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Happened upon this rather nice Ford Edge Ambigram car logo concept, by reddit user hadukem (don't have a website URL or anything like that, just the reddit link and the imgur link that hadukem posted to.)

Have read some of the comments, and of course, a variety of opinions have been shared. I don't think it's 'dumb', as one person quipped.

It might not serve any higher-purpose, but manipulating existing logo designs can be a fun and useful exercise, and can help to keep ones mind sharp.

There's an element of problem solving with things like this, which one can never get enough off.

I actually only viewed the original Ford Edge logo first to see if I could work out how the ambigram was created.

I gave up after a minute, but when I took at a peek it certainly made sense.

It's quite clean and respectable alternative to the original Ford Edge logo, and whilst I'm sure Ford won't be scrambling to use this, it's also not an idea that should be quashed.

Maybe in another dimension, there is a Ford Edge out there with an ambigram, just like this one, and I think it looks pretty good for a car model emblem.

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Ford Edge Ambigram Logo

 




New SETI Institute Logo Designed by Trevor Beattie

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Only just received a press release for the SETI Institute Logo and branding redesign, designed by Trevor Beattie, Founder and Chairman of BMB.

This logo design has certainly piqued my interest, and I can see what's going on with the logo: the use of the 'S' and '?'

http://www.seti.org/

What I can say is: I still really like the original SETI Institute logo, was quite fond of that design overall. If you had to push me for an opinion right now: I'd probably been happier to have seen an update/refresh, rather than a complete redesign. The new SETI logo looks a bit 'lost in space' on the website header, not much of a presence. But that's all you're getting for now…

Am yet to fully soak this up, as I'm currently in two-minds about my initial thoughts. Going to need to see how I feel in a few days.

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New SETI Institute Logo design by Trevor Beattie

 

YETI Institute Press Release

Least I could do is share the news in the meantime, and here's the full Press Release, from Persuasion, in all it's glory:

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – The SETI Institute, a renowned nonprofit research organization, has unveiled a new logo and brand mark to better reflect its mission to search for, and understand, life beyond Earth. 

The new logo was designed by Trevor Beattie, Founder and Chairman of London’s BMB advertising agency.  Beattie is an unabashed, life-long fanatic about space, and admits that the opportunity to reshape the Institute’s graphical brand was both a challenge and a privilege.

“SETI is all about answering a profoundly important question: Are we alone?” he says. “There’s already a question mark hidden in the “S” of SETI.  In designing this new logo, we simply freed it up.”

Beattie’s graphic is bold and economical, and accomplishes what famed designer Saul Bass has said is essential for any logo: “Symbolize and summarize.”

“As we embark on a new chapter in our 32-year history of exploration and discovery, our new logo is a fitting and compelling icon for our quest,” says SETI Institute CEO Bill Diamond. “With this symbol, we embrace the essence of science’s mission – to be curious, and to seek understanding through groundbreaking research.” 

"We are engaged in the definition and reexamination of concepts and hypotheses in astrobiology, and are now expanding the tools deployed in the search for intelligent life beyond Earth."

“With this bold new brand, we launch a new era in our efforts to understand mankind’s place in the cosmos.” 

The SETI Institute’s interests range from the exploration of our solar system, looking for microbial life relatively nearby, to the search for technologically sophisticated beings on worlds orbiting other stars.  The Institute employs more than 120 scientists, technicians and staff.

The new logo is simple and scalable, familiar and yet provocatively unique.  It is intended to be quickly recognizable and sufficiently iconic that – without words – it will be instantly associated with the SETI Institute. 

For designer Beattie, the unique interests of the Institute are self-evident: “No-one has a better claim on ownership of the question mark than the SETI Institute,” he says.  “And soon, perhaps very soon, its scientists may find answers to the long-standing question of the ubiquity of life.”




Steve Jobs Tribute Typographic Poster Designed by Oliver Gareis

This Steve Jobs Tribute Typographic Poster has to be one of the best graphic design tributes I've seen in a while. Oliver Gareis has done an outstanding job of mixing and matching a whole bunch of typographic styles, into something really rather elegant and stylish.

In basic type theory (using more than a few font styles in one layout etc) it should be a mess, but it just seems to work so well.

It might not be to everyones taste, but I love it.

You must go over to Oliver's Behance profile: Steve Jobs Famous Quote Typography to view the original project, and to also watch a time lapse video of the posters development.

Steve Jobs Tribute Typographic Poster

Oliver explains how this came to be, and how long it took:

About one year ago I started this project, when the agency where I work full time decided that they want to pimp their office.

We brainstormed on what to do, and finally decided to write a quote on the wall of someone who is an inspiration to all of us, namely Steve Jobs.

So I sat down, took some time of reconsidering and picked a truly inspiring quote of him. First, I started drawing everything on paper.

Secondly, I scanned everything and assembled the four A4 sized papers into one piece with Illustrator.

It was a lot of hard work to create this illustration but it was definitely worth it. After I finished the illustration I drew the piece on our office wall.

It took me about 20 days spread over 4 month to finish this drawing. I would really appreciate it if you can take a look on the time lapse video to see my work."

 

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NASA Mars Wanted Posters Designed by NASA

Been meaning to post a link to these NASA Mars Recruitment Graphic Design Posters for a while, but always something else getting in the way. Finally here we are, as I really do love these posters, and love that animated GIF.

According to NASA, for all those that dream to be a martian:

NASA: Mars needs YOU! In the future, Mars will need all kinds of explorers, farmers, surveyors, teachers . . . but most of all YOU! Join us on the Journey to Mars as we explore with robots and send humans there one day. Download a Mars poster that speaks to you. Be an explorer!

NASA have not just designed these beautiful posters to stir up out imagination, and desire to explore and colonise space, you can download incredibly high resolutions versions, for print, also.

As an example, the high resolution TIF files come in at a whopping 92Mb! The posters are completely free, and can be printed and re-used as you see fit!

Visit Mars Explorers Wanted to download the posters

 

NASA Mars Recruitment Graphic Design Posters

Assembly Required To Build Our Future On Mars And Its Moons

Are you someone who can put things together, solving challenges to ensure survival? Dare to forge our future with space-age tools - build spaceships to carry us to Mars and back, and habitats to protect us while we're there.

 

NASA Mars Recruitment Graphic Design Posters

Technicians Wanted To Engineer Our Future On Mars

People with special talents will always be in demand for our Journey To Mars. Whether repairing an antenna in the extreme environment of Mars, or setting up an outpost on the moon Phobos, having the skills and desire to dare mighty things is all you need.

 

NASA Recruitment Graphic Design Posters

Teach On Mars And Its Moons

Learning is out of this world! Learning can take you places you've never dreamed of, including Mars and its two moons, Phobos and Deimos. No matter where we live, we can always learn something new, especially with teacher-heroes who guide us on our path, daring us to dream and grow!

 

NASA Recruitment Graphic Design Posters

Surveyors Wanted To Explore Mars And Its Moons

Have you ever asked the question, what is out there? So have we! That curiosity leads us to explore new places like Mars and its moons, Phobos and Deimos. Just what lies beyond the next valley, canyon, crater, or hill is something we want to discover with rovers and with humans one day too.

 

NASA Recruitment Graphic Design Posters

Farmers Wanted For Survival On Mars

Got a green thumb? This one's for you! In space, you can grow tomatoes, lettuce, peas, and radishes just like you would find in your summer garden. New ways of growing fresh food will be needed to keep brave explorers alive.

 

NASA Recruitment Graphic Design Posters

Work The Night Shift On Martian Moon Phobos

Night owls welcome! If you lived on Mars' moon Phobos, you'd have an office with a view, mining for resources with Mars in the night sky. Settlers below on Mars would see Phobos rise and set not once, but twice in one day!

 

NASA Recruitment Graphic Design Posters

Explorers Wanted On The Journey To Mars

Hike the solar system's largest canyon, Valles Marineris on Mars, where you can catch blue sunsets in the twilight, and see the two moons of Mars (Phobos and Deimos) in the night sky.

 

NASA Mars Recruitment Graphic Design Posters

We Need You

We need many things for our Journey To Mars, but one key piece is YOU!

 




Surreal Tilt-Shift Versions of Vincent Van Gogh Paintings

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Reddit user Melonshade, created and posted a series of surreal images of Surreal Tilt-Shift Versions of Vincent Van Gogh Paintings, as though being viewed through a tilt-shift lens.

Reddit can indeed be an exciting place to find new forms of graphic and visual inspiration. 

Melonshade explains, having been inspired by image manipulations previously created by Serena Maylon, on Artcyclopedia.:

I saw this a while back and it inspired me to try it myself, this is the outcome!… I haven’t edited anything besides the blur.

Many of his later paintings are much brighter and more colorful than the rest.

I read that he started to use more colours because he wanted to paint things the way he saw them, not the way they were.

When I first saw the title of this post on Laughing Squid, without having first seen the images, I wasn't expecting an awful lot.

However, the tilt-shift effect on these masterpieces really does add a whole new level of beauty to Van Gough's paintings.

Found on Laughing Squid.

 

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Tilt Shift Vincent Van Gogh Painting

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Tilt Shift Vincent Van Gogh Painting




Vintage Colour Wheels, Charts and Tables Throughout History

As a graphic designer, where colour is pretty darn important, This selection of Vintage Colour Wheels, Charts and Tables Throughout History has made me far too excitable!

The moment I found the post, and saw the featured image and post title, I clicked it straight away, and onto the website of Public Domain Review: A Project of the Open Knowledge Foundation, which is a website I'd highly recommend poking around.

You know sometimes you can visit a post and ultimately end up somewhat, or very, disappointed with the content, like the featured image and fancy headline is literally the best bit, but not so in this case.

So here's the thing for any of your commercial printing nerds (me included): many of the images featured have been sourced from Sarah Lowengard’s book: The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe – published electronically on Gutenberg-e in 2006.

Also, according to PDR, another must-have book on colour, is: Philip Ball’s Bright Earth: Art and the Invention of Color (2003) for a great look at how art, chemistry, and technology have interacted through the ages.

Anywho, enjoy some of the featured images below, and remember to visit: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/colour-wheels-charts-and-tables-through-history/

 

I've picked out a handful of the various colour charts, colour wheels and other forms of colour illustrations for you – not all of them as that'd spoil the surprise when you visit the original post on : Colour Wheels, Charts, and Tables Through History

My favorite has to be this one below. It's just so gorgeous, and just so very olf, not to mention trying to visualise Richard Waller painstakingly creating this colour chart, or to be precise: Tabula Colorum Physiologica (1686)

 

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Richard Waller’s “Tabula Colorum Physiologica”, from “A Catalogue of Simple and Mixt Colours with a Specimen of Each Colour Prefixt Its Properties,” in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, vol. 6 for the years 1686 and 1687 (1688)

 

Vintage Colour Wheels, Charts and Tables Through History

Circular chart showing “complementary contrasts” from A Class-Book of Color: including color definitions, color scaling, and the harmony of colors (1895) by Mark Maycock

 

Vintage Colour Wheels, Charts and Tables Through History

Philipp Otto Runge’s Farbenkugel (1810). The top two images show the surface of the sphere, while the bottom two show horizontal and vertical cross sections

 

Vintage Colour Wheels, Charts and Tables Through History

Three plates from Robert Ridgeway’s Color Standards and Color Nomenclature (1912)

 

Vintage Colour Wheels, Charts and Tables Through History

Parsons' Spectrum Color Chart, an Illustration from The Principles of Advertising Arrangement (1912) by Frank Alvah Parsons

 

Vintage Colour Wheels, Charts and Tables Through History

Page from Priced catalogue of artists’ materials : supplies for oil painting, water color painting, china painting … and drawing materials for architects and engineers, manual training schools and colleges (1914)




Sony Playstation 1 Logo Design Ideas and Concepts

I know the Sony Playstation 1 Logo Design Ideas and Concepts isn't exactly breaking news, as it's been floating around for a while: http://imgur.com/qf2cSHU

I came across it again by accident the other, and I do like looking at all unused concepts for any branding project, then comparing them to the chosen one.

As a logo and graphic design, it's generally always heartening to see another designers/studios early logo concepts, as they are rarely works-of-art when compared to the final logo design.

I'm always looking back at my early logo design concepts and laughing at how awful they are.

Some of these early Sony Playstation 1 designs are interesting to say the least, but the whole process of exploring the shit early ideas generally leads you to eventual fame and glory.

Also check out the: Meaning Behind the Sony Vaio Logo

 

Sony Playstation 1 logo design ideas and concepts

The Sony Nintendo Playstation Console

Here is what the Sony PS1 was supposed to look like before Sony took it on without Nintendo.

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Erich Dieckmann: Design Development of a Metal Tube Chair

The Erich Dieckmann tube chair development illustration has been doing-the-rounds of late, and it's quite a interesting—at least to me—look into the design process way-back-then.

It's really way-back given Mr Dieckmann was born in 1986, and passed 1944.

Seems this particular illustration is from a rare book, titled: Erich Dieckmann - Möbelbau in Holz, Rohr und Stahl, which you can buy from Amazon for a thrifty £150.

More on the Bauhaus-Movement: architects and designers.

 

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Erich Dieckmann Bio

Erich Dieckmann (1896-1944) studied architecture at Danzig Polytechnic from 1918 until 1920. After finishing the foundation course, however, he dropped out and went to Dresden, where he began to study painting and drawing. In 1921 he enrolled at the Bauhaus in Weimar. Between 1921 and 1925 Dieckmann served an apprenticeship there as a carpenter.

When the Bauhaus school moved to Dessau in 1925, he transferred to the Staatliche Bauhochschule in Weimar and was head of the carpentry workshop there from 1925 until 1930.

From 1931 until he was dismissed by the National Socialists in 1933, Erich Dieckmann was head of the carpentry workshop at the Kunstgewerbeschule Burg Giebichenstein in Halle.

From 1939 he lived in Berlin. Erich Dieckmann was one of the most important furniture designers at the Bauhaus, developing type ranges for seat furniture. Like Marcel Breuer, Erich Dieckmann experimented with steel tubing but is primarily known for his standardized wooden furniture. Dieckmann's designs for seat furniture are stringently geometric, with frames based on right angles and constructed of almost pieces of wood that were either almost square in cross section or flat; another feature typical of Dieckmann's work is linking armrests and chair legs in a runner construction.

By using quality hardwoods such as beech, cherry, oak, and ash as well as cane matting, Dieckmann loosened up the stringent geometry of his designs; on the other hand, however, standardization and normed proportions were to keep the prices of these mass-produced pieces of furniture as low as possible.




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I do love poking around all the various color palettes, and colour swatch libraries currently available online.

I frequently visit such established colour palette websites as ColourLovers for inspiration for new logo design, and other graphic design projects.

Color Lisa is a tasty variation of existing color palette and swatch libraries, based on painted masterpieces of the worlds greatest artists, for us Graphic Designers.

Color Lisa was made by Ryan McGuire, who also made the free photo image website, Gratisography.com

The Color Lisa website  is simple enough to get around; there's only one long page listing the artists from A-Z. Click M in the top list of letters from A-Z, and you'll jump down to Monet, for example.

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THE DREAM by Pablo Picasso

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RAINBOW by Bille Apple

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Color Lisa is a curated list of color palettes based on masterpieces of the worlds greatest artists. Each palette was painstakingly created by color obsessed designers, artists, museum curators, and masters of color theory. Palettes are constantly being added to help keep your designs colorful and fresh.

Color Lisa was made by Ryan McGuire, an artist, photographer, designer, and lover of color. Fun fact about Ryan: he drives a bright green (HEX #A5C955) and orange (HEX #E9AF42) 1971 VW Beetle he turned into a dinosaur. Questions, guest curator requests, and praise :) can be sent to [email protected].




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NASA 'Worm' Logo Design Upside Down - Very Sexy and Very Naughty

After the excitement of receiving my copy of the Kickstarter project, "The NASA Graphics Standards Manual reissue", I hurried down the beach to show some of my 'designery' friends.

One of them, who was sitting opposite me, got to see me pull the NASA manual out of it's gorgeous foil envelope, showing that famous NASA Worm Logo in it's upside down glory

 

NASA Graphics Standards Manual reprint

The first thing that he said was, "That reads, "Very Sexy and Very Naughty".

I now can't unsee this, and the juvenile in me had to whip up a version of the NASA 'worm' logo, as an upside down 'alternative', along with the tagline (in the correct typeface and styling of course).

Hey, I know it's not a cool thing to do; to cheapen this iconic brand, but it did make me smirk.

 

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Symbols of NASA: After it was introduced, the "meatball" was the most common symbol of NASA for 16 years, but in 1975 NASA decided to create a more "modern" logo. That logo, which consisted of the word "NASA" in a unique type style, was nicknamed the "worm." That logo was retired in 1992, and the classic meatball insignia has been the most common agency symbol since.