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A book’s cover is a promise about what the reader will find inside. For example, this cover for Treasure Island promises, “I will be boring and badly designed.” A book cover is a promise Books that don’t have cover art get automatically generated covers–these covers don’t quite do justice to the swashbuckling going on inside the […]

This article is in: Book Design, Books, Community, Cover Design


This house is peanut-free!

  For households with food allergies, it can be hard to communicate your unique needs with friends. Food allergies can be isolating When we found out our daughter had food allergies (and a lot of them) it was hard to know how to tell our friends and family about our specific dietary restrictions without creating […]

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The [Censored] States of America

  Out of many, one While the recent refugee ban has gotten more attention in the media, the unprecedented reshuffling of the National Security Council might be as significant as any other issue in the news right now: a weak-minded, insecure president surrounds himself with persuasive, unelected advisors and cuts himself off from some of […]

This article is in: Being Human, Community, Ideas


Home, by Warsan Shire

  Warsan Shire was born in Kenya to Somali parents and moved to the UK when she was one year old. Her poem Home and its depiction of the refugee experience has haunted me since I first read it some time last year. This is something of a departure from my usual posts, but because of […]

This article is in: Being Human, Community


A Halloween lesson in civic duty

“Well Sam, it seemed smart at the time, but those last few houses put you into the 2-lbs candy tax bracket. You could claim a deduction for those terrible black and orange candies, but that full-sized Snickers cancels it out. You’ll have to donate at least half a pound to your sister to avoid more […]

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New Zealand flag redesign

The four top candidates for the redesign of the New Zealand flag. Design as a public trust There are two design-related stories circulating in recent news that have to do with brands that are “public property.” The first is the logo for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The Olympic games feel like they belong to all of […]

This article is in: Branding, Community, Design, Logo Design


On being social: the Handshake Machine

This is the first in a series of articles called On Being Social. The goal is to think about how individuals and brands should approach social media in a way that is authentic, healthy and beneficial. I’d love to hear your thoughts on these topics as I’m thinking through them–send me your comments through your social channel of choice or contact me directly.

This article is in: Community, Illustration, On Being Social, Social Media