Online Engagement (aka Designing a Slot Machine)

Making an impact online is all about engagement. According to Kara Swisher of “Recode Decode,” it’s often assumed that making an impact is positive. In an interview with Tristan Harris, Swisher says that in her experience, many of those involved in designing online engagement don’t give much thought to what type of impact they are making.

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Fashion Week: It’s Complicated


New York Fashion Week kicked off this past Thursday, and with it some complicated topics graphic designers are very familiar with:

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Monetizing Memorials

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The 9/11 Museum opened last week in Manhattan amid a storm of controversy. Designed to remember the horrors of 9/11, many feel the steep $24 admission fee, along with the crass commercialism of the gift shop, has gone too far.

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Take the Pledge

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Some of you may recognize this three finger pledge from your Girl Scout days when you were asked to recite the Girl Scout Law:

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IKEA—great design or planned obsolescence?

Consumers on their way to IKEA

When browsing through all the products, space savers, unique designs that IKEA stores showcase, one eventually discovers that most of the furniture and products do not carry the signature of enduring craftsmanship. The majority of the furniture is a quick solution for people without a lot of space, time, or money, or in other words, for most of Western humanity.

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