Posts Tagged ‘logos’

Football and art

October 18th, 2009 | No Comments

Until this morning, I long had forgotten how watching football — particularly Italian football, or calcio, to be precise — has provided me with a profound source of visual inspiration for my art.

It’s not the game, itself, mind you. It’s the stuff going around the game: the uniforms — the sponsorships on the uniforms — the corporate advertising on the flashy, pitch-enveloping electronic billboards, which at once adorn and distract from the game.

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Juve’s Felipe Melo advances past players from Fiorentina, his former club.

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The fabulous crest that Fiorentina sported in the 1980s.

This is where I find logos of corporations I’ve never heard of — corporations whose role in the industrial ecosystem are a complete mystery to me. I like this; I can appreciate these logos for their graphical properties, without understanding the purpose or cultural baggage behind them. I don’t know what they mean. They are like alien symbols to me.

This morning, Juventus hosted Fiorentina. The frenetic, scrappy match, in which both sides counteracted their opponent’s nearly every move, resulted in a 1-1 draw. But I came away with some great ideas for color combinations, shapes and stripes, all gleaned from momentary glimpses.

I think I should watch football more often!


Two of my favorite logos

December 2nd, 2008 | No Comments

On Saturday I was searching for “1970s corporate logos” via Google image search and I instantly found two new favorite logos — both from Pennsylvania, at that. These “finds” (one of which is undoubtedly an everyday sight for Philly residents) offered me instant inspiration, leading me to fill my notebook with possible ways of remixing these logos into new designs.

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Above are the logos of SEPTA (from phillyist.com) and, to the right, Penn Central Company (from scripophily.com).


June 26th-ish

June 26th, 2007 | No Comments

Being doing lots of sketching lately. Too early to show you what it’s all about, but I’m really feeling what I’m drawing & designing. Really stoked about it all.

Here are some random tidbits of info, like cut-up pineapple chunks in a Pixie cup, avec toothpicks for ease of handling, juste pour mon semblabe, mon lecteur:

  • Dug into the recent Jarvis Cocker solo album … and I think it’s fantastic. The lyrics are fab. Jarvis really knows how to tell a good story, and he’s funny and depressing at the same time. Perf.
  • I wish I could go to the opening of Jim Isermann’s Vinyl Smash-Up show at Deitch Projects this weekend. If I lived in New York, I’d be there.
  • Have you ever noticed that the current [now old] Maytag logo, current Corporate Express logo, as well as the old Northwest Airlines logo, all share the same elements … a sheared rectangle with a serif-like curve at the end? (I’m sure there’s a fancier term for it, but I have no idea what it is.)
  • On that note, the AutoZone logo and KFC’s old logo (the one designed by Schecter & Luth in 1997) have something similar going on, too.