January 13, 2009

Photoshop Subvertising

Artist-vandals in Berlin have rather brilliantly hacked a set of subway posters, overlaying them with stickers showing the Photoshop UI. [Via Mark Stern, Serge Jespers, Jeff Lietz, and others]


I have a soft spot for the trippy impromptu public art projects that subway posters often become–everything from Van Dycks & puke lines to political commentary.  I got an unreasonably big kick out of a Bourne Identity poster in the NY subway that featured three images of Matt Damon on which someone had scrawled, respectively, “Loner… gun owner… stern taskmaster.” (Told you it was unreasonable.)


[Update: Kottke links to more photos on Flickr.  Apparently the project is called "Don’t Forget…" [Via]]


[Previously: Real-world Photoshop.]

Posted by John Nack at 9:08 AM on January 13, 2009


  • Scott Valentine — 10:32 AM on January 13, 2009

    To go that extra step, they needed the new Clone Source panel up next to the History panel (which is filled with brilliance, I must say:
    “Fat -40%”).

  • Ken — 2:14 PM on January 13, 2009

    To the new year to you Jack,
    Great PR. Could I get a part time job with Adobe pasting in Kentucky.
    [Wouldn’t you need some subways first? :-) –J.]
    Most kindly
    Ken in KY

  • Nat Brown — 4:04 PM on January 13, 2009

    The Devil is in the details. The layer labels give it a real kick.

  • Michael Warf — 5:47 PM on January 13, 2009

    Any press is good press I guess. Brilliant execution nonetheless.

  • Mylenium — 10:51 PM on January 13, 2009

    While brilliant in its own way, it fails perfection by using an English UI (in a German U-Bahn(subaway) station). Now imagine someone not even remotely into CG and not well versed in English trying to figure out what’s going on…

  • Nicolsas — 3:09 AM on January 14, 2009

    Nice! What do you think about that
    [Cool! My boss’s boss used to have to deal with the build-of-materials lists when Photoshop shipped on floppy. That meant tracking floppy, floppy label, floppy sleeve, sleeve label, etc. *for each disk*. I’m really glad we’re not in that business now. :-) –J.]

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