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Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Spring is in the air in New York, so that must mean it’s time for the City’s official condoms to get a provocative wrapper-redesign:

More than 15,000 online voters have spoken: City-sponsored condoms will come packaged with a computer power button logo. “There’s a subtle message in the shape, so I figured if I don’t get disqualified, it will work great,” said contest winner Luis Acosta, a 29-year-old graphic designer…

His limited-edition design won 23% of the vote, with others running close. A top hat earned 21%; a colorful circle design won 20%. A manhole cover and a train design got 19% and 17%, respectively.

Congratulations, Department of Health. For the next year, no one in the five boroughs will be able to start up their power-buttoned tech devices without letting loose a phallic-inspired giggle.

I have to admit, that humble circular-stick icon does suggest an at-attention member. The “sac” hanging below is probably too round to represent the average male’s package, but stylization trumps anatomy when it comes to symbolism. Makes me wonder if some hardware-designing geek didn’t have this interpretation in mind years ago, and it took this prophylactic application to make us all catch on.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 03/09/2021 12:21pm
Category: Creative, New Yorkin', Society, Tech
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