Think Geek promises to sell “stuff for smart masses”. But not all of their stuff is especially geeky or designed for techos – today’s find made me giggle and I think it has a huge potential for adding a spark to the everyday items that we have around our homes and workplaces. Customers who have bought the kit have even sent in their own photos (which are then added to the product page) to show how they’ve used the stickers to add a bit of personality to things that would otherwise look pretty boring. See what you think…
In case you’re not familiar with the term ‘anthropomorphise’ (I wasn’t either), I’ll let the good people at Think Geek explain it far better than I can: We do it every day, though mostly without thinking about it – we get angry at the stapler that mangled our presentation, or the phone when it can’t get a signal. We say we “love this coffee mug,” and sometimes we even imagine a face on the clock on the wall. It’s called anthropomorphizing, and it’s where we imbue human characteristics to inanimate objects.
So they’ve taken this one step further and sell “Inanimate Character Stickers” – over 100 stickers of “eyes and mouths in various shapes, sizes and expressions, waiting for you to give life to the lifeless.” This idea is right up my street – I love it! From fruit to office products to shoes, people have submitted photos of what they’ve managed to achieve with just some kooky looking eyes and a toothy grin.
And the possibilities are endless. If others keep borrowing your stapler and forgetting to give it back, a scary face might be just what you need. Or if you want to encourage people to eat the orange cream biscuits that no one else wants, maybe stick on a nice little friendly face and watch them win people over. I’m thinking that doctors could take medical implements to a whole other level with a well chosen pair of eyes and a smile – except the only thing worse than a needle coming at you is surely a needle with a maniacal face coming at you…
I think these stickers could change our lives. Or, at least, they could help make us smile as we go about our business every day. And that’s a step in the right direction. If you’d like to check them out, they are available from Think Geek here.
12 thoughts on “Anthropomorphise!”
What a fun idea, although I think putting them on an injection needle may be a bit too far EDS. Great find! 🙂
True, my mind just started wandering as I put on my HR hat and thought of all of the workplace applications! 😉
do you use injections to pacify???? 😉
Only in HR emergencies! 😉
My students would get a kick out of these!
And I reckon the gifted & talented kids could come up with some pretty clever places to put them too!
so cute! I want these for my stationary at work, I love that a little sticker can totally transform a mundane item and make it fun!
I know, BB, I agree with you – I think we could stick them on anything that we don’t really like (tax return papers, gym equipment, vacuum, iron etc) and turn them into things that we love! It’s worth a try! 🙂
I think I am more of ‘stuff for the smart arses’ typr of girl but these are very cute – thanks Cate.
I know, Leader of Teapots, but a smart arse could have a lot of fun putting these around the place, I reckon. And I challenge you to look at that fruit bowl and not want one of your very own just like it! 🙂
As a girl who is often accused of anthropomorphising her dog, these are right up my alley, Sparks. Love ’em!
Thanks TSL, me too!