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I’ve received a number of creative gift suggestions for mom by email this year. It seems that if I’m on someone’s mailing list, no matter how relevant their product or service is, they have a Mother’s Day gift idea. There’s the usual: flowers, candy and chocolate...

Coachella, the once obscure Goldenvoice-produced music festival, has undergone a dramatic shift from its modest indie roots when it was founded in 1999. It has blossomed into an internationally recognized, sprawling, commercial enterprise. Now, with well-known artists, big-budget staging and a reputation as a "must...

But Could They Become the Paragon for the Enlightened Enterprise?   There are, sadly, incidents like this every day. This one was caught on video and went viral. Two black men walked into a Philadelphia Starbucks in the tony Rittenhouse neighborhood, asked to use the restroom, then sat...

The hallmark of great design, according to my good friend and long-time collaborator Jean Pierre Lacroix, President of Shikatani Lacroix Design, is that it must embody something he calls “The Blink Factor.” JP argues, quite persuasively I think, that a package must communicate in “the...

We like easy. And why not? Who would argue that convenience is a bad thing? Jumping through the past hundred years or so, it seems that almost everyone would agree that it’s better to: Travel cross country by jet than by horse; Wash clothes in...

Corporate consciousness is in the news, with Delta Airlines, Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Hertz and Avis among companies severing ties with the National Rifle Association after the horrific Parkland shooting. As is always the case when corporations take stands on social issues or engage in some...

CNN is running an ad campaign I like quite a bit. Rather than taking a defensive posture against charges of “fake news,” the company goes on the offensive, claiming the high ground of owning the truth. The introductory spot focused on an apple, simply displayed...

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