Stuart Candy gets curious about Black Steer beer, and researches its quasi-made-up history. It’s all for “fun and profit,” as he notes, but he also links it up with the current interest in “design fiction.” Interesting read.
Not a Real Thing examines a case of competing logos for an imaginary brand:
When the coffee mug is dropped at the end of The Usual Suspects, the name Kobayashi Porcelain can be seen on its shattered base. This must create a fun challenge for companies like Last Exit to Nowhere and Uber Torso. They both design wearable merch for imaginary companies from film, and they both have a strong penchant for the esoteric reference. Some imaginary companies have well-established corporate identities and logos from which these designers can draw, but some are spawned merely by mentions in the films they’re born from.
Creating an addictive jingle has long been one of the most prized skills in advertising. It’s especially impressive when you have a memorable jingle that doesn’t even promote a real product. Below, we’ve collected our 15 favorite songs written for fictional products and brands. First, you should prepare yourself by enjoying the relative silence in your mind. Because this is about to become your brain’s internal playlist, set on repeat. Forever.
“MeatWater is ‘The King of Newtraceuticals.’ It is the essence of nutrition, and the memory of dining without the hassle of eating. I see it as a comestible work of art, a ready made artificial beverage like no other before.”
I forgot to post this earlier, but I found it amusing so here it is belatedly. Are you looking forward to Example TV Mega-series 700? It would be funny to do a logo for that.
Netflix occasionally adds some strange titles that are obviously for testing, but can be seen by customers. This week they added some new titles that don’t work (title unavailable error) but have a large number of episodes. The following Example TV Mega-series 700 has more than 700 episodes.