Good Design Thursdays - Entry #80

I love seeing the progression of a design from initial concept to finished piece. J. Scott Campbell, like many artists, posts the various stages of many of his projects online. This week marks the release of the milestone 300th issue of Todd McFarlane’s monthly Spawn comic book. As is quite common nowadays, milestone issues receive multiple variant covers for collectors to track down and Campbell is providing a cover with his own interpretation of the title character. Campbell posted the following images to his various social media pages - first is the initial concept sketch he submitted to Mcfarlane, followed by the inked black and white image, then the image with finished colors, and the final image has the title and cover elements.


Good Design Thursdays - Entry #79

A new museum has recently opened in New York City that is dedicated solely to the poster art. The focus of the opening exhibition is the art of Alphonse Mucha, one of my favorite artists and one of the most famous poster artists of all time.


Good Design Thursdays - Entry #77

Major League Baseball recently unveiled the logo for the 2020 All-Star Game. Each year the logo usually reflects a characteristic or an iconic image associated with the city. This year's game was held in Cleveland, the home of the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame, so the logo took the shape of a guitar. In 2018, Washington D.C. hosted the game, so the Capitol dome was included in the design. The 2020 game will take place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, so the aim of the logo is to celebrate the Golden Age of Hollywood.


Good Design Thursdays - Entry #75

This year's San Diego Comic con was held just over a week ago and Marvel Studios took the opportunity to unveil all of their upcoming projects for the next two years. As cool as it is to find out what they are working on, I was just as excited to see all of the new logo designs. Done properly, the logo can be a reflection of the character or give a hint of the tone of the story. Due to the sheer number of logos revealed, I'm splitting this into two posts, so this week I'm only spotlighting the logos for the feature films that were announced. My favorite from this group is definitely Thor's. I love the 80's cartoon vibe that this logo is channeling.


Good Design Thursdays - Entry #74

NASA recently released the logo for the Artemis program, which is aimed at landing an American on the Moon by 2024. The design took some inspiration from the logo for the Apollo program. In order to get back to the Moon and beyond, NASA has been working on the Ares and Orion programs. Ares is the next generation of launch vehicles. Orion is the next generation crew exploration vehicle and will be NASA's successor to the space shuttle.


Good Design Thursdays - Entry #71

Today we celebrate the day we declared ourselves an independent nation. For some that means a day off work, cookouts and pool parties with family and friends and topped off with an evening of fireworks, but it's also a day to remember the ideals that this country was founded on. The three images I selected to showcase perfectly capture a few of those ideals. The most recognizable image of "Uncle Sam" we know today was created by James Montgomery Flagg in 1917 as a recruiting poster for World War I. The next image of "Rosie the Riveter" was created by J. Howard Miller in 1943 to inspire and rally together the war effort here at home. The final image, by Norman Rockwell, also first appeared in 1943. Like Rosie, it was designed to inspire people at home to support the war effort. Though all three posters were created during times of war and great hardship, their messages are no less powerful and inspirational today, and the ideals they represent should never be forgotten.


Good Design Thursdays - Entry #70

This year is the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the Moon. This is also the 20th anniversary of the website To commemorate both occasions, commissioned three posters from artist Melanie Lambrick and has made high-resolution versions available free for download from their site.

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Good Design Thursdays - Entry #69

Two new works by Banksy appeared in Venice recently, coinciding with this year's Biennial Art Exhibition. One addressing the refugee crisis, with an image of a young migrant girl wearing a life vest and holding a flare. The other addressed the toll the tourism industry, in this case specifically massive cruise ships, is having on the ecosystem and eroding infrastructure of the city itself. His statement with this second one is amplified a bit considering that a week or two later a runaway cruise ship crashed into a Venice dock.

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Good design Thursdays - Entry #68

The Venice Biennale Art Exhibition is currently underway, running this year from May to November. One of the largest art exhibitions in the world, the pieces on display are spread throughout the city and features every type of art - painting, photography, sculpture, installations, video... you name it, it's there. The title for this year's exhibition is "May You Live In Interesting Times", which couldn't be more appropriate.


Good Design Thursdays - Entry #67

I love interesting architecture and train stations offer some of the best. Here is a really nice article that showcases some of the nicest and oldest stations around the country, including Baltimore's Penn Station (pictured here)...