I am a firm believer that after living with someone for a while you start to pick up some of their traits. With marriage, I think a little of that can be a good thing. I can affirmatively say that there are several things about myself that have changed since marrying and moving in with Mr. Fancy Pants. Most of them are small, insignificant things, but they nevertheless make me more like my husband.
One of these such changes is the way that I look at design, namely how products are designed, packaged, and marketed. It used to be a pet peeve of mine. William would be shopping with me in a store and would walk up and down the aisles picking apart the products’ design (not enough white space, horrible typeface, bad alignment, “that photo is pixelated”, etc. etc.) Drove me nuts.
After a year and a half of marriage, I find that I do this same thing now. Not only do I notice the things that William used to point out, I think the same things without him saying anything. What’s worse, I’ve noticed that I determine my purchases by packaging. Maybe I’ve become just another gullible American consumer, with an artist’s influence in my mind.
Whatever the case may be, I thought I’d share a few of the items that I love, but will admit, I picked them up for the first time because their design appealed to me.
1. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day cleaning supplies
This may come as no surprise given that I am scrupulously clean, however, not only are these products FANTASTIC, their packaging is lovely and they smell nice! All of their products use all natural ingredients, are biodegradable, and chemically free.
2. Library Vintage Book Games
I paid extra to buy this version of Scrabble rather than the normal board game! It was well worth it. They’re in mahogany stained boxes that look like a book’s spine on the side with gold lettering. Looks great on my shelves and is a really neat retro edition.
3. Annie’s Natural Dressing
Annie’s uses only simple natural and organic ingredients, no additives or preservatives. These are some of the tastiest dressings ever! My favorites? The Goddess Dressing, Shiitake & Sesame Vinaigrette, and Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette.
I like the designs on this whole line of dressings, which after researching this I learned from the website that they have redesigned the whole line and frankly it made me very sad. I have become an ardent fan of these dressings and marinades so I will continue to be a follower, but they’re going to lose some appeal to me. Oh well.