As a designer, I do my best to make sure that the solutions I develop for my clients are appropriate and meaningful to their target audience in order to help them sell their wares or services. For the most part, I believe that it’s not evil, however when even a 3 year old makes judgements based on brands, I think it’s time to re-think all this advertising we’re doing. Is it really such a good idea to push so much crap, most of it what people don’t need and won’t help them feel better in the long run.
And now their little kids apparently are already judging who they’d play with and how they feel about themselves based on branding. This is unacceptable. We as designers need to spend more time using our skills for good and helping others. Maybe it’s time for less is more and the smaller the logo, the better.
I’m sure corporate America will never go for this, they are in it for the money and recognition after all. But maybe if enough folks start one by one designing better solutions without branding the hell of it, maybe it will catch on and we can have kids that can just enjoy being kids and not worry that they won’t have any friends because they don’t have the “right” toys.