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Posters 61 through 90 are open for critique.

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PUBLISHED ON Nov.24.2004 BY Armin
szkat’s comment is:

good morning everyone!!!

my comments.

#71 : possibly my absolute favorite. funny, amazing use of negative space, and obviously detailed typography. i felt it looked like a museum gallery opening announcement. i would print it because it's balanced, simple, and lovely (the curve of the collar!); i'd frame it because i relate to it. it's hilarious.

#90 : strong layout, but the type is boring the second i realize it's repeating itself. a quote like that isn't repetitive, and to repeat it seems gimmicky. but the reversed-out heart is nice. a very intimate silouhette.

#80 : not the colors i'd choose - esp. the red with the marroon - but the quote/picture combo make me want to start gasping so i can feel the poster more. it's strong and makes me want to put my ear on someone's chest. i think the question mark as headphones is a great twist. still struggling with the red choice, but other than that, it's in my top three.

well done!

On Nov.24.2004 at 11:25 AM
Jeff Gill’s comment is:

No. 70

has a feel of psychedelic nouveau revival meets sensible early 80s print advertising on a European poster from the late 1800s that was made in 2004 that totally works. Nice!


Do I sense a bit of RPCFS?

On Nov.25.2004 at 05:00 AM
Armin’s comment is:

No. 85 by Helen is another one of my favorites. The quote itself is quite amusing and the good ol' white guy with the lollipops just takes it to the next level. Plus he looks creepy in a pervert sort of way. The lollipop at the front in all white is a bit odd, it clamors too much attention. And there is something that could be bettered between "Sugar Daddy" and the guy, the interaction between elements is not "there yet". Perhaps deregistering the white to create a division between the hair and the type.

No. 71 by David is a great, minimalist poster. Very well achieved. It reminds me of that 80s music video… damn, I can't, for the life of me, remember the name of the song or the group. That one that was computer rendered and then the band members wore bandandas and wristbands that were fluorescent colors againts a black background. And the song had this badass riff… anyway, it reminded me of that.

No. 69 by Danielle is "interesting". The texture created by the kids is contagious — you want to have fun. And the quote is so ridiculously corny that it's good.

No. 77 by Erin is another one that I flagged as "interesting". I think it would be a great poster with a lot of impact. The type — even though the hand-rendered effort is a nice touch — may be too soft for the image.

On Nov.25.2004 at 09:33 AM
Gunnar Swanson’s comment is:

Did everyone burn out on the first ones or is it a collective tryptophan stupor from stuffing all that turkey?

Okay. I like 082. That guy just cracks me up.

On Nov.27.2004 at 07:46 PM
Armin’s comment is:

> Okay. I like 082. That guy just cracks me up.

Gunnar, how come there are four place settings?

And I'm still waiting for Greg's oddball awards…

On Nov.29.2004 at 08:59 AM
Gunnar Swanson’s comment is:

Gunnar, how come there are four place settings?

Armin—Imagine yourself with Bryony at a restaurant. You’ve made reservations expecting Rosemary and me to show up but we’ve called you at the last minute saying that we’ve just realized that Brooklyn is a three thousand mile drive so we probably can’t be there on time. What would your table look like and what would you say to the people running the restaurant?

On Nov.29.2004 at 12:49 PM
Armin’s comment is:

I thought it was a spouse breaking the news to the husband that she was pregnant and that now she would be eating for two…

On Nov.29.2004 at 02:06 PM
Greg’s comment is:

And I'm still waiting for Greg's oddball awards…

I blame the turkey.

Actually, I've just been crazy busy, finishing my portfolio site, busy at work, trying to move to florida, trying to find a job in florida, etc.

But enough about that. It's crappy awards time!

I thought that this was one of the best groups, and not just because my poster's one of them (actually that detracts from the group). I kinda think that everyone pooped out looking through these things and therefore posters 60-153 kind of got skimmed. But, that does make the running for "best poster to receive zero votes" much more competitive.

In that category, I selected #62, with #66 trailing closely. I think the "american flag as bar code" treatment was cool, but I think that having the poster on its side kinda took away from the poster as a whole. #66 was much cooler when I realized the snowflakes were the words repeated in interesting patterns around the circle, but I think color selection could have been done more carefully, and the words hidden better to really emphasize that.

My call for "most literal rendering of a quote" goes to #84. All that's left is for the turquoise blob underneath the sponge to say "time." Actually, that might have made it better...

"Most disjunctive quote/illustration" was harder this time, but I'm giving it to #87. Ok... Armin said "Sheesh," at some point, and I assume that the dead guy is Armin, but why did he die when he said sheesh? Or maybe he was already dead, but why did Dead Armin say sheesh? I kinda missed the point.

Collective awards I'm giving myself (#81):

"Most blatant misuse of more than one quote"

"Worst use of freeware font when he should have used a real font and then stressed it" (with a close second to #65)

"Most dictionary-like"

"Worst poster to not have any illustration at all"

"Best poster to receive only one vote from his wife who was told not to vote in the contest but she did anyway"

On Nov.29.2004 at 04:27 PM
Gunnar Swanson’s comment is:

Armin—I thought it was a spouse breaking the news to the husband that she was pregnant and that now she would be eating for two…

It was.

On Nov.30.2004 at 11:15 AM