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Penis biscuits: St Patrick’s Day cookie cutter promises golden rain at the ends of the rainbow

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The FussyPup offers you the chance to buy this St Patrick’s Day Cookie Cutter –  a “pot of gold at the end of the rainbow”.


Kimberly Wolfe, one of the proprietors of TheFussyPup, has it pointed out to her that the cookie cutter looks like a knob:

“One pointed out its resemblance to the male organ. We had a little giggle and dismissed the thought. While making adult theme cookie cutters isn’t our main goal, we are happy to provide cookie cutters for any occasion—and we love to see the creativity of our customers! Now if only someone would send me a picture of the results!”



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Posted: 5th, August 2015 | In: Key Posts, Reviews, The Consumer | Comment

Those Fabulous and Frightening 1970s Kitchens

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Posted: 19th, May 2014 | In: Flashback, The Consumer | Comment

1962-1977: The Wonderful Designs Of Sainsbury’s Own-Label Groceries

IN the 1960s, Sainsbury’s began selling own-label groceries. The packaging was marvellous:

Like these cornflakes from 1968.


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And these Ritz crackers:

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You can find out more in the book Own Label: Sainsbury’s Design Studio, 1962-1977:

In 1962, when Peter Dixon joined the Sainsburys Design Studio, a remarkable revolution in packaging design began. The supermarket was developing its distinctive range of Own Label products, and Dixons designs for the line were revolutionary: simple, stripped down, creative, and completely different from what had gone before. Their striking modernity pushed the boundaries, reflecting a period full of optimism. They also helped to build Sainsburys into a brand giant, the first real Super market of the time. This book examines and celebrates this paradigm shift, which redefined packaging design, and led to the creation of some of the most original packaging ever seen. Produced in collaboration with the Sainsbury family and The Sainsbury Archive, the book reveals an astonishing and exhaustive body of work. A unique insight into what and how we ate, the packaging is presented using both scanned original flat packets and photographic records made at the time by the design team. An essential book for graphic designers and those interested in the culture of consumerism, these designs remain fresh and relevant today. This feast of nostalgia taps into the fond memories of a generation brought up on these beautifully packaged goods.


Lard, ginger beer and wonderful pale ale (ask grandpa), via TrunkRecords:




ginger beer




Peas And Carrots 1970

Peas And Carrots 1970



The Creative Review noted Doxon’s vision:

“If you have a big batch of red labels one side and a big batch of green labels the other, then it’s best to design a white label with stark typography, which would then stand out from the other brands,” says Dixon of his approach to making sure shoppers noticed the own label goods on the shelves of its newly-opened ‘supermarkets’.



Broken eggs packaging, 1965

Broken eggs packaging, 1965

Biscuit assortment, 1967

Biscuit assortment, 1967


Bitter Lemon via LukeHoney:


bitter lemon



Egg packaging, 1964

Egg packaging, 1964

Sainsbury's Own Label Cola label, 1966

Sainsbury’s Own Label Cola label, 1966

Posted: 29th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, The Consumer | Comment

Austrian Designers Klemens Torggler Reinvent The Door – But Old Doors Win

AUSTRIAN designers Klemens Torggler have invented a new kind of door.




Their Evolution Door is an invention based on rotating squares, The special construction makes it possible to move the door sideways without the use of tracks.




It’s pretty cool.



But it can’t make this happen:


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Posted: 11th, February 2014 | In: The Consumer | Comment

These Rainbow Pencils made from recycled paper are lovely

ANORAK loves making a nice round roll from the shavings of pencils. Japan-based British designer Duncan Shotton wants you to back his Kickstarter Project for his recycled-paper pencil that creates rainbows when sharpened.


rainbow pencil

rainbow pencil 1





Posted: 5th, September 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment