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In Topic: Laptop buying advice (for ae & c4d work)

29 July 2014 - 06:40 PM

And then, in a time of need, it appeared!

In Topic: "No fuckhead you're a roller coaster designer"

26 July 2014 - 02:27 AM

To me it seems like he's actually trying to do the opposite; he's talking about the meaning of the word in a very literal way. "Storyteller" has been diluted by it's mass appropriation in the business and advertising world, distanced from it's function as a word for one who delivers narrative. It lets businesses that want to imply creativity without the baggage tied to "artist" come across as such, while keeping it ambiguous enough that most people can't really call bullshit on it. Personally, I find it refreshing that someone is doing exactly that, especially someone of his clout within that world.


Of course there's no committee, but it's a tired phrase bordering on meaningless. It wouldn't hurt if more people and companies considered that. In fact, it could be beneficial as a means of separating yourself from the beaten path. Imagine an agency site's splash page exclaiming WE ARE NOT STORYTELLERS. Now I'm interested! Maybe they look like idiots to a certain kind of client. But if they do good work, it becomes a compelling demonstration of both confidence and integrity.

It's not a hard position to take, to come out swinging at the "me too" buzzword idiots for whatever they're doing lately. Yeah, they jump on whatever train seems to have a desirable destination, seemingly hijack it and shout about it unintelligibly before jumping on another. Sure, you're a brand storyteller. Sure, you're a UX consultant. Sure you're a craft microbrewer. Sure you're a DJ. If you say so. And it's nothing new. Those sort of identity leeches are always going to be riding one wave or another. But who gives a shit? What's tired is getting fired up over the latest instance of it. Or using the latest instance of it to fire up anyone who's easily threatened by an "invasion" of their precious in-group.


The problem is that he's further conflating an argument about who gets to call themselves what, which is intentionally elitist, and a purposeful jab to get people riled.

I'm a real storyteller, not like you. You make animated films, I make REAL films. So go back to your cartoons, hack.

I'm a real designer. Not like you. I can spot the difference between Arial and Helvetica. You can't call yourself a designer, bro.

I'm a true original Belieber, not like you. You're one of the fakes who just likes the popular songs. You can't like him anymore.

I'm a true Aryan, and committed to the cause. Not like you, you fucking half-breed. We're gonna beat the piss out of you now.


It's all feeble-minded, exclusionary bullshit, and as destro said pretty simply, it's basically self-promotion for everyone involved.

In Topic: Laptop buying advice (for ae & c4d work)

25 July 2014 - 08:17 PM

Well that sounds promising! I can always render on my tower if I need to.. Guess I just wanted to make sure that it held up with most other things (well enough). I'm considering getting a used 2013 model and save a few hundred bucks - 15" Retina 2.7 GHz 16gb ram. 

I guess I should say I don't know jack about the PC world anymore, so I can't compare at all. And I don't think there's been a 15" mbpro update since late 2013 anyway, which might mean they'll refresh them around september, if that means anything. Pretty easy to get them new online with no tax or shipping.

In Topic: Laptop buying advice (for ae & c4d work)

25 July 2014 - 07:12 PM

As any laptop, Macbook Pro probably isn't the c4d renderbeast you'd be used to, but it is clearly the best purchase I've ever made. The whole retina display is kind of wasted because hardly anything seems to utilize it, but the guts of this thing are ridiculous for something you can throw in a backpack. I do everything on it, without limitation. Then again, I'm not popping off 4k vray renders, but I imagine if you were, you'd be render farming it. Mine is getting on 2 years old and I have no thoughts of upgrading. 

In Topic: "No fuckhead you're a roller coaster designer"

25 July 2014 - 07:04 PM

Well, Sagmeister has long been a deliberate pot-stirrer, which is why he's known, and this marks no change. This is for FITC, the theme of which this year is apparently "crafted stories: branded storytelling", so the rant is almost cartoonishly antagonistic of him. And of course there's some truth in there, or it wouldn't be antagonistic. There ARE a lot of inflated titles, and randomly-applied buzzwords, and puffed-up people, but that goes without saying. He is, however, making an embittered assertion that equates to "only some people get to be called artists." And of course that's self-important crap in itself, but that's how he gets you riled up. No, of course there's no committee that decides who qualifies as an artist/storyteller, and no, Sagmeister is not on it. He's on the committee of his own self-exposure, and he does a pretty good job of it.