What I’ve Got: Bacon Mania

Internet culture’s somewhat strange obsession with bacon is fascinating for its roots in virality and its lessons for desirable design. Similar to the viral phenomenon of hating comic sans, newcomers to the internet culture are greeted by a constantly reinforced half-joking obsession with all products bacon, from bacon toothpaste to bacon soap, and from bacon cologne to bacon vodka.

While the design process behind bacon is hard to speak of, we can look at what has made it appeal so strongly to US and Canadian culture particularly. Its democratic nature (ie low cost and high degree of acceptance as a common product) has been cited as one reason. It also appeals to those who wish to rebel against the health food movement, a demographic which one would expect to comprise teens who are also among the most internet-savvy.

Lessons can be learned from both of those driving forces: design a product accessible to all, and appeal to the rebellious nature of your target audience if such an instinct exists. Alternatively, just jump on the bacon product bandwagon:

Bacon products: http://uncrate.com/search/bacon/

Wiki on Bacon Mania in the US and Canada: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacon_mania

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