February 14th is a day that lives in infamy — for some of us, at least. It has evolved into something to dread, not love. Valentine's Day is loaded with pressure and stuck in an aesthetic rut: The Hearts. The Everything Red. The Chocolates. The Roses. We think Valentine's Day needs makeover.

We asked listeners to contribute Valentine's Day makeover ideas. And the husband-wife team who run the Austin design firm Under Consideration upgraded this fraught holiday.

Redesigning Valentine's Day

Friday, February 12, 2010

The professional graphic designers at the Austin-based firm, Under Consideration, take a stab at rebranding Valentine's Day. The husband-and-wife team, Armin Vit and Bryony Gomez-Palacio, tell Kurt about their ideas: a new valentine icon, better colors, and a transformed Cupid.

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Elizabeth Gilbert Picks a Winner

Friday, February 12, 2010

Studio 360 challenged listeners to design a valentine that reflects modern romance. Over 100 were submitted, and Elizabeth Gilbert judged the entries. Gilbert's runner-up celebrates the domestic bliss of "taco night," and the winner showcases an inventive use of bacon.

Slideshow: See the winner, runners-up, and all the entries

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And the Snail-Mail Prize Goes to…

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Our Valentine Redesign Challenge elicited many great entries to our Flickr page.  And we received mailed-in submissions too.  They ranged from a set of miniature cards 'inspired by a muse and faces of love' to my favorite, a three-foot tall by two-foot wide poster from Victor Stabin.  He ...

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Playing With Our Food

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

We got nearly 200 great entries to our redesign Valentine challenge. And on last week's show, Elizabeth Gilbert picked the winning entry: a bouquet of rolled bacon strips that look like roses (only yummier!) by Sarah Tisdale. As Gilbert said so aptly, 'Nothing can compete ...

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Unchain My Heart

Friday, January 29, 2010

Our redesign of Valentine's Day moves full steam ahead. We hear from the husband-wife team who run the Austin design firm, Under Consideration. Armin Vit and Bryony Gomez-Palacio work to upgrade this fraught holiday. Studio 360 commissioned them, but they consider ...

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Will You Makeover My Valentine?

Friday, January 15, 2010

The Studio 360 Valentine Redesign Challenge! The Hearts. The Chocolates. The Roses. The everything Red. It's all so predictable. And nauseating. Design writer Alissa Walker tells Kurt what it will take to redesign the holiday.

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