January 2013

While my line of work has been largely software development, technical evangelism and technical consulting, it’s often crossed over into the land of creatives, where advertising people, marketers, writers and designers practice their craft. So when I saw the posters from A Creative Catharsis — an exhibit of Irish creatives’ clients’ worst feedback turned into beautiful posters — there was a slightly rueful note mixed in with my laugh of recognition. 

Here’s a sampling of the Creative Catharsis posters — make sure you see the whole set!

A Very Wide Target Audience

I’ve heard something similar in my software development work about the target user base:

target market

I’m No Semiotician, But…

…when I see a globe and passport, travel is the first thing that comes to mind.

travel

“Lorem ipsum dolor sic amet…”

Okay, this one I’ve actually heard from clients. Yes, I’ve heard it more than once.

lorem

I Bet They Could Do It on “CSI”…

turn it around

Very Unclear on the Concept

If your client says this, you should take him or her to an emergency room immediately — head injuries are no laughing matter!

animated gif

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“You Had ONE Job!”, The Sequel

by Joey deVilla on January 22, 2013

you had one job 3 preview

Following the theme from an earlier post

you had one job 3

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The Creation of Bieber

by Joey deVilla on January 22, 2013

creation of bieber

I couldn’t stop with the previous picture.

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Obama and Reagan

by Joey deVilla on January 22, 2013

Obama and Reagan in Michelangelo's "creation" painting

Cue the angry Tea Partier hate mail in 3…2…1…

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“You Had ONE Job!”

by Joey deVilla on January 22, 2013

Spoons in a dispenser labelled "forks"

And now, a collection of photographs documenting (mostly) simple minimum-wage tasks done in exactly the wrong way. Enjoy!

"You had ONE job!" compilation

Found via Margot Lewis. Here’s the original.

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Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?

by Joey deVilla on January 22, 2013

Title card for "Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?"

If you watch just one YouTube video today, watch this one: Catnip – Egress to Oblivion?

Spaced-out cat: "Catnip is utterly fantastic, utterly terrifying, utterly powerful and utterly unpredictable"

Shot and presented in a style reminiscent of the anti-drug-abuse films from the late 1960s and early 1970s, this film purports to cover the dangers of every cat’s favourite street drug: catnip!

Raw uncut catnip vs. processed "street" catnip

The video was run through filters to make it look and sound like crappy 16mm films, and the psychedelic soundtrack is perfect.

catnip for sale

And of course, there are plenty of shots of high-as-kites cats singing the praises of their favourite weed:

Catnip is a vitamin for the brain -- a groovy way to expand your mind

Clocking in at 7 minutes, 6 seconds, it’s a good video to watch during your next break. Enjoy!

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I’ll Be Damned: Nyan Cat is Real!

by Joey deVilla on January 21, 2013

ill be damned nyan cat is real

On the very, very, very off chance you have no idea what I’m talking about:

For a more detailed explanation:

I see Nyan Cat every day: it’s a sticker that adorns the “palm rest” area on my MacBook Pro:

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