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Jun 14, 2018

It's June, everyone, and you know what that means: every brand is gay. During Pride month, rainbows are everywhere: in store windows, overlaid on brand logos, and streaming off of a Chipotle Pride float that reads, "¿Homo estás?"

But what role, if any, should brands play during Pride? John Olson, a designer and queer...


May 17, 2018

This week, we welcome animator and satanic-panic enthusiast Smo to the show (Smomotion.com). This story has everything: the makers of Tide PODS, rumors of funneling millions of dollars to the Church of Satan, Geraldo AND Phil Donahue, and...Amway. We explore a weird (and very long!) chapter in P&G's management of its...


May 3, 2018

Last episode, we covered the rich backstories of some of the most iconic brand mascots. This episode, we get into some of the stranger characters (The Noid), the suuuuuper racist ones, and the sexiest mascots of all time—at least to special guest Robert Dean (beingdean.com) and host Caitlin Barrett. You might be...


Apr 19, 2018

Poppin' Fresh. Horatio Magellan Crunch. Ernest J. Keebler. The characters that brands invent to sell us shit, yet somehow become part of our childhoods, our culture, and, in some cases, our kinks (thanks for being so open minded, Chester Cheetah). 

We welcome back comedian Robert Dean (beingdean.com) to talk through...


Apr 5, 2018

Dan Hendrickson of Volum8 is back in The Brand Hole this week with more on digital accessibility. Whose job is it to "own" accessibility in an organization? How do you start to have these conversations at work? Where can you learn more? And, finally, is it possible to hate Comic Sans without being ableist?