Mark Bult Design: San Francisco, CA, Established 1988

Web design and development for small and large business, e-commerce, b2b, b2c, SAAS, and community websites. User experience design and usability testing.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thursday Top 5+1

The end is nigh! Awesome short film by Patrick Jean

Catch Me if You Can opening title sequence
Great graphics here. I need to Netflix this movie.

Apartment advice from Conan O’Brien
NBC is so stupid. Conan rules.

“And Then There Was Salsa” Tostitos ad
You want to see some innovative online advertising? This Tostitos ad is brilliant. I had to watch it three times just to catch all the spectacular awesomeness. This one for Wario Land: Shake It! is pretty rad too.

I Love Wikipedia
A collection of interestingness gleaned from Wikipedia.

NYTimes: “Video Shows U.S. Killing of Reuters Employees”
And Americans wonder why people of other countries hate us: “...A wounded man can be seen crawling and the pilots impatiently hope that he will try to fire at them so that under the rules of engagement they can shoot him again. ‘All you gotta do is pick up a weapon,’ one pilot says...”

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thursday Top 5

“Walk Hard,” The Music Video
I watched Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story last week and thought it was hilarious. Most of all, I was impressed by the amazing songs, plus the fact that John C. Reilly actually sung them all! The title track is an incredibly catchy Johnny Cash-esque tune that’s been going through my head ever since.

Olympics photos from the Big Picture
I never watch the Olympics, but I often enjoy the great photo collections that emerge when you get hundreds of photographers together to cover a single event. [via Gary L.]

Want to know what this blog sounds like?
The Codeorgan parses the code of a given web page, removes and translates any characters that don’t correspond to musical notes, and assigns snythesizers and drum loops, making music of your code. [via Jason]

Я очень рад, ведь я, наконец, возвращаюсь домой
This one’s definitely for Olya. So she can translate the title above. And while the comments on YouTube usually just serve to prove the decline of civilization, I found these three funny: “Anybody know where I can get the lyrics?”, “From the great Russian songwriters strike...”, and “I want [to] punch this guy in the face so bad!” [via Jenny]

Stunningly good PSA
An original approach to road safety advertising from the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership.

The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most notable, interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Zia shakes it

I just watched Dandy Warhols keyboard mistress Zia McCabe shaking her ass to a Manu Chau song while eating an apple and using her iPhone.

I don’t know what Zia’s connection might be to the advertising powerhouse Wieden+Kennedy, but she’s got a two-hour radio show on their Internet station W+K Radio, and there’s a UStream live webcam feed from the studio, so you can watch her DJ and chat with her and other listeners.

Her show, called “A to Zia with DJ Zia Rescue,” airs Wednesdays from 1 to 3pm Pacific. She picks a letter from the alphabet and assigns it a theme, then plays songs accordingly. This week was D for drugs.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thursday Top 5+1

Yes We Did
MoveOn’s pimping a commemorative “Yes We Did” poster and sticker by Shepard Fairey (of Obey Giant fame). You can get one sticker for free, although I’m pretty sure it’ll put you on MoveOn’s email list. I contributed $35 to get two posters. BTW, MoveOn’s new home page design is a leap forward, I hope they’ll extend it to the inner pages soon. [via Jason]

Candid pictures of Barack Obama
By Time photojournalist Callie Shell, who’s been photographing Obama for four years.

Pomegranate Phone
Awesome! Screw the iPhone, this is the one I want! It even makes coffee!

Mission Blues
Conceptual artist Daniel Dancer transforms 200 Presidio Middle School kids into an endangered mission blue butterfly. Pics and video. User Sues
Anthony Michaels has filed a class-action lawsuit alleging that used deceptive marketing to get him to sign up for a premium account, when former schoolmates weren’t actually looking for him.

Best man drank a bit too much last night I guess.

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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Thursday Top 5

Jetpack Dreams
Trailer for a book.

Shatner–Hasselhoff ’08
I shoulda voted for these guys instead.

Interesting ad for a bank
Featuring treesitters.

Imapatient Texas cop tazes a woman in 45 seconds
Is he a bigot, a bad cop, or just having a bad day? Trick question. Those attributes are not mutually exclusive. Yet another example of why people distrust cops.

Funny Graduation Musical Speech
I wish the speech at my graduation had been half as creative as this.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thursday Top 5: Election Special #1

I’ve been pretty quiet this election season, but with less than two weeks to go, it’s time to bring up the dirty word: politics. I’m not foolish enough to think a blog is going to change anyone’s opinion, so most of this week’s politics-themed Top 5 is humor. I do hope, though, to inform San Franciscans a little bit about Prop H, which I didn’t know anything about until recently.

Reading Is Fundamental
Linebacker Terry Tate reminds us to vote. [via Jason]

Death Star over San Francisco
This is what life will be like if the Republicans win four more years in office.

San Franciscans: Vote Yes on Prop H
Real clean energy for SF, not more of PG&E’s greenwashing. More info at

Make Your Own John McCain Ad
Paid for by mavericks. Like John McCain. [via Marc]

Palin As President
Click stuff to get a sense of what it’d be like to have Sarah Palin in the Oval Office. [via Ari]

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Thursday Top 5

Flying pengiuns

Counting to 4 with Feist and Sesame Street

I’m a PC
Microsoft’s fighting back against Apple’s “I’m a Mac” ads, and so far the ad campaign is pretty good.

I’m a Wii

The real hunt for Red October
Author David Hagberg and former USSR Naval Chief Engineer Boris Gindin tell the true story of the events that inspired Tom Clancy’s novel. Red October’s one of my favorite thriller movies, so I’m definitely interested in reading Hagberg and Gindin’s Mutiny.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Thursday Top 5

Incredible animated graffiti by blu.

What average families around the world eat in a week
From the book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio.

Best Skittles ad ever

Vader sessions
"I love all y'all."

Where the Hell is Matt?
One guy, dancing all over the world.

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Thursday Top 5

Black balloons
Awesome spot from We Can Solve It.

European retailer HEMA put up this innovative site to, something. I don't speak Dutch. [thanks Jason]

Instructables: Harry Potter wands
Make your own with painted paper and hot glue.

Bill Scott
Former Yahoo Bill Scott (he's now with Netflix) gave this talk at CNET about a year ago, but I was glad to watch this video again for a refresh. If you're a web developer or user experience designer, it’s chock-full o’ really good things for for you to know. His personal website is very, very useful too, and if you're not already aware of and using the YUI Interface Library, it's a must-see.
Video presentation:

How to Enjoy Sushi
Now that I've watched this awesome instructional video, I'll be prepared to visit Japan!

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Thursday Top 5

Cirque du Soleil: Wheel of Death
A few weeks ago I surprised Velma and my mom by taking them to see Cirque in San Jose. They had the Wheel of Death at this performance, although there was only one of the contraptions (with two wheels and two guys). Still, it made my skin crawl to watch it.

Great beer ad
Nice slogan too: "Carlton Draught — Made from Beer"

The Email Standards Project

Know your rights as a photographer
Good legal tips for the next time you're stalking Britney of taking a picture at the airport. I'll have to remember these the next time I'm in Boston and they give me a hard time again about taking pictures in the T. Live: Queensrÿche
Queensrÿche was one of my favorite bands when I was in high school, and they played a live acoustic set at my former workplace recently. Wish I could've been there to catch it, but these four videos are good.

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Tell politicians we need a Do Not Mail Registry

Unless you're a big fan of junk mail (I suppose there's someone out there like that) you may want to sign ForestEthics' petition to create a Do No Mail Registry that would work like the existing Do Not Call Registry.

An astonishing 100 billion pieces of junk mail are delivered in the U.S. each year, accounting for one-third of all the mail delivered in the world (!).

And guess whose forests are being cut down to make all that crap you just throw away?

Learn more...

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Thursday Top 5

Penguins Linux ad

Buy n Large
From aerospace to food services, robotics to watermills. Now that's a global corporation. Ten points if you can figure out why this site is humorous.

Five dangerous things you should let your kids do
I guess I was lucky. I got to do all of these things as a kid. Although it wasn't spears, it was Jarts (later banned), and the I didn't do the driving bit until maybe 13 or 14.

"Lemme finish"
In an interview with an Irish TV correspondent, Not-My-President Bush shows just how much of an idiot he is. "History will judge what I'm about."

English Russia
A blog of Russian interestingness. Apparently written by actual Russians, since the English is a little broken here and there.

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Thursday Top 5

We Can Solve the Climate Crisis
Al Gore has launched a $300 million climate change initiative, one of the most ambitious and costly public advocacy campaigns in U.S. history, according to the Washington Post. When you play this video, notice the W in "we." How much do you want to bet it's going to flip over and become "me" if you go to the site and join in?

"Amateur" by Lasse Gjertsen
I'm pretty sure I posted this a couple years ago, but it's such a classic I had to repost it.

The fierce Humboldt squid
When Jason sent me this description, at first he was playing an April Fool's joke on me. But the Humboldt squid is real. "A mysterious sea creature up to 7 feet long, with 10 arms, a sharp beak and a ravenous appetite, has invaded ocean waters off Northern California. Packs of fierce Humboldt Squid attack nearly everything they see, from fish to scuba divers."

Grolsch Gardens
This is a really innovative branded game built with Flash. It's sort of a noir detective story; you have to collect clues and items and the story unfolds. You'll need a lot of time to play it, but it's really engrossing...or would that be engrolsching?

Beam me up

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

"The Story of Stuff"

"The Story of Stuff" is a 20-minute history lesson and an economics course all in one, but it won't put you to sleep like your professors did. It's a fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns and was produced by Free Range Studios, the same folks who did "Store Wars" and "The Meatrix."

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Green Design: Designers, studios, and ad agencies that work with environmental groups and green companies

I have a reputation for working with environmental nonprofits, so I still frequently get requests to do graphic design for green groups or companies. Unfortunately, I’m usually too busy.

Sometimes they ask for referrals. So I finally compiled this list of other designers and firms that have worked with environmental groups. I’m including a few advertising and PR firms too, since green groups can almost always use some expertise in their publicity campaigns, plus those firms usually have designers on staff too, or work with freelancers.

I can’t vouch for all of these. Some of them I’ve only heard of through the grapevine, but some of them I’ve met and really been impressed by. I hope you find one you can have a fruitful relationship with.

UPDATE 11-01-08: I’ve collected some new green design resources over the past year, and I’m adding a few new design firm listings to this post. Interviews with seven of the companies listed below are available at GDUSA’s website, from “Going Green” in the October 2008 issue.

I also thought I should list some organizations and resources for designers (and clients) who are interested in sustainability issues as they pertain to the graphic design discipline:

AIGA Center for Sustainable Design


Design21 Social Design Network

Design Can Change

The Designers Accord

Graphic Alliance

UPDATE 11-28-07: Innosanto from Design Action turned me on to a few more companies that specialize in design for social change, and I found a few others on a site called renourish.

a5 Group Inc.
size: boutique
location: Chicago IL, St. Louis MO, and Grand Rapids MI
clients include: Green By Design, Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Environmental Protection Agency

Agami Creative
size: boutique
location: Richmond, VA
clients include: Campaign Earth, 8Jax Communications

size: boutique
location: Aotearoa, New Zealand
clients include: The Sustainability Trust, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

Another Limited Rebellion
size: boutique
location: Richmond, VA
clients include: Vegan Action, Richmond Green Party, Center for an Urban Future

Eric Benson
size: boutique
location: Champaign, IL
clients include: Whole Foods, MADD, Toyota

Big Think Studios
size: boutique
location: San Francisco, CA
clients include: Bluewater Network, San Francisco Food Bank, United Nations World Environment Day, Center for Biological Diversity

Celery Design Collective
size: boutique
location: Berkeley, CA
clients include: Elephant Pharmacy, The Natural Step, Alameda County Green Building

The Change
size: boutique
location: Chapel Hill, NC
clients include: Fair Trade Resource Network, Higher Grounds, Sierra Club

Conscious Creative
size: boutique
location: Berkeley, CA
clients include: In Defense of Animals, VegNews magazine, San Francisco Dept. of the Environment, Marin Environmental Film Festival

Core Industries
size: boutique
location: Brooklyn, NY
clients include: 1% for the Planet,, Volkswagen Carbon Neutral Project

size: boutique
location: Melbourne, AUS, and London, UK
clients include: Australian Conservation Foundation, Greenbuild Expo, The Fair Trade Company

Design Action Collective
size: boutique
location: Oakland, CA
clients include: United States Social Forum, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Craigslist Foundation, Rainforest Action Network

Design for Social Impact
size: boutique
location: Philadelphia, PA
clients include: Environmental Fund for Pennsylvania, The Nature Conservancy, Recycling Action, ForestEthics

size: boutique
location: San Francisco Bay Area
clients include: Compassionate Cooks, Terrain magazine, American Cancer Society

Digital Hive Ecological Design
size: boutique
location: San Francisco Bay Area
clients include: Institute for Environmental Entrepreneurship, WholeSoy & Co., Canal Alliance, Greener World Media

size: boutique
location: Phoenix, AZ
clients include: Phoenix Department of Health and Sustainability, Earth Accents, Valley Forward EarthFest

John Emerson
size: boutique
location: New York, NY
clients include: Amnesty International, National Mobilization Against Sweatshops, Human Rights Watch

Fenton Communications
size: large
location: New York, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.
clients include: Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Alaska Wilderness League, Center for Marine Conservation

Fibu Design
size: boutique
location: San Francisco, CA
clients include: National Conversation on Climate Action, PG&E ClimateSmart, Media Fund, Help America Vote Act

Firebelly Design
size: boutique
location: Chicago, IL
clients include: Sustainable Chicago, Awakening Organics, Midwest Wind Energy

Free Range Studios / Free Range Graphics
size: boutique
location: Washington, D.C.
clients include: Amnesty International, Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund, the Nature Conservancy

Green Team
size: boutique
location: New York, NY and Tasmania, AUS
clients include: Environmental Defense, World Resources Institute, National Geographic Society

Mark Bult Design
How could I not include myself?
size: boutique
location: San Francisco, CA
clients include: Amnesty International, Anne Frank Center, Bay Area Earth Day, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition

Metropolitan Group
size: boutique
location: Portland, OR
clients include: Charles Darwin Foundation, National Park Foundation, The Wetlands Conservancy

size: boutique
location: New York, NY
clients include: EarthAction Network, Not In Our Name, Good magazine, The Nation

Palatal Collective
size: boutique
location: Kansas City, MO
clients include: Pharos Project, Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Girl Scouts of Mid-America Council

Public Media Center
size: large
location: San Francisco, CA
clients include: Earth Island Institute, Greenpeace, Foundation for Deep Ecology, Oceanic Society

size: boutique
location: New York, NY
clients include: Ready366 only launched in February 2008, so their client roster doesn’t really include anything indicative of their focus on sustainability. I list them here with the hope that I can update this post again in the future, with real-world examples of their stated mission of helping companies make consumer brands more earth-friendly.

Rizco Design & Communications
size: boutique
location: Manasquan, NJ
clients include: Corbis, Huntington's Disease Society of America

Roughstock Studios
size: boutique
location: San Francisco, CA
clients include: East West Herbs USA, Mission Arts Foundation, Search For Common Ground

Studio 7 Designs
size: boutique
location: Victoria, BC
clients include: PESCO Environmental Solutions, Juniper Tree, UN Golden Chapter

T-LUX Design
size: boutique
location: Los Angeles, CA
clients include: ’Licious Dishes, Pacific Edge Magazine

size: boutique
location: Oakland, CA
clients include: Natural Heritage Institute, Strategic Action for a Just Economy, Urban Strategies Council

Underground Advertising
size: boutique
location: San Francisco, CA
clients include: Environmental Defense, Union of Concerned Scientists, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Greenbelt Alliance

Vivace Design
size: boutique
location: Montreal, Quebec
clients include: Tori Amos, Liberal Party of Canada (Quebec)

Willoughby Design Group
size: boutique
location: Kansas City, MO
clients include: Hallmark, Kansas City Zoo, Women's Political Caucus, Sheridan's

Got one to add? Contact me.

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