Today, many lament that the United States used to make great things but seldom does any longer, believing it’s no longer a major source of manufacturing and creation. One need only open the October issue of Fast Company, titled "The United States of Design" for a reality check. While manufacturing’s decline has been significant over the last two decades, I believe the emerging narrative that manufacturing in the U.S.A. is dying or dead is both misleading and overblown.
Last night I found out my wife can't identify the state of Iowa on a map. I was about to scold her until I realized I couldn't tell Alabama and Mississippi apart myself. Luckily, today I found "50 and 50," a graphic-design gallery of all 50 states, organized by their official mottos. They've got designers lined up for every state, but so far only four illustrations have been posted. Up above is Tennessee's motto as seen by Matt Lehman, and here's Massachusetts's:
Goldman Sachs is the smartest, toughest, most aggressive, most powerful player in the world: They have the most powerful political connections. They have the most competitive culture. They make the most money. They win more than almost anybody else. They are the biggest dog in the world. In other words, you could think about Goldman Sachs the way most of the world thinks of the United States.