it is obvious to me.


varicose veins should always be written in cursive.


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Art Flags!

design observer recently posted an entry from a despondent will drenttel. his issue? there were too many white men on the committee of an ad busters flag design competition. a flag for the global citizen! where to begin?
first things first! (no pun intended)

to begin, will is white, lives in Connecticut, and has a BA in European Cultural Studies from Princeton University. I would guess that he studied abroad in Europe… a lot! he probably has tons of white friends back in the European motherland, not to mention Connecticut. so why does he hate white people? he is a racist.

Second. the only people with the time, money and motivation to assuage their white guilt are white men! and what better way, than to design a flag for everybody to get along with each other under. koom by ya!

third. so seven experienced and qualified designers can’t judge a competition because of their race and gender? doesn’t sound racist or sexist to me. if the premise is the best person to design a flag for …the world, is that that person’s demographic data has to represent the world. we need to find a designer who is a paraplegic albino of African decent, who speaks mandarin with a heavy British accent and was born a hermaphrodite in rural Kentucky but considers him/her self gay.ASAP!

and finally. who outside the developed world is going to be offended? do you think people in Cambodia read ad busters? are they going to be offended when the only symbol of power they know, the AK47, isn’t included on the flag? nope. this flag despite all of the shrieking will never be seen outside of a readership that doesn’t extend beyond a small group of impotent intellectuals. that is going to change things.

-Pole Pot

if you must,here is a link.

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why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?

the idea of working for free is brilliant and at the same time extremely short sighted. it really depends on what side of the winner loser line you fall. because you are no doubt a designer and self perceived masochist, I’ll start with the losers in the game.

first, you are working for free in a room for twelve hours with two or three other egodriven, self aggrandizing sacks of human waste. so they want to save the world, and eat vegan food. doesn’t change a thing. wake up sackmiester! nonprofit is merely a technical distinction, those NPs have operating budgets and executive staffs just like your nemesis coke. if they want a service they should pay for it! they can’t find the dough? raise the dough! I have always wanted a porsche 964 Carrera RS, but I would be remiss not to accept a sucker’s offer to provide me with one for free. any takers? these same designers who participate are going to find themselves with out a job when the NPs in the area find out that billable hours shouldn’t add up to more than 12. wait why are they going to pay anyway? there are idiots lining up to work for free! great! finally, any designer who is a taker on this should think about the big picture. the group organizing this is going to get the credit and the lion’s share of the buzz. for what? a quaint poster/postcard and blog site? bad news…not twelve hours of work, and you are on the second rung.

now, your drive to succeed has brought you this far, so let’s see why you are brilliant! we have already established that the real winner here is the company organizing this farce. you have the publicity what else could you deserve? you deserve a pat on the back! let’s see why. first you have a bunch of NP networking to do. you have busted your ass generating interest in your company but the only people beating down the door say they don’t have money. relax Tom, nobody wants to look like a jerk turning down work because some benevolent organization can’t pay. but you don’t have the spare capacity or the patience to deal with another committee of society housewives who have real opinions about edwardian script or they have seen the movie helvetica. just between us designers, right? the solution? whitewash the whole problem! this town is full of huckleberrys. the plan works! you divert all of the non-paying freeloading NPs onto the competition and look like a doll in the eyes of those that “can” pay. all because you organized a benevolent bamboozling! you are the best!

-Seymore Cash

P.S. when was the last time you heard about a drive-by shooting at jackson via? never happened.if you must,

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