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

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

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

08 Jun 2012

No Such Luck

By Ellen Witt Atlanta’s High Museum of Art recently hosted a show covering the art from Picasso to Warhol. My favorite part of art exhibits (aside from trying to get close enough to secretly lay my fingers on the pieces that were crafted by such world-renowned figures) has always been reading between the lines. There were big stories between the lines at this show. In addition to Picasso and Warhol, the show featured a number of other artists including Matisse, Miró, Mondrian,

04 Jun 2012

Interactively Dumber

By Greeley Dawson Today, there is a common perception that we are growing dumber as technology grows smarter. If you happened to catch the movie Idiocracy, you probably either laughed or cried the whole way through. Email has taken over personal communication so much these days that kids barely know how to speak to adults or pick up the phone for a normal conversation. Yes, we are all aware that there is plenty wrong with this picture, but is it really as

31 May 2012

Sea of Bookmarks, No More

By Marci Cohen and Ellen Witt For most of us, it’s a regular occurrence to happen onto something on the Internet that captures our attention – maybe it’s a new blog, a news article or even just a recipe. So, what do we do? Most likely, one of two things: Bookmark it, or Come to terms with the fact that we know we will never see it again with the understanding and certainty that tomorrow, we will likely see something as good or