I’m not a big Powerpoint fan (Keynote is my app of choice) , but I’ve discovered that without design discipline, any product, including a PPT file, can be a recipe for disaster. Nothing kills a buzz like a poorly designed slide with too much crap in it. To help a fellow colleague, I’ve posted some info that may help “would-be speakers” avoid the common pitfalls of a slideshow that sucks. Here are a few scary examples of PowerPoint design gone awry:
Still holding down your lunch? Good for you! Now let’s get down to brass tacks. You need to recognize the problem before you get caught up in it. Watch this slideshow from Ham Diyon for the “DON’TS” of a Powerpoint prez. Hope it helps!
No, I’m not cussing you out. I’m simply telling you the name of a cool iPhone app called WhatTheFont, that allows you to identify fonts and typefaces using your iPhone camera. It’s a simple app, and even simpler to operate.
See a font you like, but can’t identify it? No problem. Take a picture of it with your trusty iPhone, and WhatTheFont will identify the font in seconds. Read More
Recently, I saw a TV commercial that starred The Beatles. Not the two remaining members, but all four, walking across the Abbey Road intersection. It was a spot promoting The Beatles:Rock Band for PS3 and X-Box 360. I must admit it was a little creepy, seeing all those people interacting with the fab four in St. John’s Wood, London, as if it were some sort of Back to the Future sequel. Nevertheless, it’s still a cool commercial.
It got me thinking, though. I’ve always been curious about the Abbey Road shoot. It’s so plain, yet so famous. That little casual stroll across the street became one of the most famous photographs in history. I wonder, did they plan that shot? As a graphic designer, I have to question the concept behind it, but after researching the session, I found it was even more interesting than I thought. I wonder if The Beatles knew, that on Friday the 8th of August, 1969, they were not simply shooting another album cover, they were making history and adding another tourist attraction to London. Read More
Just got back from the Miami Book Fair International, and I wanted to plug an excellent website for products used in creating comics. I’ve been drawing all my life and I know how tough it is to find supplies that get the job done right. Canson is an all-in-one resource for all things comic related.
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Jessica Rabbit may have been the sexiest drawn character in toon history, but Marge Simpson has the title of being the first toon to grace the cover of Playboy magazine. Her pose is not an original gesture, though. The cover pose is actually a double tribute. The original pose belongs to Darine Stern, the first African American woman to be featured on a Playboy cover, back in 1971. Apparently the folks at Playboy used this image of Darine as inspiration for their latest issue with “The Simpsons” cartoon character Marge on the cover.
Here’s a quote from Playboy editorial director Jimmy Jellinek posted in last month’s CNN blog on Playboy’s choice of imagery:
“We decided to re-create [it] because it’s one of our most iconic covers, and because Marge’s sexy blue beehive immediately made us think of Darine Stern, whose beautiful, voluminous hairdo was front and center on the October 1971 cover.”
Darine Stern (c. 1948-1994), an American fashion model from Chicago, was the first black woman to be on the cover of Playboy. That was in October 1971. She was not, however, the first black woman inside Playboy – that was Jennifer Jackson in March 1965. Stern died of breast cancer at age 46.
The Simpsonized three-page pictorial, featuring a scantily-clad Marge in cartoon lingerie, was “obviously tongue-in-cheek,” new Playboy CEO Scott Flanders told the Chicago Sun-Times. “It had never been done, and we thought it would be hip, cool and unusual.” For Hefner, “Marge Simpson is the quintessential girl next door who stole our hearts 20 years ago and has held them captive ever since. We were delighted to learn she wanted to grace the pages of our magazine. Her pictorial is truly stunning,” he told CNN.
Playboy magazine is hoping that the Marge Simpson shoot will re-energize the magazine’s based in a market where all forms of print teeter on the brink of extinction. This “all business” move comes on the heels of a disappointing first half of 2009, during which Playboy lost some attention from the demographic it does have — the average reader is a 35-year-old male. The magazine came in 200,000 short of its 2.6 million rate base — the minimum circulation a magazine promises to advertisers — according to BusinessWeek.
Guess what? The Internet was born 40 years ago, October 29. UCLA computer science professor Leonard Kleinrock sent a message from a host computer at the school, to another system at Stanford Research Institute. Kleinrock attempted to write the the word “login” but sadly the message got cut down to just “lo”.
Oh well, go thing he kept at at it. Happy BDay, Net!
This may not seem like much to most of you, but some of us have waited a long time for this moment. Disney, has finally produced an animated feature film with an African-American lead. News flash: she’s not a lioness, a fish, a hyena nor a crow. She’s a sista, and animated in all her glory. Welcome to the table, my lady.
The Princess & The Frog is a fairy tale centered on a young girl named Princess Tiana who lives in New Orleans’ French Quarter during the Jazz Age. No doubt the critics will have a problem with this. The press will probably label this as controversial (which will guarantee a terrific box office weekend), and proceed to trash it as an insult to blacks and creoles. Shame.
I, however, will be standing in line on opening weekend. If you’re still on the fence, check out the trailer above. It’s worth a few hours out of your life to see disney break new ground on the eve of 2010. To quote Hancock,“Good job.”