Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas is Here

...which means consumerism at it's best! woo, go usa! oh, and a little bit of that "giving spirit" blah blah blah. Here is an AWESOME comic on how to brand and sell Christmas. Doesn't get more fitting, or funny, than that. Happy Holidays :)

(this is just a sample, click the link for the full deal)

Monday, October 11, 2010

If Dogs Were Fonts...

i love dogs, and i love typography, therefore i love this!

Facial Hair is Fun!

Hipsters, I mean designers, can't get enough beard/moustaches. Whatever, guilty as charged, these are pretty great.

The facial hair alphabet is genius!

Blood Bros - DJ Mashup

This very well might be the most epic thing I've ever heard. It's a mashup of the most memorable soundtracks from 80's fight movies. def downloaded it, def gonna work out to it. PUMPED!


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Moonstruck Package Design

mmmm i want this chocolate stat!! such pretty package design. i love the risen texture

Monday, August 30, 2010


This kid makes music/edits these videos almost entirely from samples from movies. Here's a few of my favs....also check out his youtube channel for more: http://www.youtube.com/user/Fagottron

This mix is made up almost entirely of sounds from the movie Hook. I just love it!

This one from UP is pretty great too

And Toy Story!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Why You Shouldn't Ask Favors From Designers

Story of the secretary, Shannon, losing her cat and asking the graphic designer, David, to make a poster for her...

Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.15am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Poster

I opened the screen door yesterday and my cat got out and has been missing since then so I was wondering if you are not to busy you could make a poster for me. It has to be A4 and I will photocopy it and put it around my suburb this afternoon.

This is the only photo of her I have she answers to the name Missy and is black and white and about 8 months old. missing on Harper street and my phone number.
Thanks Shan.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.26am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,

That is shocking news. Luckily I was sitting down when I read your email and not half way up a ladder or tree. How are you holding up? I am surprised you managed to attend work at all what with thinking about Missy out there cold, frightened and alone… possibly lying on the side of the road, her back legs squashed by a vehicle, calling out “Shannon, where are you?”

Although I have two clients expecting completed work this afternoon, I will, of course, drop everything and do whatever it takes to facilitate the speedy return of Missy.

Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.37am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Poster

yeah ok thanks. I know you dont like cats but I am really worried about mine. I have to leave at 1pm today.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.17am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,

I never said I don’t like cats. Once, having been invited to a party, I went clothes shopping beforehand and bought a pair of expensive G-Star boots. They were two sizes too small but I wanted them so badly I figured I could just wear them without socks and cut my toenails very short. As the party was only a few blocks from my place, I decided to walk. After the first block, I lost all feeling in my feet. Arriving at the party, I stumbled into a guy named Steven, spilling Malibu & coke onto his white Wham ‘Choose Life’ t-shirt, and he punched me. An hour or so after the incident, Steven sat down in a chair already occupied by a cat. The surprised cat clawed and snarled causing Steven to leap out of the chair, slip on a rug and strike his forehead onto the corner of a speaker; resulting in a two inch open gash. In its shock, the cat also defecated, leaving Steven with a foul stain down the back of his beige cargo pants. I liked that cat.

Attached poster as requested.

Regards, David.


From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.24am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

yeah thats not what I was looking for at all. it looks like a movie and how come the photo of Missy is so small?

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.28am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,

It’s a design thing. The cat is lost in the negative space.

Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.33am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Thats just stupid. Can you do it properly please? I am extremely emotional over this and was up all night in tears. you seem to think it is funny. Can you make the photo bigger please and fix the text and do it in colour please. Thanks.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.46am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,

Having worked with designers for a few years now, I would have assumed you understood, despite our vague suggestions otherwise, we do not welcome constructive criticism. I don’t come downstairs and tell you how to send text messages, log onto Facebook and look out of the window. I am willing to overlook this faux pas due to you no doubt being preoccupied with thoughts of Missy attempting to make her way home across busy intersections or being trapped in a drain as it slowly fills with water. I spent three days down a well once but that was just for fun.

I have amended and attached the poster as per your instructions.


Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.59am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

This is worse than the other one. can you make it so it shows the whole photo of Missy and delete the stupid text that says missing missy off it? I just want it to say Lost.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.14am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.21am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

yeah can you do the poster or not? I just want a photo and the word lost and the telephone number and when and where she was lost and her name. Not like a movie poster or anything stupid. I have to leave early today. If it was your cat I would help you. Thanks.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.32am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Awww

Dear Shannon,

I don’t have a cat. I once agreed to look after a friend’s cat for a week but after he dropped it off at my apartment and explained the concept of kitty litter, I kept the cat in a closed cardboard box in the shed and forgot about it. If I wanted to feed something and clean faeces, I wouldn’t have put my mother in that home after her stroke. A week later, when my friend came to collect his cat, I pretended that I was not home and mailed the box to him. Apparently I failed to put enough stamps on the package and he had to collect it from the post office and pay eighteen dollars. He still goes on about that sometimes, people need to learn to let go.

I have attached the amended version of your poster as per your detailed instructions.

Regards, David.


From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.47am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Awww

Thats not my cat. where did you get that picture from? That cat is orange. I gave you a photo of my cat.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.58am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Awww

I know, but that one is cute. As Missy has quite possibly met any one of several violent ends, it is possible you might get a better cat out of this. If anybody calls and says “I haven’t seen your orange cat but I did find a black and white one with its hind legs run over by a car, do you want it?” you can politely decline and save yourself a costly veterinarian bill.

I knew someone who had a basset hound that had its hind legs removed after an accident and it had to walk around with one of those little buggies with wheels. If it had been my dog I would have asked for all its legs to be removed and replaced with wheels and had a remote control installed. I could charge neighbourhood kids for rides and enter it in races. If I did the same with a horse I could drive it to work. I would call it Steven.

Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.07pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Please just use the photo I gave you.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.22pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.34pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

I didnt say there was a reward. I dont have $2000 dollars. What did you even put that there for? Apart from that it is perfect can you please remove the reward bit. Thanks Shan.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.42pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.51pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Can you just please take the reward bit off altogether? I have to leave in ten minutes and I still have to make photocopies of it.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.56pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww


From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 1.03pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Fine. That will have to do.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Psychic Octopus

Paul, the psychic octopus, has had a 100% accuracy in predicting who will win each Germany game in the world cup. He does this by choosing one of two boxes each containing food and the opposing teams flags. If he thinks long and hard about it, it will be a tough game, and if not, it is a clear win. I'm a little late on this, but I think it is awesome. I read tarot cards, and recently learned that I can use my pets to predict cards and then came across this octopus that does the same. TRIPPPY BRAHHH

check it --

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

SICK stop motion video

this is so tight. i can't even imagine the amount of work that went into creating something like this, but it is great. Not only well done aesthetically, but it is a very cool interpretation of the big bang theory and future.

BIG BANG BIG BOOM - the new wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Love this vintage crayon box

Star Wars at Disney

I really like this ad campaign. Really bringin Star Wars characters to the fans!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Eizo Pinup Calendar


Artist Lydia Lys Selimalhigazi mashes up really cool collages. Vintage tone, with a sense of eeriness. I really like em!


These are awesome folders....when you place the document inside, the animal's skeleton is revealed


Sick Sweatshirt! I want it!!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Philips "Carousel" Ad

sweet web-based campaign featuring the new Philips widescreen LCD TV. The execution of this ad is amazing. Shows a full circle story using behind the scene film stills. the suspense involved in mind-blowing

Monday, April 26, 2010

Serenading Unicorns

If you enjoy the angelic voice of Boyz 2 Men serenading you to sleep, then you will definitely enjoy a little R&R time with a unicorn belting out these lyrics. Consider this my gift to you if you're feeling a little down.


Honestly, how could Boyz 2 Men not cheer you up?! jus sayin

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

HBO It's More Than You Imagined

HBO wanted to bring attention back to the network itself (rather than just its programs) so they created this brill campaign. A giant cube was set up in downtown Manhattan where a non-linear interactive story was shown to spectators. From every angle of the cube another perspective of the story was shown. The entire story isn't revealed until each piece of the story is viewed from every angle. The viewers are able to piece the story together as they please in a non-linear way. Aside from the outdoor piece, there stories were also up for viewing online. HBO proved that they are still the innovators in story telling!

watch one of the stories HERE

Yellow Pages Tree House

This is an awesome advert created by BBDO. The idea is simple....yellow pages as the best directory still to find every business you need. So they used yellow, and only yellow to find every business and service needed to build a tree house restaurant proving yellow pages really does have every resource you need and that as a business it pays to be in the yellow pages.
And they built it for real, catching everyone's attention and only bringing further attention to the advert and project.
And the results were amazing for yellow pages, increasing usage by almost 10%, proving how a simple idea executed brilliantly can be extremely effective.

Andrew Robertson: BBDO CEO!!

Andrew Robertson, the CEO of BBDO (no big deal, holy shit) came to talk to us! His lecture really inspired me. He had a lot of insightful thoughts my brain just melted over. Here are the most memorable ones to forever live on the interwebz so in case advertising goes down the crapper, maybe a future idea machine will be inspired
  • defining an idea in a text message. if you can't whittle your idea down to a text, you don't have one yet
  • Ideas start with a message, not a concept, or an execution. Take what you need to say and say it creatively
  • be able to take a punch and get back up from it
  • "i just wanna sell some carpet" - sift through the bullshit and get to the point of it all
  • tell a story. a good story is the fundamental start of everything. books aren't dead. the story is what we are searching for and if a good story is told in a book, then we would drop our tech to read it. technology enhances good stories...it doesnt create them
  • the most important result from a message is a CHANGE in BEHAVIOR. a measurable change
  • Be different. but do it in a meaningful way. dont be diff just to be diff. be able to say how you are diff in 30 sec.
I was having a really uninspiring day when he gave this presentation, but afterwards I ended up staying up all night with ideas. good stuff. thanks bro!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Kotex Ads

This ad campaign is hilarious. Such a simple idea (making fun of ridiculous/obnoxious tampon ads) made brilliant.

and this is super interesting...esp from a feminist perspective. the fact that people so easily recognize a penis, but cannot recognize a vagina, or feel uncomfortable talking about it. BREAK THE CYCLE!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Server Rant

i've been working in restaurants since i was 15. And over the past 7 years, i have developed an insane amount of irrational pet peeves when it comes to customers. here are my top ones. NEVER do these things when you're out to eat. we will talk about you, and maybe spit in your food (just kidding....maybe)

1. do not ever snap at me to get my attention. i will snap on you

2. do not ingest 6 pints of soda during your sitting. it's disgusting and annoying. esp you diet coke drinkers out there. you are the worst. just cause it's diet does not mean it is all of a sudden good for you. gross

3. do not whisper to me, or make some sort of signing motion for what you want. you're not being more polite by whispering, you are just getting on my nerves more.

4. i hate when i get to your table and ask you what you want to drink and you respond, "i dont know, i just got here." how do you not know what you want to drink?!?! you get the same thing every time. here's a hint. you can get water or coke. make up your mind

5. i also hate when you get to the table and you just wanna chit chat for 30 min before ever opening your menu. how am i supposed to know when to come back to your table to get your order?! just look at the menu, order your fucking food, then you can chit chat til the restaurant closes

6. where i work now, we have a soup and salad bar. yes it is unlimited trips....no it's NOT a buffet!. i hate when people order the salad bar and call it a buffet. stop being such a fat ass....go to golden corral

7. i also hate when i ask you a question and you just stare at me like im an idiot and never answer me. how hard can it be to give me a simple response

8. do not order 4 different drinks, just for yourself. are you kidding me?! "a coffee, water, oj and oh wait a minute some hot chocolate too"

9. also if you are over the age of 12 DO NOT order a fucking chocolate milk! i am judging you

10. lastly, DO NOT fight over the check in front of me! how awkward can you be?! i dont care who pays, how you wanna split it, whatever. but do not snatch it out of my hand and awkwardly bicker to me about who is paying. shutup

okay, sorry if this sounds harsh. i dont think most servers are this particular, ive just been one for TOOOO long. i need a new job, stat!

Thursday, April 15, 2010


inspired by the lovely ladies of DTJJ, i decided to make a make or break list of my own:

My NUMBER 1. biggest breaker is a mooch. i don't wanna hear you complaining about money all the time and how you are unable to go out and do fun stuff. esp if you make me feel guilty like it's my fault or something and con me into paying for you. get a job! stop wasting your money on weed, and use it to go to kings dominion with me instead.

which brings me to my number 2. have your priorities straight. if your number one priority doesn't involve something ambitious (job, school, entrepreneurship) then gtfo.

3. fugged up grill piece is a def deal breaker. this is America. you don't need to be running around with your teeth lookin like you're The Predator. If you can't get braces, then do like Nelly and get a grill. but even then, bad teeth is no beuno for me

4. text friends. do not act like my bff through texting and fbook chatting, and then have ABSOLUTELY nothing to say in real life. i can't play that game. i know it's easier for you to be witty when you're behind a screen that gives you time to meticulously add and erase words before you send them to me. it's annoying. be a real person

5. any dude who wears light wash jeans, that flare out in any capacity, then pairs it with flip flops. none of these things need to ever happen.....ever

6. if you're short. sorry. i know god made you that way. but i can't do it. i'm too big, i'm not tryin to feel any bigger. thanks

7. if you ever say the word "faggot." or "cunt." or the "n word". i will not only punch you out, but i def won't date you. Actually anyone who says any derogatory word is scum in my eyes, not a booty call.

8. judgmental people. yeah, yeah, we're all judgmental to a degree (obvi i'm writing a post based on judgments). But i CAN'T STAND when all someone does is sit around and talk shit about other people or has something negative to say about everyone that passes them. It shows just how insecure you are. And i absolutely hate when people judge things before they try it. It means you aren't up for new experiences and it's a turn off. get the effing chip of your shoulder. it aint cute.

9. people who are picky about food. this goes along with being judgmental and not trying new things out. it really, really, really annoys me when someone claims they hate something, but will not even try it. get over yourself

10. last deal breaker...when someone is conceited. you really aren't cool, or cute, or funny if you have to say you are. shutup. be humble.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I'm only breeding, if i get to have this kid

seriously awesome. dancing children or gtfo biological clock

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Lego Animals

since kids are the future (right?!) the philly zoo used animals made of legos, (cause kids love legos) to show the importance of endangered species and caring for mama earth.

whatever i just love the lego animals!!

this is great

this could not be more awesome! my two fav movies EVER (twilight and mean girls) combined!

yes yes yes yes yes yes yes!!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

fish maze

is this the equivalent of a mouse maze to find cheese....a fish maze to find....a pellet?

Monday, March 29, 2010

Diem Chau's Zodiac Crayons

sweeeeet carvings into crayola crayons for every animal in the chinese zodiac

The Monkey is my fav