Back in the day, Ken Segall helped create Apple's Think Different campaign
and helped name the iMac
. More recently he worked on JC Penney's Yours Truly
, commercial, before JCP ousted Ron Johnson as its CEO. He writes a sharp, entertaining blog called Ken Segall's Observatory
, where he offers opinions on advertising and design geekery. His take on Ron Johnson's failure
is interesting, as is this post
on what it takes for an advertisement to stand out in a crowd. He calls attention to surprisingly decent ads from Microsoft
, critiques terrible ads (from Microsoft
and JC Penney
and even Apple
, and comments on whether skeuomorphism has its advantages
. He's also fond
of discussing product names
. Give this one a skip if advertising gives you hives, but for those of you who're interested in things like this Segall's blog is especially choice stuff.
posted by Rory Marinich
on May 3, 2013 -
How To Save Media
Jason Ponti from Technology Review offers some suggestions as to how traditional print publishers might save themselves from becoming irrelevant.
posted by reenum
on Oct 12, 2009 -
Water Cooler Games
is a blog devoted to "video games with an agenda. It is about games that go beyond entertainment."
They cover pretty much all you would expect from the recent furor over JFK Reloaded
to Russian plans
to create "patriotic video games in hopes to replace the popular DOOM".
Along the way they found time to play the single most unsafe for anywhere anyone might conceivably see what you were doing game - orgasm girl
(link goes to the blog discussion, not directly to the game).
posted by thatwhichfalls
on Nov 27, 2004 -
: Wired runs an article
called "Fark Sells Out, France Surrenders". Drew Curtis writes a response
(note the sycophantic totalfarkers and more annoyed normal-farkers) -- but, as the article says, "when pressed on the issue, Curtis refused to deny
that Fark accepts payment for placement of links". Was this really a case of one sales rep getting "a little overenthusiastic"? Is Drew ever actually going to deny selling Fark out, or will he just keep writing non-responses detailing his plans for selling it out even more in the future?
posted by reklaw
on Aug 6, 2004 -
Jorn tries pay for play.
Seeking to sell links near the top of his extremely-widely-read weblog Robot Wisdom, Jorn Barger has set an (experimental) $20 submission
fee: you don't get considered if you don't pay, but if he approves of your site you get a link. (Actually, it's even more complicated than that, which is characteristic of the man.) There's even a $100 fee for certain commercial links. Jorn can do what he likes, of course, but how well do you think this might work?
posted by dhartung
on Feb 13, 2001 -
I have seen the future of advertising, and it is PP * blog
. My ultra-top-secret advertising scheme is finally let out of the box. Okay, so it might not be the future of advertising, but it IS a sleezy scheme on my part to help get both me AND you more visibility in the weblog dept.
posted by premiumpolar
on Mar 21, 2000 -