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Bad Design Just Happens

Bad auto design, bad skyscraper design, and bad medical device design often result in real-life consequences. Lump bad graphic design in there, too. Remember the Florida presidential recount? In the 2000 election, Palm Beach County used a “butterfly” design for its ballots (above). The space that voters pressed to mark their choices was misaligned with… Read More

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Fighting False News

It’s common knowledge that the vast majority of Americans no longer get their news from their local paper or the 6:00pm network TV news. Whatever shows up in one’s Facebook feed effectively serves that function. Unfortunately, most social media consumers don’t understand the power of the platform’s algorithms and how it automatically channels content that… Read More

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Defying Gravity

When I stand at the window or railing of a tall building and look down, I have to pull back after a few seconds. Something inside pushes me towards the elevator and the familiar confines of solid ground. As such, I have tremendous respect for photographers who muster the courage to shoot images from great… Read More

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Legacy Brands Have Their Day of Reckoning

Last month I wrote about Land O’ Lakes—the butter and dairy company based in Minnesota that dropped the American Indian maiden from its packaging after nearly a century. This happened before the global protests following the May 25th death of George Floyd. Now practically every brand with a racist name or image is making changes.… Read More

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Butter Icon Retired

On August 23, 2019, I wrote an article about the images, names, and references to America’s native peoples, after a visiting an exhibition titled “Americans” at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. I discovered this week that one of the brands I had featured, Land O’ Lakes—the butter and dairy company based in… Read More