It is an old adage that everythign commmunicates, whether you intend to or not.
But, in many ways this has become limited as everything changes so much and so frequently. Or at least we perceive it to.
Consequently, things that last become mundane and of low communication value, in case something changes tomorrow.
But, if something is designed to last, even just a few years, it can be used in helpful and elegant ways. Even something like a plate can be informative, suggestive and environmentally responsible by avoiding the need of another surface to need to be bought, printed and handed out.
Sadly, the above was just a "retro" design, yet enduring in its asthetic intrigue and a whistful sense of longing for it to be usable today. But, in a time where everyone is falling over themselves to be just in time, there is something confident and remarkable about being timeless.