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Quipsologies
~ Vol. 70 ~

The quip King(sley) is back in this extra sunny edition of Quipsologies.

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~ BRYONY ~

Do you have a hard time tracking the contents of your fridge? Knowing when items expire/d? Fret no more my friend, timestrips are here to save the day (or not). You decide.

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~ ARMIN VIT ~

Rushton Phillips’ Egos and Icons: “Celebrity first names with icons that are or could be synonymous with a scandalous incident that occurred during their fame.” [Yanked from our sis]

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“Any handling or distribution of food is not the job of the backseat driver. This falls under the duties of shotgun.” Crispin Porter + Bogusky’s Backseat Driver’s Manual for VW, scanned in full by Brent.

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Putting clip art to good use. [Via]

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The WebTwoPointOhification of classic logos. Kinda scary that all these people are so good at this style.

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“I was cool before this thing happened. It didn’t make me cool.” The business of selling T-shirts to hip America.

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English of India.

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Back in the 80s you submitted superheros to morning cereal contests. In 2006 you submit yourself, a superhero, to a reality TV contest. My, how the times have changed.

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Everybody loves Chocolate. And nothing says chocolate like really high ascenders. Check out that t.

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CC Top: Coca-Cola tops this year’s Top 100 World Brands as determined by Interbrand.

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How to make your videos in slow motion.

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Are you done designing Janet Jackson’s CD cover? Good, now go on and design the cover for the 36th edition of the Creativity annual. “The recognition you will receive for designing the Creativity 36 cover is immeasurable”. You can’t beat immeasurable recognition, can you?

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Why in the world did I not know about YTMND.com? Watch Experience the original: You are the Man Now Dog!

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~ M. KINGSLEY ~

While there’s a lot of lofty discussion about Why on Speak Up, as well as all the other design sites, there’s rarely any mention of How. Currently, I’ve been reading the blogs of various Adobe employees and, in that process, relearning everything that I thought I knew about color and color reproduction on the Mac. These people are thoughtful in their attitude towards the user and generous in their willingness to share — a generosity that stands in marked contrast to the support sections of, for example, Adobe or Epson’s legal/marketing department-approved sites.

Here are some of my favorites:

I’ve bemoaned the death of Adobe PressReady and once even had the chance to express this in person to Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen. One would often find mentions of their intent to incorporate elements of PressReady in the revamped Creative Suite, but the specifics were never really made clear. Imagine my joy upon discovering Adobe Senior Creative Director, Russell Brown’s collection of tips and techniques; specifically his methods for achieving the best color prints from Photoshop CS, Ilustrator CS, InDesign CS, and Acrobat.

Ex-Adobe Product Manager Mordy Golding unveils the secrets of the swatch dialogue box and why you may not need to save your files in EPS format.

Adobe’s Program Manager for fonts and core technologies Thomas Phinney (a fellow RIT alum) on Open Type ordinals.

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Every week for the past 13 years, I’ve tuned in to the greatest public access program on New York cable television (besides, of course, Robin Byrd and the talk show where everyone was naked) Media Funhouse. Host Ed Grant has extended his offerings to a blog of the show’s most outrageous or notorious highlights. My current favorite is this excerpt from the Maysles Brothers Meet Marlon Brando; a remnant from the era before repetitive sound bites.

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A new initiative from the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Culturesfrance, features a logo by designer Philippe Apeloig. Readers on the French design magazine Etapes blog have remarked how the word CUL (ass) seems to jump out at first glance.

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The British Design Council’s annual survey of 1,500 businesses has been compiled into this year’s Value of Design Factfinder.

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A is for abortion… B is for beaver… The politically incorrect alphabet

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C is for chorizo… D is for dates… E is for espresso… It’s only beluga or: 26 attempts to achieve happiness

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F is for film theory… Kim Jong-il on the art of cinema

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G is for G. Gordon Liddy, whose current design opus has been reprinted and is now available with the G-Man’s autograph: Stacked and Packed

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H is for the hermeneutics of Marmaduke.

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You may be relieved to know that while the sartorial excesses of tights and codpiece have long been disposed of in charity auctions or forgotten in some bottom drawer of my farmhouse home in Southwest England, what remains is a lifelong commitment to music as a profession. I feel much too young to hang up my hat, or my flute. And I expect I can find the codpiece on E-bay, if I really need it… Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson’s thoughts on copyright. To which, the fans respond.

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M is for the McDonaldsisation of art.

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N is for nipples, exposed and reconstructed… You may have heard about the contest to design Janet Jackson’s new album cover but have you heard about Laure Drogoul’s Nipple Project? (NSFW… here’s my favorite)

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Noted, from left to right: Philippe Halsman In Voluptate Mors, ca. 1951; Piotr Uklanski Untitled (Skull) 1999; poster for the Lionsgate release of Neil Marshall’s 2005 film The Descent [via]

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T is for thousand year old book found in Irish bog.

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Collected promotional brochures from the 1960s for the Citron 2cv.

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An online collection of amazing czech and slovak staged photographs.

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W is for Wynn… Connections drawn between The Mirage resort, Steve Wynn, his art collection (which includes Picasso’s Le Rêve), and the Wynn Las Vegas as a signed work of art. (In French)

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A fond farewell to the Village Voice column of my favorite music critic, Kyle Gann.

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Jan Chipchase is a researcher at Nokia’s User Experience Group who investigates user behavior across the globe: from Tokyo to Sao Paolo to the African bush. His Future Perfect is provocative, entertaining and definitely worth repeated visits.

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So my BFF over at Design Observer has linked to what he calls “a skeptic’s guide to Le Corbusier.” En ce moment, I’d like to join in and emphasize Corbu’s 1929 masterpiece, the Villa Savoye. My wife and I paid a visit during our last trip to Paris, and as we ascended the ramp to the solarium; we both found ourselves on the verge of tears — overcome with the manipulation of space and proportion. If you have the opportunity, you owe it to yourself to visit.

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~ JASON A. TSELENTIS ~

MTV is preparing to change itself, again.

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Stop the press! Can a joint venture with Yahoo save print ads?

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From Blogger to Time’s savior, Ana Maria Cox gets this chance of a lifetime.

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Microsoft could be preparing to upgrade your office—the one you work in, not the software. With this little bit of research, you can expect tech to meet environment.

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In more Microsoft news, the company looks poised to contribute to the way hardware looks for its Vista unveiling.

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If you need to revive your brand (the whole thing, not just the logo), then consider what Business Week has to say.

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PUBLISHED ON Jul.31.2006 BY The Speak Up Authors
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Comments
Héctor Muñoz’s comment is:

The best Citron brochure is the one from October 1963 with 32 pages.

The Czech and Slovak photos are notable as well.

On Jul.31.2006 at 04:27 PM
Mr. One-Hundred’s comment is:

Timestrips® are single-use, disposable,...

That is where I stopped reading.

On Jul.31.2006 at 07:23 PM
Brian Alter’s comment is:

I showed the Citroën link to a friend to which he responded: GO HONDA!

And some of those Citroën covers could almost be 60s Blue Note album covers.

On Aug.01.2006 at 01:54 AM
m. kingsley’s comment is:

> ...could almost be 60s Blue Note album covers.

But they can't because they don't use Reid Miles' classic "poor man's duotone" technique.

On Aug.01.2006 at 02:24 AM
JonSel’s comment is:

some of those Citroën covers

It's amazing to see the resourceful creativity of designers before zooming photography along a mountain road became de rigeur for auto brochures.

And just try telling me if you saw that sexy "2" (from the Sep '66 cover) in a bar, you wouldn't be making your move.

On Aug.01.2006 at 03:24 AM
Su’s comment is:

Was anybody else thoroughly unamused by the Web2.0 icon thing? Am I just humorless?

"You can't beat immeasurable recognition, can you?" reminds me of someone talking about comic book writing: "My power is beyond your comprehension!" sounds a lot better than "My power makes no sense!"

On Aug.01.2006 at 11:31 AM
Armin’s comment is:

I was quite amused by a small percentage of the web 2.0 logos. The majority were repetitive, but a few of them were really (potentially viable) scary.

On Aug.01.2006 at 11:35 AM
Caroline’s comment is:

Loved the links to the Illustrator blogs. Does anybody know any good Photoshop blogs?

On Aug.03.2006 at 07:40 AM
pnk’s comment is:

Jeeeeeezus! I love those Citroen brochures so much... I can't do any more work today, I'm just going to study those!

May of '65, baby. THAT one is the shit.

On Aug.03.2006 at 01:49 PM