Monday, January 30, 2006
caption: gosh, that dog looks delicious!
I know it is bad form to link to someone else's image. Because I know this, I will endeavor to speak of the source of this and other remarkably disturbing images in the most glowing way possible.
(It is possible that such bald-faced ass-kissing (two disturbing co-joined colloquialisms, oh my) will absolve me of my wrong-doing. Maybe. Stand by for take-down request in ten, nine, eight. . .)
So please visit the Nice People at Plan 59, The Museum (and Gift Shop) of Mid-Century Illustration. Delight to their retro-chic ways! Marvel at their collection of commercial art! Buy stuff!
Because the hay-day of product marketing was the mid-20th century, that's why. The energy, the colors! The frightening children! And remember - it was cool at the time. Or at least, it didn't raise eyebrows. That, to me, is the kicker.
It also reminds me that - once again - there is very little in the way of creative work like this happening in software advertising these days, at least not from a graphics arts perspective. You may disagree; if so, please provide examples. Please note - the Logitech "Peeing Baby" ad doesn't count, because it is the exception that proves the rule.
We are living in a wasteland of stock photography, and I'm tired of it. More maniacally grinning kids, please!