A positive news story about graphic design? Was I dreaming? From the 1976 NBC ‘N’ fiasco to the recent brouhaha over the redesigned Yahoo logo, I’m used to seeing stories in the press that divulge how much companies pay for …
WWII U.S. Army Air Force squadron logos were placed on letterheads or painted on aircraft, but most frequently they were made into patches worn on uniforms. A number of the logos were designed by the Disney Studios, but others were designed by artists who happened to be serving within the various units. They were designed yet, in a way, un-designed.
The now mythic Gastrotypograhicalassemblage (35 feet wide by 8.5 feet tall) three-dimensional mural designed by Lou Dorfsman with typography by Herb Lubalin and Tom Carnase was finished in 1966. In 2008, it was announced that The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, would restore and display it on their campus. I recently asked Stephan Hengst, CIA’s Marketing Director, to tell me more about the restoration and future for this Mid-Century Modern masterpiece.
Notice how beautiful the logo designs below are in their simple complexity. Are they new app icons for Apple OS7? If Apple were around in the early to late 1930s and the first of the 1940s, perhaps. In fact, these are funnel stack markings for steamship lines (or S.S. lines) regularly that service in the Port of New York — during so-called “normal times.” During these times, however, the early stages of a world war was raging abroad and some passenger and cargo ship services were temporarily suspended.
For all the decades I’ve known the great Gary Panter as cartoonist, comics artist, painter, shadow puppeteer, scenic designer, light designer, author, graphic novelist and all around great talent, I had no idea he had a band. His psych pop band’s new 2 LP vinyl gate-fold package album art from Feeding Tube Records in Northampton, MA is titled “Honeycomb of Chakras.”
Made in Italy isn’t just a tagline for the two principals of Bluestepstudio; it’s a philosophy, a standard for their work. FInd out how this multidisciplinary design studio specializing in digital identity and communication, fit their own site redesign in-between global fashion and lifestyle projects.