Chiquita bananas, Star Wars on Facebook, graphic design

Sunday, December 6, 2009

I must admit that my normal weekend grocery shopping routine was particularly influenced by a marketing campaign recently.

Chiquita bananas

Every weekend I buy a bunch of bananas. I usually choose organic, and normally select them based on ripeness level and the presence of bruises. But sometimes these criteria can (apparently) be expanded to include marketing stickers. Yes, stickers. (Yes, I am 30 years old.) My distaste for crass commercialism and sleazy marketing can in fact be overridden by charming, clever graphic design ideas. (Plus, I don’t mind manipulating children into wanting to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Let’s put cute stickers on all fruit!)

Here’s the question: How can anyone resist Mexican wrestler stickers on their Chiquita bananas? You can’t. It’s not possible. You just have to buy the bananas.

Behold the new selection of Chiquita banana stickers:

Chiquita banana stickers

These 24 new stickers can be found on the Chiquita Banana page on Facebook. You can also design (Mr. Potato Head-style) your own custom stickers at EatAChiquita.com. And there is a Twitter account called ChiquitaChatter.

So, if you were sick of Carmen Miranda (the inspiration for the Chiquita Banana lady), now you have a Mexican wrestler and many other goofy options. Makes me a little nostalgic for Strong Bad.

Star Wars and Star Trek

What if Star Wars characters were on Facebook?  I enjoyed this from College Humor: 5 Star Wars Status Updates.

And I liked this absurd Star Trek parody: Happy in Paraguay. Apple juice!

Graphic design and architecture

I haven’t gone through this design list in detail yet, but it looks useful: 50 Totally Free Lessons in Graphic Design Theory.

Lastly, this is awesome: Underground Home Designs – Swiss Mountain House Rocks. The underground house is a collaboration between the Netherlands architects at SeARCH and Christian Muller Architects.

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