Category Archive 'Graphic Design'

15 Oct 2017

Watch Those Graphic Designers, America!

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02 Jun 2013

The Saga of the Star Wars Logo

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In connection with the 36th Anniversary (on May 25th) of the opening of the first Star Wars movie, Alex Jay chronicles (in detail) the evolution of the Star Wars logo.

Lucas turned to Suzi Race to design a new Star Wars logo. She wrote about her involvement in a two-part post on her site: part one and part two. The Star Wars Poster Book (Chronicle Books, 2005) had a short account of her role:

…Though the poster contained no painted imagery, it did introduce a new logo to the campaign, one that had been designed originally for the cover of a Fox brochure sent to theater owners….Suzy Rice, who had just been hired as an art director, remembers the job well. She recalls that the design directive given by Lucas was that the logo should look “very fascist.”

“I’d been reading a book the night before the meeting with George Lucas,” she says, “a book about German type design and the historical origins of some of the popular typefaces used today—how they developed into what we see and use in the present.” After Lucas described the kind of visual element he was seeking, “I returned to the office and used what I reckoned to be the most ‘fascist’ typeface I could think of: Helvetica Black.”

07 Mar 2011

Flowchart: Choosing a Baseball Team to Support

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chart excerpt

I don’t care anything about baseball, but I found the decision chart amusing.

From Mollie Hemingway.

24 Mar 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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Gimme that old time religion department: the Times of India reports that Tekam Das, a Hindu priest in the province of Sind, on Tuesday sacrificed three daughters (all aged under six) and then himself to the goddess Kali.

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Technological tour de force: Eric Whitacre‘s Lux Aurumque 6:20 video of virtual choir performance, 185 performers from 12 countries recorded on 243 tracks.

Audition videos (link).

How it was organized (link).

How it was made (link).

Via Kottke.

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What American states & cities have the best-equipped male residents? Condomania has the list. New Hampshire and New Orleans win.

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Why do I walk like that?

Detail of Megan Jaegerman police graphic discussed by Edward Tufte.

Via Cory Doctorow.

16 Sep 2007

Terrorist Logos

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Hezbollah Logo (You wouldn’t want to wear this on Thursday!)

Media Circus subjects terrorist organization logos to criticism by a graphic designer and photographer. Isn’t offense to the eye the whole idea?

Hat tip to Walter Olson.


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