Apr
02

Iconic movie posters from a different angle

LG's ad campaign for their new surround system takes iconic movie posters and flips them around. Pretty cool.

Jan
25

Cool sticky notes

Design Fetish has a roundup of cool sticky notes. I dig the leaf.

Leaf stickies!

Leaf stickies!

Leaf stickies!

Oct
24

Good news or the bad news first?

PsyBlog has an interesting article on how people deal with good and bad news.

Firstly, about three-quarters of people preferred to get the bad news first. This is a consistent finding: most people prefer to end on a happy event rather than a depressing one.

When creating a customer experience you should make sure your customer is happy and confident throughout the process but focusing on delighting the customer at the end of your process will leave them with better overall feelings.

This is why some retailers offer coupons or discounts on your next purchase. Customers end on a positive note and have incentive to come back.

Oct
10

Learn to be a loser

The Guardian has a great article on the Museum of Failed Products and the idea of learning from and embracing your failures.

..it points to an alternative approach: a "negative path" to happiness that entails taking a radically different stance towards those things most of us spend our lives trying hard to avoid. This involves learning to enjoy uncertainty, embracing insecurity and becoming familiar with failure. In order to be truly happy, it turns out, we might actually need to be willing to experience more negative emotions – or, at the very least, to stop running quite so hard from them.

Aug
20

Solar Powered Lounger

Rest and charge your batteries with this cool lounger developed by MIT students.

Aug
20

Formerly Formal

Interesting thoughts over on the 37 Signals blog concerning formality in business.

Formality is so ingrained in much of our working culture that even though people intuitively understand its harm, as in the colloquial “it’s just a formality, but we have to…”, it lives on.

Thankfully, there seems to be a cure: Companies started and run by doers. People close enough to the work to see the damage of formality and who’ll have none of it.

Aug
09

Star Wars typographic posters

Design Agency H-57 put these awesome posters together for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Very cool.

Why aren't you at your post?

Typography is strong with this one.

Design or design not.

Aug
01

Toothbrush improved

The Rinser Brush looks like an interesting improvement on the 'ol toothbrush. Rinse your mouth without a cup (or putting your head in the sink):

Rinser Brush in action

It's always cool to see someone improve something that's been around forever.

Jul
23

More authors self publishing

Penelope Trunk wrote a great article about self publishing. I'm starting to see more and more authors detail why it is easier and more beneficial to self publish.

"Marketing online requires that you have a brand name and a following, and the book industry doesn’t build it’s own brand. But I have my own brand. So I’m better at marketing books than you are. I have a voice online and you don’t."

Now I need to take Scott Berkun's advice and write a book myself...