Yes or No: Frank Gehry by btfaust
June 2, 2008, 6:08 am
Filed under: Design, YES OR NO?

Do we like this? Will someone out there who knows about this kind of stuff please tell me?


YES: The Future NO: The Apocalypse by dib
May 30, 2008, 5:41 pm
Filed under: Design, FEATURES

The official story is that Heatherwick Studios designed this bamboo-spined/ LED-tipped structure for the UK Pavillion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo. The hovering “cilia” will move in the wind, giving the viewer a 3-D show of LED images, or a good old-fashioned grand mal seizure.  You can read the detailed publicity here, but likely its true purpose will become clear in 2012. Either this Englishman is part of a thinly veiled Mayan conspiracy or just watched this too many times on cable. (ID)

NO: Converse Late to the Party by Jason Powell
May 12, 2008, 4:40 pm
Filed under: Design, Fashion

You know, If I didn’t already know better, I might think someone at Converse read my little tirade in the comments section of this post and realized what a “marketing genius” I am. How else to explain their new contest, which asks you to design your own pair of Chucks for the chance to win a trip to the Converse factory (WTF?!?) and have your design turned into a real shoe to be sold on Eastbay. But perhaps, anticipating an exorbitant bill for my freelance branding and marketing strategy consulting fee, they made a few lame-o changes to my idea: a closer look at the rules shows they want you to choose two things that inspire you—the only choices being “music, sports, art and fashion”—and then…wait for it…”mash them up.” You know, like mash-ups? I heard those are really popular with the kids right now! Sigh…

(via Core77)

YES: Art for the masses by rachels
April 30, 2008, 9:21 am
Filed under: Design, Food

And now for another in a series of posts in which I circle things I like in Photoshop.

This time it’s a collaboration between art-branding company ARTCO (led by Cary Leitzes) and Pepsi. Lietzes identified rising artists from some of Pepsi’s largest markets (USA, China, Puerto Rico, Korea, Brazil, India, UK, Russia & Mexico) to design new cans.

Although many disagree on the whole Coke vs. Pepsi taste debate (I myself prefer regular Coke or Diet Pepsi), I think we can all agree that Coca-Cola has always had the more iconic design. Will these new cans change that? Probably not, and they will most likely not be sold in the US, but at least we can look at pictures of them online.

YES: Newseum Grand Opening by rachels
April 7, 2008, 10:32 am
Filed under: Design, Going Out

Remember the Newseum-that museum with a bunch of historic newspaper front pages that used to be in Rosslyn? It’s okay if you don’t, let’s face it, Rosslyn isn’t a good location for much, and the museum closed its doors in 2002 after 5 brief years. 6 years and $450 million dollars in renovations later, the Newseum is reinstated in its capitol location on Pennsylvania & 6th St, NW. The Newseum reopens as an architectural icon, a commemoration to the First Ammendment, Free Speech, and international journalistic integrity and host to fine museum cafeteria cuisine-The Source, by Wolfgang Puck. All of this can be yours, for a price-admission is $20 for adults. However, the grand opening this Friday, April 11 is free!

No: Viral Marketing, Yes: Backlash by Jason Powell
March 25, 2008, 6:29 pm
Filed under: Design, Humor, Uncategorized


Even if you’ve been under a rock for the past few weeks, you’ve probably still seen these posters all over the place, featuring hand-scrawled type on a white background and pouring some serious haterade on some poor girl named Sarah Marshall. Well, if you haven’t figured it out by now, the posters are all part of the huge viral marketing campaign for the Judd Apatow-produced, R-rated breakup comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, starring Kristen Bell and someone‘s least favorite British comedian, Russell Brand (I still think he’s brilliant, by the way). Well someone got so fired up over this campaign that they created their own version, this one dedicated to hurting the feelings of random trees. If you look closely enough in the photo, there’s a WordPress URL which, although it doesn’t contain much now, promises to upload more of these hilarious piss-takes in the very near future.

Big ups to SlashFilm.

UPDATE: Because some people are never satisfied, please let it be known that actor Jason Segel also appears in the feature film Forgetting Sarah Marshall. You can peep his IMDB entry here, or get more thorough biographical info via his Wikipedia entry here. (Oh the things we do for the sake of a cutesy love/hate blog relationship!)

Yes: Ray Davies (Oh yeah, and those other guys, too) by Jason Powell
February 21, 2008, 2:52 pm
Filed under: Design, Music


Everybody’s favorite irrelevant dinosaur of a music mag (Jack Johnson is your cover boy? Really?) just posted this complete album-by-album guide to the Kinks catalog, from The Kinks (1964) to The Ultimate Collection (2002). Sure the writing is nothing more than short, breezy blurbs about each album, but seeing all 25 covers together serves as a great visual document of the evolution of a band over a lengthy and varied career. (Conspiracy theory time: Anyone care to offer an explanation for the KKK in orange type in the above image? Hmm…)