Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Panic-inducing sign

Original sign. Says in large type "Buses do not stop here." Even though I knew it was for the Winter Carnival stuff, I still panicked a bit until I hunted down the important info buried deep in the sign. "Saturday."
Improved version. Would it have been so tough to put the important info at the top of the info nuggets?

UPDATE: Read more about Metro Transit useability! Steven Hauser has a slug of thought-provoking (and just plain provoking) essays on the topic.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

On second thought

Obama to Pepsi
When I look at it this way . . . well, it does kinda look like Pepsi is copying part of the Obama sunrise logo.

UPDATE (via Daring Fireball): Lawrence Yang has an excellent visual comment on the new Pepsi logo. Lawrence's drawing reminds me -- in a good way -- of the HomestarRunner.com character, Strong Sad.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Pepsi-Obama Challenge

I don't agree that the new Pepsi logo is based on the Obama logo. Here's why:

Straightening it out

Of course it doesn't mean anything. Why would it mean anything?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Exit only

They're the same but not the same. Guessing one is a replacement.

Not sure that either illustration quite nails it.

UPDATE: Thank you to Steven Stwalley for these excellent illuminating comments:

"No, David, they have different meanings. The one on the left is the exit for cars with four headlights, the one on the right is the exit for cars with no windows. The rest of the cars have to take the stairs.

"I suspect the second one might be a friend of Hello Kitty as well."

Friday, January 09, 2009

The magic of movies

Have you seen "Citizen Kane"? It's a good movie. In this scene, newspaper publisher Charles Foster Kane has lost an election. Kane's newspaper staff has two front pages prepared -- one for a win, one for a loss. The movie was made in 1941.

Back seat drivers encouraged

1950's-style painting. Very today-style cheerful violence. Passive typography. Questionable message. Not sure this all works together, but it caught my eye.

The Web site reads as if it's aimed at teen passengers riding with teen drivers. The site's design is an uncomfortable combo of 1980s grunge type and 1950s clip art.

UPDATE: "Anonymous," in the comments, suggests there's a possible Church of the Subgenius/ Bob Dobbs connection. Combed back hair. Big halftone dots. I think "Anonymous" may be right.