At-Home Covid Tests Are Having A Design Moment

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“Trendy branding is really just a sign of normalisation.” Two years into the pandemic, at-home COVID-19 testing kits are marketing themselves to be more appealing and normal. The packaging of at-home testing kits like On/Go and Labcorp’s Pixel is sleeker, colourful, and more marketable, leading to better sales even in stores where you’d least expect them to be. For example, On/Go, with its matt marigold packaging, has sold out in a fermentation and food counter in Portland, Maine. Read full article here

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