Becoming a legend is a damn difficult thing to accomplish. We were wondering what it is that separates the “Good” from the “Great”, and decided to look into some famous examples. These case studies point to specific phenomena that were on the brink of making it big, when suddenly something came along and paved the way to glory. Here are our findings:
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream & Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough
In the early 1980’s, Ben & Jerry’s was a growing ice cream company run by two young hippies. The product was great and was gaining popularity, but the real magic happened in 1984, when an anonymous tip suggested the idea of adding cookie dough to the ice cream. It became an overnight sensation and revolutionized the branch. An ice cream legend was born.
Online Search & Google
How many of you remember Alta Vista? How about Lycos? Search engines have been around for almost a decade before Google came along and changed the web for good. Google’s patented algorithm provided more accurate results than ever and made immense amounts of info available with a simple search query. It redefined the way the internet works and is nowadays a lot more than the most powerful search engine out there.
David Bowie & Ziggy Stardust
In 1972, David Bowie already was an established musician, with successful records like “Space Oddity” and “The Man Who Sold The World” on his resumé. And then Ziggy was born. Bowie’s androgynous, red-haired alter-ego made him an idol and created an international cult following. Bowie played the part brilliantly and gained himself a major spot in the pages of music history.
Reality TV & American Idol
Even though American Idol wasn’t the first reality show, it was the one that turned reality TV into a new culture. The idea that even ordinary people can reach stardom and the concept of giving the audience the power to choose changed the mass media entirely. American Idol is not only a successful TV show on its own right, it created a genre. And a monster.
Cinema & Talkies
Silent films are great, there’s no denying that. But where would the art of film be without the introduction of talking films? Adding speech to the cinema opened a whole new horizon for the film industry. Today, who can imagine a world without film catchphrases like “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” or “Whassup!!”?
Dali & Gala
He: A Surrealist genius. She: A beautiful muse. Gala was not only a frequent model for Dali’s works, she was a driving force behind his art. He credited her with making him who he was and even for saving his life. Their union enabled him to become one of the most influential artists of the modern era.
Brazil National Football Team & Pelé
The history of the Brazilian national football team is divided into the pre-Pelé and the post-Pelé era. Not that the team wasn’t good before he joined, but he made it divine. In 1958, at the age of 17, Pelé led the national team to their first World Cup victory, followed by two more in 1962 and 1970. They broke records together and made history numerous times. No doubt – the nickname “King Pelé” is a well-earned one.
Laptops & Smart Devices
We will always be grateful to laptops for introducing the ability to be digital on the move, but let’s face it – Smartphones and Tablets seriously improved our mobility. They literally lifted a lot of weight off of our shoulders, as well as broke the chains of wifi slavery. Not that there’s a reason yet to drop laptops entirely, but seeing how fast the smart mobile devices are catching up – who knows?
“Godfather” & “Godfather II”
It’s hardly ever the case that a sequel completes the original film in such harmony as “Godfather II” does. Even if the sequel was never to be made, “Godfather” would still be regarded as a brilliant film, but the release of “Godfather II” elevated it to a level of cultural masterpiece. Too bad both films were followed by “Godfather III”, the flop that shamed the dynasty.
Now, what do you think would turn Wix from the best website builder into a timeless internet legend?