Cartoon by Mike Keefe
It was ever thus:
Cartoon by Mike Keefe
It was ever thus:
I promise I won’t post things from Lolcats very often (even though it is the best site on the interweb) but this seemed appropriate given its links with, oh I don’t know, technology, social design, interactive design…
Oh okay, it’s just here because it’s freaky. You got me.
For those who can’t have cats in their apartments or are allergic to cats, there is another option. Sega’s battery-operated Dream Cat Venus costs about $108 and has sensors that allow it to show cat-like behavior like blinking, moving its legs when you rub its belly, purring when you talk to it, and sleeping and laying around a lot.
This is an ad from 1982 for San Francisco Art Institute…
I’ve had to have a few things translated in my time as a graphic designer and, despite the temptation to “do it yourself” (made even easier these days by internet-based automatic translation) you should never give in: always get an expert to do it and hang the expense.
This road sign went up recently in Wales:
The Welsh part reads: “I am not in the office at the moment. Please send any work to be translated”
You can probably work out from that what happened… If not, read the BBC News story for illumination.
I remember hearing about this one…
On April 1, 1977 … The Guardian published a seven-page ‘special report’ about San Serriffe, a small republic located in the Indian Ocean consisting of several semi-colon-shaped islands. A series of articles described the geography and culture of this obscure nation.
The report generated a huge response. The Guardian‘s phones rang all day as readers sought more information about the idyllic holiday spot. However, San Serriffe did not actually exist. The report was an elaborate April Fool’s Day joke.
Read more about The Guardian’s famous typographically-inspired April Fool joke at the Museum of Hoaxes.
Speak Up offers an interesting Client Taxonomy
Clients come in all shapes and sizes. But how do you handle a Bruiser? What do you say to a Know-It-All? And what if a Donald Trump is on the other end of a boardroom table? Which of these tough, brainy, or bossy people sound like your clients? Which did we leave out?
Brainiac (a.k.a. Know-It-All, Smarty Pants)
Brainiacs know more than you can bury with Google, and as clients, they tend to be rather rewarding. However, their bright minds can lead them down the path of debating about ethical, social, or cultural issues that may not relate to the work. They’re easily distracted by their own rapid-fire brains.
Attributes: reads heady books, Democrat, uses a Mac too
Known for saying: I know. I could design this damn thing myself.
Managing them: Be a good listener, and you’ll earn their trust. Then, fumble a couple of things, and explain that you’re human and are prone to error. Have them tell you about a time that they ‘messed up’, which will really get them thinking. Use simple language, don’t use $2 words and fall into their trap.
The Bruiser is less boss, but more boxer. They love a good fight, and love to argue for the sake of arguing.
Attributes: likes to fight, hates to listen, may curse
Known for saying: You know, I have some other agencies in mind, and they could manage this project swimmingly!
Managing them: Don’t ever let them get physical. While fist stomping is tolerable, it should be quelled with humor, a quick wit, and plenty of jabs at yourself. Otherwise, they may damage some of your furniture. Self-deprecation has been known to work extremely well. Including them in the creative process may also pay out in huge dividends.
Champion (a.k.a. Designer’s Best Friend)
They trust you and all the work that you can offer them. Champions are a rare breed, but they are out there, and sometimes possess the attributes of other folks mentioned here. So you may have a Brainiac client, who is very smart, but they contribute that wisdom to your creative direction as a Champion. The net result is a golden opportunity.
Attributes: may have a PhD, mixes with the venture capital crowd, plays chess
Known for saying: That’s an excellent idea. Let’s go with it.
Managing them: There’s not much work to do here, but make sure you show gushing respect for them. These clients are hard to find.
The Boss (or The Donald) knows more about marketing than you care to know. He (usually this is a he) has a brainstorm constantly, and these ‘fresh ideas’ are all golden in his book.
Attributes: likes to lead meetings, talks more than listens
Known for saying: I don’t get it.
Managing them: You have to be the aggressor, and there are some things that will put them in their place, such as forgetting their name; after one or two times, they’ll get the impression that they’re not the only one in the room. Also, when you give presentations, make sure they’re sitting down and you’re standing up since this gives you the power position.
Nodders are good listeners, but almost too good. They will look directly at your eyes, almost peering through them. Their nods are in sync with your sentences because they want to reassure you that they’re listening.
Attributes: nods a lot, wears contacts, bloodshot eyes
Known for saying: Yes. or Um-humph. Uh-hah.
Managing them: Take them with a grain of salt. Don’t be surprised if they leave a meeting with zero contributions at all. Rejoice when they pay you on time.
Weakling (a.k.a. Loser or Doormat)
Weaklings usually have a lot to offer, but they’re rather shy and introverted. They may speak up at meetings, pitches, or critiques, but will say very little. Weaklings have a lot of potential to offer insight, but are usually afraid to speak up because they never had the opportunity to lead.
Attributes: hunches a lot, has cool glasses, looks at watch often
Known for saying: [not a whole lot]
Managing them: They need some prodding to come out of their shell, and will usually work better in a one-on-one situation; large groups with too many members tend to irritate or discomfort them. Chocolate works well to get their motor running, as does coffee. Red Bull has been known to transform them into a Brainiac.