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1934 Chart of the Evolution in Design designed by Raymond Loewy


Raymond Loewy’s 1934 Chart of the Evolution in Design is simply a wonderful thing to look at; particularly love the Automobiles and Rail Car design evolutions.

Notice the very last entry, bottom right. The level of detail is marvellous; it's like a vintage infographic, but not…

 

Raymond Loewy’s 1934 chart of the evolution in design

Timeline Chart version by MacRae Linton

To further expand upon this evolution in design chart, MacRae Linton adjusted it into a timeline chart, after seeing it featured on Kottke, which further add's a further practical dimension to it.

 

Raymond Loewy’s 1934 chart of the evolution in design



Record Label Logo Designs – A Monster Logo Compilation by Reagan Ray


Record Label Logo Designs A Monster Logo Compilation by Reagan Ray

Record Label Logo Design - A Monster Logo Compilation by Reagan Ray

This record label logo compilation has surely got to be one of the largest logo compilations out there? Reagan has done an incredibly job of sourcing these record label logos, and then presenting them in a clean and simple fashion.

Quite a few of these are familiar, but I'd certainly say the majority are not!

I've just picked out a handful to post here, so please do head over to Reagan's website and view the entire collection for your self.

From Reagan's own words:

"This was a beast of a post to put together. In my other logo posts, I was dealing with hundreds of brands. With record labels, it's in the thousands. If you include indie and foreign labels, I feel like I could have spent the next few years trying to track down and organize all the label logos out there. Halfway through, I almost decided to split it up by either decade or genre, but it was just too daunting.

So after tons of browsing (thanks 45cat!), I’ve managed to curate what I think is the cream of the crop. I’ve mostly stuck to the major labels, with some off-beat stuff mixed in. As with most logo collections I’ve put together, the oldies (and nostalgia) rule the day. If there's a great one I missed, hit me up on twitter and let me know about it. Enjoy!"

 

Record Label Logo Designs

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Huge Map Showing Locations of Major Japanese Brands


So this is a BIG thing. Someone unknown has created this epic map of Japan with strategically placed brand logos of each major Japanese company. It seems the map was designed in 2013, and I found it via Reddit which was linked to RonnieRocket.com 

This image below clicks to the full-size version at 1784px x 1920px.

Huge Map Showing Locations of Major Japanese Brands

map of major japanese brands



Social Decay Brand Logo Series Designed by Andrei Lacatusu


Social Decay, designed by CGI Artist Andrei Lacatusu, has created these ultra realistic vintage inspired signs of decaying famous social media brand logos.

This has to be one of the most inspiring, and visually compelling, brand logo studies I've ever seen.

This is truly some astonishing 'creative' work, not to mention the reasoning behind it all.

Urge you to list Andrei's Behance project page, and look at some of the other images he's uploaded, that look at each of these in closer detail.

Found via FastCompanyDesign

Social Decay Brand Logo Series Designed by Andrei Lacatusu

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The New Formula 1 Logo & Brand ID Promo Video by Wieden Kennedy


 

Watch the original The New Formula 1 Logo & Brand ID Promo Video, by Wieden Kennedy, over on their Instagram

Thank you to Gariphic for the tip.



Vision: Free Font Family Designed by Pixel Surplus & Bydani


Vision free font family designed by Pixel Surplus and Bydani

 

The Free font family, Vision, designed by Pixel Surplus and Bydani, has six weights and support for thirty languages.

If you like your geometric-humanist sans styles of fonts and typefaces, then Vision should see you OK.

H/T to Notes on Design

–> Download Vision Font Family

Specifications

Vision has six weights to choose from; support for 30 languages; creative and stylish OpenType features, including: stylistic variations, standard and discretional ligatures, and unique numerators and denominators.

Font License

Vision is Free for Personal Use, but a donation to Bydani is always appreciated. If you want to use this for commercial applications, then I'd suggest contacting Pixel Surplus and Bydani, and seek their permission.

Free Font Family Designed by Pixel Surplus & Bydani

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–> Download Vision Font Family

Vision free font family designed by Pixel Surplus and Bydani



Another Fucking Motivational Poster that Uses Fuck a Fucking Lot


There's this Reddit thread, based on this motivational poster, designed by Mike Winkelman aka Beeple, discussing the various merits and demerits of so called 'motivational posters' that use the Fuck word.

I for one like the word Fuck, and use it quite a bit in day-to-day use, but not in a vulgar crass way. Usually it's a Fuck it, or Fuck that, kind of thing.

 

Motivational Poster Design

 

Anyway, you might find this motivational poster has a few to many fucks, but I like the general idea of it.

You can see it, and/or buy it from Society6 below:

 

Motivational Poster Design on Society 6

 

It's also similar to the pretty well known website, and some say, the Original and Best: Good Fucking Design Advice

Good Fucking Design Advice

 

 

 

Reddit being Reddit, someone decided this wasn't grammatically correct, so designed one that supposedly is, below.

I'm no grammar expert, so cannot vouch for it's accuracy.

However, I'm not a fan of the fucking typography; more so the spacing and kerning leaves a lot to be desired.

So… here's a quick one I knocked up:



The Anatomy Of a Thousand Typefaces – A Typographic Experiment by @GetFlourish


For the back-story behind this typographic experiment, The Anatomy Of a Thousand Typefaces, @getFlourish have a comprehensive post over on Medium.

GetFlourish: "The Anatomy Of a Thousand Typefaces aims to analyse visual characteristics of typefaces, and to make them explorable through a web interface.

The data reveals shared characteristics between typefaces, but also shows the misfits and extremes along the distribution of values such as contrast, x-height, width or weight.

For demonstration purposes, the collection is limited to the Google Fonts Library, but theoretically applicable to any font library consisting of TrueType Fonts. This project wouldn’t be possible without OpenType.js"

The Anatomy Of a Thousand Typefaces - A Typographic Experiment by @GetFlourish

The Anatomy Of a Thousand Typefaces - A Typographic Experiment by @GetFlourish

The Anatomy Of a Thousand Typefaces - A Typographic Experiment by @GetFlourish



Popular Brand Logo Ambigrams Designed by Tom Goulet


Brand Logo Ambigrams Designed by Tom Goulet

For this post I've picked a handful of the popular brand logo ambigrams that Tom Goulet has designed.

Some brand names and/or words, work better as ambigrams than others, as can be seen with a few of the popular brand logos that Tom has worked on.

For me, a good looking ambigram has a natural vibe to it, rather than looking forced.

This isn't a reflection on the designer, just that some words just don't suit being ambigrammed.

There's an inherent skill involved with creating ambigrams, and Tom obviously has the knack for it.

A few of the ambigrams that Tom has designed look 'natural, such as: Samsung, Oreo and Harry Potter, but a few look like they were really hard work to pull off, and thus don't quite look as smooth.

Brand Logo Ambigrams Designed by Tom Goulet

Popular Brand Logo Ambigrams Designed by Tom Goulet Popular Brand Logo Ambigrams Designed by Tom Goulet Popular Brand Logo Ambigrams Designed by Tom Goulet Popular Brand Logo Ambigrams Designed by Tom Goulet Popular Brand Logo Ambigrams Designed by Tom Goulet

 



8 Bit Quit Smoking Advert in Arcade Breakout Style Designed by Unknown


8 Bit Pixel Quit Smoking Advert in Arcade Breakout Style Designed by Unknown

This cool Quit Smoking Advert, themed on the classic 8 bit arcade Breakout game, has been floating around for a while.

I first saw it on Reddit, and tweeted it:

 

Unfortunately this is one of those occasions where good intentions: to spread and share someones great work and to promote the Quit Smoking message, ends up forgetting the designer, and we are left with these images by 'unknown'.

Often a quick search on Google will provide the answers, but in this case I can't seem to find the designer responsible.

I've gone through all the Reddit comments to try and find a link, but so far nothing. It's been shared, and Pinned so many times…

If anyone knows who designed it, then please do let me know.

Recreated in A3

As the original image is quite small 499 x 666px (below), I decided to 'recreate' it as faithfully as possible (above), except to change the font to Helvetica Neue Heavy, just because…

 

The Quit Smoking Breakout Arcade Game

As is often the case with the Reddit community, a Reddit user: sunsetandlabrea decided to make a working game of this.

Unfortunately long gone, there is a YouTube video of the game in action…