Posts tagged "design":
Eat my hat. Full Size
Costs and arm and a leg. Full Size
A man of letters. Full Size
Textures from Texturefabrik
The movie Glengarry Glen Ross has some of the most accurate graphic design I've seen in film.
The office in the movie is truly fleshed out through its use of design. These aren't examples of good design, but of good set design. Look at this piece of utilitarian design behind Alec Baldwin. It looks cheesy and chintzy and exactly like something that would come from the downtown office of this shady company. In fact the poster communicates the exact message that Baldwin's character delivers in his speech, minus the threats and profanity.
Here we see a couple of banners. They look like they were probably made with a word processor and printed on a computer printer. I propose that Kevin Spacey's character is the one who made these banners. They don't have the look of something that was brought from the main office. I think they were just a hamfisted way for Spacey's character to motivate the salesmen, and I can't imagine that they were well-received or even noticed, but they totally fit into this setting.
Lastly, here is the brochure for the Glengarry Highlands. I would struggle to believe anything that was written in this brochure. Everything about it seems insincere… too good to be true. The Fine Art of Living Well. Make my dreams come true. Still, I would call this successful design because the brochure folds out into a poster. Hang it on your wall in your cubicle. Contemplate the beautiful photo. Think about your current circumstances in life. Ruminate over your conversation with Ricky Roma and his promises of becoming a self-actualized man. You just might make an investment.
The other major change was to the blog portion of my website. I had been using Jekyll, which worked well for my purposes. The problem was editing an existing template to integrate into my website's design (this wouldn't have been a problem if I was more experienced with web design or maybe just smarter). It had become kind of a mess for me and I wasn't happy with it. So I started looking for blog solutions.
I found org-static-blog and it does everything that I want:
- It is a package for Emacs (my favorite computer program).
- It uses org-mode files and familiar org-mode markup for posts.
- You can create an entry using a simple command from Emacs.
- It generates bare html that I can then completely integrate it into my site's design.
I am not an expert on any of this, but I really like finding the solutions to these problems that I invent.
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Hummingbirds Full Size Quote from Werner Herzog's Into the Abyss
Nu Uh Full Size
Pizza Party Full Size (photocopy texture from texturefabrik.com)
This Way Full Size
Of course you can make the world a prettier place with design. But sometimes you can truly innovate and make the world a better place.
This DIY Post-It Note dispenser is an example of true innovation.