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Victore: Open 23 Hours

One of my favorite designers/illustrators has finally put up his work on the web for everybody to enjoy. James Victore takes crap from no one (maybe he does I don’t know) telling it like he sees it with powerful imagery that always manages to get a message across. Even if that means pissing off some people along the way. Politically correct? I would say no. Truthful? Always.

And as an added, commercial, bonus you can buy some of his posters.

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PUBLISHED ON Nov.14.2002 BY Armin
arturo’s comment is:

Victore�s work is always great and meaningful, but... this book metaphor, and the way it�s implemented mmmmm I don�t know... a.

On Nov.14.2002 at 03:33 PM
Armin’s comment is:

>this book metaphor, and the way it�s implemented mmmmm I don�t know... a.

Not that this makes it ok, because it really doesn't, but his off-line portfolio is a book and in the cover it says "WORK". So that's where that whole thing comes from. But you are right, the transition to web is too literal. Then again, Victore is not at the forefront of Web Design : )

On Nov.14.2002 at 03:42 PM
Jon’s comment is:

He did the website for Portfolio Center (along with Sapient) and that has never impressed me. His other materials (catalog, etc.) rock.

On Nov.14.2002 at 04:00 PM
Darrel’s comment is:

Yea...he does great poster work, but both of those sites are truly unusable.

On Nov.14.2002 at 05:06 PM
Don Clark’s comment is:

There is no getting around this guy is a great designer. I love his work. The fact that his site sucks is kind of refreshing :)

On Nov.14.2002 at 07:53 PM
Jose Luis’s comment is:

love the work...

fail to see how you get to a 5 meg load

On Nov.15.2002 at 03:52 AM
Jamie Sheehan’s comment is:

It doesn't get any better than James' work. I am a huge proponent of the less-is-more school of design. Most anything he has done could be on a billboard and be noticed in that 2 second window of opportunity. I, for one, would love to know where he find the clients with the balls to let him do what he does. He really is an anomally in the field of design.

On Nov.19.2002 at 11:18 AM
armin’s comment is:

>He did the website for Portfolio Center (along with Sapient) and that has never impressed me.

I just thought this needed to be cleared. I don't want to leave stuff like this with the wrong facts. James had nothing to do with the site. It was all Sapient.

That's a long time for a comeback, isn't it?

On Mar.11.2003 at 09:35 AM
Jon’s comment is:

>It was all Sapient.

Ok, then they can get 100% of the blame. ;-)

Thanks for the correction. I thought maybe he had done the home page illustration, but I guess the Sapient folk can answer to that as well!


On Mar.11.2003 at 04:00 PM
armin’s comment is:

According to James, he had nothing to do with it.

I just visited PC's site (hadn't been there in a while) and what a pain it is to navigate. Sapient probably thought they could get away with it because they were hot stuff back then. I can imagine a focus group:

Southerner User: "Ma'am I can't circumnavigate this site here"

Sapient employee (whispering to colleague): "What does he know? He should be thanking us for letting him experience a Sapient site."

Fine, I'll stop now with my bad role play and get back to work.

On Mar.11.2003 at 04:08 PM
Jon’s comment is:

>According to James

Hmm...do I sense another Speak Up interview appearing in the near future?

On Mar.11.2003 at 05:37 PM
armin’s comment is:

Only time will tell Jon. Only time.

On Mar.11.2003 at 06:21 PM