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Monday, August 4, 2008

If a committee designed a stop sign

I came across a great brief video this weekend. What if a committee designed a stop sign? I mention it here because I work with a lot of creative professionals at UIS -- designers, writers and artists. I am especially thinking of the university's Creative Director, Diana Nelson, a brilliant designer. Often when I give her ideas, she just smiles at me, and then she leaves and creates something a thousand times better than I could have dreamed up. Like the new interior building directory signs that will go up all over campus in the next month or so. I think you'll love the video: http://usedwigs.com/video-stop-sign-designed-by-committee/. I give credit to one of my favorite authors and bloggers, Seth Godin, who posted the link to the video on his blog.

10 Comments:

At August 4, 2008 at 10:29 AM , Blogger Bradjward said...

Great video, I had to laugh at it when I thought of the 13-person committee I was on for our new interactive map. What a mess.

Did you join Seth's Tribe? I am member #38. It's pretty neat on the back side.

 
At August 4, 2008 at 9:03 PM , Anonymous Ed Wojcicki said...

No, I haven't joined Seth's Tribe. I just read about it this morning.

 
At August 5, 2008 at 9:40 AM , Blogger dnelson said...

Welcome to my world!

I also laughed out loud at this. Working with a committee of 13 or 2, it really doesn't matter. The "NEW starburst" request had me falling off my chair.

I recall presenting a book cover design to a publisher and book editor once. The publisher, sitting at my elbow by my computer, asked me to move the design elements for a better look. I explained that I visited all the possibilities that would make the best aesthetically pleasing design but I would humor him as he asked. He had me move the photo to the left, then to the right, then down. He moved the title to the lower left, then to the lower right, then to the top. Finally, the publisher completed the design and well pleased to his satisfaction when the book editor pointed out that he had only re-designed it to my original design. We laughed about it and still do.

Thanks for the kind words!

Diana Nelson

 
At August 5, 2008 at 10:23 AM , OpenID jeremywilburn said...

Haha! What a great video! I wish I could have watched it yesterday before our meeting.

Ed, did you form a committee before deciding where to put the signage? JK.

 
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