13 Sep 2012

The Purist Movement

By Ellen Witt Today is the most pure moment in history. Not a week ago, 200 or even 2,000 years ago. It’s a fact that the Internet has brought us more child pornography and sexual predators. We face identity theft, computer corruption, viruses and hacking. Massive amounts of information have introduced a new class of criminals. So many problems have come out of this Internet, so what good is it anyway? All sorts of good, according to the bigger picture. The Internet has

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21 Aug 2012

Must Be Nice: The Secret to Success Isn’t Really a Secret

Written by Danny Bonvissuto Graphics by SeeMeDesign Throughout the early 90s—when I was still rocking the home-permed poof a la Elaine on Seinfeld—I listened to professors explain how to make it in the wide world of work. They’d start with the basics—stay in school; apply for internships—then I’d uncap my extra-fine ballpoint, ready to scribble down their secrets for success. When class was over, I’d look down and see a few hearts and a smiley face. I wanted a blueprint. A flow chart.

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10 Aug 2012

Couponing the Bullet

By Marci Cohen Despite the new obsession some people have with couponing, I learned the ins and outs of stretching my budget the old fashioned way – from my Grandmother. My Grandmother read the Sunday advertisements religiously. She clipped coupons, compared prices, mapped out her weekly shopping strategy, and she taught me to do the same. Although life sometimes interferes with my ability to follow through with a weekly shopping plan, I stir up sweet memories when I get a bargain that

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09 Jul 2012

C’est La Vie

By Ellen Witt Being in the design world, I hear a lot of requests for “outside the box thinking.” I know the English language is built on clichés, but if I only say it once, I will say it here – outside the box is so inside the box. SO, I decided to set a fun challenge for myself and see how many clichés I could fit into one story. Here’s how it ended. ——– L E S S O N  L E A

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28 Jun 2012

It Must Have Been a Lemon

By Ellen Witt and Marci Cohen Have you ever heard the one about lemons? They say you should avoid the slices at restaurants since they are proven to contain considerable amounts of bacteria. The thought is that there are too many people touching these lemons after doing who-knows-what with their hands. And maybe they sit in a bacteria-ridden container that fills with even more bacteria throughout the day. The New York Times reports that researchers have categorized this type of bacterial exposure with

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13 Jun 2012

Is there such a thing as TOO GOOD of an idea?

By Marci Cohen and Ellen Witt Just a couple years ago, someone dreamed up the great new idea of self-serve frozen yogurt sold by the ounce. It all started with one shop offering a multitude of flavor options and toppings galore ready to pour on at your own discretion (or temptation, as the case may be). The appeal was too good for any yogurt lover to deny. If you live in a city that’s anything like Atlanta, the number of yogurt shops

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