A Year in Review: Design Edition
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Posted on September 15 2020
We discovered that the pandemic has brought some interesting trends. Why not create some deal toys out of the fads and have some fun with it?!
You’ve heard of all the pandemic trends, maybe even partook in some of these latest fads. We know we certainly have, and so have our designers. At Altrum we thought it would be fun to create a few deal toys for those who have really championed all the pandemic has brought to us. Everything from Tiger King to banana bread, we’ve got you covered.
Zoom came around in 2012 but didn’t get its claim to fame until this year (thanks, Corona!). According to this article from TechPP, at the end of 2019, the app’s highest daily count of meeting participants was 10 million. By March of 2020, this had grown to a staggering 200 million. The stock has soared during the pandemic, more than doubling since February 21 when the market started to crash.
The one and only, Joe Exotic, or as the Netflix series names him, the Tiger King. Ever heard of him? We certainly have! And so has the rest of the world. This pop culture reference has taken the world by storm. Although Joe Exotic is in jail, we’re sure the pandemic has gained him many followers.
If you guessed a vaccine, you are absolutely correct! We are certainly no doctors, but this design makes us a little squirmy, to say the least.
Extra points if you’re wearing a shirt you tie-dyed yourself! The tie-dye trend took to new levels throughout this quarantine. While people were bored at home with nothing to do, they decided to ruin their black articles of clothing with bleach to create a trendy loungewear set.
Banana bread! Pictures of homemade banana bread took over our social media feeds for at least a month. Although we are so grateful for banana bread, we can do without Aunt Susan’s Facebook statuses about how hers trumps the rest.
Toilet paper. We truly hope those days are in our rearview mirror. We never thought we would live in a world where we were afraid there would be no toilet paper within a 2-mile radius, but we made it.
If you guessed this, we’re sure you had a few flashbacks. It was impossible for some time there to get a slot for your groceries to get delivered to your doorstep. How else were you supposed to get those bananas for your banana bread recipe?!
The answer: athleisure. Everyone became sweatpants fanatics overnight. Still acceptable for your Zoom meetings, yet comfortable to eat your lunch lounging on your couch.
A home gym. Peloton, specifically, went from 1.4 million users to 3.1. Sadly, most of us just purchased these items and HOPED we would get ripped during the lockdown. We can admit that we were proud of our purchases but are currently using our machines as extra storage now. Did anyone else wait 9 weeks for their peloton just to use it as a coat rack? No. Okay, neither did we…
These past few months have been all sorts of craziness. From fighting with your neighbors for that lost roll of toilet paper to deciding you want to use your oven for the first time, maybe ever. All we can do is roll (see what we did there) with the punches at this point and wait until we come back out on top!
We hope you enjoyed these pandemic deal toys as much as we loved putting them together. Additionally, we hope this provided some comedic relief in your day. And who knows, maybe you’ll need to create a deal toy inspired by COVID? Hope this helped.
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