Monday, September 25, 2006

38. Cadillac Through the Years.

I'm a big fan of Cadillac's Art and Science vehicle design which has made them a very bright spot within the somewhat more somber state of affairs at GM. The design reminds me of the sharp, muscular characters of the newer batman animated TV series. And I'd like to take credit for this association, but it was an insight that an old client in Phoenix first mentioned when we were discussing cars. I eventually bought an '05 CTS, which I happen to like very much - it's a nice option vs. all the boring car options out there. But on a related note, I found the following on Cadillac's website, a timeline of cadillac logos going back to 1902 - which I think provides an interesting example of design and how it can change and impact a brand's perception.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

37. Letterpress Article in Time Magazine.

I found a short article about small letterpress operators in a recent Time magazine business section. More proof that it's always beneficial to read (or listen to, or watch) stuff that you may normally have very little interest in. Don't be surprised if I ever quit my job and have a small letterpress shop.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

36. Cingular in Sprint's Clothing.

Two days ago, I spotted something peculiar on my bus ride to work. (I was late for the ferry, so I had to take this less sophisticated mode of travel. Ha.) What looked to be a sprint ad was actually a cingular ad - mocking sprint while using their own visual standards. This idea, full-page on the back of the day's Wall Street Journal, would have been a lot better if the content were more interesting – or a few degrees more aggressive. It seems like the decision to use someone else's brand deserved a more powerful message. But I soon learned that sprint did something similar - though I'm having a tough time locating a visual for it. If nothing else, it's always interesting to watch a good fight. Here's a full-page version.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

35. The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss.

I was on my way to the Sausalito Art Festival, in the beautiful seaside town when I happened upon an art gallery of work that had an odd familiarity to it. They were showing the wildly imaginative creations of Theodor Seuss Geisel's (aka: Dr. Seuss.) "Seuss single-handedly forged a new genre of art that falls somewhere between the Surrealist Movement of the early 20th Century and the inspired nonsense of a precocious child’s classroom doodles." Maybe I have been living under a rock, but I had no idea that his political, advertising and personal art was as varied and layered – and maybe even more thoughtful than the children's books that we've all read. My favorite is his collection of 'unorthodox taxidermy.' I left having a deeper appreciation for his talent.

Here are some camera-phone-pictures I took (non-flash, of course.)