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The Beautiful Logo and Lettering Design of Tony Forster


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The Beautiful Logo and Lettering Design of Tony Forster

Found the above Promotional Poster-1977 on Tumblr the other idea, and it was a good reminder of the late and super talented, Tony Forster (1941—2008).

It's not a name that often rings many bells, and I can't even locate a Wikipedia page, which is a real shame.

However, you're likely to have some of his Forster's work, even if you didn't know the designer behind it.

My search for Tony Forster did uncover a Behance page: Tony Forster—The Fred Astaire of Letters, set-up by David Quay, who knew Tony very well.

David writes: "Tony Forster was my lettering sparing partner. He lived in Tyldesley outside Manchester and was a few years older than me. I looked up to him and he always inspired me, in fact he was far better than me. Of all the lettering designers around at the time: DiSpigna, Carnase, Larcher, Rousselot, Grimshaw, for me he outshone all of us. Unfortunately he died aged 57, far too young, as did his younger friend Paul Grimshaw who died before him. I always think of Tony as the Fred Astaire of letters, he could tango, waltz, boogie-woogie, lindy-hop, fox-trot with his pen. He is is the unsung hero of graphic design.

Tony Forster was born in 1941 in Warrington, Lancashire. He didn’t have any formal design education, but started work at sixteen as a junior designer at Artel Studios in Manchester. He had a long association with Keith Murgatroyd, forming FC & M Design Partnership with him and Wendy Conibear in 1976 and becoming a director of Royle/Murgatroyd Design Associates in 1980. He went on to work as creative director at Drawing Board in Manchester until 1995, and was also very committed to education and taught for many years at Bolton In 1997 he reformed his design practice, working from a studio in his house in Tyldesley, Manchester.

The work of Tony's that I will slowly add below are enhanced from very faded photostats that Tony sent me up to 40 years ago, hence a certain loss of line quality or blackness.

 

Here are some of the lettering and logo work from Tony's talented hands.

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The Unofficial Style of NASA Logo Design Used in the Movie LIFE


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The Unofficial Style of NASA Logo Design Used in the Movie LIFE

Watched LIFE the other day; noticed the NASA logo wasn't the official NASA 'meatball' logo, nor the far cooler NASA 'worm' logo, from 1976.

IMDb: "A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form, that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth."

I only noticed it in one scene, but it likely appeared elsewhere, I just wasn't paying attention enough.

Verge wrote a rather lengthy article on NASA, and the movie: The fictional NASA in Life is run by a bunch of psychopaths and idiots

 

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Recreating the LIFE Movie NASA Logo

I did think though it would be a bit of fun to recreate it, as best as I could, without spending hours on it.

It's not 100%, as from the TV screenshots, it does look like all lower-case version of the logo is a bit hit & miss, itself, in the movie.

Or just bad embroidery…

 

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I have read on StackExchange, that NASA often grant movies permission to use the official NASA 'meatball' logo, such as in the movie, Martian.

In this case, presumably because it's set in the not too distant future, that they assumed the NASA logo would have been 'updated' again. Fair assumption, to be sure…

I'd say they were 'circling' back to my favourite version of the NASA logo, the 'worm' variant. it's the version also now available as part of the official reproduction of the NASA Graphics Standards Manual.

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life nasa logo vs nasa worm logo

 

It's so cool, there's even an animation of it.

NASA worm logo animated

 

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Marker Brand Logo Designs Hall of Fame by Serge Lowrider


This selection of marker art in Designer Spotlight, (as in brand logos of various felt-tips, pens etc), by Serge Lowrider, really caught my eye.

Something I love about the pure simplicity, and the natural imperfections inherent in 'doodling' with a marker pen, or a Sharpie.

I'd really like to see more genera brand logos designed in this way, as I think this would be a fab side-project for some creative to get stuck into.

I'd have a go, but I'm useless with markers. Anyone?

Via http://thisisnthappiness.com

Marker Brand Logo Designs by Serge Lowrider

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Serge does have these for sale, as limited edition prints, over on his Colab-Gallery page, under projects titled: Marker for Life, and Hall of Fame.

About Serge Lowrider

Born 1972, lives and works in Fribourg, Switzerland.

Due to printing his first stickers at the dear age of 8, Serge Nidegger knew already he would make it his job.

After learning the tricks of the trade the regular way, he realized, that the only way to keep on printing and painting with passion is to open his own studio, in 2000 he takes off as Lowrider.

Serge sets great value upon the craftsman tradition of the computer-free era of the 60's, when sign-painting was it. The experimenting that one can find in his work can also be found in the numerous collaborations that he leads with designers, brands, rock clubs, art galleries and festivals, seizing those opportunities to try to push things forwards.

For this exhibition, he chose to pay tribute to the Markers.



NBC Logo Design History – TV Idents from 1926-2016


NBC Logo Design History - TV Idents from 1926-2016

The NBC Logo Design History 1926-2016 is a lovely video summary of the transformation of the NBC TV Logo Ident spanning decades.

It's somewhat of a lengthy viewing. Still, if you love logos with some nostalgia thrown in, then this will be worth watching.

Just a couple of the NBC Idents from the video (below), particularly love the earlier peacock versions.

 

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Brand Logo Mix Designed by Mike Stefanini from Atomike Studios


Brand Logo Mix, by Mike Stefanini, from Atomike Studios, is a fun look at how certain popular brand logos would look like on completely unrelated consumer brand items.

How about: the Nike logo on a Coca-Cola can; Tomato Ketchup as an aerosol to spray on your dinner; drinking some Pepsi from a car oil container; cleaning your windows with some Starbucks coffee spray…

The Shell logo on a milk carton is a bit icky tho…

Lovely little brand logo project, and I particularly love the style of illustration, rather than trying to go for photo realistic renders.

Brand Logo Mix Designed by Atomike Studios

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Mike Stefanini: "Almost inadvertently I had approached the design of a Coca-Cola can of the Nike logo... I found it nicely subversive, so I decided to apply this principle to other consumer products..."

 

Atomike Studio on Instagram

Incidentally, Mike has a wonderfully colourful Instagram account, that is definitely work following:

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Linked to Quipsologies & Brand New

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There’s no such thing as a Nintendo Poster from 1990


I love this vintage Nintendo poster so much, put out by a desperate Nintendo of America Inc, way back in 1990.

Such a classic, and shows how times change when it comes to brand names becoming nouns.

 

There's no such thing as a Nintendo Poster from 1990

 

You see, "Nintendo" is an adjective, not a noun.

There's the Nintendo Entertainment System.® There's the Nintendo ® game software. And there's Nintendo Power TM magazine.

But there's no such thing as a Nintendo.

You see, "Nintendo" is an adjective, not a noun.

It is our registered trademark that identifies the high quality products that marketed and licensed by Nintendo of America Inc.

So please use out trademark carefully.

And never use it generically to describe all video game products.

We thank you. Mario thanks you.

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Famous Brand Logo Names Replaced with their Font Names by McCauley Creative


Came across this fun branding and font project over on Imgur (also on Pinterest): Famous Brand Logo Names Replaced with their Font Names. Love this kind of thing.

I immediately went looking for some more examples, but I can only find this selection below.

I then visited the site of McCauley Creative (useful that they added their name to the bottom of the image) hoping to find some more examples, but sadly no.

In any case, It's still a fun thing brand project to look at, and does play a little trick on the mind.

Obviously the more famous the logo; as in the more the logo has had chance to embed itself into your subconscious, the more you're trying to interpret the font name as the actual brand name.

 

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Brand Reversions

This playing tricks on the mind: it's not a million miles away from the logo project I did a few years back, called Brand Reversions. The brain expects to to see one thing, but the eyes see another.

Some examples below:

 

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Brand Reversions: a brand logo project by The Logo Smith.

 

 



Evolution of the 007 James Bond Movie Logo Design


Great little find by John Gruber, of Daring Fireball, the other day: Evolution of the 007 James Bond Movie Logo Design, which was originally posted on The James Bond Lexicon, a Tumblr site.

Don't think I've ever really given much thought to the actual logo for 007, at least not until now.

Some quite subtle changes every few years until 1993, then they finally seem to be satisfied with the logo. Or, they just got fed-up changing it for every movie.

As John Gruber pointed out: "Not sure what they were thinking with the one from 1973 — italics are essential."

 

 

Evolution of the 007 James Bond Movie Logo

 

The Inner Curves of the 7 in 007

I liked the inner curve of the 7, from version 1962 up to 1987, then they straightened that inner space out, and I'm not sure I like it as much.

It was a very distinct #7, and I think they could have managed it, even though they've been thinning out the overall logo each time.

I get that the #7 served purpose of acting at the guns handle, but I think a little subtle inner curve would have been nice.

So practicing what I sort of preach, and just for shits-and-giggles, just quickly mocked-up what I feel looks nice, and keeps with the previous styles without being too clunky and fat.

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Ford Edge Ambigram – Car Concept Logo Design


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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