Amusement, discovery, thoughts

If you think Verizon is rebranding, you got your head in the clouds

If you think Verizon is rebranding, you got your head in the clouds

verizon_logo change

Ok- so my friend Joe tweeted (about 20 minutes ago actually) about an alleged new branding campaign for Verizon Wireless. I looked at it and though, oh, this is… interesting… Even the Brand blog site Under Consideration picked it up.

Now, maybe I’m the sucker and Joe, UC and the rest of them are in on it- but some quick research shows this is totally bogus.

[UPDATE: I’m not a big reader of Under Consideration and apparently they pulled this with Ford last year, also upon closer look at the comments and the whole thing, this was pretty obvious… but my post here remains!]

Aside from being more of a stark out of character change than the Tropicana switch. The “announcement” website it particularly bare with no official link back to verizon, only “For more information, visit”

Another thing that’s an immediate redflag- The Who Is listing.

   Nuncio Nunez
   5618 Shoalwood Ave
   Austin, Texas 78775
   United States

      Created on: 30-Mar-09
      Expires on: 30-Mar-10
      Last Updated on: 30-Mar-09

   Administrative Contact:
      Nunez, Nuncio
      5618 Shoalwood Ave
      Austin, Texas 78775
      United States
      (917) 755-0750      Fax -- 

   Technical Contact:
      Nunez, Nuncio
      5618 Shoalwood Ave
      Austin, Texas 78775
      United States
      (917) 755-0750      Fax -- 

   Domain servers in listed order:

Who is Nuncio Nunez? Not someone at Verizon, that’s for sure… and, also definitely not something Verizion would allow itself to be tracked to. The domain was also registered two days ago, the first thing you would do is secure the URL, how could you plan the marketing materials otherwise?

Upon further inspection, I’m pretty sure Under Consideration is in on it. The website does not have ANY of the material they display except for the cloud logo and it isn’t anywhere on the Verizon site. The only other possibility is that Under Consideration doesn’t check their facts and received a mysterious email with all the promotional material attached which they blindly posted about.

Also, did anyone else notice that the guy in the top right of their “promotional material” doesn’t appear to be wearing pants or underwear for that matter…is it just me? And when were Crocks back in style?


Not to mention the phones they mocked the logo up on are ancient.


Announcements, Reviews

After Holiday Clothing Sales from all my favs

Get some New Threads for the New Year

Ok, so I didn’t purposely wait for the holiday season so all you fools wouldn’t buy the same stuff that I did- I’ve just been wicked busy. Yes, wickahd busy. Anyway, I thought I would share with you some of favorite places online to get sweet new clothes. Didn’t get what you wanted for the holidays? Then go buy something sweet to wear. And guess what, they’re ALL having sales RIGHT NOW! So screw the economy get on it you consumer whores!

DesignByHumans – Going off the home designer T-shirt fad, DBH launched about a year and a half ago in ’07. There aesthetic is distinct and overall feel of the style they go for is darker and more “designy” than their predecessor Threadless. Additionally their large gamut of available printing techniques allows for some really interesting and high quality products. So far they have been able to consistently put out good shirts and have not followed the path of other user submitted content shirt sites which start to go stale after about a year or two. Oh, and they’re Fabric Edition Ts are bomb. I grabbed one of the limited edition blanks when they were available at their introduction and it is easily one of my favorite shirts. It’s really soft but without being too thin or stretchy.

    They’re having a T sale at $10+ (usually Ts are $19+) until Jan 4.

FULLBLEED – This a unique one on the list, because this is all one guy. Rob Dobi. A man I truly admire and respect, I’ve been following him since he started with his Ts in 2004 as a side-project. The designs have a unique style utilizing silhouettes and simple yet meaningful illustrations. I’ve seen many try to copy his work on Threadless and elsewhere, but it just isn’t the same. His Ts are printed on American Apparel and affordable ($10, capping at $17 for Ts and $35 hoodies) making his stuff the best value of price to design on this list. He also has a fantastic site (that came out of another sideproject) and the original from 2002 that helped start it allHow-to dress Emo. He also has two super exclusive T designs available from his site for only $10 because they’re

Karmaloop – A collection of street/urban style threads from various brands complete with blossoming socialnetwork/media-ish sub-site. A good place to get some cool stuff you won’t find in most stores, especially if you’re in the ‘burbs. (You hear that hipster kids!? Buy from here and no one else will have the same shit as you!) However, keep in mind, these urban styles are at Urban Outfitters like prices, so if you plan on shopping here, make sure to take that double your boss offered you next Friday.

    But if you can’t work the shift, get over there now and use the code “MERRY” for 50% off your ENTIRE ORDER.

DrJays – Original Street Style – Founded in 1975 in the South Bronx, DrJays hosts brick and mortar locations in NYC and NJ. They’re selection is similar to that of Karmaloop but with typically better prices. Their media site also has interviews famous people on it, oooo, ahhhh. Also, with there long history in the game, I imagine it gets them an advantage with exclusives and deals.

    Also having a sale, check it out!

Threadless – One of the first design/submit/vote/shop community oriented T-shirt sites. They’ve gone a little down hill since their inception in 2000. I may have just grown out their designs but in my opinion have become a bit stale and are usually much more fluffy, cute, cliche, pun-ish and kitschy than other sites. However, they frequently reprint some of their older, more popular designs which I think are a bit better. The Ts tend to be slightly less expensive than others (now starting at $18 and a section of $9 Ts) and their sales are usually better, like right now,

    Ts from $5+.

The Select Series – Formally a special part of Threadless where popular designers were allowed to design a T-shirt and skip the voting process after their regular designs had won a few times. Select is now a full-fledged sub-brand of Threadless complete with its own site and features Ts printed on nicer fabric with various printing methods. These Ts typically have more well designed graphics and are closer to work seen on DBH.

    No sale here.

Chealsestormey – Wellfare hipsters have no fear! Discount American Apparel is here!

    That’s it, plain and simple, this site offers AA stuff for 50%-75% off retail.

TOPMAN – For the bourgeois hipsters and stylish yuppies, this place has some high class, high price clothing to make a dapper appearance from here to across the pond. Originally a UK store, they launched a US online storefront for us yanks to get in style. Look for Eurothreads and just plain classy shit here. Don’t want to pay shipping? Then wait ’til Spring 09 for their first US Flagship store on 478 Broadway in SOHO. Hit them up now and you could land a job there- who knows, maybe they have sweet discounts. Either way, just like everyone else- they have a sale going on now

    Half off featured items.

REVOLVEclothing – Launched in 2003, it’s really just another online clothing store featuring collection of high design, hipster/urban-esq brands for your self-indulging pleasure. They stand out by having one of the largest brand selections I’ve seen (I didn’t bother counting, but it’s a lot, as far as actual selection they claim 4400+ styles for Women and 7500+ styles for Men). They also tend to have some brands that are harder to find and more exclusive (again, especially in the suburbs and less culture heavy, less-populated cities). They’re prices reflect they’re selections and are in the premium/designer range, but right now stuff is

    30%-80% off during their End of ’08 Blowout.

Digital Gravel – A storefront-blog/tlog combo- features an assortment of designers and brands big and small. Mostly urban/street/hipster styles. Apparently has lots of exclusives. I can’t say for sure as I haven’t paid much attention to it because it’s definitely on the pricey side. Although I will now because they just started tweeting deals, hopefully this will turn into more than just a holiday thing.

    Currently free shipping, but you missed the Sample Sale at there CA warehouse, also add them to your Twitter as they tweet random sales that last anywhere from 1 hour to a few days.

DistrictLines – A company that allows designers to operate small storefronts underneath their ecommerce infrastructure. The majority of its clients seem to be metal/hardcore bands and some Youtube related shirts. But there are some hidden gems and interesting designs hidden withing the shop list if you’re willing to dig (this may make it easier). They also apparently have no policies about copyright infringement.

    Oh, and as far as I could tell, there are no sales here, however, I didn’t check every storefront.

Merchline – Just like District Lines except the majority of storefronts are actual designers instead of hardcore bands. This is the company that hosts Dobi’s stuff. Lots of good stuff here. Just gotta dig.

Neighborhoodies – Don’t feel like waiting for your design to win on Threadless and don’t want to make at least 6 of em on CustomInk? Neighborhoodies offers one-off custom shirts and of course, hoodies. But if you aren’t feeling creative, they also have readymades too! And if you’re in the hood, stop by theirs @ 26 Jay Street Brooklyn NY 11201.

    No sale that I can see

Spreadshirt – Like DistrictLines and Neighborhoodies, Spreadshirt is an on-demand Tshirt printing site. It’s pretty cool and a review of it can be found on the The Tshirt Blog, but there is also a storefront of other peoples work. Definitely worth checking out.

    Seems like the sales are over, but stuff is pretty affordable anyway.

Mysoti – Brought to my attention by TSB Another on-demand Tshirt site with a marketplace. The generally reflects a mix of DBH and Threadless, although the Most Wanted seem to all be leaning towards a DBH look.

    No Sale

A Better Tomorrow – A clothing store with primarily Ts but also with some apparel like special edition, artist painted Nikes. This site combines the aesthetics of Threadless, DBH and Karmaloop with a very eclectic mix of styles. I’m pretty sure there used to be an English storefront version of the site, but right now it’s all German. A good place to snag super exclusive threads and kicks as the German aspect has probably confused and scared off your friends who can’t waste their time with other languages. I don’t know about shipping, but I’ve had good experience getting stuff to the US through Deutsch Post from other companies.

    No sale as far as I can tell, but, I can’t read German either.

Oddica – A Tshirt site with decent designs. The name is pretty fitting as the designs can be a bit weird at times. General style reflects a mix of Threadless and DBH. Oh, and

    THERE IS A Sale- $10 Ts, $18 Polos and $25 Hoodies.

BustedTees – I mention this one last because although funny/entertaining, these type of shirts aren’t really for me anymore, they also have enough advertising between Facebook, MySpace and College humor that they don’t need my link. However, I’ve included them in the list here because I referenced them a few times in this article. So in case you didn’t know about them, now you do. Most of their products are T-shirts with graphic puns, funny references to pop-culture and other related designs. There a step up from the shirts you bought at Hot Topic and thought were cool to wear when you were in middle/high school; but they aren’t anything too graphically complex or sophisticated. Most of these are shirts are ones that I could appreciate on someone else and think are pretty funny but wouldn’t wear myself. I say most because there are a few, that if given to me as a gift (i.e. free, e.g. I didn’t have to pay for) I would probably wear. Also, hilariously sarcastic, caustic and now iconic Someecards has licensed their designs to BustedTees. Providing an entire new array of fairly amusing shirts.

    There is also a special sale this week only AND FREE RETURN SHIPPING!

The others- Below are a few more somewhat generic online T shops. For the most part, they’re nothing special and/or new, but still might be worth checking out.

Chop Shop – Another one like Loiter Ink or BustedTs. Some decent designs worth looking at.

    Currently featuring a sale of Ts from $1 to $10

Luckythreadz Loiter Ink – Previously LuckyThreadz, Loiter Ink is kind of like BustedTs and trying to be like Threadless. Haven’t seen many new shirts on here in ages- but depending on your style, you might like some of the shirts found here.

    Although they’re site is Christmas themed, it doesn’t seem to be related to any Christmas sale…dumb.

TeeTonic – Like a Scottish based version of Threadless, you’ll find enough unique stuff to merit a visit, but after a while, you’ll notice some redundancy, ideas that have been covered by Threadless, Rob Dobi and others months/years earlier.

    They are also having a 50% sale and some stuff for 5pounds, I don’t know about shipping costs to the US though.

Turtlehead – With a T design style VERY similar to that found on Threadless but a selection that doesn’t even fill one page, it’s not much to look at, but I didn’t want to leave it out.

    No Sale

MOJITEE – Unique Character Tees, unfortunately I haven’t seen the selection change from those six same Ts in at least 2 years. Also, the T I got was super soft but was very light, weirdly stretchy and fit awkwardly.

    No Sale

Insanely Great Tees – A decent name wasted on a lackluster site. Good for the Apple Geek in your life, this site features a static selection of Mac and OS related Ts.

    No Sale

Also, stay on-top of T-Shirt news and styles with, and

Did I miss any worth mentioning? Let me know in the comments!


Interesting AIGA article on the RNC: did you know?

The short: Those “handmade” Hockey Mom signs weren’t actually made by the people holding them. They were most likely made by someone on the campaign staff, then placed on potential “Moms”. The author (Yamuna Ramachandran) argues the sign design negatively impacts the GOP and the perception of women within the political environment in general. You can check out the full article at AIGA Voice Magazine site. Worth the read, only about 950 words.

After the jump- a formal reflection on the article (I did it for class, but it isn’t that bad).
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Amusement, discovery, Probably Only Important to Me

David Allen to Myspace Layouts

I’m not a MySpace whore, but….. Legit Flash Layouts

Just like the phrase “I don’t mean to be a bitch, but…” you know the proceeding remarks will be chastising, harsh, self-serving and sometimes largely irrelevant despite this weak, weak, disclaimer… Now, I’m really not a myspace whore, infact, the only time I log in is to help friends with design/layout customization issues or to check in with people who refuse to get facebook…but…

First, let’s figure out, how I got here-

Retracing my steps

My chain: All set off by my trial copy of OmniFocus (I downloaded because Merlin Mann mentions that it’s what he uses) which opens with a link to David Allen‘s website as well as 43folders (Merlin Mann) which had a fresh post of links in the list Mail Trends caught my eye which lead me to – directly under that link lurked Hivelogic’s post about Offices and The Creativity Zone… this is when it really exploded- from there I clicked on the referenced material to find out what coworking was and read Jason Calacanis’ article of tips for start ups. Then, in the ps from his article I saw Peter Rojas of RCRDLBL’s advice – recognizing RCRDLBL (I love that site) I wanted to find out more about Peter Rojas (whom I didn’t realize was one of the main guys behind Engadget) – Clicking his name lead me to a thread on him. from there, out of curiosity of what a successful full time webloggers myspace would look like, clicked link #6 – MySpace: Peter Rojas Profile – there I saw a very impressive myspace profile that I immediately started to reverse engineer. Ten minutes later I realized I was looking too hard when I spotted the “MySpace Layouts – <3MyFlash” Badge“. I clicked that and then poof, I was there. Although there was A LOT of dead end branches and other diversions along the way, that was basically my direct, social, semantic and actual path to this site… now why can’t someone invent a tracker that does that- I haven’t used Me.dium to tell you how close it comes, but from my limited exposure to it- I think it can track progress like that….

But I digress.

The site is impressive. The have well designed, appealing, functional Flash MySpace designs that are A) Easy to set up and take basically two steps. B) Free C) Their link through badge is fairly unobtrusive and inconspicuous. They even have a design that incorporates your Flickr account in a really useful way. They were nice enough and it was hassle free enough that I even took 2 minutes (literally) to put one of their layouts to use (the Dark styled Flickr one) on my page. (For explanation of my url, just Google imagelink NSFW search “Adam Dexter” with the quotes- however beware, the results will certainly be NSFW.

But to recap- I’m not a MySpace whore, I don’t really use MySpace- However, I do appreciate good design as well as cool free and innovative web apps/sites. So you should check these guys out and show them a little love.

This interesting process lends itself to somewhat of a discussion. I can’t be the only person with completely legitimate yet totally unrelated web chains that cause discovery. I mean, that’s partly the thought behind StumbleUpon. But there has to be something further behind why and how we get to where we are on the web. Google Trends is starting to pick up on the organic search part of the process, but is there a way to put in place sets of references/referrers that would let the surfer be anonymous yet track the users path, not just within a window, but as I and others do, through tabbed windows and cut and paste links as some terms aren’t always hyper-linked.

This app would most likely have to be browser or even OS based as it would have to track the clipboard and new windows/tabs. But if this was created, think of the type of data you would get. It would open up a whole new world to PPC ads, link placement and collaboration. You could expose the trends of users on the most honest, personal level.

It’s also very possible something exactly like this already exists… if so, please let me know.