#104 Time & Time Again

 104 Time & Time Again
#104 TIME & TIME AGAIN
Click image to view full size or download poster for gallery-quality printing & framing.
This is a high-resolution pdf & may take a few minutes to download.
Find printing tips & framing ideas here.

Know anyone who screws up, arrives late, forgets something…time & time again?

AmperArt #104, Time & Time Again, is about those people. The term could just as easily refer to a car that just won’t start first thing in the morning, or a computer program that keeps crashing, but it usually refers to people—& especially negative instances such as always being late, forgetting to stop at the cleaners, or getting the facts wrong. Time & Again could also have been the title, but Time & Time Again just sounds so much more worthy of a good reprimand or pink slip.

See the scenario?

This AmperArt design, #104 Time & Time Again, presents a common scenario, especially in the workplace. Can you figure it out? Well, I know you can because only the brightest people subscribe to AmperArt.com, and that means you. But if you’re in a hurry here’s the answer:

Scenario: In AmperArt #104, Time & Time Again, there is a “team” of ampersands, comprised of 5 members: red, blue, green, yellow, purple. Each row of ampersands represents a group meeting. As you can see, all are present at every meeting except one of the team, Mr. Red. He shows up now & then, missing most meetings time & time again.

Charles!

That meant I was in trouble. Otherwise I was “Charlie” or more recently “Chaz.” I’m also called “Chuck,” “Char” & “Hey Asshole” but never Charles, unless I’ve been a bad, bad boy. I can still hear Mom reprimanding me: “I’ve told you time & time again!” Was I trying out my new Crayolas on the walls again? Who knows, but the phrase still rings clear in my memory.

The dreaded pink slip

Time & time again an employee is late or does a lousy job, until they are “canned,” “let go,” or “given the pink slip,” all of which mean you’re fired! (No, the pink slip doesn’t mean you’re given the title to a new car for being late.)

"I'm what?!!"The “pink slip” has become a metonym for the termination of employment in general. According to an article in The New York Times, the editors of the Random House Dictionary have dated the term to at least as early as 1910.¹

The phrase most likely originated in vaudeville. When the United Booking Office (established in 1906) would issue a cancellation notice to an act, the notice was on a pink slip (“The Argot of Vaudeville Part I” New York Times, Dec. 16, 1917, p.X7.) Another possible etymology is that many applications (including termination papers) are done in triplicate form, with each copy on a different color of paper, one of which is typically pink.¹

In the UK & Ireland the equivalent of a pink slip is a P45; in Belgium the equivalent is known as a C4.¹

Another theory:

The very earliest example we have is where a pink slip is a note sent to a typographer indicating that he’s made a mistake. If he got enough of them then he would be fired. Yet another intermediate one in 1905 where a pink slip is specifically a rejection letter from a magazine. So a writer would submit a story, & it would get a pink slip back, meaning that the story was rejected. So clearly there is something going on at around this time where pink slip is being used to refer to various kinds of rejection.²

The term is an Americanism. In other countries they have different colors to refer to dismissal from a job. In Germany the expression is to get the blue letter. In the French military, you would be dismissed with a yellow paper, carte jaune. ²

So typographers were given the pink slip? Time & time again I’ve issued the month’s AmperArt just under the wire. Better get this edition out on time before I’m canned.

Please comment here.

 


chaz sez ...

Check out the new “chaz sez” blog at DesimoneDesign.com, my commercial graphic design website. It’s mostly about design, typography, printing, publishing & marketing, but on occasion I’ll divert to a sideways topic that just can’t escape my ranting & raving.


Production notes for #104 Time & Time Again:
Original size: 20×30 inches

Program: Adobe Illustrator
Font family: Gill Sans
Ampersand: Gill Sans
Credits:
Reference text (verbatim & edited):
¹Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_slip_(employment)

²Jesse Sheidlower is an editor-at-large of the Oxford English Dictionary. From https://www.marketplace.org/2009/04/09/world/tracing-origin-pink-slip
You may repost the AmperArt image. Please credit AmperArt.com.
To download a full-size high-resolution 11×17-inch poster, click on the image.

For professional graphic design, please visit Desimone Design.

Desimone? Damn good!

#98 Fresh & Alive

 
 

#98 Fresh & Alive color of Pantone Greenery

 #98 Fresh & Alive
Click image to view full size or download poster for gallery-quality printing & framing.
This is a high-resolution pdf & may take a few minutes to download.
Find printing tips & framing ideas here.

Pantone Greenery is Color of the Year for 2017

In a stark contrast from last year’s rather dull pastel Colors of the Year, Pantone has introduced a Fresh & Alive color (back to just one, too) for 2017: Greenery 15-0343.

No more diaper poo

What a refreshing change (of diapers) from last year’s dull, infantile Colors of the Year for 2016, Rose Quartz & Serenity—or as I call them, Putrid Pink & Bland Blue. I can still smell the whiffs of diaper poo from these boring baby room colors. (No, I’ve never had children. Can you guess why? And besides that, they’d grow up to be derelict I’m sure, because I would paint their room in solid black, my favorite color, & all their toys would be various shapes of ampersands. Of course I’d name my kids &y and &rea.)

Trees, grass & crisp green apples

Granny Smith color of Pantone GreeneryThis year it’s the fresh & alive scent of tall trees, crisp celery, crunchy Granny Smith apples, tart limes, a freshly-mown lawn & just-plucked sprigs of mint*:

Pantone Greenery 15-0343

I hope this vibrant color catches on, because the fresh & alive hue will certainly brighten up our days, whether in print, paint, or products. I’ll proudly wear a T shirt in Pantone Greenery with the CMYK and RGB specs printed on it (54 0 100 0 / 132 189 0). You wouldn’t have caught me dead wearing Putrid Pink & Bland Blue last year.

mint color of Pantone Greenery

 

*Add this secret ingredient to your homemade meatballs: a few chopped fresh & alive mint leaves. That’s what would separate my mom’s delicious meatballs from the rest.

 


Specs

Pantone Greenery is presented as the solid background in AmperArt #98 Fresh & Alive. Here are the specs for the Pantone 2017 Color of the Year:

Greenery 15-0343
Graphics (closest match): Pantone 376 C / RGB 132 189 0 / CMYK 54 0 100 0 / HEX 84BD00
The Fashion + Home and Plastic formulas are slightly different. See here.

Visit Pantone.com for fresh & alive color insights.

 

chaz sez ...

Check out the new “chaz sez” blog at DesimoneDesign.com, my commercial graphic design website. It’s mostly about design, typography, printing, publishing & marketing, but on occasion I’ll divert to a sideways topic that just can’t escape my ranting & raving.


Production notes for #98 Fresh & Alive:
Original size: 20×30 inches

Program: Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop
Font: Capistrano (modified)
Ampersand: a fresh & alive squiggle
Credits:
Ladybug: istockphoto.com / photograph by dionisvero
Apple: fitness.stackexchange.com
Mint: ingofwallpapers.com
You may repost the image. Please credit AmperArt.com.
To download a full-size high-resolution 11×17-inch poster, click on the image.

For professional graphic design, please visit Desimone Design.

Desimone? Damn good!

#87 Cold & Flu

87 Cold & Flu

 #87 Cold & Flu
Click image to view full size or download poster for gallery-quality printing & framing.
This is a high-resolution pdf & may take a few minutes to download.
Find printing tips & framing ideas here.

What happens when you have 3 deadlines to meet, you have the cold & flu, you’re sneezing, have a headache & you just feel like crap?

The computer crashes of course & you have to start all over on a huge project.

But I interrupted the “paying” projects to get a special one done—this month’s AmperArt—just for you. Coming up with the title Cold & Flu was super easy as I’m living it! The typestyle & colors are based on typical packaging & store signage for the cold & flu season.

And yes, I really was 90% complete with a huge board game design project when Photoshop unexpectedly quit & I lost all that work. That hasn’t happened in years. So once again: save, save, save!

The upside of catching a cold & flu? I love the taste of Nyquil, Luden’s honey-licorice cough drops & Pine Bros. gummy cherry lozenges.

smith-brothers-cough-drops-14ct-box-14One fond memory is that of Smith Brothers Cough Drops, both Wild Cherry and Black Licorice. I loved those! In fact, that was the very first cough drop. Sadly, they have been discontinued. (For those of you interested in marketing: By chance, the word “Trade” appeared under the picture of William & the word “Mark” under that of Andrew. Thus, it happened by a mere coincidence that the famous Smith Brothers’ trademark was born and the Smith Brothers became known to generations of Americans as Trade & Mark.)

Another favorite, and I don’t recall who made them, was  a long hard candy-type cough drop with a peculiar honey-horsehound-medicinal flavor. They were a brownish color & tasted so bad they were deliciously addicting.

Stay warm & dry this holiday season. Try not to catch the cold & flu, especially if you’re on a heavy deadline.


chaz sez ...

Check out the new “chaz sez” blog at DesimoneDesign.com, my commercial graphic design website. It’s mostly about design, typography, printing, publishing & marketing, but on occasion I’ll divert to a sideways topic that just can’t escape my ranting & raving.


Production notes for #87 Cold & Flu:
Original size: 20×30 inches

Program: Adobe InDesign
Fonts: Helvetica Compressed
Ampersand: Helvetica Compressed
Inspiration: Sneezing, Coughing & Aching Bones
You may repost the image. Please credit AmperArt.com.
To download a full-size high-resolution 11×17-inch poster, click on the image.

For professional graphic design, please visit Desimone Design.

Desimone? Damn good!