Firestone Logo

I pass three Firestone locations on my work to work. I love it. Their logo is absolutely beautiful (that “F” is just delectable and how ’bout that calligraphic tittle!). Firestone was created by Harvey Firestone sometime between 1890 and 1900, and I assume the logo was created during that same period. It’s great to see a notable company rock black-letter for more than a century. Can you imagine today seeing black-letter type as the word-mark for a newly created business as large as Firestone? It’s unfortunate that gothic type is treated like the plague (adopted by the Nazis and now by heavy metal bands and gangsters). If it weren’t for the Disney logo and certificates of achievement, it may as well be Satan’s proprietary type style.

Lifeless

Good lighting. Attractive models. Intriguing color cast. But nothing can make up for the bizarre, lifeless and mannequin-like posing. Individually, each one of these models would provide a great stock photo. But together, they become cardboard cutouts, frozen at the very moment they quite unexcitedly discovered some form of electronics. Also, I couldn’t help but notice the similarities between this taken-seriously stock photo (2530542 on Veer), and the not-taken-seriously movie poster for “The Big Year.”

Old man Lexus

I was stopped at a red light, behind a Lexus RX 350. I couldn’t help but notice that the rear of the vehicle looked angry. Can’t you see the furrowed brows and deep frown marks? I guess what I’m saying is, don’t you think it looks like Jeff Dunham’s old man puppet?

 

Fibonacci Pigeons

You may have seen this image circulating the internet for about a year now (I have no idea where it originated). If you’re into classical architecture or design theory, you’ll view this and probably giggle a strange little fascinated giggle.

Artistic Absurdity

The title of this gem is “Extraterrestrial looking at scared man.” Number 18861168 on iStock.

I can’t say this image is disturbing (that’s giving it too much credit). Disturbing is when a talented artist intends such. This photo is just bizarre. Even more disappointing than the ethical violations of using a poor 2000 year old child’s mummified corpse propped up in your stock photo is the composition, focal point(s?) and narrative. I can’t image what strange force would possess a photographer to record such an offense to normality, and why iStock thinks that anybody is going to pay upwards of $30 for it.

NBA basketball and Papyrus

Last night at the Jazz game the jumbotron urged the crowd to shout the word “defense.” So, naturally, it flashed the word…set in Papyrus…with flames behind it.

I half expected the ancient Egyptian Gods of victory to rise from the ashes of NBA lore, alive again, breaking the spell brought on by decades of basketball arena jumbotrons who refused to flash any words set in Papyrus.

Needless to say, the Jazz could have used some mythical intervention (as they lost in double OT to the Raptors).

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