It is clear that fame is changing—influence for the sake of influence is becoming a business model as a result of social media, where fortunes are made by commodifying personalities and popularity is birthed by algorithms.
News flash: all those people ripping through the pages of the Harry Potter novels, the Divergent series, and the Hunger Games trilogy—on their lunch break, on the train home, during that layover at Pearson—not all of them were teenagers.
Since their emergence on Japanese cellphones some 19 years ago, emoji have become a standard feature of conversation in the digital age.
Understanding the woefully inartistic and ridiculously misused typeface: Comic Sans.
What is it to be Canadian? That’s probably impossible to define, and we’ve twisted ourselves in knots trying to figure that out. This Canada Day, we revisit a favourite essay on the subject.
These days, the endorsement game faces a challenge: the erosion of the aura that surrounds fame.
After being phased out of the Vancouver scene in the seventies, neon signs are back in vogue.
Today, visible repairs, creatively handled, can signal love, individuality, environmental awareness, or all three.
Whether we’re attracted to a quirky brand name or a picture of an animal, it’s the label that guides us to the bottle.