Website Gag

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At first, emails gave people a way to recycle old jokes. Now, the internet increases that capability exponentially.
I still get sent “hilarious” emails and links to “new jokes” that I have already seen at least 5 times, over the course of the past 8 – 10 years.

It seems that it simply takes this long for some people to finally be sent the gag.
And as soon as some people see that joke, they think “Oh, what a simply brilliant piece of comedic hilarity! I MUST share this with everyone in my email address book and/or all my facebook friends.

I propose that the respective governments of the world combine their forces to create a team of specialists, whose sole purpose is to tag all the jokes on the internet with a creation date. That way, when you get something funny, you can see how old it is.
If the date of creation exceeds 8months, then you would know that sending this “joke” on to all the people you are connected to online it probably not necessary.
Instead, select a few people that you are at least 80% sure would not have seen it before,and just forward it on to them.

All jokes over a certain age should than be retired from doing the rounds online, and used again ONLY in emergency or nostalgic situations.

This plan of approach – which I have called the “Comedic Retirement Initiative” (C.R.I.) – is a sure fire way to make the interwebz and email channels of the world much more enjoyable for all who enter them.

NOTE: Any joke that can clearly be classified as a “Dad Joke” is excluded from the C.R.I.
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You really need a hint? The webs on the computer and title on the presentation don’t help out?
Ok, if you REALLY need a hint, go here, you can find one here.

Perfect presentation

Perfect presentation published on 2 Comments on Perfect presentation

Just when you think that you have FINALLY had a little win, a client will let you know what else they need.

My all-time favourite scenario that I encountered when I was a designer, is as follows:

CLIENT: I am leaving the design totally in your hands. You are the expert, so you just work your magic.
I totally trust your design skills and will be happy for you to guide me as to what works best.

ME: OK. Great, I will get started right away.

* When the mockup is presented *

ME: So, what do you think?

CLIENT: I love it! Fantastic!
……but… move the logo over here, make it bigger, put that text down there, move those images over here and add borders & drop-shadows, that thing should be in red, not blue. Can we change the typeface to something else? Oh, and also change the background, and those bits at the bottom would look better at the top highlighted in star-bursts to make them pop.
Lets try that and see how it looks.
If I don’t like it, you can just change it back really easily anyway…

To all my compadres out there who still work in design of any kind – you are my heroes.

Wayback Machine

Wayback Machine published on 7 Comments on Wayback Machine

Don’t you love when grandparents re-invent history?

But it won’t be long until some of us start reminiscing about the good old days and creating stories about how life worked before everything was online.

I know some people that even do it now.
They sit around and tell us about how good things were before everyone was distracted by facebook, twitter and iphones.
Yup, in the good old days all they had to keep them amused were video games, IRC chats, Rubiks cubes, messageboards and web-rings…..