Alright, not the most ingenious comparison, especially compared to your European correspondent who can put together a dozen examples on a theme at the drop of a hat. But thought it might help next time you have a slow news day.
Hopefully the "clever" headline/subject line should be enough. If not, you can try an approach such as "What's giant, metallic, and designed to draw your chosen gender to the multiplex like flies?" Or maybe you can suggest that Carrie's cumbersome gold shades resemble battle gear designed by Stark Industries.
IMPawards just posted this
rather tragic image for a comedy (see below, left,) which I'm sure already
reminds you of one of the most iconic images from the early days of modern key
art (see below, right.) Which may
or may not be related to thisif not this.
I happened upon a certain sandwich shop's website which had been redesigned since I last visited it. It now resembles some sort of strange ouija board and doesn't even allow you to see complete pieces of art. And it comes complete with headache inducing animations that whoosh you between each division. This from the "industry leader"!
And it got me to thinking... why do so many agencies that bill themselves as "design shops" have so much trouble designing simple and elegant websites to display their wares? Many of them take forever to load, load with missing plug-ins, or create annoying pop-up windows. Nearly all of them feature completely pointless animation that's too clever by half.
And a frightening number of them go for "cute". Most of them look like they were designed by a stable of Flash artists with nothing to do. What gives
We here at MonKeyArtAwards wish to go on record as being simply appalled at some of our readers' comments referring to
the distinguished Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards Show as some sort of
Having had the lovely opportunity to attend a traditional Celtic
Wankfest on the Isle of Wight last spring, we can assure you there is no
The Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards 2010 Advisory Board, that is, Jeff Bacon, David Brooks, Megan
Colligan, Dave Corey, Tomy Drissi, Eddie Egan, Joe Epstein, Matthew Flint, Anne
Globe, Sarah Greenberg, Nancy Kirkpatrick, Sue Kroll, Tim Palin, Pam Rodi, Kenji
Thielstrom and Tom Weston are looking for a few good Marketing Executives,
Creative Directors, Art Directors, Designers, Producers, Writers, Editors and yes, Virginia, even Account Executives to sit in judgment of their peers.
If you're like us, you've noticed some chatter going on in our comments section here about
freelancers organizing a union.
This seems unlikely since none of us wish to
give up the conceit that we are highly regarded professionals and concede that
we are mere wage apes.
Besides, the only good reason to have a union is to strike
for higher wages and/or benefits, and that sort of brinksmanship would only
play havoc on all our insecurities about a younger, cheaper work force coming in
to take our Wacom pens from our cold, arthritic hands.
So our advice is to just shut up, assume the position and
be ready for May Day - and no, we are not referring to the May 1st celebration of the International Workers' Day, but to May 1, 2010 when Blue Cross Anthem doubles the premiums for
In the meantime, you can satisfy your morbid curiosity at
GlassDoor.com where they are attempting to provide some transparency in
salaries for Art Directors.
Scroll to the bottom to click on links to salaries for Senior Art
Director, Junior, Interactive, etc.
I thought we are not allowed to post work we have done
online? I thought the studio “buy out” meant that except in an effort to gain
employment none of us can post work that the masses can see? And yet I see far
less punctilious art directors and photographers showing off their finishes and
even comps on their websites! Am I a fool for not doing likewise?