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Logo Wave Awards

I’ve been judging the Logo Wave awards for a number of years now. It’s an independent award scheme by designer Kyle Courtright. Kyle and I have yet to meet in person, but we’ve come to know each other online over the years and I have a lot of respect for him as a family man and as a designer. Kyle kindly answered some questions to give us an insight...

Marked with thought #3

The original Vancouver Canucks logo was designed in 1970 by freelance graphic designer and lifelong hockey fan Joe Borovich. Joe heard rumours that the Canucks would be entering the NHL, so he crafted a new team logo and took it to the Canucks’ stadium office for consideration. About a month later Joe got the approval call and was invited back to design...

Made by James

James Martin, also known as Made by James, is a UK-based graphic designer who specialises in logos. Working from his studio in Shedfield (south England), James recently completed his hardback book, Made by James. He shares his journey of how he became a full-time logo specialist, and discusses the tools and techniques he uses on a daily basis working...

Aphex Twin

There are few more memorable logos in the music profession than the alien-like ‘A’ of Aphex Twin. It was designed in 1991 in time for the 92 release of Irish-born music producer Richard David James’ seminal album Selected Ambient Works (the first track, Xtal, brings back some fine, fine memories). Paul Nicholson is the graphic designer behind...

Marken und Signete

The 1957 book Marken und Signete, published by Julius Hoffmann, features logos by designers such as Helmut Salden, Roger Excoffon, Anton Stankowski, Philip Grushkin, and George Salter. Images have been archived on Flickr thanks to the Herb Lubalin Study Center and Stephen Coles. Stephen’s copy (above) was missing its dust jacket (below). A whimsical...

Sait Maden

Born on May 3rd, 1931, in Çorum, Turkey, Sait Maden started writing poetry at the age of 13 and began learning French and Ottoman at the age of 16. He learned Spanish to be able to translate Lorca from his mother tongue. From 1949–55 he studied at IDGSA Painting Department in Istanbul, graduating from Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu Workshop. As a side job between...

The Spirit of Ecstasy

Lord Montagu of Beaulieu was one of Britain’s motoring pioneers. As founder and editor of The Car Illustrated magazine, he employed an illustrator, Charles Sykes, and a private secretary, Eleanor Velasco Thornton. In 1909, Lord Montagu commissioned Sykes (who was also a sculptor) to make a mascot for his Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. Sykes produced a statue...

The story of the Coca-Cola logo

It was May 8th, 1886, in Atlanta, Georgia, when Coca-Cola came to life. Local pharmacist Dr John Stith Pemberton created the syrup. John Stith Pemberton (1831–1888) John carried a jug of his syrup down the street to Jacobs’ Pharmacy where it was mixed with carbonated water, deemed tasty, and sold from a soda fountain for five cents a glass. ...

Woody Pirtle

During its first ten years Pirtle Design produced some of the most celebrated graphic design work of the time. That work included identities and marketing material for Baylor University Medical Center, The Dallas Museum of Art, TGI Friday’s, Dallas Opera, Diamond Shamrock Corporation, Centex Homes, and Simpson Paper Company, to name a few. In 1988,...

Chornobyl Exclusion Zone and its “vanishing” logo

On April 26th, 1986, events at Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant changed the world (the Chernobyl mini-series was a dark, fascinating watch). Many people know about the tragedy, but far fewer know that the cities of Chornobyl Exclusion Zone are gradually disappearing, being destroyed by neglect and absorbed by nature. This means that over time no one will...

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