Monthly Archives: November 2010

Design touches us every day

Theresa sent me the following email and picture this afternoon. It’s a touching little reminder of how simple, thoughtful design decisions affect us all, every day…

I was really excited that this teabag has no staples so one can stick it in the micro!

Cultural Mashup – El Dia de Los Muertos de Burning Man?

The Day of the Dead parade in San Francisco last night had a distinct Burning Man vibe.

Observing and chatting with festival participants, there was a real spectrum of opinions about this blending of rituals from different cultures/sub-cultures.

Some people had strongly negative feelings about what they see as a co-opting (and in some cases debasement) of a deep piece of Latin culture, while others framed the cultural mashup as a positive evolution.

One thing is for sure – we all need rituals and a chance to change up our everyday experience – and cultures invent, borrow, and innovate to satisfy this basic set of needs.

So…

…Savor the candy skulls of the Days of the Dead (for one day, La Muerte will feast on you, too)…

…Happy Halloween…

…Go Giants!