Steve Lovelace

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The 5 Types of Coffee Shops

What makes a good coffee shop? Coffee, most obviously, but that’s not all. I know how to make good coffee at home. I go to the coffee shop for the atmosphere and the convenience....

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Bean Counters and Brand Decay

Branding is not an exact science. In fact, is much more of an art. The most successful brands, like Apple and Starbucks, rely on emotions, rather than rational thinking. And like a personal reputation,...

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Deep in the Pit of the Stockroom

I worked at a home decor store back in college. It wasn’t my dream job, but it paid the bills. It was a small store with a dozen employees, so we did everything from...

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Texas Logos in Comic Sans

If you’re a frequent reader of this website (and I hope you are), you already know of my love of redoing famous logos in ugly fonts like Papyrus, Algerian and Jokerman. For me, there’s...

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A Funny Thing About Nostalgia

I heard an old 1990s song the other day. I think it was the New Radical’s “You Get What You Give.” As with most one-hit-wonders, it invokes an awful lot of nostalgia. Whenever I...

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The Shutdown and Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Here’s the thing that bugged me most about the 2013 Government Shutdown. The Tea Party Caucus and the Objectivist Conservatives all complain that the government is is broken, when they themselves broke it. In...

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Website Logos in Optima Font

Yahoo got some flak recently for their new logo. Done in a font called Optima, Yahoo’s new logo has been criticized for looking too much like a makeup brand. I agree that it’s a...

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Top 5 Stick Figures

Stick figures are one of the simplest forms of art imaginable, but there is a lot of history and meaning behind the simple stick man. Throughout the ages, these minimal line drawings have had...

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Crappy Old Software

Having grown up with computers, I am nostalgic for the good old days of DOS and Windows and vintage Macs. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to use these kinds of vintage computers...