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Workwankers Returns, with Postcards, New Characters in Tow

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Back in October, we brought you news of Workwankers, a site created by Joe Sayaman, Peter Cortez and Sam Mylarczyk that lets one creatively vent about stereotypical “workplace wankers” who seem to be situated in every office. Since then, the parties involved say the site has taken off, as they’ve received hundreds of submissions that have resulted in the creation of 14 new characters (including the ones below as well as others like MacSurly, Stoneface and Deckhead).

The Workwankers crew has also caved to popular demand for them to open a store, which they are launching online with a limited run of 15 4 x 6″ postcards featuring the original Workwankers characters, available for ten bucks, plus shipping. Check out a couple of our favorites from the new batch of Workwankers below, and head on over to the site to order your postcards, if interested. Credits after the jump.

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Workwankers: A New Site for Creatively Venting

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Joe Sayaman and Peter Cortez have spent the last year churning out clever tech projects. In September, they gave the world the Citypricks biking PSA. Last spring, there was Citydoping NYC, and unofficial travel guide for tourists who don’t want to seem too touristy. And, of course, after Sayaman left SS+K in 2011, he produced a mobile game called Pee & Poo Save the World. Seriously. So, their latest venture, a venting website called Workwankers, seems pretty benign.

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Workwankers, also developed by Sam Mylarczyk, is Tumblrish in that it’s really just a dozen or so creative slides that use illustrations and text to call out archetype ad wankers who happen to embody annoying stereotypes. Shoulderbeast is the person who hovers. Idea Killer is the office Bitter Bob. Pervoceros is the guy who mistakes creepy behavior for flirting with women. Etc. People are encouraged to call out wankers and email their suggestions to Sayaman and Cortez. It’s a simple concept, and the illustrations are great, but the site may be too generic to really make an impact. Every office has these unaware employees. Plus, after you look at the site for a minute, there’s no incentive to come back. I’d rather see the slides turned into a calendar available for purchase. That way, ad folk can post the calendar by their desks and laugh a little after an oblivious Shoulderbeast hovers. A few screen grabs after the jump.

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NYC Biking PSA Warns Against ‘Citypricks’

When I say PSA, I don’t mean the sanctioned, usually preachy Don’t Do Fill-in-the-Blank clips. Some taboos are less dire than others, say, like the difference between being a bad Citibike driver and smoking cigarettes until lung cancer arrives. But for anyone who lives in New York City and has seen some oblivious riders swaying around the streets on those blue Citibikes, it can still be an important public service.

“Citypricks,” which comes from Citydoping creators Peter Cortez and Joe Sayaman, is about as an informal as a PSA can get – Citibike did not sponsor this, obviously. Citypricks are defined as “the pricks that can kill you while biking,” and the one-minute-and-forty-second clip sneakily shows bad bikers in the wrong lane, taxis blocking bikers, and crappy tourists taking pictures in the street. All of these problems are important, and even if they don’t kill you, they do cause an alarming increase in blood pressure and volatility. Citypricks are real. If you know someone who may be a Cityprick, please call….no, kidding, just tell them to use common sense. It shouldn’t be that difficult, right? Brief credits after the jump.

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Citydoping New York: For Tourists Who Don’t Want to be Tourists

SS+K alum Joe Sayaman (remember him?) and Peter Cortez, the creators of Citydoping NYC, a new tour guide app, want to help “visitors feel like a local” when they come to New York for a few days. The app was built for advertisers who want to fill in the spaces between conferences and meetings with a trip to a cool restaurant or bar that is presumably off the beaten path. New York has many beaten paths, but the content comes from Manhattaners and Brooklynites who must know low-key venues that are awesome and hidden, because, well, they’re from Manhattan and Brooklyn.

The app seems useful for out-of-towners who want to be towners for a couple of days. And we can empathize with people who want to avoid 90-minute waits at overpriced eateries and/or hate walking behind those people taking pictures and clogging up the sidewalks. However, there is a faulty logic to Citydoping worth pointing out: the goal is to direct tourists to unknown gems in NYC, but if enough people buy the app (for $2.99), then those spots will become just as crowded as the original attractions the creators were avoiding in the first place. Just something to think about.

The promotional video above has the slick production of an Apple commercial, but no Jeff Daniels. Even so, you should watch it and/or just go straight to the App Store.

Behold: The Dumbest Mobile App Ever

You may remember former SS+K copywriter Joe Sayaman from his send-off video to his old agency. You may remember Sayaman from his mobile reviews app Recco. Well, now you know Sayaman from his “Pee & Poo Save the World” iPhone game, available for purchase here if you think playing with feces in a digital environment sounds exciting. If not, do 18 reviews and a 5-star rating in the App Store make it sound more enticing?

Sayaman gave us the lowdown behind the app’s creation, saying “It’s both ours and the client’s first game and was a complete collaborative process. We’re all excited about just making stuff & learning new things along the way. For the game, we didn’t want to over-think things (obviously) and wanted to accomplish a few things: make something that people would want to play for more than 5 minutes, make something the client’s kids would get a kick out of, make it beautiful, and have fun doing it. In short, we’re taking a chance. We can’t worry about if it’s the next big game, we just wanted to put it out there and see if people are into superhero excrement.”

We challenge you to find any mobile app that compares to this. Seriously, if you have it, let us know. Oh, and it has to be an app, so giving us a link to your “Instagram My Poo” Tumblr doesn’t count. Credits after the jump.

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Former SS+K Writer Resurfaces, Launches Mobile App

Ten months ago, AgencySpy posted a video from copywriter Joe Sayaman titled “PEACE OUT SS+K.” In nearly three minutes of Kid Cudi-backed flashcard wizardry, Sayaman quit the post he held for three years while saying goodbye his co-workers with funny sketches. As he told us then, Sayaman left his employer to “try out other stuff.” Yep, he was pretty vague about it.

It turns out Sayaman’s actual motivation for leaving was to work on his own start-up with partners Peter Cortez and Jason Culbertson, ultimately named Recco. Functioning as a mobile application, Recco allows users to recommend local businesses to their friends when they don’t trust Google reviews or Yelp.

The program is currently only available through the iTunes App Store (sorry interested Android users), and a preview of the software can be downloaded here.