A year ago, Brian Buirge and Jason Bacher, then graduate students at Kent State University in Ohio, had a good fucking idea. Walking back from coffee they decided to built a website that would give sage 24/7 advice to design students, working professionals and even “a sheltered freelancer lonely toiling away in her studio apartment.” But the advice would be given extra sauce with the frequent use of the expletive for copulation. Thus Good Fucking Design Advice was born.
Sample advice includes “Don’t fucking procrastinate” and “Don’t design in a fucking vacuum.” Those who are offended by the language can click on the “Family Friendly” option, which strikes through the in-your-face word wherever it appears (though it is still clearly legible). Within the first week of launch, the site had 100,000 unique visitors.
A few months the later, the two had started selling GFDA products to “inspire the masses,” including coffee mugs, shirts, buttons, T-shirts and posters. And this summer, just before the site’s one-year anniversary, Buirge and Bacher, now designers and educators themselves, decided that the workload had become too fucking much and hired an intern, Eric Courtney, to help out. So is the f-word fortune, fame, fun or something else?