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June 1, 2006 5:31 PM   Subscribe

The Face of Things. Anthropomorphizing everyday objects can be big business.
posted by nickyskye (22 comments total)

 
I want to be friends with this garage door remote control. And for the second time this week on MetaFilter, I'm grateful for the chance to mention the beloved Frogeye Sprite - no car has a friendlier face.
posted by jack_mo at 5:40 PM on June 1, 2006


I can't read even an innocent(?) thread on Free Republic without shuddering.

Sticking with the theme, is this the same idea?
posted by T.D. Strange at 5:45 PM on June 1, 2006


You can make anything look like a face. Except an upside-down face of course.
posted by puke & cry at 6:00 PM on June 1, 2006 [1 favorite]


Mefi jumps the shark.
posted by 517 at 6:08 PM on June 1, 2006


Great article, nickyskye. I never knew that auto designers intentionally designed the "face" this way.
posted by soiled cowboy at 6:09 PM on June 1, 2006


A non Free Republic cached link to the "big business" article. The thing is that the Free Republic one has all these cool pics of cars' faces.
posted by nickyskye at 6:12 PM on June 1, 2006


I have never gotten used to the concept of an "auto bra." Say what?
posted by bim at 6:12 PM on June 1, 2006


Isn't this a double? I'm sure I saw that flickr link here before. Still a nice idea anyway.
posted by fire&wings at 6:13 PM on June 1, 2006


I DON'T HAVE TO PUT UP WITH THIS.
I DRIVE A DODGE STRATUS!
PEOPLE ARE AFRAID OF ME!!
posted by loquacious at 6:47 PM on June 1, 2006


517 by a mile
posted by RufusW at 6:50 PM on June 1, 2006


Collectible, too.
posted by StickyCarpet at 6:53 PM on June 1, 2006


A friend of mine did the same thing
posted by aubilenon at 7:30 PM on June 1, 2006


The article about mean car faces was pretty interesting. I've noticed faces in cars before. The only completely happy one I've seen is a Beetle seen from behind. (The taillights look like rosy cheeks.)
posted by danb at 8:15 PM on June 1, 2006


You can make anything look like a face.

Here's an exercise from Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics:
1. Draw a bunch of closed squiggly shapes. It doesn't matter what they look like, as long as they are loops that don't intersect with themselves or the other shapes.
2. Draw one dot inside a small circle (like the target logo) anywhere inside each squiggle.
3. Every shape will look like a cartoon figure.

And yeah, I've really noticed the angry car thing. As if we didn't have enough road rage already.
posted by hydrophonic at 8:52 PM on June 1, 2006


An egregious example, the PT Cruiser:


posted by icosahedral at 9:11 PM on June 1, 2006


The brain has special 'circuitry' for detecting people's faces. I wonder how 'facial' an image needs to look before that's triggered. It seems like just three dots will do.
posted by delmoi at 10:45 PM on June 1, 2006


accessorize for the hard of seeing:

posted by MonkeySaltedNuts at 11:01 PM on June 1, 2006


Here's an exercise from Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics:
1. Draw a bunch of closed squiggly shapes. It doesn't matter what they look like, as long as they are loops that don't intersect with themselves or the other shapes.
2. Draw one dot inside a small circle (like the target logo) anywhere inside each squiggle.
3. Every shape will look like a cartoon figure.


Eh:

posted by delmoi at 11:07 PM on June 1, 2006


Why the heck can't car designers accept that their beautiful faces will be marred in almost every jurisdiction by an ugly licence plate turning the face into a single toothed hillbilly caricature? That is, why don't they design the front of the car to have a licence -- its realistic and good design practice to think of what the car will look like in use, not just on the drawing board.
posted by Rumple at 11:07 PM on June 1, 2006


I wonder how 'facial' an image needs to look before that's triggered.

Sheep only respond to faces that are right side up. Monkeys will respond to upside down faces. I guess sheep don't spend much time hanging upside down in trees.
posted by MonkeySaltedNuts at 11:08 PM on June 1, 2006


The state of Michigan requires only the rear license plate, so maybe those Detroit designers forget about the front one.
posted by hydrophonic at 6:42 AM on June 2, 2006


(self link alert) You can make anything into a face, with Meary.
posted by stevil at 7:22 AM on June 4, 2006


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