Have you ever noticed that all bridal shower invites use the same bouncy cursive font? Or that every restaurant, from huge chains to tiny cafes, has the same industrial chairs? Well, we have. And we’re here to tell you why.
Noticed is The Goods’ design column that explains the trends you’ve been seeing all over the place — whether it’s paint-dipped kitchen items or grown-up sticker packs. We want to tell you when a trend started to take off, why a certain style is suddenly everywhere, and what it says about our larger cultural moment. It’s impossible to separate the aesthetics of consumer goods from the economic and social circumstances under which they were created.
This is the column where we answer the design questions you didn’t even know you had. If you’ve noticed something that you want more information about, tweet us @thegoods and it might spark our next investigation.