RSS Pillow by craftsquatch.com, via Flickr
This is one of many fine CraftSquatch creations. My favorite image storage* website, Imgur, recently had the good sense to feature a CraftSquatch design on a new Imgur product. I don’t know of any one else who has, not yet.
Virtual becomes reality
CraftSquatch, otherwise known as Justin T., needs an agent. I am certain that his designs would generate huge interest and product demand. Whether licensed or exclusive, they would scale. They are distinctive, and viscerally associated with the internet and web life. CraftSquatch designs are the opposite of skeuomorphism**. Instead, they transform the virtual into reality.
The primary target market for CraftSquatch designed products is not vast. but It has more disposable income than nearly any other.
I wonder if I could share my entrepreneurial designs on CraftSquatch’s creative designs with Fred Wilson? “Pitch” to him, as it were? First, I would need to contact the CraftSquatch himself, Justin T., who is not, presumably, Justin Timberlake on the down-low.
The RSS, or Atom, feed symbol is not trademarked, nor otherwise claimed. That is an exception, as most “web iconography” IS considered integral to brand identity. That eliminates Google icons and the Reddit alien. There are probably other, non-trademarked symbols. I need to find some, as none come to mind at the moment.
Justin T. may be more savvy than I realize. He may already have creative agent representation.
Don’t tell anyone, not yet. It is my secret, and maybe a very silly idea.
* Flickr versus Imgur
Flickr is my favorite image sharing website. I consider Imgur to be more of an image storage website, though it has increasingly social aspects. I like Imgur a lot, especially the user interface, but it a has a different purpose and community.
Flickr is ostensibly for genuine photographers, though other image creators are welcomed, whereas Imgur is unlikely to be a photographer’s first choice.
** Skeuomorphism and user experience
There was an excellent website named skeuomorphism, with a single, publicly-visible landing page. That page was devoted exclusively to an essay about the subject. I don’t recall who owned it. Unfortunately,
is a parked domain with GoDaddy, as of yesterday, 23 May 2013.
In lieu of that, I provided the calm, balanced, neither pro- nor anti-Apple essay, Skeuomorphism, opiate of the masses? by Anthony Mangold, linked above. I recall following his colleague, Anthony Mattox, for many years. Anthony Mattox created very appealing generative art visuals. That’s a subject for another post.
In the interim, both Anthony’s have formed a partnership, Friends of the Web, with a Joshua and a Daniel. Friends of the Web (FTW) features remarkably clean, easy-on-the-eyes typography. I think they build apps, but FTW’s own website design is second to none, in terms of ease of use for readers of prose, poetry or other text content.
I wonder if they offer MathJaX …?