Spotted at Prince St and Broadway today in SoHo NYC: Not friendly.
No, this site hasn’t morphed into an Engrish rip-off. I’ve just been spending a lot of time in dollar stores lately. Haunting the aisles of the cheap and easily broken, one begins to pick up on certain design tropes prevalent in goods sold at or near the amount of a dollar. With the caveat that I am still a young grasshopper when it comes to big-city bargain hunting in the modern five and dime, I will attempt to sketch out some observations on national trends in decoration for products cheaply manufactured. Now nothing says cheap like retro styling. In the above label for a ‘Movable Stick’, note the overall 70s vibe. Warm colors. Soft focus clip art. Wavy rainbow lines. And dig the simplistic logo for Min Long Craft that nearly screams “Owner/Operator/Creative Director” I find the sum effect pretty reassuring of a half-assed product at a price low enough […]