Daily Archives: November 18, 2009

More Photoshop catastrophes, this time of Demi Moore on W. Sheesh.

I honestly don’t know why we just don’t have drawings of people on covers and dispense with the fiction that these “photographs” are supposed to be of a real person. Take this photo:

Even someone with an unskilled eye, like myself, can see the (bad) photoshopping here. And W is no small time magazine. They must have a big staff and no doubt more than one person gets to critique the cover before it gets printed. Sad.

A more thorough / brutal criticism of this hack job can be found here: Was Demi Moore Ralph-Laurenized on “W” mag cover, with missing hip-flesh? – Boing Boing. I hope the original photo surfaces.

BTW, I love how “Ralph Lauren” is now a verb, and not a good one, either. Serves him right.

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There is picky, and then there is font-nerd picky

Have you ever had your vacation ruined because the font on a sign was poorly chosen? Or upset by a movie because the font (on a pressure gage, no less) was anachronistic? If you are, then you are likely a font nerd! Font nerds are obsessive about…well, fonts. If you are one or you know one (and I know several), then you will know exactly what I am talking about. If you don’t, read this, Design – Mistakes in Typography Grate the Purists – NYTimes.com, and be glad you wouldn’t be able to identify Helvetica if someone put a gun to your head. :)