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Remember Thursday November 10, 2011

Even with the barrage of design inspiration I come across on a daily basis, it’s rare to really find something that perfectly captures an event and a moment. But this poster design from the Historica Dominion Institute of Canada is just perfect.

Lest We Forget.

Categories: The-Past, The-World,

The Inevitable Demise of American Appareal Tuesday August 3, 2010

An interesting article came across my Twitter feed this morning from Julien Smith about why American Apparel is pooched. It’s been rumored for months that the flagship store for the hipster/naughts generation was in deep fiscal turmoil, but this article (which by the way is really well written, minus the foul language) pretty much declares this once thriving business dead.

And while, one look at my closet pretty much shows 50-60% of my clothing either from American Apparel or small independent online t-shirt companies who are dependent on AA products, there is actually a really important business lesson to be learnt from the AA failure.

When one removes all the positively bonehead personal mistakes taken by principal owner and head creep, Dov Charney, you’ll find that the American Apparel failure really boils down to one all too common mistake. One where a business’ success propels them to over extending their business model and over reaching into markets which detract from their bottom line. We’ve seen it a hundred or so times, both locally (a great example is Nellies’ Breakfast) and internationally (think Microsoft’s Zune as an example).

It’s a difficult balance to hold, but if one really examines the American Apparel fiasco, it’s quite easy to see the mistakes that were made. Instead of keeping the brand dependent on a niche market of scenesters and it’s incredible wholesale operations, the company over expanded. Just look at the Calgary market, in a three year span it went from one flagship store on the busy 17th Avenue to three watered down locations scattered in high rental locations. And one only needs to look at this as a microcosm of the overall corporate failure to imagine hundreds of other over-saturated markets.

It’s a real shame that American Apparel is about to end-up in the deadpool. It’s core business model was quite unique and ultimately really successful. It showed that people, like myself, are more than willing to pay decent money for simple, nice fitting t-shirts with a bit of an added social benefit. But alas AA has gone the way of the last generational clothing outlet – The Gap – and looks set to close it’s doors.

For shame.

Wait a second. What do you mean The Gap is still open? And they run Banana Republic and Old Navy? Really? People still shop at the Gap? OMG I had no idea!

Categories: The-Soapbox, The-World,

Fox News North Monday June 21, 2010

By now all of you Canadian readers have heard the comments on the proposed Fox News North. And yes I agree, armageddon is definitely upon us.

As much as there has been rhetoric that this channel won’t be Fox News North as it’s been dubbed (the real name will be Sun TV), make no mistake it will become as bad as it’s southern and English counterparts (SKY NEWS). Just look at the main slogan on the Sun TV News website – Hard News and Straight Talk.

Give it five years and we’ll have our very own home grown Glenn Beck – but his catch phrase will involve a lot more eh!s

I’m not going to argue about how we should never let this level of misinformed crap into our country, because truth be told, it was inevitable. The Fox News model is a massive money maker and everyone knows that TV is a desperate business. But what I am angry about is the CRTC and it’s lack of Regulatory Balls. (Sorry for being crude mum)

I’m not disappointed that SunTV is probably going to be granted a Television channel to show the otherview point of journalism. (Ironically, I didn’t think there was another viewpoint when it came to journalism and reporting the facts). What I am disappointed in is the abysmal track record of the CRTC for granting companies channels, setting a strict parameter for content and then in five years essentially letting that channel do what ever the please.

That is my biggest fear and disappointment.

We’ve all seen how The Histroy channel has degraded in reruns of Ice Truckers and old movies with no historical relevance. (Ex. The Kevin Spacey movie 21) And don’t even get me started on what’s happened to Muchmusic and MTV… So you can just imagine what SunTV will evolve into a few years, after the regulatory watch dogs have walked away and the channel needs to reinvigorate itself with more controversial fair to get ratings. It’ll be a gate way to the sort of sensationalism crap that has made FOX News such a detrimental addition to the American political spectrum.

Yes, I’m quite passionate about this, but after driving through the prairies and listening to the aftermath of the Obama-care approval on nothing by FOX news radio for two days, you might understand why this is disturbing.

In my opinion, it is the CRTC and it’s lack of regulatory power, that will make this approval such a travesty.

But there’s not much that can be done, the wheels are in motion. My only hope is that maybe Blackett is right. Maybe Canadian TV is shit and likewise SunTV will be so bad that no one watches it and it flops.

Here’s hoping.

Categories: The-World, The-Calgary-Vibe, The Soapbox

Random Thoughts For The Big Caption Thursday May 27, 2010

I’ve linked to Boston’s Big Picture feature a couple of times in the past, but for those not familiar, The Big Picture is an amazing collection of large and stunning photos right from ground zero of some of the world’s most talked about events. For anyone remotely interested in current events, you probably should know about it… and if you don’t I strongly suggest submersing yourself in their archives for the rest of the day.

But better yet, is a new design/humour site called The Big Caption which takes images from the The Big Picture and overlays them witty typography hilarity…

Like this one.

Yes. Yes. That is Epic.

First – Kudos to Shia Lebeouf for admitting that both Indiana Jones 4 & Transformers 2 were awful.

I know in this day and age it’s not kosher for people to go around slamming projects that they’ve worked on, but you know what … it’s kind of refreshing. I know I’ve worked on projects in the past that I wasn’t proud of, which also means that I know how difficult it is to admit that publicly. (via. tiptaptip)

SecondThe most brilliant way to get an Advertising Job…ever (via. alfgoetz) … Too bad this technique will never work again.

Third – For those of you new to the World of International Soccer, here’s an amazing article which links current World Cup power houses with their American Sporting Team Counterparts. I couldn’t have put it better, England is definitely the New York Jets of international football. (via. lbourgon)

Fourth – A women is suing Rogers for causing the end of her marriage, by revealing a secret affair she was having with another man through her cell phone bill.

The unfortunate thing is that she’ll probably win the case.

Fifth – The schedule for Sled Island 4.0 is set for June 29-July 4th… Sure it’s the Canada Long Weekend, but look at this line-up of indie heavy weights... Try and tell me you’re not salivating at that line-up.

SixthYoga Fire!!!!

Seventh – Threadless.com’s A Brief History of The World.

A Brief History of the World - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Eighth – A couple of weeks ago, Duncan Kinney blogged about the new Facebook/Mr.Mann campaign from BullFrog Energy. If you read on, you’ll notice some of my comments from a Gchat interview we did about the campaign.

Ninth – Remember last week when Google switched it’s logo to an interactive Pac-Man game? Well, someone did an estimate of the amount of time lost to that switch.

Up next, an article detailing the amount of productivity lost from people reading/retweeting/linking to the article detailing the amount of productivity lost to the Google Pac-Man game.

TenthWhat The Disney Princesses are teaching young girls. (via. Mr. Rennie and Good old BoingBoing)

Eleventh – …

Categories: The-Site, The-World, Sled Island 2009, The Blogosphere, The Canada Vibe, The Corporation, The Football, The Humourous, The Inane, The Music, The Pop-Culture, The T-Shirts, The Twitter-verse

Pre-Cursor Post Tuesday April 13, 2010

I have a post that I’ve been working on for the past two weeks (in actuality, it’s probably been three-four months), but before I do churn it out, I have something to share.

It’s a video post from Mr. CRUSH IT himself, Gary Van-yer-chuk. For those that know me it is pretty ironic, considering I’ve been leveraging the CRSUH it phrase for cheap humor over the past few weeks. But that being said, It’s a great video to watch. This post couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.

So before I get around to publishing the next post, make sure you take 15 minutes out of your day and check this out. There’s something for everyone here, but if you’re a 30-year old dude trying to figure out your next move, definitely take this one in.

Categories: The-Personnal, The-World, The Blogosphere, The Site

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