Tiny Art Director

Kids have the most imagination. Kids are honest. Kids aren’t afraid to say the darndest things. And that, seems to make a kid to be just about the perfect candidate as an art director.

Artist/illustrator Bill Zeman started a blog chronicling his attempts at fulfilling his daughter’s brief and art direction. For instance:


I’d say his illustrations are definitely up to the mark – but alas, it seems his daughter has a much more stringent/eccentric/random set of criteria. Perhaps not too far apart from real, grown-up art directors too. Check out more examples over at Tiny Art Director.

He’s collected enough of it to make it into a book –


If you’re interested, get it here.

Modern Day Proverbs

The Graffiti's On The WallOut of Fashion Out of MindThe Blog is Mightier Than the Sword

Nikki Farquharson, a graphic designer-illustrator took some of the age-old familiar proverbs and adapted them into something that may be more reflective of modern times – it’s quite interesting to see how the usual statements get twisted and yet strangely still describe truth (somewhat? perhaps with less enduring wisdom)…

More here at the portfolio site (under ’65 modern proverbs’).

Nintendo Miis as ‘Wanted’ Portrait


I thought this was quite funny and creative –

In Japan’s Kanagawa prefecture, it looks like you can add ‘police sketch artist’ the list of occupations being killed by technology. The authorities there evidently skipped the pad and pencil and went straight to the Nintendo Wii when they had to come up with an image of the perpetrator, using the Mii digital avatar tool.

‘Mii’s are avatars created for playing games through the Nintendo Wii – I suppose this simply shows that people will use their creativity and the most proximate/easiest tool to get what they need done?

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Peta calls fish ‘sea kittens’


I don’t know how can I react to this – PETA is known for its deliberately provocative and eccentric campaign tactics – but this has got to take the crown. Listen to the plea of the “Save the Sea Kittens” campaign:

People don’t seem to like fish. They’re slithery and slimy, and they have eyes on either side of their pointy little heads—which is weird, to say the least. Plus, the small ones nibble at your feet when you’re swimming, and the big ones—well, the big ones will bite your face off if Jaws is anything to go by.

Of course, if you look at it another way, what all this really means is that fish need to fire their PR guy—stat. Whoever was in charge of creating a positive image for fish needs to go right back to working on the Britney Spears account and leave our scaly little friends alone. You’ve done enough damage, buddy. We’ve got it from here. And we’re going to start by retiring the old name for good. When your name can also be used as a verb that means driving a hook through your head, it’s time for a serious image makeover. And who could possibly want to put a hook through a sea kitten?

Ask the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop promoting sea kitten hunting.

Right –  call the fish a sea kitten to evoke the ‘awwwwwww’-ness associated with the feline. Wow.