Famous But Unknown

You dig all those kitschy, vintage graphics I sometimes post? Yeah, me too.
Moving forward, I’ll be posting them at their new home:
Famous But Unknown is the name of my ongoing series of posters and graphic t-shirts based on the vintage graphics I collect and scan and eventually sell at my online storefront, Stay Vigilant.

You Are The Product

From Electronista:

Facebook has announced plans to allow external marketers to mine new customers from the social network using personal information, such as phone numbers, email addresses, Facebook users’ unique UID code, and other identifying characteristics. The targeting option will be available to advertisers next week. Facebook says advertisers will have to seek their customers’ permission to use the data for marketing purposes before they proceed.

Facebook’s customers? Advertisers.
Facebook’s product? Their users.
Just a reminder.

Which Is It?

From Bloomberg Marketwatch, August 28:

Since the $1.05 billion verdict Friday — which found that Samsung infringed on six Apple AAPL -0.05% patents — customers of Samsung have been dumping their Android products on at least one major resale site. Gazelle.com reports a 50% increase in Samsung smartphones over the past three days, which has led to a 10% drop in prices for those devices. “Consumers seem to be jumping ship,” says Anthony Scarsella, chief gadget officer at Gazelle.com. “We expect this trend to continue, especially with this latest verdict.”

Then from Forbes, also on August 28:

On Friday, a California jury ruled in favor of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and ordered Samsung to pay just over $1 billion for infringing on the iPhone maker’s patents. Many critics have been quick to analyze the verdict, but there appears to be an interesting side effect that no one saw coming: increased sales of the Galaxy S III.

So Apple’s court victory is both hurting and helping Samsung smartphone sales.
Or something.

Part of the Solution

When you’re involved in a visual design critique (or any critique for that matter) it’s not enough to say “I don’t like this” or “I don’t think this is working.” You have to explain why you don’t like a design or your critique is useless.
While I won’t go as far as saying it’s a requirement, it’s also good to get into the habit of making suggestions to what you think would work. Don’t just complain.
Be part of the solution, not the problem.


I invented nothing new. I simply assembled the discoveries of other men behind whom were centuries of work… progress happens when all the factors that make for it are ready and then it is inevitable.

—Henry Ford