Rob Walker

Rob Walker is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and Design Observer and the author of Buying In.

Dec. 8 2011 7:18 AMRecognizably AnonymousHow did a hacker group that rejects definition develop such a strong visual brand?
July 5 2011 9:51 AMA Visual Guide to Digital Badges
May 31 2011 7:41 AMThe Crowd Is Wise—but Can It Draw?I offered the amateurs on $200 to design a logo for my newsletter. Here's what they came up with.
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Nov. 17 2003 11:58 AMIt Oughtta Be the ShoesWhat's wrong with Adbusters' new anti-Nike campaign?
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Oct. 27 2003 11:06 AMThe Money PitchWhy spend $32 million to promote the new $20 bill?
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Oct. 6 2003 5:55 PMThe Tao of JaredThe Subway spokesman who won't go away.
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Sept. 15 2003 11:03 AMWhat's Up, Chucks?The arresting new ad for Converse sneakers.
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Aug. 18 2003 10:47 AMDoes Heineken hate beer babes?
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Aug. 4 2003 10:19 AMNew Apple ClonesThere's a reason those ads for seem so familiar.
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July 21 2003 12:09 PMNumber 1 With a WhimperWhat's it take to get your song on Billboard's newest chart? Not much.
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July 7 2003 2:56 PMShilling for SchickJewel hates ads. Except the ones that use her new hit single.
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June 24 2003 1:01 PM50 Cent Is CallingRap's biggest star is now appearing on cell phones near you.
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June 16 2003 11:39 AMGeneral Motors Is Really, Really SorryThis time, they swear they're making better cars. Sound familiar?
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June 2 2003 2:40 PMThe Magic Land Where Race Doesn't MatterIn TV commercials, everyone can get along.
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May 19 2003 10:56 AMMartin Scorsese Makes Fun of HimselfIf only he were joking.
July 5 2011 11:02 AMBadges? We Got Badges. We Love Badges! We Want More Badges!How Foursquare imported a visual cue from the Boy Scout sash to the Web.
June 1 2011 11:21 AMThe Crowd Is Wise—but Can It Draw?
March 22 2011 7:14 AMYou Say You're Concerned About JapanDo you have the T-shirt to prove it?
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Nov. 10 2003 11:05 AMChicken-Fried BullA new ad says KFC's drumsticks are good for you.
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Oct. 20 2003 11:32 AMSuckling SucksA Quiznos ad proves that not all publicity is good.
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Sept. 29 2003 2:38 PMEmeril's Tasty ToothpasteThe celebrity chef hawks cinnamon-flavored Crest.
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Aug. 25 2003 10:53 AMMadonna Falls Into the GapHer new ad's a dud, but Devo cleans up the mess.
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Aug. 11 2003 3:37 PMNissan's Game of TagWhy is the car company spraying graffiti on its own ads?
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July 28 2003 11:34 AMPretty Creepy BabyMTV2's weird, shrieking doll.
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July 14 2003 1:46 PMThe Beast Under Your ToenailLamisil's stomach-turning ad.
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June 30 2003 11:00 AMCalling All MetrosexualsThe new body spray for your feminine side.
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June 23 2003 12:03 PMShow Us Your TatsGolden Palace's experiment in nude branding.
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June 9 2003 10:57 AMThe Littlest EndorserReebok robs the cradle.
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May 26 2003 8:52 AMThe Return of Hilarious Old PeopleAds that make fun of the elderly.
May 9 2003 10:34 AMSheryl Crow Made a Mix Tape for YouBut do you really want to hear what's on it?




Crying Rape

False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.

Scotland Votes to Remain in U.K.

There’s a Way to Keep Ex-Cons Out of Prison That Pays for Itself. Why Don’t More States Use It?

The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B

Can Democrats Keep Counting on Republicans to Offend Women as a Campaign Strategy?


Theo’s Joint and Vanessa’s Whiskey

No sitcom did the “Very Special Episode” as well as The Cosby Show.


The Other Huxtable Effect

Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.

Cliff Huxtable Explains the World: Five Lessons From TV’s Greatest Dad

Why Television Needs a New Cosby Show Right Now

  News & Politics
The World
Sept. 19 2014 11:36 AM Breaking Up Countries Is Still Hard to Do
Business Insider
Sept. 19 2014 11:37 AM Why Urban Outfitters and Other Brands Troll Their Customers
Lexicon Valley
Sept. 19 2014 11:32 AM Why Do Pirates Talk Like That?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 11:33 AM Planned Parenthood Is About to Make It a Lot Easier to Get Birth Control
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
Sept. 19 2014 11:51 AM This Is All That’s Left of New York’s Once-Thriving Borscht Belt 
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 11:40 AM Apple Invented the Perfect Way to Handle Your Giant New Phone
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 19 2014 11:33 AM The Curious Incident of the Supernova in the Nighttime
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.