Bad Design [Batman Edition]

The original four Batman movies are coming to the 4K UHD format. Exciting!

And, the art for the covers? Terrible!

It looks like the design decisions were turned over to a 19-year-old intern that didn’t give a shit. Ugh. C’mon, guys. There are plenty of talented graphics designers out there that would love to take a crack at something like this … and would do a much better job.

Bad Design [Batman Edition]

Monday Blah’s

I woke up late this morning and that discombobulated the whole day. Ugh.

And it’s not like the weekend was super busy to make me exhausted so that I slept through the alarm. It was actually pretty lazy. I mostly just a lot of sat around and watched stuff.

Here are Some Things that Happened Over the Weekend:
– Saw Red at the theater.
– Drank some Lagunitas Brown Shugga’. It’s a damn fine beer.
– Started watching Penny Dreadful. So far, so good.
– Walked around the Lake.
– Took a nap!
– Watched Hell Fest. Mindless but fun.
– Watched The Strangers: Prey at Night. Annoyingly stupid at points.
– Did a very, very small amount of freelance work.
– Watched Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Amazing animation!
– Bought four hex bolts and Blueberry Cobbler Cheddar Cheese.
– Watched Crooked House. A fairly descent who-dunnit.

Thank goodness we had some sun on Saturday. Any break in the monotony of the dreary, rainy weather that has become the standard here is like a life line. We went from Dreary, Rainy Friday to Sunny Saturday to Cold, Gross, Rainy Sunday. Today was also cold and gross. Quadruple Ugh. I am over it!

Isn’t talking about the weather exciting?

Meanwhile … here is something pretty for you to purchase.

Waxworks Records has released CRUISING Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Score. It’s a 3-LP colored vinyl edition of the complete soundtrack to William Friedkin’s controversial 1980 movie. The package is designed by Aesthetic Apparatus and looks amazing. Get it!
CRUISING Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Score
CRUISING Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Score

Word on the street is that Arrow Video is going to be releasing Cruising on Blu-ray sometime in the near future. I am pretty pumped about that! Check out the trailer …

Monday Blah’s

Logo Thoughts [Political Edition]

Clinton/Kane logoTrump/Pence Logo
It’s interesting (in retrospect) to go back and look at what the logos for Clinton and Trump were saying about them as candidates. Both logos are colored in the traditional red and blue against white. Both use sans-serif fonts. But that is where the similarities end.

The Clinton/Kane logo feels more modern and doesn’t rely upon the typical “stars and stripes” tricks that most political logos rely on. The “H” includes and arrow pointing right suggesting forward momentum as it points to the two people who will provide that. It’s also notable that”Clinton” and “Kaine” are the same font size (suggesting they will be equal partners in governance of the country).

The Trump/Pence logo is very different in that it plays firmly with traditional political design elements. The five stars at the top suggest something military (a 5-Star General) or maybe is suggesting that Trump will be the best ever (a 5-Star President?). The logo also includes the “Make America Great Again!” slogan which says we need to look backwards to the past and not forward to the future. Again, names sizes are notable. “Trump” is twice the size of “Pence” which firmly states that Trump is in charge and that Pence is totally secondary.

So, there it is. Just some of my thoughts on the logos from this past (mind numbing) election cycle. If you have thoughts to share, click that “Leave a Comment” link.

[As a Side Note: I do wish whoever did the Clinton /Kaine logo had used better kerning between the “K” and “a.”]

Logo Thoughts [Political Edition]