Quit your jibba-jabbin’!

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Comics may be a trivial cultural product (if you don’t count derivatives like almost any grossing movie), but at least one of its glyphs seems to have become the predominant image to denote “two-way communication” : the humble balloon. ¬†Instead of the WordArt of choice to playfully add “I’m talking to you” to any home-designed leaflet or poster, it now automatically seems to include two-way communication.

And in a way, the balloon has become the default go-to for brand designers and iconographers when they want to express the concept of the Messenger. Which makes Skype either moribundly backwards, or bleeding edge hip.

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