Is Uncle Sam any kind of a mascot for today's USA? Is the rainbow-hued gay pride flag a little too 1970s? How do teachers feel about all those chalkboards and apples? Does a not-really-heart-shaped heart say 'love' to you? Old school, or just old? In our series Studio 360 Redesigns, we take ubiquitous designs and give them a 21st-century makeover. 

For each project, we ask listeners to send us their ideas, then arrange for a professional design firm to take the case.  We may not change the world, but we'd at least like to put a few options on the table.

What should Studio 360 redesign next?  Tell us!

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Featured Redesign: Canada

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Why is it that Americans know so little about their northern neighbor? We've asked Bruce Mau Design to come up with the graphic rebranding campaign for Canada. Meanwhile, our friends at the CBC show Q with Jian Ghomeshi are giving the US a cultural makeover as well.

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Taking Calls on the New Southern Icon

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Host Kurt Andersen and designer Gus Granger hear directly from listeners on the Brian Lehrer Show about what we might be overlooking as we try to find a new icon for the South.
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Redesigning the South: Divide and Conquer

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Our team of designers has a strategy to come up with a new visual icon for the South: divide into two teams to come up with competing ideas.
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Even Robert E. Lee Was Over the Confederate Flag

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

We get an inside look at the design firm working on our latest redesign challenge: to find a new visual icon for the South. First, they're digging into the history of the region.
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Does the South Even Need Its Own Flag?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

We asked you to suggest a new icon for the South to replace the Confederate flag — and we got lots of reactions. 

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Designing a New Symbol for the South

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Our latest Redesign challenge is to create a new symbol for the South — something that celebrates regional pride, without the white supremacy and hate.

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Making Mondays Joyful

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Mondays are the worst. That’s why we gave the most unlovable day of the week a loving redesign.

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Redesign Challenge: Bring Joy to Mondays

Thursday, February 26, 2015

You won’t find many people speaking up for Mondays. They stink. Can good design make the worst day of the week more joyful?

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Your Top Five Joyless Experiences to Redesign

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

With your help, Studio 360 and design firm IDEO will redesign one awful place, experience, or thing. 
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Redesign Challenge: Bring Joy to the Everyday

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Lots of experiences are worse than they have to be — what place or thing would you redesign to make it more joyful?

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Marijuana Goes Mainstream

Friday, April 18, 2014

Studio 360 has asked designers to come up with new concepts for the gay pride flag, Monopoly, and even Christmas, and we came up this design challenge: rebrand marijuana for mainstream culture. The Original Champions of Design (OCD), a branding firm, took on the challenge ...

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Redesigning the Dollar Bill

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Despite a few tweaks over the years, the cash money in your pocket looks a lot like it always has, with the same all-male cast of characters. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We got to thinking: what if we redesigned American currency, Studio 360-style?

Tell us which artists you'd like to see on the new U.S. dollar bills

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A New Look for Canada

Friday, June 29, 2012

Just in time for Canada’s 145th birthday, Studio 360 gives our northern neighbor a brand makeover. To get beyond hockey, beer, and Mounties, we asked the international firm Bruce Mau Design to come up with a visual rebranding. As part of its research, the BMD team talked with ...

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Canada: The Winning Slogan

Friday, June 29, 2012

Last month, we asked for your suggestions for a new six-word tagline for Canada. And the slogans poured in, more than 750 submissions. The winner was one of the first, and it remained our favorite to the end.

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Trivia Shootout: US vs. Canada

Friday, June 29, 2012

Kurt Andersen and Jian Ghomeshi, the host of Q, the CBC's daily arts and culture show go head to head in a cross-border cultural quiz. The North American showdown is the culmination to our month-long redesign project. Ophira Eisenberg, host NPR quiz show Ask Me Another, plays quizmistress ...

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Canada: Land of Funny People

Friday, June 22, 2012

For decades comedians have been shaping the way Americans understand Canada: Samantha Bee, Martin Short, Mike Myers, to name a few. As part of its preparations to rebrand Canada for Studio 360, the team at Bruce Mau Design called up Mark McKinney of The Kids in the Hall ...

Video: The Kids in the Hall, "Message from Queen of England to Canada"

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Rebranding Canada: Meet the Designer

Friday, June 15, 2012

To help make the Canada brand more vivid and memorable we hired Bruce Mau Design, an international firm that has created marketing and branding campaigns for Coca Cola, General Electric, and MTV. Hunter Tura, the firm's president and CEO, says that with offices in both the ...

Video: What Should Americans Know About Canada?

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We Redesign Canada, They Redesign Us

Friday, June 08, 2012

What would Canada and the US look like if we gave each other a makeover? Kurt Andersen joins forces with Jian Ghomeshi, host of the CBC’s daily arts and culture program Q, for our new redesign project. All through June, the two programs will be giving each countries' brand identities a jolt ...

Submit your slogan for Canada

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Canada: Your Slogan Here

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Face it, Americans don’t get Canada. After hockey and Celine Dion we know shockingly little about our strongest ally, our largest trading partner, the nation with which we share 5,500 miles of border.  Studio 360 thinks it’s time to change that. Canada’s image in the United States needs a fresh start ...

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Back to School: Teacher Redesign

Friday, January 20, 2012

Teachers deserve better than the old-fashioned visual junk they're often stuck with—apples, ABCs, one-room schoolhouses with bells on top. A top-notch graphic designer fixed all that.

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Redesigning Teachers: Inside the Design Studio

Friday, January 13, 2012

To rebrand educators for the 21st century, Studio 360 selected Hyperakt, a New York design firm that’s done projects for UNICEF and GOOD magazine, among others. At a recent brainstorming session, former public school teacher Jenna Shapiro summed up the concern of her colleagues ...

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