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Who is responsible for creating such products? Are they usually done by the props team? Or are there companies that specialise in them?

Here are a couple of examples. It's usually easier to find logos, so I'm more interested in good examples for graphic design such as product packaging, printed material and such.

Logos:

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Packaging, Sin City Booze bottle:

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Packaging, Dharma Initiative:

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Apparently the wiki-style discussions of the past are now verboten on the SE network. Something I'm bummed about. It's a good topic. I do like what Pixar has done with a lot of their set props. –  DA01 Jun 20 '12 at 6:33
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The Self-Evaluation meta.graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/334/… was what motivated me to do a wiki question. If it gets closed, at least I hope the meta thread was read. –  Yisela Jun 20 '12 at 7:33
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This is a good topic. Can't we figure out how to make it a question so we can keep talking about it? –  Lauren Ipsum Jun 20 '12 at 10:02
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@poepje verboten is such a great word, though. –  DA01 Jun 21 '12 at 22:02
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Pixar's stuff has a lot of in-jokes as well (e.g., the lamp and ball from "Luxo, Jr." appear in every film). I believe B&L is named after Brad Lewis, who produced the previous two Pixar films. –  lawndartcatcher Jun 22 '12 at 17:34

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The logos and other graphics are generally designed by game artists. The game artists help design everything from sprites, textures, user interfaces, and yes the logos.

The fake products are usually idealized by designers, and level designers. They do not need other companies to do it for them, that's why they work in development teams. They can all use their skills to the best potential to make their game.

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The sample logos aren't from games. –  DA01 Jun 21 '12 at 22:03
    
The first one is. –  e100 Jul 2 '12 at 15:02

Prop department or companies that specialise in them. I found some more interesting examples.

And for the downvoter: It is not merely OK to ask and answer your own question, it is explicitly encouraged.

Red Apple Cigarettes from Quentin Tarantino:

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Heisler Beer from My Name is Earl, Weeds and United States of Tara:

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Gannon Car Rentals from Lost and Heroes:

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Mooby's Franchise from Dogma and Clerks II:

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And my favourite, Acme Products :)

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I found these amazing magazines from Blade Runner and thought them as a good addition to the answer. I doubt many directors/producers would dedicate this much effort to productions now:

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Acme actually was a real company that made anvils - I use one at the forge I go to. They were actually sold by a number of companies including Sears. –  lawndartcatcher Jun 22 '12 at 17:21

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