Today on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast he shares his interview with Will Ferrel. At 1:26:00 in WTF’s Episode 450, Maron tells the story of the time Louis CK shared the Pastor Gas (Bob Tilton) video with him. Marc remarks “never laughed so hard in my life.” Then Louis puts the video in a drawer so he won’t watch it– because he wants it remain as funny as the first time he saw it.
I remember that feeling. I first saw this video nearly 20 years ago in the home of my friend Ashley Emenegger. Ashley had been given the tape by her father Bob. I laughed until I literally cried. Farts interrupting pompous piety. Solid comedy gold.
Armchair design critics frequently use the reach of the internet to decry logos they hate. The latest logo to fall prey to amateur-logo-critic-hysteria is the Victory Yosef mascot adopted by Appalachian State University– it can be seen above the title of this post. Designs blogs have been quick to join a rabid public conversation, piling on to ridicule this mark – asking if it might be the the worst logo of the year.
I will not weigh this post down with my own list of the Mountaineer mascot’s failings. Put simply, the logo is a bad attempt at a nostalgic notion, approved by an aesthetically inept authority.
I was speaking with my sister Diane recently. Her son – my 13 year-old nephew – Carter has said he’d like to be a graphic designer. I believe I’m the only graphic designer he knows, so I’m flattered. And Diane, being the great mom that she is, wants to make sure he’s prepared and understands what it means to be a graphic designer.
Thinking about Carter’s interest gave me pause. This essay was written with him in mind.
What does it take to be a graphic designer? It’s a question I’ve considered often throughout my nearly 3 decades of practice. I’ve measured myself against my peers, trying to gauge the relative levels of our skills and ability. In my less kind years, I discounted those who lacked what I considered formal training. That training was specifically an art education with a concentration in Graphic Design (caps intended) from a respected design school. In my limited way of thinking, anything less made you a poseur, a wannabe. I resented those illustration majors who took jobs as “graphic designers” when their dreams of children’s book fame and fortune didn’t pan out. I mean, how dare they assume they could do what I’d specialized in for 2 years? (Sarcasm intended). …continued
We found out that Charlie is an excellent diver. The video is his 80s movie montage that comes before the climactic scene where, in spite of the odds, and a sprained ankle, Charlie wins the state Dog Dock Dive Championship.
This Thanksgiving weekend, many were entertained by the exploits of Elan Gale, a holiday passenger on a delayed commercial airline flight to Phoenix. Elan’s foil was Diane, a fellow passenger who complained loudly that the flight’s delay was ruining her Thanksgiving. Elan put his cutting wit to work to put Diane in her place. He tormented Diane with notes and obscene taunts.
This was all documented on Mr Gale’s Twitter feed. I found it all collected on the Storify.com website. …continued
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. The food is great, but that’s not why I love it. It certainly isn’t football or parades. Thanksgiving is a holiday that celebrates the introspective act of gratitude. For one day, and a day for leftovers, we get to pause and reflect on reasons to be thankful.
It’s simple. It’s beautiful. It’s not commercial, not festooned with fairy tales or imaginary friends. It’s about gathering and – well – giving thanks.
This is a student film. Allow me to repeat that, “a student film.”
Kings of animation, this is your warning shot.
My friends Bill Sneed and Jody MacKinnon are the principals of Yankee Peddler, a creative studio based here in Los Angeles. Their first interactive children’s book debuted on iTunes today. Pillowcapers: A Sleepy Adventure is an engaging story of a young hero’s origin and his exploits during his first night on the job.