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We all make mistakes.

Anyone who uses Photoshop has likely used it at 4am in a one-eyed, caffeine-perpetuated fog of semi-consciousness in order to complete a project.  If you’re lucky, you or a colleague noticed the partially deleted poodle you left in the background before your masterpiece got published.

psdisasters.com, photoshopdisasters.com, and photoshop-disasters.net celebrate the errors that didn’t get caught and images from people who should have their Photoshopping licenses revoked.

Here are some of our favourites from psdisasters.com:

Dog Gone: A half pet is better than no pet at all... no wait!

Shopping Crimes:
Stock image: $2.50.
PS "artist": $10.00.
Branding impression of a lifetime: Priceless!

All Ultra Power: New and Improved
Translation: We all get dirty... and sometimes it may lead to dismemberment!

Caught Short: In a photo timing disaster six young actors were rushed to hospital with broken ankles after failing to clear the end of the dock.

X Factor: Really? I mean, really?

Does It Blend?: There's a fine line between beautiful and disturbing. This image - from the window display in a photography studio in Malaga, Spain - does not approach that line.

Hey Blédilait, that's cool. What's it got in it? Toxic waste? Awesome!

Infographics: An Infographic

Infographic from The Huffington Post

The first infographic I read was on the subject of crowdsourcing. I was entertained and informed. I also felt that this was a clever and creative way to present statistics and other information.

In my search to discover the origins of the modern infographic I learned from Wikipedia that the first infographic was a cave painting… right… helpful.

From my own observations then, these [modern] infographics are enjoying a surge in popularity. They seem to have started more poster-like and I’ve seen interactive (flash) infographics but my personal favorites are the long graphics that tell a story as the user scrolls (and scrolling is the only input required of the user). I find them a great showcase of the graphic designer’s talent and the most digestible presentation of the information.

Business and charities are now putting out infographics to sell or promote their product or cause with facts as an alternative to conventional advertising:

Here are a couple of sites that feature collections of entertaining and informative infographics, but be warned, you could spend a lot of time on these sites:

Have a favorite infographic or collection? Please comment.

Blu Dot Design and Manufacturing, Inc is a Minneapolis-based furniture company founded and operated by three former college friends who shared a passion for art, architecture, and design. The rest of the Blu Dot Story is as follows:

Our goal is to bring good design to as many people as possible.  Which means creating products that are useful, affordable, and desirable.  To make that happen, our design process is founded on collaboration.  Not just among ourselves as we play show-and-tell with concepts, but a total collaboration between pencil and paper, materials and machines, even packaging and assembly.  We like to think that the form is almost inevitable, a by-product of the process.  Our job is simply to help it emerge as beautifully and as efficiently as possible.

The BlueDot Real Good Experiment is a response to the “resourceful culture of ‘curb-mining‘: the act of finding furniture on the street” which the company became aware of after opening a SoHo location. From the experiment’s site:

Now that a year has passed [since the store's opening], our friends at mono approached us with a way to conduct a curb-mining experiment of our own: What would happen if we left a bunch of Real Good Chairs all over New York, free for the take? Who will grab them? Where will they go? How will they get there? What will their new homes look like?

Thus, the  REAL GOOD experiment was born.

The Real Good experiment and accompanying video (Blu Dot Real Good Experiment from Real Good Chair on Vimeo) is a great example of social marketing. All the chairs that were placed around  the city have found good homes, according to the site (and image below).

To continue to follow the chairs, check out the Flickr and Twitter feeds.

-Jessie W.

Here’s a quick compilation of some of the best ads that are sure to make you look twice.

Narrowed down from a list of the seventy best, the below ads show how great design can be used to covey content for a variety of businesses and organizations.

Send a letter.

Eliminate bad breath.

Glassex cleaner.

Highlite.

M&M: Communication Just Got Sweeter.

Mr Hot Pepper

Nothing can replace a tree.

Pepsi Twist.

Porsche.

Pull more.

WMF Knives: Sharper than you think.

WWF: Don’t cut the rainforest.

These are just some of the best ads around. If you know of a list of similar cailibar, please share it in the comments.


- Jessie W.

Brazilian street art. Awesome.

Batman and Robin.

Castor.

Donut.

Elephant.

Fish.

Ice Cream Cone.

Lighter.

Lincoln with top hat.

Matchbox.

Pharaoh.

Ski.

From Mashable, full text here.

A new clothing-themed charitable campaign from the guys behind lucrative social media marketing exercise I Wear Your Shirt is looking to get unwanted T-shirts out of your closet and onto the backs of a million people across Kenya, Uganda, DRC, Ghana, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Sudan, Swaziland and South Africa.

The 1MillionShirts project, launched this month, is asking for used (but decent) T-shirts to be sent in with a one dollar bill to help with container costs. The shirts will then be shipped to Africa to help clothe folks in need.

As you’d expect, Jason and Evan are using social media to help promote the campaign with a Facebook pagethat is already racking up Likes, a Flickr tag to gather all relevant pics and the #1millionshirts Twitter hashtagto spread the word via Twitter.

While the project is thus far U.S.-centric, it’s starting to generate some momentum across the pond too. The team is currently looking for a company that can help store and/or ship the T-shirts in the U.K. If you or anyone you know is interested in helping out, please contact project ambassador Alex Hardie.

“We understand that t-shirts aren’t the first thing you think of when you hear people are in need,” says the team, “but we also know what it takes to ask people to donate money.”

-Jessie W.

Narrowed from 30, here are the top ten best advertisements that will make you laugh, smile or smirk.

1. Cafe Rico, an intense wake up call

2. Dog Toast: You eat what you touch

3. Don’t let them get comfortable

4. Duende Azul Costumes: You, but funnier than you

5. Face detect

6. Granny fries with the Granny7. No insects left; will work for food8. Olympus Optical Zoom9. Steady shot

10. Tires that grip to the road

To view the other twenty advertisements, here.

-Jessie W.

And so it begins . . .

A private liberal arts college, Seton Hills, has announced that as a part of their Technology Advantage Program, every student as of September 2010 will receive an iPad … in addition to the 13″ MacBook laptop they already receive.

From the Seton Hill site:

Beginning in the fall of 2010, all first year undergraduate students at Seton Hill will receive a 13″ MacBook laptop and an iPad. You will have complete access to these mobile technologies for classes as well as at all times for personal use. After two years, Seton Hill will replace your laptop with a new one – one that you can take with you when you graduate! With this technology at your fingertips, you can create a just-in-time learning environment, stay in touch with professors, advisors, and classmates, research any topic at any time, engage in hybrid and fully on-line courses, and access a whole host of Seton Hill technology services. In doing so, you will be learning the technological skills you’ll need in the twenty-first century workforce.

In the announcment, the private liberal arts university said, “Students will be able to download their textbooks to their iPads from the iBook Store. In addition, iPads can be used as phones and for air and file sharing, as well as note-taking.”

Anyone else think its time to change schools?

- Jessie W.

Wednesdays, as we all know, can be a bit of a drag: halfway through the week, yet not quite time to celebrate weekend bliss. So here are five site I’ve complied using Stumble Upon (which in itself is a great way to get through the week) to entertain, distract, amuse, divert, engross and other like synonyms.

1.) OK GO: Having posted on the genius that is OK GO before, I’ll keep this run-down brief: the band who arguably made YouTube with their 2005 video for “A Million Ways,” is back with a an outrageously complicated Rube Goldberg machine-inspired video.  According to Wired, the man behind the machine Rube Goldberg, or  Health Robinson contraptions if you’re English, became famous for designing and building “fanciful, bizarrely complex, jury-rigged contraptions to accomplish simple tasks.” OK GO released the Rube Goldberg video for “This To Shall Pass” a few weeks ago and the video features a massive machine whose parts drop, twist, crash and break in a perfect, unbroken harmony to the nearly four-minute video. The video, created by a Los Angeles arts and technology collective Syyn Labs, took months to build with the help of sixty volunteers and two days to film, is explained: here. (Parts two, three and four.)

Follow them on Twitter, or become a fan on Facebook; OK GO is a band that knows social media and how to use it well by not only  generating the content, but also engaging their fans so they will keep coming back, again and again and again.

2.) Billboard Ads: From Best Design Options, the 35 best billboard and related advertisements. My personal favourite:

Cool Billboard Ads - Bic From Best Design Options: “Bic developed this creative outdoor advertisement for their razors.   The billboard is blank except for a small logo, but without it the advertisement might be missed and it acts as a good backdrop for the giant razor and cut grass.  The only draw back is the constant trimming of the lawn.” The other 34 ads can be found: here.

3.) Create your own Jackson Pollock: Love the art but can’t afford the price tag? Then this online DIY project is perfect. Go: here and click enter to create your own abstract impressionism.

Enter Jackson Pollock.org

4.) Wisdom Bits: Music, as they say, is the great communicator. Check out Wisdom Bits here for “nubbins of wisdom from everlasting songmavens”.  Here you can find the best snippets of wisdom from Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” to Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line.”

5.) This last one was intended to be a link to the cheesy, yet endearing Love Letters project, but then I clicked ‘Stumble! and this sink turned up instead. (Don’t let that exclamation mark deceive you; Stumble! is one of the few instances I think an exclamation mark is justified.)

The concrete sink shaped as a fossil is from HighTech. The fossil is an ammonite, an “extinct species of cephalopods which lived in the sea about 400 million years ago. Their shells are found all over the world and they are very much sought-after by fossil-hunters, their value depending on size and the state of preservation. The fascinating shape of ammonite fossils, which resembles a rolled up helix, is the basic design element in the new HighTech wash basin.”

Amazing. Awesome, and another reason Stumble Upon is so addictive.

So, do you Stumble!? If so, what are the best links you’ve Stumbled upon lately?

If you don’t use Stumble Upon, do you use a different/similar tool?

- Jessie W.

Just came across these killer print ads that are really well done. Could Don Draper have done better?

-Antoine

Bosch cordless drills

Vespa

Scrabble

The best pepsi ad of all time

Kaya- King jumbo peanuts

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