Saturday, October 31, 2009

Latchkey Orphans & Zombies

(from Ads of the World)

On Ads of the World where I found this gem. A "guest" gave this description, "jaded suburban kids totally over the whole zombie thing". Ads for movie festivals like ads for zoos are some of the few types of "local" ads that have to have high production values. Car ads can be cool but ads for car dealers are strictly banal and formulaic. Movie festivals also have the burden of selling the "movie experience".

Update 37/10/09
Unfortunately "this video has been removed by user."

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Supposedly Authentic Nixon Campaign Poster

Halo Ad as Short Film

I have tried some of the earlier versions Halo a couple of times. It never really appealed to me for a number of reasons. When I play a game I want to kill humans, not robots or aliens. It doesn't meaningful without dead humans. I used to play a FPS that was created by the US army. In that game whatever side you were on, red or blue, looked to you as US Army the other side was the always the other. The other problem I had with my small taste of Halo in the past was the "console controls". On of the problems of playing a FPS is that you never see yourself, console games shift the camera around so that sometimes your viewpoint, "camera", was over the shoulder of game character you are controlling and sometimes the camera was looking at your character. This ad makes me rethink my opinion of Halo and related games.

The only other version of this ad I have seen is a scant 30 seconds cut down from the full length of this ad which is 2 ½". When I watch TV on TV, especially late night, one has to suffer through ad blocks that are exactly the same. The ad blocks are usually made up of 5 30 second ads. Advertisers need not endlessly repeat ads. It leads to people, me, hating, despising and ultimately avoiding any product whose identical ad I see 10 or more times in any 3 hour period.

30th Anniversary of the Movie Alien

Ultraviolent Music Theatre

Accountants Need Complicated Tax Policies

Monday, October 26, 2009

The name's Smith, Ian Smith

He led the last competent Rhodesian government. As Barry Goldwater said: "I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!"

Demotivational Posters

I have always found motivation posters to be something more than a little creepy. It is a sign that relentless Stakhanovite drive to be better, more productive employees of the great collective aren't merely found in repressive tyrannies but also in the "free world". Eventually many people are often overexposed to such propaganda and develop a resistence to it. The Demotivational Poster was born from the same impulse that makes uses deface the images of the rich and powerful.

At there is a thread devoted to Demotivational Posters with 1,750 posts and hundreds of posters. Here is a Demotivational Poster poster creator that at, not the happiest place online.

Nazi Propaganda

Two years ago I came across a online archive of Chicom propaganda posters. Now I have come across an archive of Nazi and German Commie propaganda. Besides the usual posters there are also some rare items like propaganda leaflets, non-political art by war artists, cartoons about Churchill and other interesting stuff.

Blood Sucking Monsters and Vampires

(by John Cole of the Scranton Times Tribune)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Angry Graphic Designers

Graphic designers have a job/profession/calling that looks easy from the outside. Computer technology has made what was once time consuming, difficult and complicated easy. Earlier graphic techniques and technology was as difficult to use as to use well.

Here are some more angry videos on the tortured relationship between graphic designers and clients. The following all have extremely rude and offensive language. But that is the charm.

Graphic Designer vs Client

Graphic Designer vs Client The sequel

Web Design Project Manager vs Client

Graphic Designer vs Account Manager (Sales Rep)