This Is Not an Auto Reply Text

October 1, 2014 | Melanie Davis | Damn Good Communication | No Comments

Aziz Ansari awesome auto reply text

Auto reply texts are boring. Auto reply texts are cold and impersonal. Auto reply texts say things like, “For help txt HELP to stop receiving txts txt STOP if you can’t remember why you’re getting these annoying messages txt WHYNOWHY” So this message I got when I signed up for an Aziz Ansari ticket lottery… Keep reading

Josh’s Smoothie Recipe

September 30, 2014 | Melanie Davis | Behind the Scenes | No Comments

Josh's smoothie recipe

Josh is known for a few things around Jellyvision. Delighting customers. Setting up elaborate taste tests of popcorn and fresh-baked cookies. But he’s perhaps best known for his enthusiasm for green smoothies—and for being able to make ones that don’t taste like they’re good for you. Here’s one of Josh’s go-to blends. Ingredients 2 cups… Keep reading

The Man Who Approves Every Beer Bottle

September 10, 2014 | Melanie Davis | Damn Good Communication | No Comments

beer bottles

One very important, but sometimes overlooked, aspect of good communication: making sure what you’re saying is legal. Most of us know that you’re not allowed to lie about other people and companies. (Your neighbor, Mrs. Johnson, eats catnip!) Or make outrageous claims about your product. (Yummo Snack-ums are so delicious, they make you fly!) And definitely not… Keep reading

Toots for a Good Cause

September 3, 2014 | Melanie Davis | Damn Good Communication | No Comments

fartbomb video

Phhhhhhrt. Pfft. THPPTPHTPHPHHPH. That, my friend, is the sound of awareness. At least it is now, thanks to the clever folks at Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa. They came up with a fun campaign that uses everyone’s favorite inappropriate noise—the fart—to spread the word about bowel cancer. Using their Fartbomb Generator, you can add fart noises to any… Keep reading

Explaining Particle Physics with Clicks

August 26, 2014 | Melanie Davis | Damn Good Communication | No Comments

Particle Clicker game

At Jellyvision, we’ve tackled some pretty complicated topics, like taxes, college savings plans, and your health insurance. But even we haven’t taken on particle physics. Which means we’ve totally been shown up by the creators of Particle Clicker, a game where you run a physics lab by clicking your mouse—and learn a little bit about particle… Keep reading

Squeaky Clean Signage

August 18, 2014 | Luke Crawford | Damn Good Communication | No Comments

damn good wash your hands sign

Here’s an important sign. Yes, that’s just an ordinary “wash your hands” sign. But that’s the point. You may not even notice these signs in bathrooms anymore…they all look the same (and that look is boring). These signs have a very important message to share, but it’s getting lost. Wouldn’t it be great if there was… Keep reading

A Label You’d Want to Read

August 5, 2014 | Melanie Davis | Damn Good Communication | No Comments

Example of great packaging communication

A communication tipster spotted this rare and exotic creature: a packaging label that you’d want to read all the way through. Kurt’s mom may not be too impressed, but I think he’s a pretty genius communicator. He manages to share the benefits of RealBeanz in an entertaining way…which means you’ll actually pay attention. Kurt, you’re… Keep reading

Masters of Communication: Lee LeFever

July 24, 2014 | Melanie Davis | Damn Good Communication | No Comments

Masters of Communication: Lee LeFever

Welcome to Masters of Communication: our series of interviews with communication experts. In this episode, I got to chat with Lee LeFever, the founder of Common Craft, author of the book The Art of Explanation, and all-around expert explainer. Lee can explain anything, from copyright to zombies, and even more exciting: he can teach the rest of… Keep reading

Jargon Decoders

July 17, 2014 | Melanie Davis | Damn Good Communication | No Comments

Marketing Contradictionary browser extension

Team Down with Jargon is growing. And as people recognize the evils of jargon, we get more tools in the fight against blah blah blah. First, we have the Marketing Contradictionary: a browser extension that highlights and defines the marketing jargon that pops up on web pages. Here it is, going nuts on a Wikipedia… Keep reading