Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, Please Redesign Valentine’s Day So We Don’t Puke on You

The deadline for Studio 360’s Redesign Valentine’s Day challenge is February 7 at midnight. Today: More of our favorite entries and the announcement of a celebrity judge!

Valentine's Day


It’s Groundhog Day, and you know what that means: No more holidays left between now and Black Sunday (also known as Valentine’s Day). Instead of cavity-causing confections, why not give that special someone your best idea for redesigning the holiday from hell? You’ll remember a few weeks back I helped Kurt Andersen launch the Redesign Valentine’s Day Challenge at Studio 360. The deadline to submit your idea is midnight on Saturday, February 7, so upload your redesign to the Flickr group and you might be mentioned on a special Valentine’s weekend Studio 360 show!

Last week, we got a peek at some of the first entries. This week, husband-and-wife design team Armin Vit and Bryony Gomez-Palacio chime in about the assignment, and a very special celebrity judge has joined the team: Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love and Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage. And now, a few more of our favorites:



An inspired idea from jgluzifer: “Imagine xmas without the consumerist burden of resuscitating a flagging
economy, Thanksgiving without the surfeit, New Years where our
resolutions aren’t solely for self-improvement but are pledged to one
another. A holiday to celebrate all the modes of love, familial and
romantic, a day for charity and forgiveness, selfless love, maybe even
commiseration between curmudgeons and misanthropes. IOU ten hours of
service to a non-profit of your choice. IOU more QT. IOU an
explanation. IOU what you want the way you want it. IOU my life my
devotion. IOU lunch/a bitching session. IOU a better world.”


alyxlovesjellyfish says: “And you thought Romeo and Juliet had it rough.” My heart burns just thinking about it.


Appropriate for these times. palmersandralee repurposed Chris Rubino’s recent New York Times op-ed artwork.



More concepts of everyday love, here, “love amongst the flotsam & jetsam of life…” by +Hybridesign+.


Thoughts on what else we might try loving this holiday, by iwipup.


A few ideas were submitted without visuals, and these concepts are just begging to be illustrated.

chris paige says: “Let’s return Valentine’s Day to the spirit of agape and grace. Instead
of sending pink valentines, practice a few acts of random kindness, for
family, friends, or strangers. Whether it’s refilling the office coffee
pot, giving someone in your family a foot rub, handing a stranger a
quarter for the parking meter, smiling at a passer-by, or sending a
care package to a soldier in Afghanistan, we could practice kindness
regardless of our age, race, creed, or sociability.”

LHLANI agrees: “Why not change the day so it has meaning for everyone by making
it a day about caring for others. You’d still express your love for
your significant other, but you’d also show you care for people who are
not necessarily your lovers. The phrase I CARE or an I with a slash O
through it to indicate not I might be the symbol since the holiday is
not about you. The gestures would be simple. In addition to giving
candy and flowers, one could call an old friend, give to charity, share
cookies with coworkers, or simply be nice to people. Perhaps people
could work at a food bank serving food appropriate to the season.”


Designers, you have until midnight on Saturday, February 7 to submit, so upload your idea soon!

[Studio 360]


About the author

Alissa is a design writer for publications like Fast Company, GOOD and Dwell who can most often be found in Los Angeles. She likes to walk, ride the bus, and eat gelato