Fruits of Funemployment: A Graphic Designer's Take on the Great Recession
|Wanna wear your job status on your sleeve?|
Irina Blok, a 31-year-old graphic designer who was laid off from Google about a month ago, has come up with a series of buttons and a t-shirt that she says were inspired by the funemployment story. Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Blok now lives in San Francisco. You can check out her Web site here; a sampling of the buttons can be seen above. ("I've already had a few orders," she tells us.) Here's the t-shirt and a button close-up:
For those inclined to do so, it's easy to rail against the culture of funemployment as a narcissistic waste of government welfare checks. But there's no denying that the Bay Area's creative class has been prolific in its response to joblessness; witness the slew of local unemployment blogs that have cropped up in the past year. Blok's efforts can now be added to the list.
UPDATE: As one of our discerning readers pointed out, Blok's original constellation of funemployment flare contained a misspelling: "Terminanted." (In a state with this governor, that's not a slip that will go unnoticed.) Blok tells us she has corrected this button, and a revised image of her collection can now be seen here.
Images | courtesy of Irina Blok.