June 27, 2005
A Lighter, Yet Darker, Note I’ve been meaning to post about this for some time now since my colleague Tami Forman introduced me to this company. It’s a riot. You know all those well-intentioned, but slightly cheesy motivational posters you see in places like dentists’ offices? The kind that talk about “Perseverence” and “Commitment” and “Dare to Dream” and have some beautiful or unique, usually nature-centric image to go with them and their tag line? For the sarcastic among us, you must visit Despair, Inc.’s web site, in particular any of the “Individual Designs” sections featured on the left side navigation. The posters are brilliant spoofs on the above, with such gems as “Agony” and “Strife” and “Despair” (whose tag line is “It’s always darkest just before it goes pitch black”). E.L. Kersten is one funny, albeit strange dude. Worth a look, and everything is for sale there, too, in case you need to have these posted in a back room somewhere.