Archive for September, 2011
Having recently been in a situation where I was forced to use Internet Explorer 6, a browser which was released over 10 years ago, and is now in version 9, I couldn’t help but think: What is up with Firefox? They just released version 4 this year, and now they’re at version 7. How do you release 4 versions of a browser in less than 10 months?*
*yes, I know there’s a logical explanation that has something to with how their update system works. But regardless: I just thought they were gonna blow my mind with some amazing feature I couldn’t even imagine, when they pushed v7 on me in a hurry! I don’t even remember when they auto-updated me to v6!
Thank goodness there are still some news media reporting this. If not for them, I would not have known about this. One of the plans for a Congressional District in MD. What the heck is this a picture of? If I tilt my head a little and squint, I can see what looks like Vladimir Lenin with his hand on his mouth.
Though elections may not determine much, though they may be a waste of time, you’ve got to admit- this shape is absurd!
In 1963, a company named Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn, gave a presentation regarding effective ads, to a creative club in SoCal. This is a good example of one of the problems in graphic design, I highlighted earlier. Apparently this presentation was played straight. Perhaps confusing to some, but also very educational:
Source: Communication Arts
Ever have the pleasure of digging up something really old and then noting how relevant it is today? Slightly jumping off something I said in my previous post, the world is full of graphic designers who think that because a thing can be done, it should be done. It is unfortunately true today, and was unfortunately true a long time ago.
A long time ago, a company named Herring Design Quarterlies decided to educate the world by publishing a brochure called “stock trademarks”. This is truly enlightening material.
So, whenever I am approached about any of the “big ideas” or long-standing issues involving the field of graphic design, my best answer is that the biggest problem with graphic design is: the field is full of people who believe that simply because you can do something, you should do it.
I came across a PowerPoint presentation that really drives this idea home. Do you know someone who makes presentations like this?
Being able to do something is not a valid reason for doing it!