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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

It's the Rockies

This is the view of the Front Range from driving school. I took it during lunch break. Construction site in the foreground either spoils the picture or makes it more real, depends on how you look at things. Click on it for a better view. A little to the left from the middle, you can see Pikes Peak, the highest point in Colorado, over 14 000ft above sea level. If that's not tall, I don't know what is.

More pictures coming your way. I take requests too.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

My Favourite Ad Campaign?

I asked myself this question today.

HAVE TO, HAVE TO, HAVE TO be the Diesel successful living ones. Ok, I guess that's cheating cos it's not just one but a gazillion blow-my-mind campaigns under the umbrella of the mother ship called "Successful Living," which is the brainchild of Diesel owner, Renzo Rosso.

Who can I blame? They're all amazing. Visaully stunning, conceptually solid as an anvil. Subverting culture, poking fun and getting people to think about issues. Not so sure about the people actually thinking about issues part. Cos I'm not betting on trendy ass suferficials getting epiphanies that will inspire them to spend their trust fund earned income on ending poverty instead of this season's must haves. Nothing against living the high life without the concerns that pertain to mere mortals that are the common man. Just stating the fact. That aside, the ads, they're genius. Sort of like selling out without selling out. How amazing is that.

Love the tongue-in-cheek irony, over the top quixoticness, rebelliously humourous goofyness. The awesome lineup of ad campaigns are a standard that I aspire to match.

Top contenders among the bunch: Take Action!, Advertise in New Markets, Historical Moments, Being President, Global Diesel Individuals Market Research, Sponsoring Emotions, Working Hard, Staying Young Forever, Loving Nature.

Indulge in the pleasure of viewing all of the diesel goodness here.

While I'm at it why don't I make a list of ad campaigns that I like.
Disclaimer: Thinking that the company's ad campaign is good doesn't mean that I necessarily endorse them or their products. It just means that I think the people behind the ads did a good job and that makes me happy.
Chick-fil-a "Eat More Chickin"
Ipod "Silhouettes"
Haagan Dazs "Impossible"
Star Bucks "Glen"
HP "Picture Perfect"
Microsoft "Start Anything"

Monday, August 22, 2005

I'm Your Pseudo What?

So, word on the street is that I'm James's pseudo sister-in-law. Yikes.
Kinda like the way I pseudo broke up with Fred a couple of nights ago. I don't know. It's just a different point of view I guess.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Reserved for Good Stuff


Sunday, August 07, 2005

Driving for Dummies

Oh, and did I mention that everyone should at all times, drive wrecklessly when the need to drive arises? Yup. Dive wrecklessly! You heard me! Roads would be way safer that way.

Didn't Come Up With Title

Ok... the kitchen sink* designer shall skip the whole thing about movies and humanity (and other misc related and semi-related things)... Let's just say that I watched 2 whole movies today. It was an EMPOWERING (hear that ring!) experience.

First. The very first genius of my life spoke to me again. Fred and I totally drove straight to the grocery store on impulse to find a GOLDEN TICKET. Sadly, they didn't even carry Wonka bars. So we settled instead for some raspberry filled ones and satisfied our post-Wonka audience cravings. (Admit it people... you headed straight for the chocolate aisle too, didn't you?

I'll get me my GOLDEN TICKET one day, there is hope in me! Actually, you know what, when that happens I'll track Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake down make sure thay know they did something special for me that helped make it happen.

Next. Jack Black. School of Rock. Awesomely silly, awesomely awe-inspiring. What can I say, the man inspired me to hang on even tighter to THAT THING INSIDE. Whow, just thinking about it made my heart radiate. You know, the tingly feeling. Yup, that one. There it goes again. In that spirit, I want to proclaim once again, that I, will SAVE THE WORLD with GRAPHIC DESIGN! Yes, graphic design is my super power and I will use it to MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE! (Some divine intervention please... I already promised the people.)

That's that in a nutshell.

Friday, August 05, 2005

What an Awesome Sign

Fred, Jesse and I went to First Fridays. It's Denver's equivalent of SCAD's monthly gallery hop. Cost like $10 dollars to park in a crappy lot. Damn economics.

So, it was nice to be among "crazy" art people again. Good vibes. Not as unpredictable as SCAD, but it's still nice. Denver's got it's own take on art I guess. Get the idea that the scene is in the process of maturing. Not as experimantal as I'd like, but there was a good amount of strong work.

Dropped by the Hamilton gallery to take a look at the stuff there and said hi to Anthony which was the guy we met at Church (the club... jeez, you know I don't do that sort of thing), who goes to AI Denver, who told us about First Fridays, whose dad is Mr Hamilton. Had a nice little conversation with him.

Favourites of the day. The nudes by Lucong at a gallery called Space, I really enjoyed. The composition alone was incredible. Actually, most of the work at that place were pretty good.

And the guys in the picture below, they know entertainment. Props for the sign. Click on image for a better view.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Life Lesson

I fucking DO NOT owe you the whole damn universe, damn client who thinks just the oppsite.

And I thought I have a winning solution for your business. Bitch! Just because you have this misconstrued idea of what constitutes paying for my service doesn't mean you're going to tell me what I do is (get ready for this) "not so logical but fine," and what you THINK is FANTABULOUS + BETTER THAN BETTER THAN BETTER is what I should strive for in life.

Yah. Hey Mr I-know-design-better-than-you-that's-why-I-hired-you,
I am very sure your logo can be improved. Look around you... see that logo in front of you? Yes, that Starbucks, Pepsi, Macintosh, FedEx, ... all those logos can also most definitely be improved on. IF YOU HAVE MAJOR $$$ TO THROW AROUND and NOTHING BETTER TO DO.

I have a life that is, if you don't already know, not dedicated to kissing ass.

Now, back to dealing with it. I can do this.

By the way, Ellen Shapiro's book as shown above is great. It's definitely worth reading.