New Feature: Is This What You Were Looking For?

One of the fun things about writing for Mad Art Lab is that, via analytics, we can see all of the different ways in which people find us. Readers end up here by many avenues – some people just ‘know’ of us and come straight here, some people link from other websites, some let their cat walk on the keyboard and then press ‘Enter’. And then there are those who are searching for a particular keyword or phrase and Presto! – Mad Art Lab is returned in the search results. And these search terms are fascinating.

Now some might use these analytics to come up with better ways to funnel traffic to their website. But here at Mad Art Lab we’ve decided to take a different approach. When we find an interesting phrase in our Mad Keyword Search Analytics, one of us will use it as a creative jumping-off point.

For example: About two weeks ago someone found Mad Art Lab (and I’m not making this up) by searching for the phrase ‘potato head flat ears‘. I don’t know what that is. And I can’t replicate the search. I just… um… Anyway, I could not let such rich and vivid imagery pass by without being inspired. Therefore, I present to you an artistic representation of this search term.




Addendum: Just this past weekend, after I had written this article, someone searched for “flat potato head”. I don’t know what’s going out in there in the world, but I hope it doesn’t stop.



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Brian George is an illustrator who lives and works in the Van Beardswick neighborhood of Brooklyn. His fierce love of cheesecake is often (but not always) thwarted by his intolerance for lactose. He will draw and paint for your amusement (‘amusement’ is archaic Etruscan slang for ‘money’). Visit his portfolio, follow his tweets @brianggeorge or on G+


  1. October 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Fantastic idea! Not only is it funny, but it’s also an expression of how fundamentally different communication has become in this age-o-intertubes. Marshall McLuhan would be proud. 🙂

  2. October 14, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Restoring relevance to Google results gone astray.

    Hahaha, I love this idea.

  3. October 14, 2011 at 2:34 am

    I also love this idea and that is a fantastic piece of art!

  4. October 14, 2011 at 5:23 am

    We did something similar (in a non-artistic way) at You don’t need to speak Spanish, I’ll just translate the searches:
    a) Religion that makes women wax
    b) Ass ladies
    c) Anti-science battalion
    d) Skeptic tank (with bonus Sagan quote)

    Hablando de fosas escépticas…

  5. October 14, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Here’s my main message: you, sir, are the bee’s knees, as are your graphite potato head flat ears.

  6. October 17, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    @Daniela: That’s really great! The “Ass Ladies” picture is hilarious!

  7. October 18, 2011 at 12:36 am

    I love it!

  8. October 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Pure awesome.

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