Thackara Puts the Terror Plot in Perspective


Among the various London government agency reps dramatizing their foiling of the terror plot (“This was our 9/11”), John Thackara, the wisest man we know, points out that seven 9/11s occur a year on European highways.

As part of his article “Designers and the Age of Fear,” Thackara proposes that designers use design to help people assess risk in a clear, non-hysterical manner. In other words, colors ain’t cutting it.