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Rainy morning links 8/27/12

2012 August 27

It’s September in five days. And what have I been doing? What have I been doing all year, come to think of it?

I’ve not been gathering a lot of links, lately; it seems to be feast or famine. But I’ve got enough to make a post I think.

First, new Microsoft logo. I am reminded of a comment which Don Banks, I believe, made about a particularly generic-looking “throwback” uniform which one or other NFL team played in a year or two back: where did they get this design, Costco? I mean, I hope they didn’t pay more than $50 or $60 for this.

Meanwhile, over at the web site of Microsoft’s former rival, you can still examine the by-now-venerable movie trailer gallery (which, over the years, seems to have been reassigned from now-deprecated Quicktime to now-omnipresent iTunes). Every now and then, I get bored and stop by. Doing so the other day, however, what I found most striking was how incredibly formulaic nearly every movie “poster” graphic seems to be. This and this, just from the first page, is a particularly blatant example, but almost all of these seem so heavily-laden with movie-poster-design convention that they blur together with countless other movies of the past decade or so. I realize that there are a lot of things in this gallery, and they’re all more or less the same size and frame-shape, and from my cover design work I realize that there are limits to how different you can really be after a while, but still good lord. Even the lighting of the photography is nearly all the same. (If ever there were a crying need for otherwise-seemingly-unnecessary hipster app Instagram…)

One final thing, NPR.org has this information graphic about oil extraction from tar sands, though I’ll be honest and confess that it isn’t especially novel or noteworthy; it does, however, provide me a slender excuse to link this related story which I believe is deserving of much attention.

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