One of my favorite say­ings is “HA!”

I nev­er know when it’s going to hap­pen, but when I get a chance to shout an authen­tic “HA!” it’s so loud it scares peo­ple into jump­ing back a few feet.

It stands for “hap­py acci­dent.”

Like when you take a wrong turn that hap­pens to end up in a bet­ter place than you were head­ed for.

That hap­pens in design a lot, too. Like when the cat jumped on my shoul­der and the straight line I was draw­ing turns into the per­fect squig­gle for a logo. (On the oth­er hand, once the cat jumped on my shoul­der once when I smoked a pipe, and the hot ash­es flew out all over my fresh­ly-inked art­work, ruin­ing it. Should I keep the pipe or the cat? They both pro­vide plea­sure. I kept the cat—my pipe nev­er purred for me.)

There’s also the famous say­ing I use when things go seri­ous­ly, irre­versibly, dev­as­tat­ing­ly wrong with­out a hap­py ending…but we won’t print that here.