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M. Kingsley goes semiotic in this edition of Quipsologies.


I’m sure this is everywhere, but is it really the end of Emigre? [More - Ed.]


And not sure if this is news, but Ed Fella has a web site. [Woohoo! - Ed.]


San Francisco made of J-ELLO

A new flickr tag: glowing apple


iMac Chocolate cigarettes from Mexico. Does this even make sense? Why target lefties?


Lugz footwear has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Apple Computer and its agency, TBWA\Chiat\Day, over similarities between a commercial “Arrow” (left), which the company aired in 2002, and the recent spot with Eminem.


Completely redrawn MTA maps in your new video iPod.


Our very own Marian Bantjes has gracefully donated her talents to help raise funds for hurricane victims:

Please purchase with our friends from Veer.


This just in: The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, best known for handing out the Daytime Emmy Awards, is expected to announce on Tuesday that it has created an award category to recognize original video content for computers, cellphones and other hand-held devices, like the video iPod and PlayStation Portable.


From a marketing executive to a Saks near you: the misadventures of Wawa Hohhot and her family of Mongolian cashmere goats goats who just happen to live on the roof of Saks’s Midtown Manhattan store (HarperCollins Publishers).

$16.99 per promo book.


The semiotics of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s jeweled brooches.


The semiotics of Deterring Inadvertent Human Intrusion into Waste Isolation Plants — for about 10,000 years (excerpted).


The semiotics of Transliterature; or “how can computer documents — shown interactively on screens, stored on disk, transmitted electronically — improve on paper?” [Via Bifurcated Rivets]


The semiotics of Kermit the Frog in the “Got Milk” Advertising Campaign. [Found at Applied Semiotics/Semiotique Appliquee journal.]


The semiotics of visual coding among homosexual men. (NSFW)


Japanese information, organization and time management guru Noguchi Yukio’s Filing System has received a lot of recent blog attention. [Via Boing Boing]


Two worthwhile exhibitions of text in art have recently opened in New York: The Splendor of the Word: Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts at The New York Public Library and Looking at Words — The Formal Presence of Text in Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper at Andrea Rosen Gallery. If you go to “Looking at Words”, give yourself at least an hour; the work is floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall full of amazing work by just about everyone.

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PUBLISHED ON Nov.13.2005 BY The Speak Up Authors
f'lix sock wl’s comment is:

interesting factoid:

The Lugz spot was created by the client's (Apple) former agency, Interpublic Group's Avrett Free Ginsberg in New York. (hmm)

I'd never heard of Lugz and to be honest have mixed feelings on whether this is lawsuit material (you'd have to see more than one frame to make the judgement).. but you've got to hand it Lugz for two-stepping all over Apple's tune.

On Nov.14.2005 at 09:34 AM
Patrick C’s comment is:

RE: Elizabeth Hickok

I would like to direct those interested to the work of Ottawa-based (now living in NY) artist Colwyn Griffith.

Colwyn's show Eye Candy 3 was presented by the Carleton University Art Gallery in 2003 (I designed the catalogue):

eye candy

On Nov.14.2005 at 01:58 PM
Tan’s comment is:

Regarding the iPod commercial. I was flipping through an issue of Cargo this morning, and came across a Palm Treo ad that was a dead copy of the iPod/Lugz ad — same type of photo-illustration, same exact color schemes, etc.

I find it funny that agencies are suing each other over style/designs of certain commercials, while so many other commercials are indistinguishable from one another.

Two recent (and identical) commercials that come to mind both begin with a series of people each declaring "I'm ready to begin." [with sappy music in the background] But at the closer, one commercial sells an immunotherapy medicine for patients who are about to begin chemotherapy. While the other one sells a morning breakfast beverage.

On Nov.14.2005 at 02:54 PM
mandy’s comment is:

But at the closer, one commercial sells an immunotherapy medicine for patients who are about to begin chemotherapy. While the other one sells a morning breakfast beverage.

Is there really a difference anymore?

On Nov.14.2005 at 03:11 PM