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Addicted to Pawn

Boy, I was careful with my spelling when I Googled these shows.

Pawn Stars

Honestly, this isn’t a bad design. It clearly communicates the essence of the show and clearly targets a particular demographic. It has enough mystery to attract new viewers and it clearly states when the show is being televised without distracting the viewer from the focal point.

So if this is a good design, why is it on my blog?

At first, I thought the network had simply recycled an idea. (Hollywood has been known to do that on occasion.)

But then I realized that these are on two completely different networks—Pawn Stars is on the History Channel and Hardcore Pawn is on truTV.

So my question is, how the heck is this not blatant intellectual property theft?

Hardcore Pawn

Come on guys…really? REALLY?!

Because I haven’t seen the shows, my critique can’t rightfully go beyond the designs. However, this guy on imdb.com seems to have summarized it quite well.

imdb.com

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No, I’m not dead.

It has been a while since my last post (sorry about that). A good friend pointed out the irony  in saying, “Hey, I’m going to make shorter, more frequent blog posts” and then vanishing from the blogging world. You can see from her blog that she knows a thing or two about this whole “blogging thing”.

So why did I drop off the face of the earth? Well, I am building a company! It’s a tech startup called ThompsonParks. My business partner and I have been working on this for quite a few months now. I assure you, more information is to come about this wondrous LLC.

As for this blog, I thought to myself…do people really want to see a blog that is negative in nature? Bad design is ubiquitous…it’s already everywhere. Do people want a virtual hub for bad design?

So here’s what I Kern’t Stand It is going to do: Yes, it will still feature bad design. Yes, it will still make fun of it—mwahahahaha! However, being in the process of starting a company with a partner, I am constantly learning valuable information about design, web development, marketing, networking, etc. This blog is going to give you valuable information that comes from first hand entrepreneurial experience in New York City.

Let’s start with some tech news—a first for I Kern’t Stand It.

Every designer’s go-to example of excellent design is Apple. Steve Jobs’ death, though tragic, is old news. It’s irrefutable that he revolutionized several different industries. Think about it:

-The iPod: He changed the music industry.

-The iPhone: He changed the phone industry.

-Pixar: He changed the animation industry

-I think it goes without saying that he changed the computer industry.

My question is—will his legacy change Hollywood?

According to TechCrunch, Apple has saved up nearly $100 billion in CASH! That’s more than enough to buy Time Warner, Dreamworks (yes please!) and Viacom. And there’s speculation that they might just buy their way in to Hollywood.

Personally, I would love for Apple to buy Dreamworks and here’s why:

Dreamworks, though a good studio, has always been subpar to Pixar. I’ve always been a huge Pixar fan…but the last few years, they’ve been a little disappointing (I blame Disney). I mean, come one guys…what’s with all the sequels?? You used to be the imagination think tank of our generation. Toy Story 3, Cars 2, and Monsters Inc. 2? I loved Toy Story 3 and everything but let’s try to have some original plots again. Piggy backing off of has-been successes isn’t in Pixar’s DNA. If you don’t believe me, watch The Pixar Story. They were highly intentional in re-creating themselves every time they made a new film (before Disney bought them out). That’s why they stood apart from their competition.

What do you guys think? If Apple bought Dreamworks, could they dethrone Pixar?

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