Will The Last To Leave Turn The Lights Off February 13, 2011Posted by Ivan Pols in comment.
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After many years and 160-something posts on WordPress, I’m consolidating my web presence a little by moving this blog into my TruthandSpectacle.com site.
Retry.tv will be directed to the new space where I’ll occasionally post about things I find interesting.
Thanks to the hundred or so visitors a day. I’ve enjoyed some of the crazier comments.
I’ll leave the blog here so the permalinks do their work.
The Other Side by Tiny Tim April 26, 2010Posted by Ivan Pols in art, comment, culture, music.
Tags: children, ice caps, melting, music, song, video
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The ice caps are melting, this Tiny Tim guy is acting like a fish and little girls are singing a chorus including the words “the tide is rising to wash away the sins”. Sheer lunacy. It’s beautiful. Your day will be better for watching this and singing along.
Green Washing August 5, 2009Posted by Ivan Pols in advertising, comment, culture, drawing.
Tags: corporate, green washing, typical
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It’s Where You Take Things To May 20, 2009Posted by Ivan Pols in advertising, art, comment, culture.
Tags: art, celebrate, ideas, jim jarmusch, quote, thievery, youtube
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CR Blog had a post that raised a traditional issue in advertising and design. Namely the “stealing” of ideas and techniques.
YouTube provides a steady stream of inspiration to advertising creatives, but it also leaves young directors vulnerable to having ideas stolen and agencies open to accusations of plagiarism. How can both directors and agencies protect themselves?
That started a fun discussion. I argued that nothing (advertising, design, art, music) is original. Everything you do is based on the work of someone else. You don’t necessarily have to proclaim from the roof who you borrowed from, but don’t be shy when someone points out that you are not a true original. I like Jim Jarmusch’s quote, “Don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it.” Just remember that you borrowed and will be borrowed from in turn (if you’re any good). Just try make it better and stop feeling so damn guilty. Love your history.
How about this: Love Your Influences As You Would Be Loved. Okay, now where’s that D&AD annual…
Is Dripbook Aptly Named? December 5, 2007Posted by Ivan Pols in articles, comment, design, dripbook, portfolio, presentation, technology, virb.
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I’m updating this blog post after a few e-mails with Dripbook. They are a group of people trying very hard to make an excellent service. Most of my reasons for writing this post could have been dealt with better communication on their website. I suppose that’s been done by now.
Photographers, illustrators, hair stylists etc are typically a little crap at keeping their websites maintained, if they exist at all. I appreciate any efforts to help these busy creative people show their work to the world. Dripbook is one of those efforts. I found out about them through a comment in one of the Virb art groups and Mashable have written about them too. I’ll check anything out and it seemed like a good project. Easy portfolio tools combined with a social network aspect to help you connect and promote. So I sent them an application. I had to apply because… they’re pulling the exclusivity card as a marketing stunt really. I said I’m handsome and make nice work and sent them my portfolio site (ironically). Thank goodness I was let in or my street cred would have collapsed like an underfed model. The feature I wanted to explore was their ability to publish to third party sites. Widgets that create a bit of code that refers to your dynamically updated portfolio instead of you having to create the books on your own site. I use viewbook.com for a site I built for a photographer which does that exactly. Unfortunately I never did get to trying that feature.
Most of Dripbook is fine even if it’s a bit dull in the design stakes (a web 2.0 phenomenon apparently). The upload of images was easy enough, the networking idea is a good one. After I uploaded I found that my images came out looking soft. Which is odd considering they were sized down for web use and were sharp, black and white images when they left my desktop. Even that I could figure out given enough patience.
My irritation is that the site is not recognizing that I have “published” a book of drawings. It says it’s published. But it’s not visible to anyone else it seems. I’ve tried every “publish” button three times and now I’m bored. If you can’t publish, you can’t promote and then the social network is useless.
Turns out that because I put a “Mature” marker on my book because it contained drawn nudity, I encountered a legal fix:
You followed the instructions exactly and did exactly what you were supposed to do. When a user goes to look at your book, he / she is asked whether he / she wants to look at mature content. Then a cookie is places on that user’s computer, and the warning does not show up again.
A fact that would have been good to know a few days ago.
Not wanting to spend any more time on the site I figured that I’d cancel my hard won account and focus my efforts on other tasks, like my real job. Except I can’t find anywhere to cancel, suspend, deactivate, kill my account. Really. I’ve looked pretty hard. The FAQ neatly ignores the fact that anyone would be brazen enough to leave their services. I wonder what happens when you buy a premium account ($9 per month)?
Dripbook have informed me that they hadn’t got to that detail yet. It’ll be done now.
Dripbook is in Beta phase which may excuse any screw ups and my decision to leave their site is based on a few personal impressions, not only some basic technical glitches. The site is slow, I don’t like their presentation options and I don’t like their design.
‘d leave, but I can’t. ps. Turns out that no one had ever asked to leave. I have that dubious honour. My apologies, Dripbook, for being that guy.
I have been deleted. After the short e-mail chat with Dripbook I appreciate that I was rather harsh on their Beta site. I only wish they had been a bit more forthcoming with how Beta they were. I mean, who doesn’t have a delete account button? If you think I was a putz let the comments fly.
Is Boundless Gallery the Height of Boundless Tackiness? November 8, 2007Posted by Ivan Pols in art, comment, culture.
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Looking for a piece of art for your home, office or car? Simple! Select the colour you’d like. How much you’d prefer to spend. The dimensions of the space you have. And Ta Dah! Boundless will spit out a list of objet d’art that match your green curtains or lilac bed sheets.
It sounds like a good thing right? It gives minor artists exposure to a public that prefers to be told what to like. You can get a painting that matches your curtain pattern. It’s as easy and painless as only Web 2.0 can be.
Then why do I find this service quite horrible? Perhaps it’s too many years of liking art.
We The Robots – Silicone Declarations November 8, 2007Posted by Ivan Pols in comic, comic strip, comment, culture, illustration.
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Chris Harding is working on a few projects. One of which is his web comic “We The Robots“. Nicely drawn, simple and satirical up the wazoo. Perhaps there are a few things we can learn from the Robots.
MTV Switch “Faces” vs Audi A4 “Faces” June 20, 2007Posted by Ivan Pols in advertising, Audi Faces, comment, design, film, funny, MTV Switch Faces, music, objectification, politics, portfolio.
This is a classic example of ideas stepping on ideas. Which is to say these two ads almost come from the same cutting room. I appreciate that the takeout is different, one is about the hungry mouths of power outlets and the other is about the big mouth of the Audi A4. I also understand that the creative teams were oblivious to one another (MTV Switch 2007, Audi A4 2005). And the MTV ad is for an environment saving “charity” and Audi is an environment destroying car. Despite all these dissimilarities, they are ridiculously similar (and I’m sure similar to a hundred other references).
So, the important question is: Which soundtrack do you prefer?
ps. The Audi A4 ad is mine by the way.