digital creator as analog canvas -and- torsal enhancement.

torsalenhancement - artist as canvas
Certain incindiary remarks inscribed on the belly of a certain promiscuous puckerer mysteriously led to my participation in the temporary pigmental re-affirmation shown here. As Jeff Goldblum implied, beige is boring.

(art and photo by the intangible Sarah Tracy)

Guerilla typeface improvement – or – Halifax is full of amazing people

Randomly stumbled across this government of Canada sign while walking through Halifax a few weeks ago:
guerillatypefacing - readjusted font on canadian government sign

Someone had actually snuck up with some kind of knife and glue and completely reworked the text of the sign to have a funky haloweenish typeface instead of the bland Arial that plagues the signs of our fair nation, and in a way that wasn’t even terribly noticeable to the casual passerby (no one else seemed to anyway).

Could this be the next big thing in graffiti? Subtlety applied to the (generally) least subtle of art forms? Or would the unconscious effects and delicate nature of font and typeface design imply that their corresponding vandalism would be equally inconspicuous?

guerillatypefacing - closeup of font readjustment of government of canada signNotice that they didn’t add any new elements, but just used what was already there for their own ends, making something fun from something boring (which, it so unconvincingly happens, already belonged to them in the form of public property)
Could this be where the cool kids are headed?

Finally breaking down – or – germans are crazy.


Seeing as I had some dollars that weren’t allocated for something else and hadn’t bought anything cool in at least six months I bought my first cellphone a few days ago (Siemens m55). Already I am a far more popular guy.

Best Part: Ridiculous flashing lights on the side of the phone that strobe with a total disregard for logic or usefullness.

Other best part: the German engrish (ünglish?) on the manufacturer’s web page…

“With its extraordinary design and convincing functionality, the M55 is the perfect all-round talent for individualists”

(if you think you should have the number and don’t email me.)

The Blind Leading the Blind

seamusmckinlay-theblindleadingtheblind.jpg In the world of internet building, one of the biggest issues you end up dealing with is web accessibility, an aspect of web standards and design that deals with the necessity of developing web content that can be clearly understood by those with dissabilities. Example: Images used for navigation (links) that aren’t properly labelled (with a tag of text for when the image isn’t shown) mean that a blind person is unable to get where they’re going within your site, and text that is too rigidly sized cannot be made bigger for the hard of seeing.
Thing is, the whole concept of designing whole chunks of code for the disabled is that they always seem more like a concept than a reality, like they are just these ghosts that the W3(a standards consortium) uses to scare us into behaving properly. But the other day I met a blind guy in my Presocratics class who’s JOB is going from website to website (public/government sites only) and evaluating their usability with a screenreader (software that reads the text out loud a la Stephen Hawking).

He said that a lot of them were awful. And this was only sites that are REQUIRED to comply to accessibility standards, let alone the whole internet.

Obviously most people reading this are not web designers, but anyone who is should definitely take a look at that page and try to be as accomodating as possible to those less web-fortunate when you’re coding. It seems that the handicapped have even more to gain from electronic media than the sighted/well do (as newspapers don’t come in brail in the morning), so why not give them the best chance possible?

(image credit: The Blind Leading the Blind – Seamus McKinlay)