Monday, May 28, 2007

Nice sign painting

This was a sports-equipment store for as long as I can remember. But that store is now gone and in preparation for the next business, look at what was revealed.

Speed lines on "Race Place." And check out the painted stop light next to the real stop light.

Now that's graphic design.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Best parts of "Grindhouse"

The best parts of the movie "Grindhouse," you ask?

1. The first "Reel Missing" moment in "Planet Terror." Starts out there's a lull in the action. Most of the cast is hiding out in a barbeque restaruant. The two main characters bicker for a while then start of a tender love scene. Quiet music. Artsy photography. The film breaks before anything good happens. The "Reel Missing" card goes up. And first thing after the title card is a gigantic musical flourish and an exterior shot of the entire barbeque restaurant on fire. Huge flames.

I laughed!

2. Credit sequence of "Death Proof" starts with some actresses walking around and then goes to a car speeding down a backwoods road. Starring. Music by. Produced by. Then there's the title. An animated, fairly elaborate logo with the words "Thunder Bolt" -- but then before you even have time to read that, we are shown some very drab, white on black lettering, "Death Proof." Like they changed the name for some reason, but didn't go to the expense of redoing the title.

I laughed!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Friday, May 11, 2007

New Coke can

The pre-New-Coke can was just red and white. Incidentally, I think it was the first can to use the "Dynamic Ribbon Device."

New Coke added a silver stripe to the ribbon and put silver around the logo. Coke cans have been getting more and more complicated since.

The current can has sliver around the logo script plus a drop shadow, fake sweat beads, a halftone pattern and the ribbon has multiplied and thickened.

Now a new design has surfaced. And it looks very much like the pre-'85 can. Red and white. No printing tricks. Looks great!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

The problem with Comic Sans MS

Talk about typefaces for a while and eventually someone will say they hate Comic Sans MS.
I think the biggest problem with Comic Sans MS is the name. I'm a cartoonist and even I think it's a dumb name.
More people would like Comic Sans MS if it was named something cooler. Like, maybe, "Darabont" or "Worthy" or perhaps, "Lake."

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Typo in newspaper!

This ad is obviously wrong. Chris Tucker getting top billing over Jackie Chan in "Rush Hour 3"?

Hopefully, the poster will be fixed before the movie comes out.

I bet New Line is really embarrassed about this!

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Better than the Blue Screen of Death

Put a CD with documents on it into my work computer (a Dell running Windows XP) and got a spectacular lock up.

What is it? How do I fix it?

It's the company's computer, so the long-suffering IT guy has to deal with it. A restart fixed it temporarily. Or fixed it for good.

In the short run, I went to another Dell box and got my work done.