Phillumeny and Phillumenists

Collecting matchbox labels is called phillumeny; its obsessive proponents are phillumenists. One reason there are so many phillumenists is because there are untold matchbox (and matchbook) graphics that can be found in virtually all corners of the globe. Among the …

The Cool Fresh Ultra Mint Branding Paradox

The average pharmacy is a cornucopia (or morass) of mint flavors. Sweet, cool, ultra, radiant, clean, fresh, powerful, spearmint, peppermint, cinna mint, mint stripe, minty fresh stripe and more. That’s a lot of branding. Yet mint comes in even more …

Pepsi Hits Coke With Bottle

The bottle wars – plant vs. petroleum based containers – are heating up between Coke and Pepsi, notes the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (here): Two years after Coca-Cola Co. unveiled a bottle made partly from plant materials, PepsiCo says it is introducing …

Today's Obsession: The Scrabble Scramble

Today in Obsessions, we’re gonna look back at Monday in Obsessions. Andrew Capener, he of the amazing Scrabble set, emailed me to say that he’s getting a huge response. Apparently every designer this side of Dubai wants a set. Andrew’s …

Today's Obsession: Designer Scrabble

Here’s a lovely object: a Scrabble set made for type geeks. All the requisite items are in place: attention to material, tradition, and lovely, lovely typography. Sadly, it’s not a real product—Andrew Capener designed it as part of his student …