Posts from February, 2009

February 24, 2009

thank you disney

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This year Disney is returning to traditional 2-D animation for the first time since 2004 with it’s release of The Princess and the Frog. I’m glad; I think some of the 3-D movies have been okay [I loved Wall-E] but in general I’m just not a fan. And some of the CGI ones have been really gross. [Happy Feet = Creepy.] Japan’s Studio Ghibli has been kicking our asses on the animation front, they stick to 2-D and all of their movies are gorgeous. Maybe there is hope yet for Disney?

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February 24, 2009

The Library of Congress Has a Flickr

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Weird, right?  It’s kind of like your mom having a Facebok account.

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There’s an entire Honest Abe set, which is pretty interesting.  But 19th Century portraiture is kind of always interesting.  Holding a pose for a long time yields some creepy facial expressions.

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The above photo is from another set of Photocrom prints.  I’m not at all familiar with photocrom but according to the LoC, they’re ink-based photolithographs.  Whatever they are, they create a cool, eerie landscape.  So rich, everything ends up looking like Eldorado.

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The Library of Congress Flickr is updated every Friday and at the moment there are about 6,000 historic photos already up.  Definitely worth checking out.

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February 23, 2009

Twitter, Social Bookmarks, etc.

Image: Yiying Lu's lovely and iconic Fail Whale

Close observers may have noticed that there are a row of icons at the bottom of each OkayGreat post, and that the sidebar now has a Twitter feed. These have been added to assist you, dear reader, in keeping tabs on OkayGreat.

Since we were talking about Twitter (among others), it seemed only reasonable to highlight the images of artist/illustrator Yiying Lu, whose iconic Fail Whale illustration is so popular among users that it even has its own fan club.

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February 23, 2009

This Ship Was Sunk Long Ago

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It’s good to see the cries of the public answered.  Tropicana announced today that they are scrapping the newly redesigned Tropicana packaging in favor of their old packaging. The recent design was introduced in early January; so it hasn’t even been two months and they are pulling it. It will be costly in the shortrun, but they’ll will back many of their alienated devotees. I for one hated the new packaging. It looked stale, derivative and generic. Now, if only PepsiCo would consider scrapping another recent redesign, I’d be a happy consumer…

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February 23, 2009

TNOP

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There’s plenty of fresh (ahem) things to look at in TNOP’s work archives. My favorite piece was their book design for the 2007 Rockshox catalogue. Don’t you want to hold this!?!

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February 20, 2009

What do Graphic Design and Basketball Have in Common?

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We rule at both. Sometimes ruling at design becomes burdensome in it’s singularity, so we feel the need to rule at something else. Lucky for us, this past Christmas, our boss graciously mounted a basketball hoop in the front room.

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Vicious games of “Knockout” have become an almost daily tradition at Flywheel. The competition heats up more & more each time we play. It’s only a matter of time before a client walks through the front door and inadvertently gets dunked on.

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What do YOU do at the office for fun?

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See more of our B-Ball skillz at our Flickr. Check out the “Basketball” set

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February 20, 2009

The World Beard & Mustache Competition

As a proud beard-o for the past 7 years or so, I’ve tried damn near every funny, stupid thing you can do with bearded face.  It’s hard.  At it’s longest, I was able to wax my mustache.  Very difficult.  This is why I’ve always been enthralled with the kind of people that enter global beard & mustache competitions.  It’s kind of gross but it’s difficulty makes me look at it as a legitimate art-form.  Observe:

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Dude on the right has a SUSPENSION BRIDGE FOR A BEARD. He has every right to be smiling like an idiot.

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I found these images from the 2007 World B & M Contest in London in a set on Luke Stephenson’s Flickr.

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Not sure why every guy that entered the competition looked like either Napolean, Magellan or a prospector but I guess if you’re going to go all the way with your beard, you’re the kinda guy that’ll go all the way with everything.

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I’m 99% sure that is actually Jesus.  Not a funny guy.  Actually Jesus.

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February 20, 2009

The World Beard & Mustache Competition

As a proud beard-o for the past 7 years or so, I’ve tried damn near every funny, stupid thing you can do with bearded face.  It’s hard.  At it’s longest, I was able to wax my mustache.  Very difficult.  This is why I’ve always been enthralled with the kind of people that enter global beard & mustache competitions.  It’s kind of gross but it’s difficulty makes me look at it as a legitimate art-form.  Observe:

beard7.jpg

Dude on the right has a SUSPENSION BRIDGE FOR A BEARD. He has every right to be smiling like an idiot.

beard4.jpg

I found these images from the 2007 World B & M Contest in London in a set on Luke Stephenson’s Flickr.

beard9.jpg

Not sure why every guy that entered the competition looked like either Napolean, Magellan or a prospector but I guess if you’re going to go all the way with your beard, you’re the kinda guy that’ll go all the way with everything.

beard5.jpg

I’m 99% sure that is actually Jesus.  Not a funny guy.  Actually Jesus.

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