Sign of the Times

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Well, that’s interesting! The apparently harmless alternative has reached the same level of banishment as cigarettes in record time! Whats more interesting is that its an icon I wouldn’t have understood just a decade or so ago. It made me think of how certain icons have a lifespan and how this was almost like witnessing the birth of one.

Cellphone signage has gone a similar way too.  Even in the pre-smartphone era cellphones were climbing up the list of social no no’s and someone had to think of how to best represent those ‘bricks’.

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Nowadays it seems the silhouette of an iPhone will do for the universal image for a phone.  I think it’s not only interesting to see the evolution, but also to note which icon trumps all others to become the most widely used image.

So perhaps the e- cigarette has a way to go as well.  New designs or a brand leader might create the ‘go to’ symbol someday.  In the meantime, I couldn’t help myself from taking a quick 2 minute crack at alternative variations.

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