Publication: How Design

A Valentine’s Day Brand Gets a Makeover

February 1, 2011

By Rick Barrack:

It’s just about that time again. My excitement at the fact that Punxsutawney Phil, the undisputed king of the prognosticating groundhogs, did NOT see his shadow last week (which as we’ve collectively convinced ourselves means Spring draws nigh!) was tempered somewhat by the fast approaching task of having to once again, rack my brain to find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

I have a pretty illustrious track record of splendid Valentine’s Day gift (if I say so myself. My wife might disagree. But she’d be wrong) so setting such a high standard means my margin for error diminishes significantly every year. And as I am sitting staring at the eight open windows on my computer’s desktop, desperately trying to get ideas, inspirations, celestial epiphanies as to what to buy my wife this year, I was struck by the following realizations. I was outraged, actually—and they weren’t realizations, they were questions. Namely:

What’s with the red? Everything I’m seeing is red. Why does everything HAVE to be red? When did red become the official color of Valentine’s Day? We all sort of accept it as a matter of cultural fiat but who made that decision? And what about […]

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