Filed Under: Failure made hysterical by the most successful satirists around.
Overview: More than 140 hilarious lithographs satirizing the popular series of optimistic posters you've seen decorating dentist walls, cubicle felt, and the pages of SkyMall catalogs for years. Demotivators by Despair will kill the spirit of the annoying optimists in your life, while making everyone else chuckle and nod in agreement. Despair's mission is "We're not satisfied until you're not satisfied", and their tagline is "Welcome to the cure for hope." Hence their name, Despair; but they should have named themselves We Nail it Everytime
Appreciate: The wit and the realism. Don't think of Demotivators posters as negative, as self-awareness is always positive. Consider, "Get to Work: You aren't being paid to believe in the power of your dreams." Or, "Meetings: None of us is as dumb as all of us." Most popular in their 24x30 wall lithographs, Demotivators are also available as calendars (see the Posterbook Edition for posters you can remove and use once the year is done), desk toppers, coffee mugs, laptop skins, mouse pads, and card sets, which are collections of popular Demotivators presented as notecards (like stationary, with envelopes)
Know: For something a little different than the Demotivators, consider wearing your cynicism thanks to Despair's Despairwear line of shirts. People annoyed more by hipsters than optimists will appreciate the "Vintage!" shirt, which allows you to avoid shopping second-hand while still appearing retro. A timely expression is their "Solyndra: It seemed like a bright idea at the time." Children can get it on the fun with the colorful "Powered by ADHD" tee
Special Comments: If you envy the copywriters over at Despair, do not Despair, you can be one, too. Follow the Build Your Own Parodies link from Despair's website to an online tool where you can insert your own photo, title it, and adorn it with a clever caption, then share it with the world via the social medium of your choice
Cost: $15.95 for 24x30 Demotivator lithographs; $18.95 for Despairwear t-shirts; the Build Your Own Parody tool is free
See them: Here.