...especially with your build.
New: wow, ok. I guess my board of investors was right you are a stuck up bitch
Old: well at least I'm not trying to be something that I am not. Who said you could wear a sans serif anyway?
New: Whatever, I'm going to go hang out with my real friend.....Pepsi

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

personality test

As a rule, I enjoy charts of all kinda, particularly ones that make me laugh but really any will do. I really enjoy the illustrations and layout for this but there's something missing for me as well. Unfortunately, it is much too early in the day for me to figure out what that may be. Any ideas? Below the picture I attached the link for the site it came from, in case anyone else out there find charts as fun as I do.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Show and tell this week centered around finding an advertising campaign. My Real Simple magazines are full of ads from the same campaigns so it wasn't too difficult to find additional advertisements for the Buitoni ads I had in September. They seem to use the same ad for their frozen food items and their refrigerated products. The text changes but the same layout is present throughout, giving it a consistent look and feel. They aren't the worst things I've ever seen, what do you think?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

dutch political advertisements

On the Fontshop site, I found a little article analyzing Dutch political advertisements for their upcoming elections. The analysis provided was pretty interesting, as this person looked at the typefaces chosen and what motivations the candidates may have for using a particular typeface as well as the design and layout as a whole. Also, fun to see how advertising works outside of the U.S.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

what type are you?

I tend to like everything that design firm Pentagram does. That includes everything about their quiz to discover what typeface you are. It has a well-shot video and good questions that lead to a typeface assignment. I usually like anything typeface related though, so take these gushing opinions with that in mind. The link to the quiz is below, along with the link to their regular site for your perusal.  Let me know what typeface you are, and what you think about their design! I'm Archer Hairline by the way, the description seemed pretty accurate.

Monday, October 4, 2010


This advertisement is a pretty nice example of a conceptual design. It suggests that Valspar paint is able to produce any colors that are found in the world. There are also several other advertisements in this campaign, showing a block of color pulled from nature settings - Jolie's blog will likely have those up since she brought them in as well. Overall, it's a very convincing concept that works well for the brand.