If you’ve ever received an email from me, you’ve probably seen my salutation of choice, “Cheers!”

Just recently, I’ve started saying Cheers at the end of conversations (which is an appropriate use, by the way). I love the reaction it gets. No one ever expects it, except for the occasional Brit.

It just goes to show that little changes to the commonalities of life can often shake things up in a pleasant way. As designers, we should all try to keep this in mind. Cheers!

(Note: I originally wrote this back in April 2002, but it got lost in the shuffle. I think it’s still relevant.)