Designer Zodiac

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In the Chinese New Year, 2008 is the Year of theRat. Curiously, the rat is one animal that hasn’t become adesign trend over the past 12 years. Here are a few thathave—enough for everyone to claim their sign. LILAYOMTOOB

1997—GIGAPETModern culture’s quest foremotional connection through technology starts with “animal”pals like the Gigapet. People protest the following year when the toysbreak.

1998—SQUIRRELChicago’s silk-screenwarrior Jay Ryan draws rabid squirrels on rock posters. A craze isborn.

Illustrations by Monika Aichele.

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