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Emaze: The Animated Gif of the 2010s

If you are old enough to remember Bob Dole, you’re old enough to remember the 1990s, when the latest thing to have for any website was an animated GIF:

Until their recent resurgence as a form of ironic retro behavior in an era of high bandwidth, animated GIF graphics were a laughingstock, derided for [...]

Prophet Brand Consultancy, For All Your Lorem Ipsum Needs

Peter Ackerman and Kahlil Byrd aren’t gone, though. They, or their equivalents, will try to bring back their vision of idea-free politics for the 2016 presidential campaign, Lorem Ipsum rebranded for a fresh go-around. [...]

At The Airport

The New 13th Floor

The 13th floor of this building is being cleared out and given a new design and purpose. What do you wish the design and purpose would be?

Americans Elect: It’s a [bloody useless] Trademark Now

In preparation for a launch of its mysterious not-a-party third-party presidential bid in the early months of 2011, Americans Elect has filed a trademark for the phrase “Americans Elect” as well as for a three-stars and two-bars logo design to be distributed on metal key chains.

The graphic trademark is nominally unique, if pretty [...]

A Year After Designer Pay Cuts, No Slowdown at CafePress

Last year, when the print-on-demand corporation CafePress introduced higher prices for buyers and lower compensation for graphic designers, many outraged designers for CafePress reacted by declaring their intention to leave CafePress behind and take their activity elsewhere. The call went out: Boycott CafePress!

A year later, however, there’s no sign of decreased activity by designers. [...]

No on 1 Goes Low Tech for More Effective Road Signs than Yes on 1

The Yes on 1 road signs put out by the anti-gay “Stand for Marriage Maine” are reasonably well-designed as far as traditional campaign signs go, although the color scheme leads to some practical problems: yellow and white don’t contrast, and unless you’re in just the right light, as in the photograph you see below, the [...]

Sue Myrick Aides Need Photoshop Seminar

I don’t particularly like Sue Myrick’s politics, but damn it, she deserves better than to have pictures like this posted on her own web site. [...]

Zazzle Widens Lead Over CafePress After CafePress Disrespects Designers

June 2009: CafePress revokes graphic designers’ ability to set commissions for items featuring their designs on its “marketplace” search engine. Designers’ new mandated commissions are lower than before. At the same time, CafePress raises prices on customers. CafePress increases its own corporate profit margin per item at the expense of both customers and designers.

July [...]

Artistic and Ethical Disaster: CafePress Removes Designer and Product Discretion. Take Control of Your Destiny. Get Off the Marketplace!

The last time that CafePress made changes to its terms of service, it did so openly. The t-shirt, button and bumper sticker printer did not make that mistake again, making a quiet but fundamental change today that may nevertheless push more people away from doing business there.

Corporate, Capitalist CafePress CafePress is a “print on [...]

Review: Avoid XG Tees for Flimsy Unethical Shirts, Buggy Interface

We here at Irregular Times have a favorite punishment for companies that inundate us with spammy, off-topic marketing ploys in our comments section: an honest review.

This morning, XG Tees cut and pasted their promotional link into an e-mail blast indicating that its company “offers a wide range of products for you to create custom [...]