side-by-side images of two large blue bags with shoulder straps: one from Balenciaga, and one from Ikea.
DesignFashionMarketing

Frakta-ing the Market for Blue Bags

Does it rustle? Can you wash it with a hose? Did you pay $2,150 for it? Wait… one of these things is not like the others. As a part of their Spring/Summer men’s runway show, French fashion house Balenciaga presented a large blue “shopper bag” that’s distinctly reminiscent of an entirely …

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World Water Day illustration of a woman drinking from a bottle in front of a stream that turns from brown to blue.
ActivismEventsIllustrationMarketing

Why Waste Water?

It’s World Water Day! Celebrated every year since 1993, World Water Day is about “taking action to tackle the water crisis.” What crisis? Well, 1.8 billion people are currently at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio because their source of drinking water is contaminated with…poop. Well, poop. What does …

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Art Inquisition: Are We Making America Great?

A billboard on Highway 80 outside of Jackson, MS simply reads “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.” Aside from the fine print, that is the only text, printed in bold capitals over an iconic 1965 image by photographer Spider Martin, depicting a standoff between police and protestors on ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Selma, AL. The …

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ArtMarketingPhotography

…And Your Little Cat, Too

How does a “semi internet famous cat” named Captain Pancakes violate Facebook’s terms of service? When he happens to be owned by a photographer who uses Facebook to promote her work.

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ArtCraftingGeneral ArtMarketing

2nd Thing I Learned: Unsolicited Advice.

The second thing I noticed when we began selling art (#1 is here) is I received a LOT of advice, most of it unsolicited.  I wrote a rant about this last year. Over the years I have learned what to do with this advice. No it does not involve swearing. …

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The Makers’ Hustle

I made a thing! A thing FOR a thing, really. Amy’s been working on a new podcast called the Makers’ Hustle, and was ready to get it out there FAST. So the thing I made was cover art for a podcast that, at the time, had no episodes, a bare-bones website, and …

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FeaturedMarketingScience

Was Uber’s Branding done while Uber High?

Uber is the focus of much controversy of late, from aspects of accountability and safety, to taking advantage of their “contractors” and a host of dubious business practices and individual incidents. These may be the growing pains of a bright new future, or signals of the negligent and greedy. Maybe …

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Mad Art Cast: David Nguyen Interview (and get your flu shot!)

Your intrepid co-hosts chat about the new flu vaccine and why you should get yours, plus A brings us another cool interview from Dragon*Con 2015 back in September. This interview is with graphic designer David Nguyen who works for HiRez Studios, who make the popular video game Smite. SHOW NOTES: …

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