Ice Cream of the Future

If you’ve ever been to an amusement park you have likely come across a Dippin’ Dots kiosk or cart. It was promoted as the ice cream of the future. Here we are in the future and their profile hasn’t really changed. They have expanded to malls over the years, but they are still far behind in the ice cream derby. Not even frozen yogurt has become the ice cream of the future.

Duck Versus Decorated Shed

I learned about an architectural concept called the duck versus the decorated shed. Most commercial buildings are decorated sheds. That means the building is designed in a utilitarian way and asign is posted out front to tell people what happens in the building. Big box retailers are a great example of this. A duck is a building with a unique design that describes what happens in the building. The theory was inspired by a duck-shaped building outside Las Vegas. It sold ducks. Buildings shaped like donuts and baskets are examples of ducks.

Branded Pop Tart Flavors

When I was in high school I had a Pop Tart every morning for breakfast. Frosted blueberry was my preferred flavor. I wouldn’t quite call it healthy, but it had a little bit of fruit, or at least jelly. And it had some crumbles instead of sprinkles on top of the frosting. Now you can get your favorite flavor of Jolly Rancher candy in a Pop Tart. They’re not even pretending to be healthy at that point. And Dunkin’ Donuts lends (sells) their name to the most popular brand of toaster pastries, but they are coffee flavors like vanilla latte, not kinds of donuts.