Onion Fortune Cookie Design

What does it mean for a design to be useful? These playful cookies approach that question through the frame and content of The Onion, a parody news source.



The initial objective of this exercise was to take a favorite piece of design and make a new version of the piece by translating it into another, completely different format. The goal was to think about the medium and specificity of the original design, its original context(s), the intentions of the designer, and our own responses to it. 

One of my favorite website designs and comedic-relief centers takes shape in The Onion, a news source dedicated to nothing but outlandish, fake news stories. The site covers everything from current events to sports to the creation of the universe. As such, an additional layer of irony I wanted to explore the design and consumption of horoscopes, pieces of writing which already face a heavy level of skepticism.

While The Onion already permeates online and printed media, one avenue not yet used by this "news" source is an already popular form of divination: fortune cookies. The goal of this design was to merge the mealtime future-felling of fortune cookies with The Onion's outlandish horoscopes. I imagined this design permeating The Onionworkplace and other highly satirized environments.