The Worst Kind of Client

23 09 2007

I caught this on CL today:

we’re trying to choose a graphic designer for a new start up. we need art for any or all of the below:
art work (for the site, banner ads, print ads, etc.)
site concept

if you are interested, please submit some ideas FOR OUR SITE. (we’re not interested in samples of past work.). if we choose your work/concept for our site, we will buy your work off you and hire you to complete it. we currently have no art or site concept. it’s wide open.

the company: will sell exclusive unreleased downlaodable singles from indie and punk artsts from labels such as: Epitaph, Jade Tree, Vagrant, Matador, Victory, Fueled by Ramen, etc.

I wish Craigslist had a ‘This job is bullshit.” button, this way I could flag all the “Wanted: Receptionist/Production Artist. or Hiring: Web Artist/Customer Service Rep” jobs I see. I’m not joking about that, I’ve seen the postings.

I sent them a very nice letter, hopefully educating these folks that asking for Work on Spec is a no-no in the design industry. It seemed odd that a company that is trying to help funnel some revenue to small indie music acts is in essence actively trying to scam graphic designers.

I did also note that no freelancer worth his or her salt would do a work-on-spec and at best they are going to get submissions from a bunch of newly-graduated art school hacks.

I’ve always told junior designers 80% of design is client communication, a good solutions come from discussion with the client about what they are trying accomplish and what about them needs to be projected to the audience.


One of Those Hollywood Types

25 06 2007


Forget the film, watch the titles is a new site from the Submarine Channel dedicated to well.. movie titles. Excellent examples of blending layout, design, music and action…its always a thrill to see a typeface alive and breathing before your eyes. Be sure and check out the opening sequence to Thank You For Smoking.

Arial or Helvetica?

29 05 2007


So everyone bad mouths Arial as a cheap knockoff of Helvetica. Actually Arial was derived from MonoType Groteque, whilst Helvetica was an updated version of Akzidenz Grotesk. But can you actually know a cad when you see one?

Take the Arial or Helvetica quiz. Be sure to brush up on the differences first.

Clio Awards Announced

14 05 2007


The print ad awards for the 2007 Clio’s have been announced. I can’t believe I didn’t win again.

Great Business Card Design

8 05 2007


Creativebits compiles some brilliantly executed business card design, culled from the Flickr Business Card pool and Ads of the World.

lazy dot org

25 04 2007

So let’s say you meet someone at a party or shindig and they discover you are a designer. “Oh I’ve been meaning to get a nice website. My current site was built by my second cousin twice-removed for my yoga lessons and I’m not happy with it.”

Ok what’s your budget? “I’ll have to check under the couch cushions and see what I can dig up.”

{sigh} So logic and finances be damned you still want to give them great site. Maybe they have connections to better business, maybe you want them to practice their yoga moves naked in your living room, maybe you’re just a good person. I don’t care, what ever lies get you up in the morning is fine by me.


Well there are shortcuts to good design, without actually doing design. Open Source or Freeware websites, if nothing else it can give you a bit of grid and color scheme inspiration when you have Designer’s Block.

The best site is Open Source Web Design, stick Open Source in front of anything and it’s automatically better.

Also is Free Programming Resources list of free web template sites.

Go Comic Sans…and Take Courier with You

24 04 2007


I stumbled across this gem of a site by Dave Combs I hate Comic Sans too, not as much as Arial, but it’s up there. I am reminded of a quote, “There are no bad fonts, just bad context” Except for Comic Sans, Hobo and Giddyup. Some fonts have one purpose in life and any other usage just suck eggs.

Take Papyrus, if you own a store that sells wicker or handmade paper, great. If you think Papyrus is gonna add some humanity or softness to your greeting card, wrong and you are a complete hack for thinking that way.

Check out Ban Comic Sans and the interview with Dave Combs at Earz Magazine.

[Ban Comic Sans]
Why Ban Comic Sans [Earz Magazine]