The Graphic Design of Olympics Past

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The summer games begin tomorrow. Millions, maybe billions of people all around the world will sit down in front of their television sets for two weeks straight and watch other people be athletic. We’ll get caught up in the back story drama, find ourselves crying over the triumphs of people we had never heard of this time last week, and swell with a patriotic pride that we haven’t felt since, well, the last Olympic Games.

Every two years, we get excited about the opening ceremonies and wall to wall coverage, but as graphic designers, we’re also interested in the logo! Over the years there have been some real winners and some real duds. Today, let’s take a look at the logos of Olympics past. Let’s get a dialog going about this. Which one’s work? Which don’t? Tell us in the comments!

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Concert Posters – Text, Fonts and Rock and Roll

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The original idea behind this post was to scour the internet in search of some of the best designed concert posters out there in honor of Rock Hall Induction week, which is taking place here in Cleveland on Saturday. While researching, we remembered that our friends over at GoMedia posted an incredible collection of concert posters earlier this year on their awesome blog. So, instead of reinventing the wheel, we’re just going to point you in their direction. First, check out some of our personal favorites, then head on over and check out their full collection. (link after the gallery)

 

The Swell Season from DKNG Studios

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Design Spotlight – Minimalist Movie Posters

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Design trends almost always inevitably wind up looking dated. Drop shadows, bevels, distressed text, and hand drawn fonts, all look great at first. Then it’s everywhere, it gets boring, and in time, it looks corny or passé. But  honestly, even after it feels like they’ve jumped the shark, we still can’t get enough of the fan created Minimalist Movie Posters that seem to be everywhere. Some are cliché, but many are inspired, and we love seeing how elements of the films represented are used by the designer to define the tone of the piece. Here are some of our favorites.

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Graphic Design Round Table – Typography

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It seems that everywhere you look, whether online or in the real world, interest in typography is growing. From the influx of infographics on blogs, to the record-breaking usage of Pinterest; more and more, our attention is drawn to type. We asked a handful of very talented graphic designers to share their thoughts on the current state of text and titles.

 


Jeff Finley

Artist, designer and partner at Go Media. Author of Thread’s Not Dead and founder of WMC Fest.

Favorite Font(s): Knockout, DIN, ITC Serif Gothic, Bodoni, Meta Serif, Liberator

Favorite Typography Trends:  Hand-lettered, Americana motifs are tickling my fancy these days, like Jon Contino and Dan Cassaro. Scripty stuff, like, Dana Tanamachi’s chalk lettering is fantastic. These styles don’t need to be hand-lettered, but it provides an earthy, humanistic touch when they are. I’m also a huge fan of Niel Kellerhouse’s hand-lettered scrawl on his House of the Devil film posters. Although, the font he created for the new Dragon Tattoo series is amazing. AJ Dimarucot has really come a long way over the years with his aggressive, hand-lettered, modern calligraphy.

jefffinley.org / gomedia.us / WMCfest.comtwitter.com/jeff_finley 

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