Friday, October 29, 2010

Sex Degrees of Separation

Remember this little nugget of fear-instilling wisdom?

When I think of an infographic, the first thing that comes to mind is this creepy chart that used to hang in our health classes, and on the back of the door of the nurses office in high school. I'm not even sure that it's an infographic exactly, but it's a visual representation of health information, so I assume it fits the bill. Basically it is supposed to show you how when you have sex with one person, you are having sex with everyone they've had sex with. Think they've only had a few partners? Don't let your fear and investigation stop there. You've not only had sex with them and everyone they've had sex with, but also with everyone that their former partners have had sex with, and so on. I can't speak for everyone, but I thought it was pretty effective in high school, though it almost crosses that line of being so creepy that you don't want to look at it, or you do, and think "that's ridiculous" and ignore it. Eight years later it still makes me wrinkle my eye brows, that's for sure.

Apparently this little gem is huge in the UK, and a pharmacists there has even gone as far as to create a calculating device. Factoid: The article says that the average Brit has slept with 2.8 million people, indirectly. Didn't think I'd leave you wondering, did you? Just FYI: the article, links to the calculator.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My Favorite Words

I'm told (often) that I am pretty dramatic. It's not uncommon for my word choices to be overlooked and brushed off, even though in their best form, they are meant to invoke a rise out of those who hear them. I don't know how to explain it other than to say that I regularly use words that are 'the most' of what they mean. Maybe you'll understand when you read my list....


I also say 'dang' a lot which I've said all my life, (pre-having lived in Tennessee or North Carolina) but is apparently a southern thing.

And random other words that I love and use often are:

Love (so often that my friends clarify "Wait, you love him/that/those? or you 'amy-love' him/that/those?")

Pickle (the tough situation, not the food-- although I like the food itself, too.)
Boot (both the shoe and the verb of kicking out/getting rid of.)
Whistle (which is strange because actual whistling sounds make me instantly mad)

Marie Claire Hoopla

I work from home so The View is my guilty pleasure. Today, they were talking about a freelance writer for Marie Claire who apparently ripped into the new show Mike & Molly, and said she was disgusted that two "morbidly obese" people were given the starring roles on a show, and furthermore, how it disgusts her to watch "people with rolls and rolls of fat kiss." In fact, she says, she finds it "aesthetically displeasing" just to see fat people walk across the room.

Anyway, I had to look into it... apparently since the article was posted (it's on the MC website), the company has fielded something like 30,000 angry emails -- that number obviously growing. The comments and news reports are everywhere -- and from both sides: that of the angry reader and those upset that she is being attacked for voicing her opinion. (More so angry readers, though.)

Anyway, this is the article (with an apology note attached, and about 500 pages of comments).

Also, this is just one of the many articles written about it. (If you want to see what the papers are saying...)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Grammar Quiz: Inaugural vs. First Annual

I read on someone's Facebook wall the other day a comment correcting someone on their use of "first annual." They said that the correct term is "inaugural." I'm pretty obsessed with the nitty gritty things like that, but I've never heard of "first annual" being poor English. I understand the argument that you can't be sure something will be annual until the second year (things come up...) but I don't know if social climate or skepticism can be a reason to exclusively use "inaugural." Also, I thought that "inaugural" was the first of anything--- like presidential addresses. It's not necessarily annual. Of course, I wouldn't be posting this if I knew the answer-- I've looked it up and on several different grammar and English sites I've seen the argument but no definitive answer. Was anyone taught one way or another by an English or journalism teacher? I'm interested to find out... Until then, I'll keep Google-ing (or go get my AP Stylebook out of my car -- I can't imagine anything not being in there.)

What does you're shirt say?

This is from a t-shirt printing company. I get the irony or sarcasm, I do. Even still, I can't stand to look at this. Ahh! It's so awful. I will say though, that the "disappointment" over "disappointed" is overkill. Kind of ruins it, really. I don't think people regularly confuse the tense of disappoint, it probably would be less painful and more amusing if that line was correct. At least t-shirt companies are mainstreaming the idea of poor grammar being annoying.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Call to Action

I will write more following class on Saturday, but I wanted to post these two PETA ads from two different campaigns. The first is the Go Naked campaign and the call to action is to "be comfortable..." and to "Let animals be comfortable." Basically, don't wear fur.
The second is the "Go Vegetarian." I think they use the same style, slant and concept but with two different subjects: wearing fur and eating meat.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Car Logos

I thought this was interesting... Car logos over the years. In class we discussed the idea that if Gap wanted to update their logo, they could have just changed the GAP to a sans serif font. It looks like for the most part, that's what car makers have done. Almost all of the brand names get cleaner (except for maybe Ford). Personally, I think BMW's progression is the best- very small changes to a cleaner, fresher look. Although, I'm not sure what's going on with logo four, but maybe that's because I don't know what Motorsport Roundel is?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

This Made Me Think Of Beth...

This has nothing to do with design, but my mom sent it to me and it made me think of class because I know how anti-fast food Beth is :)
Last week I think she/you mentioned using fast food as the topic of project 3, and I thought she/you might want to see this.

Apparently, a photographer left a McDonald's happy meal out on her kitchen table for six months (this bothers me in itself. Does she not have bugs or mice where she lives?) Anyway, it didn't decompose, or mold, just got hard and plastic-like. Gross. I don't eat fast food either(except for Chick Fil A and Taco Bell-- but don't ruin those for me, haha), but now I have another reason not to.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Kitty Campaign

These are three pieces of Fresh Step's little campaign. Personally I think the concept (a cat not being able to find its box) is awful, and the ads themselves are ugly. I will say, the rooms in which the cats are placed get less and less ugly as the campaign continues.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Missing Missy

We stopped on this checking out the blogs last week and I said I'd fine and repost this on mine.

A friend of mine forwarded this to me a few months ago. Had I not started the Pub Design program I would probably not have gotten the humor at ALL. My roommate, a social worker, didn't think it was funny. I tried to explain for about three seconds but it was useless. Still, I laugh out loud every time.


Missing Missy

Rape Stairs: A Practical Design?

This is not exactly graphic or even visual design, but because I googled it, thought about it all week, and decided it is designED to be as it is, I thought I would blog about it...

At a football game a few weeks ago, I was walking down the stairs to the stadium and I noticed a woman with a child in front of me taking their sweet time. As per usual I was running late and needed to rush but I didn't want to be rude and rush around them.
Anyway, as I was trotting down the stairs, I noticed that they were uneven. Equal in height from one step to another, but every other step was about a foot longer than the others, which were pretty shallow, front to back. When I got to the bottom of the stairs, I looked up, trying to find a pattern or a slope in the natural hill that would warrant such a design. Nothing.
So, I called my boyfriend- he loves all things architecture and is a wealth of otherwise useless information. Turns out, there IS a reason.
Rape stairs.
What?? I hope you all comment to tell me whether you've heard of this concept before, because I'm interested to know if it's a common peice of knowledge-- I'd never heard of such a thing.
Apparently, studies have shown that women can climb stairs of unequal lengths and patterns exponentially faster than their male counterparts. Apparently it is nearly impossible for a man to run up unequal stairs. According to Aaron (boyfriend) nine times out of ten a guy would "eat it" by the third stair, whereas a women would skip right up them, essentially escaping the wrath of a predator.
Because of this information, colleges, schools and universities everywhere are starting to replace crumbling old stairs with the kind with uneven steps- making them safer for the women on campus.
Surely there is a better name for them-- but after extensive Googleing, I found information to confirm Aaron's answer, but I didn't find a better name. Let me know if you know of one.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Show and Tell: Recycle Sunshine

As mentioned in an earlier post, I love designs of things from other things-- much like these Prius commercial. Stephanie mentioned in class that she didn't think that the idea translated as well from the commercials to print, and I completely agree. You don't really get the same animated effect-- it looks more like they drew this sun and moon, and then sketched little faces onto it, rather than arranging people and capturing the image. Still, I think it's a good campaign. The whole "Go Green" concept is very popular right now, and to take it a step further to the recycling of sunshine gives it a cheerful tone.