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Monday, June 9, 2014

James Keblas Thanks the Mayor for Firing Him, Takes Job as President of Creature

Posted by on Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 10:38 AM

When James Keblas was fired from the city's Office of Film + Music, a lot of people were shocked. The music community loved James. The film community loved James. Fired? Wha? Now the New York Times reports that he's become the new president of Creature, a creative agency that provides advertising and design services.* So he's gone from director to president. Fancy. He's holding a press conference today to thank the mayor for firing him:

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I wish I could be there because it sounds hilarious.

* Full disclosure: Creature did some work on this and this and this.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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Door Not as Cool as It's Cracked Up to Be

Posted by on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Over the last week or so, GIFs of the Evolution Door have been making their way around the internet. And, yes, I admit it looks cool:

It's always interesting to see an everyday object re-imagined in a completely different way. And I expect that some rich people will start installing these doors in their homes. But come on. Doors are as ubiquitous as they are because doors work. And if doors don't work, you can take them off the hinges easily (or find alternate paths through.) But if one of those panels goes off its casters—or however it works, I'm not a door doctor, goddamnit—you're pretty much stuck. And if you were careless, or, say, drunk, and you made a wrong move, it could take your fucking finger clean off! Jesus, internet. You've already got doors. All the doors you'll ever need. Doors are amazing! Be satisfied with what you've got for once.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Version of the NYT Magazine HRC Cover with the Land-Mass Hair: Better or Worse?

Posted by on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 11:46 AM

By now you have already seen the upcoming, much-remarked-upon New York Times Magazine cover depicting, bizarrely, Hillary Rodham Clinton as moon/cancer patient "Planet Hillary."

Over on the Times' The 6th Floor Blog, there's a discussion of how the cover—by illustrator Jesse Lenz—came to be. They considered this version:

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...but it was rejected because "the land mass making up the hair felt forced." To the polls!

Friday, January 17, 2014

We Feel Pretty! Oh, So Pretty!

Posted by on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 11:50 AM

In the graphic design field, Robert Newman is a big deal. If you can think of a beautiful magazine, he's probably worked as a design director there, or he's at least been an influence on that magazine's design. Which is why we're honored to read that Newman put The Stranger on his My Top 12 Favo(u)rite Magazine Covers of 2013 list. Specifically, Newman loved our June 12, 2013 cover, featuring hair art by Hugh Kretschmer. Here it is:

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The Stranger just wouldn't be The Stranger without our beautiful design. Our art director, Aaron Huffman, makes our paper impossibly attractive week after week, from the covers on down to the things nobody cares about or reads. (Did you know we publish book reviews?) Congratulations to Aaron for the honor and thanks for making us look so goddamned good all the time.

But that's not all! Newman also selected a cover from our southward sister publication, The Portland Mercury. I've dropped the cover after the jump—it's their NSFW Hump issue cover, and it's maybe my favorite Mercury cover ever—and I encourage you to take a look. The Merc's Art Director is named Justin “Scrappers” Morrison, and he makes the paper a visual delight. (Fun fact: The cover photo was taken by our own Kelly O.) Congrats to Justin, Kelly, and the Merc for the honor. Go check out the rest of Newman's selections to see some of the best American design work of the last year.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Vancouver Bans Doorknobs in New Housing

Posted by on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Colin Lecher at Popular Science writes:

In Vancouver, the humble doorknob is being phased out. Kind of. Effective in March, new housing will be required to install levers on doors and faucets, instead of the good-ol' round knobs of our forefathers.

It's an ergonomics issue, but more importantly than that, it's an accessibility issue for people who suffer from arthritis. (Plus, doorknobs are unavoidably germ-ridden, too, while you can open most lever doorknobs with your elbow.) Critics claim that lever doorknobs could make it easy for children or pets to escape houses. What do you think?

Friday, March 1, 2013

Seattle, Mapped by Tweets

Posted by on Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 2:04 PM

It's Friday afternoon. You're looking for something to do that's on a screen so it looks like you're working. Here you go! Right here! Click on this map below if you want some more!

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This is a tiny bit of Microsoft researcher Andrés Monroy-Hernández's map of Seattle, the Capitol Hill bit. Seemingly based on that Ork poster that's hanging in your living room right now, it's labeled by the most commonly tweeted words in each neighborhood. You can read all about the methodology in this Geekwire post.

Monroy-Hernández tells Geekwire he's interested in "data-driven art" and that as a new Seattle transplant, he has "both empty walls and an interest in art that represents my new city."

Go find where you live! What word is on your house? Try and figure out where the weird words come from. For example, "salt" is the most prominent word in North Seattle, but then you realize it must be about snowy roads, right? And because it's all based on volume of tweets, neighborhoods that had low volumes have a lot more words from police tweets about their hood. "So the loudest is the most visible, which is part of the provocation," says Monroy-Hernández (in a tweet, of course).

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

An Ipsum for All Occasions

Posted by on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 4:00 PM

If you're a designer, or you work with designers, you're familiar with the following text:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

It's placeholder text to give a layout the feel of what it will look like with actual text in it. Luckily, because the internet has all things ever, there are many places to generate themed Ipsum (such as Hipster Ipsum, or Riker Ipsum, or (sigh) Bacon Ipsum. And finally ChooseYourIpsum.com has collected all those generators in one place so you can find just the perfect ipsum to reflect your client's unique product or sense of humor. Or perhaps to show your own disdain for said client, product, or sense of humor.

Now, go forth and litter the world with gibberish. [Here, trolls, I said it for you: "Doesn't Slog already have that covered?"]

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Boeing Reportedly Knew About Its 787 Battery Problems

Posted by on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 6:00 AM

The Seattle Times, citing sources inside the company, says:

Boeing had numerous reliability issues with the main batteries on its 787 Dreamliner long before the two battery incidents this month grounded the entire fleet.

More than 100 of the lithium ion batteries have failed and had to be returned to the Japanese manufacturer, according to a person inside the 787 program with direct knowledge.

The New York Times adds that All Nippon Airways, which has more 787s than any other airline, was forced to get rid of 10 faulty batteries in recent months, and "had told Boeing of the replacements as they occurred, but was not required to report them to safety regulators because they were not considered a safety issue and no flights were canceled or delayed."

As a result, the National Transportation Safety Board "only recently learned" that Boeing's battery problems are not new.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

More Dreamliner Problems

Posted by on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Yesterday, it was a fuel leak on a 787 Dreamliner taking off from Boston. The day before, it was an electrical fire aboard a Dreamliner that had just landed in Boston from Tokyo.

The events were the latest in a series of problems with the 787, which entered commercial service in November 2011 and has been hit by technical and electric malfunctions since then.

Among the previous problems: a mid-flight generator failure in December, and a warning from the FAA (also in December) about fuel line connector problems on the plane that could pose "a risk of fuel leaks and fires." Yikes.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ada Louise Huxtable, 91, Has Died

Posted by on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 8:51 AM

She was the first architecture critic for a major daily newspaper, won the Pulitzer for Criticism in 1970, and whether you agreed with her or not was a paragon of a civic voice for many reasons, among them this small but important distinction referred to in her New York Times obituary this morning—a distinction which all conscientious critics try like hell to get across:

“I wish people would stop asking me what my favorite buildings are,” Ms. Huxtable wrote in The Times in 1971, adding, “I do not think it really matters very much what my personal favorites are, except as they illuminate principles of design and execution useful and essential to the collective spirit that we call society.

“For irreplaceable examples of that spirit I will do real battle.”

Read another memoriam on Dwell.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 11:06 AM

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  • David Orr
David Orr, of the blog Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs, wrote a song about Triceratops. It is delightful, and you can hear it here.

Says Orr:

“Triceratops” [is] by BJ Sunfire, one of my musical alter-egos of days of yore. BJ sprang from my days of baking bagels in the late nineties; I’ve always loved lusty, full-throated rock vocalists, and I’d compose little tunes about my coworkers, sung in this fashion. This song is basically a celebration of the unparalleled might of the most famous ceratopsian, turning mournful in the end, as odes to prehistoric beasts must.

Orr is also a designer, and you MUST check out his complete collection of Dinosaur Family Crests, all of which are available to wear as fashionable tee shirts.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

More on Why China Terrifies Us

Posted by on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Charles slogged earlier about China's plans to build the tallest skyscraper in the world in just three months...

You should read this terrifying article.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Donald Trump Just Killed Hundreds of Babies

Posted by on Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM

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Donald Trump is scheduled to play a "surprise" role at next week's Republican National Convention, which, judging from his latest tweet, I'm guessing may involve murdering a baby. Because that's what comes from stupid fucking anti-vaccine celebrities like Trump repeating the anti-scientic bullshit of the stupid fucking anti-vaccine baby killers: Dead babies.

Of course what Trump is responding to is a new S C I E N T I F I C study linking an increased risk of autism and schizophrenia with the increased age of the father. But rather than accepting that at the age of 66, he might want to stop impregnating supermodels with his own aging, mutated sperm, Trump has decided to blame autism on vaccines, citing... absolutely nothing. (Because there is no credible anti-vaccine science to cite.)

Stupid fucking anti-vaccine baby killer.

To repeat: The goal of our immunization programs is to vaccinate enough people to build a "herd immunity" sufficient to protect those with weak or immature immune systems from disease and death. So don't be a stupid fucking anti-vaccine baby killer like Republican Donald Trump. Be a responsible neighbor and vaccinate yourself and your children.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Contest: Photoshop the Prosecutor!

Posted by on Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 3:13 PM

King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg just sent out "The Prosecutor's Post," his periodic email newsletter, and it features Satterberg in this cheerful graphic. Because nothing says "I'm being charged with a felony" like a Ferris wheel:

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Wheeee! In the words of Charles Mudede this week, "Nothing is more optimistic than a Ferris wheel."

But not every future Prosecutor's Post can be so optimistic. Since this was clearly photoshopped, we ask you—the graphic design wizards of Slog—to photoshop Satterberg into your own Prosecutor's Post graphic. Maybe they're even more optimistic (with handcuffed kittens in the background) or maybe something more suited to the courtroom (like the Eye of Sauron).

Please send your submissions HERE and we promise to run them on Slog.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Problem with the Pride Flag

Posted by on Sun, Jun 24, 2012 at 7:14 PM

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"The gay flag is ugly," my cab driver announced as we crested East Pike Street a few minutes ago. Like how, I asked, preparing to defend My People. The stripes, he explained, they're just too boring. The rainbow colors are fine, but just using band after band of color, he continued, "they clearly put no thought into it. They are creative—they could do something fabulous."

Friday, May 4, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Dear People Who Make Buildings

Posted by on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Will you please figure out that this corrugated-metal approach looks like shit? Remember all those bad design choices that in their time were all the rage but become the butt of jokes a few years later? This is one of them.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I Really Fucking Hope They Win

Posted by on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 2:41 PM

This is probably my favorite news story of the week: The Navajo Nation is suing Urban Outfitters over their use of the word "Navajo" on a line of (shitty, shitty) products. The tribe sent a cease-and-desist letter months ago, but says that while some of the product names have been changed (like the underpants and the FLASK—no, I'm not joking), others are still being sold through other brands and outlets.

The lawsuit filed late Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New Mexico alleges trademark violations and violations of the federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act, which makes it illegal to sell arts or crafts in a way to falsely suggest they're made by American Indians when they're not.

The tribe has about 10 registered trademarks on the Navajo name that cover clothing, footwear, online retail sales, household products and textiles. Tribal justice officials said they're intent on protecting what they believe are among the tribe's most valuable assets.

I can't wait to see how this plays out. It looks like they have a seriously legitimate trademark law case.

Thanks, Slog Tipper Lindsay!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

What Do You Think of the New DC Comics Logo?

Posted by on Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 4:12 PM

After a week of speculation, DC Comics unveiled their new logo today in a press release. (You can read more about it, including what it might mean for the rumored Watchmen sequel series, at at Bleeding Cool.) It's a "D" peeled back from a "C," with an eye toward animation on digital and cartoon properties. Here are a few details, from photos provided by DC Comics:

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The new logo makes a little more sense when shown on a comic book. It's positioned at the very edge:

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The fans, as usual, have met the news of change with wild outrage. Their arguments—that the logo is bland and corporate, that you can't tell it's supposed to be a D on top of the C, that logos shouldn't have 3D elements in them—do make some sense. Myself, I'm a fan of the DC bullet logo, although that could very well be just because it's the logo that was on the books while I was growing up. So how do we settle this internet controversy? Even though this has been a day replete with Slog polls, I think there's only one way to bring this matter to a legally binding conclusion:

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Color of the Year

Posted by on Tue, Dec 20, 2011 at 11:41 AM

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You can relax: Pantone has released its pick for the 2012 Color of the Year, and it is "Tangerine Tango." (You may remember that last year's CotY was "Honeysuckle.")

“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

"Pantone's obviously behind the times," said the Stranger's own Bethany Jean Clement. Years ago she was lucky enough to meet John Waters, and he told her then that "orange is the new black." Take THAT, Pantone.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Possibly My Favorite Movie Poster Ever?

Posted by on Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 9:55 AM

I genuinely do not have an opinion or emotion about this movie (other than a twinge of wary curiosity because of the title). But I have a great deal of affection for whoever designed and approved a poster that looks like this:

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Way to deliver on a promising concept.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Good Luck with That

Posted by on Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Because the thing that sucks about Budweiser is the can.

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"Our refreshed packaging design gives Budweiser an updated look, which dramatizes the iconic Budweiser bow tie and incorporates the brand hallmarks that loyal Budweiser drinkers will recognize and appreciate."

Does this ever really work?

h/t Chicago Tribune

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Today in Design Mishaps: National Organization for Marriage

Posted by on Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 12:27 PM

NOM, I'm pretty optimistic that your attempts at protecting this little hipster will come to naught.

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Pro tip: Please attend more closely to your punctuation. You are against teaching kids that teh gaze want to/sometimes do get married, not against, as it were, "teaching the controversy."

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Today in Design Mishaps

Posted by on Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 8:49 AM

The logotype for the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum looks more like it's for Nixon Açaí Energy Drink.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Seattle Restaurants: All Look Same?

Posted by on Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Nancy Leson talks to Graham Baba Architects, the gentlemen who designed the Walrus and the Carpenter in Ballard, the T-Doug trio Brave Horse Tavern/Cuoco/Ting Momo in South Lake Union, Eltana on Capitol Hill, Revel in Fremont, Skillet Diner on Capitol Hill, and more.

The unasked question: Do all these places look and feel kind of the same, and are we sick of it?

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Lilacs

Posted by on Sat, May 21, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Thank you to lilac fan Vince!
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Friday, February 11, 2011

Probably Not an Equal Opportunity Employer...

Posted by on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Hey all you laid off Microsoft contractors looking for work... have you heard the good news? The Creation Musuem in Petersburg, Kentucky is hiring! Open positions include Constituent Data Administrator, Web Developer—Python, and Senior Database Administrator, the last of which lists the following required technical knowledge and skills:

  • 4+ Years of Experience Administrating SQL Server Databases
  • SQL Server 2000, 2005, 2008 (installation, configuration, securing, monitoring)
  • T-SQL creation, analysis, and tuning
  • Database backup and restore processes
  • Disaster recovery planning and implementation
  • Data warehouse design and administration
  • ETL creation, scheduling, tuning, and Maintaining
  • A proven firmness in personal walk with Christ and a passion to use technical skills for the glory of God

So if you have the topnotch SQL skills necessary to organize the Creation Museum's incredible collection of lies, myths, and anti-science bullshit—covering all 6,000 years of world history—email them your resume... along with your "Salvation testimony," "Creation belief statement," and "Confirmation of your agreement with the AiG Statement of Faith."

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