Archive | April 2013

Podcast Research: 4Player Podcast.

4Player Podcast

Based out of Austin, Texas, 4Player Podcast is an award-winning Podcast, which after beginning in 2008, has become a multi-media website featuring not only its classic Podcasts, but reviews and news, all tying in to the gaming world. The Podcast has been extremely reliable to their fans; they feature a live broadcast episode a day, and not one has been missed in the past three years. The Podcasts center on the members of 4PP discussing video games, but has expanded into two other Podcasts; Cocktail Time Podcast and Audible Podcast. The 4PP are extremely influenced by their fans; the news they discuss is compiled via their forums, and they give their fans the chance to send in their top five favorite games for discussion. Each Podcast lasts roughly two hours long, and finished with a ‘4Player Minute’, where the players discuss shameful secret (something they did recently that they are ashamed of), sweaty palms (something that they are worried about), hype (something that they are excited about), and “Fuck You Of the Week,” where they choose one particular person, company, game, etc. which is worthy of a “Fuck You,” for whatever the reason may be.

Podcast Research: The Ricky Gervais Show.

The Ricky Gervais Show (Podcast Review)

Beginning as a live audio Podcast, and later being adapted into an animated show by HBO and Channel 4, the Podcast centers around Ricky Gervais, Steven Merchant, and although having only began as a producer for the radio show that the Podcast originally aired on, Karl Pilkington, whom rose to fame after featuring on the show back in 2001, becoming the central theme of the Podcast.

Despite being named after Ricky Gervais, the show centers around the life and thoughts of Karl Pilkington, whom is often the focal point of jokes made by the other two members of the Podcast; various aspects of the show, such as ‘monkey news’, revolve around Karl, and since appearing on the show, has become an internet sensation, going on to star in other Ricky Gervais projects, such as An Idiot Abroad (Which, upon taking the show, was to be called ‘Karl Pilkington’s Seven Wonders, as far as he was aware).

The show has had its fair share of controversy; comments made during the show by all members have been, at times, seen as inappropriate and unnecessary; during one show, Gervais and Merchant repeatedly used the word ‘cock’, insisting they were talking about the bird, and received multiple warnings, and even had the protests of Karl, whom was the shows producer at the time.

Print Design

Old Style: Old style or humanist typefaces date back to 1465 and are characterized by a diagonal stress (the thinnest parts of letters are at an angle rather than at the top and bottom), subtle differences between thick and thin lines (low line contrast), and excellent readability.

Transitional: Transitional or baroque serif typefaces first appeared in the mid-18th century. They are among the most common, including such widespread typefaces as Times New Roman (1932) and Baskerville  (1757). They are in between modern and old style, thus the name “transitional.” Differences between thick and thin lines are more pronounced than they are in old style, but they are still less dramatic than they are in modern serif fonts.

Modern: Modern or Didone serif typefaces, which first emerged in the late 18th century, are characterized by extreme contrast between thick and thin lines. Modern typefaces have a vertical stress, long and fine serifs, with minimal brackets. Serifs tend to be very thin and vertical lines are very heavy.

Magazine Layout

Magazine Layout

What works for this piece is the distinctive lack of colour, which immediately highlights the two images and distinguishes them from the body of text, purposely coated white to contrast the relatively dark image.

Magazine Layout

Magazine Layout

Even with so much within the image, the placement of the photo does well to separate the distinctive differences in the texts, from the article itself, to the short info graphic.