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renouf the goof tweetApparently my little design got famous enough to be tweeted by local fascist nutjob Greg "the Goof" Renouf!

I would be flattered were it not for three critical errors in his sentence-long tweet:

1) I'm not actually an anarchist, nor am I part of any anarchist group, nor does this design have anything to do with or benefit any anarchist group. I'm not even sure which anarchist group he's talking about. I mean, I like (some) anarchists and I have broad ideological agreements and commonalities with them, but I lived in a cooperative house for too long to actually be an anarchist, as I'm quite fussy about dishes and such.

2) It says right in the product description that the graphic refers to peacefully dealing with fascism through fun sports like baseball.

3) And this is the weirdest one—I am not nor have I ever been a Christian. I mean, this commemorates a battle primarily fought by Jews, albeit with some Christian allies. But while I've been accused of belonging to all sorts of beliefs and causes that I have nothing to do with, I don't think I have ever in my life been mistaken for a Christian.

So that's neat.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (raccoons of the resistance)
 1. Charoset that looks like vomit but tastes roughly correct:

charoset

It's a bit boozier than I remember it being. Probably because all the recipes call for Manischewitz, which has been banned in my household ever since I became a grown-up who lives on her own and drinks actual wine.

2. This logo for my new baseball league:

christie pits hardball league
For those of you who aren't Canadians, it's a reference to this. I want to make baseball jerseys or hoodies or something. After I've cleaned up the design, anyway.

3. A difference in the lives of children. :)

In other news, I still have massive feels about the Black Sails finale so anyone who wants to talk about it with me, please please please. Also, I'm wondering if I should end my paid account on LJ and get a paid account on DW to get more icons.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (tentacle porn)
Today in "I'm a massive fucking nerd," I'd given my graphic design students a project where they had to design a poster for a movie that doesn't exist. Many of them were having a hard time coming up with ideas. I am not having a hard time coming up with ideas. I have all the ideas. In an alternate timeline, I became a rich studio executive who can throw money at projects she finds hilarious rather than a put-upon schoolteacher. (I jest. I love my job. I get to do shit like this.)

Accordingly, instead of doing productive things with my time, I have made some movie posters that you may enjoy.

"Kraken" by China Miéville:
kraken_small

And a Bollywood version of "The Threepenny Opera," which is something only I and three other people will find amusing, but I find it amusing, dammit!
threerupeeopera_small

GET ON IT, MOVIE PRODUCERS. YOU KNOW THESE THINGS SHOULD BE REAL.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (eat your ballot)
I really really really wish there was a gravy spewing Marxist tax dragon so that I could vote for her.

P.S. That's the best campaign site. Better than the one I made. Not just in Toronto, but anywhere.

P.P.S. My ward, of course. It had to be my ward.

P.P.P.S. Of everything, "amateur dental hygienist" is making me laugh the most. Even more than "phrenologist."

ETA: Oh, it's Dimitri the Lover, professional sleazebag. It all makes sense now.
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Rather than spend money to make the city more accessible, New York City has decided to replace signage with the old accessibility symbol with a new one.

The one you've all seen:



The new one:



Er.

The major problems with this have already been pointed out in the comments, but to recap:

1. It's visually cluttered with the useless second wheel.
2. It looks like a Cubist Goatse.
3. If your posture was like that in an actual wheelchair, you would probably be falling out of it.
4. Wait, where's the back of the wheelchair?
5. It presents a patronizing view of all disabled people being inspirational wheelchair athletes or some such.

My problem is mainly #1 (hilariously ironic, considering the number of visually impaired people who will have difficulty reading it) and #5 (no matter how spunky you make your representation of disability, it still sucks to get around in a wheelchair in pretty much every place I've ever been to). It's yet another example of well-meaning people doing something to feel as though they're doing something.

By the way, there's nothing wrong with visually static icons in signage. Washroom signs (portraying able-bodied, gendered people) are pretty static looking:



(Though I vastly prefer the ones David Carson shows in this video, as they do away with silly gender essentialist norms altogether and focus on the practicalities.)

Anyway. Progress, or major headdesk moment: Discuss!
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (iww manifesto)
If nothing else happens today, May Day 2012 will be forever remembered as the year the Left remembered about graphic design.



post 'em if you got 'em )
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Haha, I am so making my kids watch this.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (red flag over TO)
The Honourable Foul-Mouthed Wifebeater has outsourced the production of his business cards to his family's printing company. This was clearly done in a fiscally conservative move to cut the grav—

Oh, no, never mind. It cost taxpayers four times as much and has gold and embossed lettering on it.


The Honourable Wife-Beater's cards compared to the cards of the ordinary mortal, Josh Matlow. Taxpayers spent 7 cents for each of the first 15,000 cards and 6.2 cents each for another 5,600. Last December, Councillor Josh Matlow's office paid 1.6 cents for each of his business cards produced in-house by the city's printing office.

All that, and they made a mistake on the card! Don't they know who he is, bitches? Fortunately, I fixed it for them. Here, Honourable Wife-Beater! You can have the business cards I designed for you free of charge because I'm not actually interested in shaking down the people of this good city for their last penny:

fucking cards
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New and exciting blog the Eschatologist has an interesting and charmingly non-judgmental article on the redesign of the Left Behind novels and what the new covers say about how pop culture imagines apocalypse(s).

left behind old and new covers

Aesthetically, I like the new typography—much more modern, fun, and refreshing. The old covers had an extremely formal design, with the horrible faux-stone 3D effect on the serif type. This made the apocalypse seem like a done deal, to be honest, which robbed the novels of any sort of suspense that their protagonists might, you know, actually lift a finger to attempt to struggle against evil rather than calmly waiting out the Tribulation. Also, the type on the old covers looked too much like a movie poster, which is presumptuous.

Image-wise, I am split. The photos for Left Behind, Soul Harvest, Appolyon, Assassins, The Indwelling, The Mark, and Glorious Appearing are clear improvements. Tribulation Force's new cover is terrible. It looks like a dull book on American policy in the Middle East. No one wants to see photos of faces on the covers of trade fiction books. It is simply Not Done.

The cover of the original edition of Nicolae is terrible—the new one is a much better photo, artistically speaking—but I agree with the Eschatologist that it kind of screws with the meaning. Carpathia is not supposed to look like an old Soviet bureaucrat. For fuck's sake. The original one is a terrible composition but at least it keeps the whole Antichrist-as-charming-visionary aesthetic.

I disagree with the Eschatologist on the cover of Assassins. I don't disagree that it's racist as fuck. It is definitely racist as fuck. It's prettier, though. The original looks like a Clancy cover.

I can't make up my mind on Desecration. Personally, I'm just not sure a book with dead fish on the cover will sell. Who is their target market, exactly? Does this target market like dead fish floating in blood and, more importantly, are they likely to either buy it to put on their bookshelves or give it as a gift? "Just what I wanted for Christmas, Aunt Maude! A book about dead fish floating in blood." Whereas on the old cover, it's clear that the Antichrist is rising and means business, and they manage to get this impression across without dead fish floating in blood. I'm just sayin'.

Both of the covers for The Remnant suck. Come on, book designer! This is a series about the end of the world—you really couldn't find a better photo to use?

The old cover for Armageddon is the clear winner. As a book designer, if I'm given the choice to show the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse or a helicopter flying over an explosion, I'm going to choose the former every time, if only because the movie Live Free Or Die Hard is pretty much the end of the story in terms of illustrating helicopters and explosions. Also, horses are cool.

left behind,books,cover design
What Would Sabotabby Do?

Both covers for Glorious Appearing are a bit shit, mostly because they missed the boat. That's the book where Jesus comes back and shoots laser beams out of his eyes and burns all of the sinners in a pit of lava (sorry, I guess that was a spoiler). That is the sole reason why anyone would pick up the book, to read about Jesus with laser beams shooting out of his eyes, and you're telling me that the designer couldn't be arsed to put that scene on the cover? What. A. Waste.

left behind,books,cover design
There, I fixed it.

I really like the new clock graphic, too. Subtle, Tyndale. Very subtle.

Still, this would be a very difficult book design project, both because a designer would have to actually read the books and also if you don't do a good job, Jesus will kill you with his laser eye-beams, so I doff my hat to the person tasked with this endeavour.
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Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] gethenian:


album cover meme
Instructions:

1 - Go to Wikipedia and click "random article." The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to quotationspage.com and hit "random quotes." The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days.” Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 - Use Photoshop, PSP, the Gimp, or similar (pixlr.com is a free online photo editor) to put it all together.

5 - Post it your band's latest album cover and add these instructions so your friends can join in.

-----

My results:

The Treasure of the Humble

A physicist is an atom's way of knowing about atoms. George Wald (1906 - )

Pretty photo by Dang Thien that I made less pretty.
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I can't go to this, as usual (though at least I'm apparently not missing China Miéville this time) but isn't the header the most wonderful thing you've seen in awhile? And they say Marxists don't have a sense of humour.

(The font is utter shit, though.)
sabotabby: (lolmarx)
I can't go to this, as usual (though at least I'm apparently not missing China Miéville this time) but isn't the header the most wonderful thing you've seen in awhile? And they say Marxists don't have a sense of humour.

(The font is utter shit, though.)
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (quit your whoring now)
[livejournal.com profile] nihilistic_kid posted a picture. Compare these portraits to English portraits of drunkards in the Edwardian era. Also, their website must be seen to be believed. If I didn't think I'd get in trouble for it, I'd totally show it to my students when I try (in vain, I might add) to teach them why you shouldn't tile a background image and then put red type over it.

It's amusing to poke fun of them, but expect to see more of this sort of thing. American political culture has been steeping in a higher-than-usual amount of crazy for some time now, and it's just beginning to come to a head.
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[livejournal.com profile] nihilistic_kid posted a picture. Compare these portraits to English portraits of drunkards in the Edwardian era. Also, their website must be seen to be believed. If I didn't think I'd get in trouble for it, I'd totally show it to my students when I try (in vain, I might add) to teach them why you shouldn't tile a background image and then put red type over it.

It's amusing to poke fun of them, but expect to see more of this sort of thing. American political culture has been steeping in a higher-than-usual amount of crazy for some time now, and it's just beginning to come to a head.

Linkspam!

Jan. 11th, 2010 06:30 pm
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1. Via [livejournal.com profile] springheel_jack:

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Why does Rambo have an anchor in Afghanistan? Because he is prepared.

HOLY SHIT IT'S A RAMBO COLOURING BOOK. Click on that link and there's MORE. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to download those and colour them in. Hahahaha. The 80s were so strange.*

2. If you have a few hours to kill, check out The Power of Nightmares so we can discuss it. It's pretty good; a parallel history of Islamic terrorism and neoconservatism. I think it's too soft on Nixon and Kissinger (you know your cast is pure evil when Kissinger is the good guy) but it's fascinating stuff.

3. If you are artistically talented, you should participate in Bruce Schneier's TSA logo contest.

4. And if you are a web designer, you might know about this already, but if not, check out Accessify. I ran across it in my attempt to find a resource on accessible web design that's, well, accessible to teenagers. This has tutorials and plain language, which the W3C pages, while great, do not.

* Tagged "rambo iii" because apparently I only have one Rambo tag and it's oddly specific.

Linkspam!

Jan. 11th, 2010 06:30 pm
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1. Via [livejournal.com profile] springheel_jack:

Image and video hosting by TinyPic
Why does Rambo have an anchor in Afghanistan? Because he is prepared.

HOLY SHIT IT'S A RAMBO COLOURING BOOK. Click on that link and there's MORE. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to download those and colour them in. Hahahaha. The 80s were so strange.*

2. If you have a few hours to kill, check out The Power of Nightmares so we can discuss it. It's pretty good; a parallel history of Islamic terrorism and neoconservatism. I think it's too soft on Nixon and Kissinger (you know your cast is pure evil when Kissinger is the good guy) but it's fascinating stuff.

3. If you are artistically talented, you should participate in Bruce Schneier's TSA logo contest.

4. And if you are a web designer, you might know about this already, but if not, check out Accessify. I ran across it in my attempt to find a resource on accessible web design that's, well, accessible to teenagers. This has tutorials and plain language, which the W3C pages, while great, do not.

* Tagged "rambo iii" because apparently I only have one Rambo tag and it's oddly specific.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (eat flaming death)
Via [livejournal.com profile] terry_terrible: I have no idea who this George Hutchins guy is but his website is a work of art. And by that I mean that before you click on the following link:

1. Make sure that you are sober. In particular, refrain from the use of hallucinogenic drugs, as you will almost certainly have a bad trip even without them.

2. Have a cup of coffee. I tried looking at it without the benefit of caffeine and—let's just say you need all your wits about you.

3. Put on some sunglasses.

4. If you have epilepsy, a heart condition, or a moderately developed aesthetic sensibility, this site is probably not for you.

Okay, here it is. Keep your hand on the back button of your browser at all times, just in case.

The forum is probably my favourite part, as it's 99% anonymous trolls making the lulz, 1% George Hutchins responding in ALL CAPS, and 1% George Hutchins responding under a different username in third-person.

Highlights! )

P.S. He also advocates "more better jobs" and moving Hollywood to North Carolina.
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Via [livejournal.com profile] terry_terrible: I have no idea who this George Hutchins guy is but his website is a work of art. And by that I mean that before you click on the following link:

1. Make sure that you are sober. In particular, refrain from the use of hallucinogenic drugs, as you will almost certainly have a bad trip even without them.

2. Have a cup of coffee. I tried looking at it without the benefit of caffeine and—let's just say you need all your wits about you.

3. Put on some sunglasses.

4. If you have epilepsy, a heart condition, or a moderately developed aesthetic sensibility, this site is probably not for you.

Okay, here it is. Keep your hand on the back button of your browser at all times, just in case.

The forum is probably my favourite part, as it's 99% anonymous trolls making the lulz, 1% George Hutchins responding in ALL CAPS, and 1% George Hutchins responding under a different username in third-person.

Highlights! )

P.S. He also advocates "more better jobs" and moving Hollywood to North Carolina.
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How a web design goes straight to hell.


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Hat tip: [livejournal.com profile] gynocide

Quiet Babylon: cyborgs, architects, and our weird broken future. This seems like it will be fascinating reading.
Hat tip: [livejournal.com profile] dmlaenker

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