Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Bacon is huge right now.

Last night in class (Typography I) I uttered the phrase, "Bacon is huge right now." Maybe you don't believe me, and perhaps that sounds like an odd thing to say, but honestly, I and many friends are now Facebook "fans" of bacon, someone has a blog about bacon, my good friend mentioned a new product Baconnaise recently, plus our friends at YouTube provided this nice Obama-Bacon connection (hilarious -- you'll crack up). And don't get me started on how awesome the new magazine Meat Paper is!

What I mean to say is, sometimes trends seem really weird, but in this case, I feel we should have seen it coming. Bacon is a delightful backlash to another strong trend toward fresh, local, organic, crunchy, raw vegetables! Yes, what I'm saying is that for every powerful movement, there is an opposite (not always equal, but anyway...) movement to counteract it.

This plays well into something else that came up in class last night. A student pointed out that there's a huge trend toward hand-drawn and hand lettered type. People are craving the human touch! Of course they are, in this age of being tied to your computer/iPhone/online game/etc. It makes perfect sense that we need something to counteract all this digitization.

I know I'm not the first person to communicate this concept, but I'd like to think maybe I'm the first to say it with bacon.

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