The shape of a letter impacts your actions

DESIGNated Drives is a segment about design’s impact on our behavior and lives. What does Pope Emeritus Benedict have in common with millions of professional American business-people, the Town of Platteville EMS, schoolteachers nationwide, and a four year old girl? No, seriously. When Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (that’s the 16th) stepped down from the Papacy–he…

DESIGNated Drivers: Physical Cues

Welcome to a new miniseries about design in our everyday lives. It rules our lives in literally every aspect. Yet, despite us being at its mercy we don’ realize it. Even more sinisterly (which is now a word), we create things every day with crappy design and subject others to the torture of having to…

The Definitive Ranking of the 2015 Superb Owl Ads

Needless to say, 2015 has been a pretty sad year when you really stop to think about it. Let’s have a quick recap about the misery so far: The Patriots won the Super Bowl. The dead Nationwide kid. The continuing ravages of ISIL in the Middle East. Measles taking over the happiest place on Earth. Side…

A reaction to the Chapel Hill Shootings

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands. One nation, under whichever god, gods or lack thereof you damn well please, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. All lives matter EDIT. 11:34am I can’t. I can’t leave it at this. Not when…