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Living Can Kill You

Stick men fight

What with the popularity of the Xiaoxiao movies (1, 2, and 3); the logo icons found throughout Plastic; and the "hosts" on sites like Lookandfeel (all likely inspired by the various stick figure death, dancing and tarot card sites; along with the 24,000 pages other pages found by Google), it looks as tho the stick figure has become the new design motif du jour.

But its not your parent's stick figure (the "stick man" label is passé), today's version has lost its happy face head into to become an anonymous black dot.

In both its politically correctness (no real gender or ethnicity) and its minimalism (simple, clean lines with no distracting flourishes) the stick figure has become the perfect symbol for the zeitgeist of the moment.