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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Space.com. To commemorate both occasions, Space.com commissioned three posters from artist Melanie Lambrick and has made high-resolution versions available free for download from their site.

https://www.space.com/free-space-posters-celebrate-apollo-spacedotcom-anniversaries.html

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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.

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/banksy-appears-to-have-painted-a-mural-of-a-migrant-child-wearing-a-lifejacket-in-venice

https://www.juxtapoz.com/news/street-art/watch-banksy-s-new-reveal-a-street-artist-in-venice/

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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.

https://www.labiennale.org/en/art/2019

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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)...

https://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/travel/experience/2019/05/26/amtrak-train-stations-history-12-grand-stations-across-u-s/3695435002/

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Good Design Thursdays - Entry #65

Bill Sienkiewicz is one of my favorite artists. Something I was not aware of, which he recently posted to his Twitter and Facebook feeds, is that he worked with legendary designer and artist Bill Gold on the design for the one-sheet for Unforgiven. Sienkiewicz posted these four comps he submitted for the poster's design. The comp chosen was then used for the layout of the photography for the final poster. It’s a shame the studio didn’t just use the illustration.

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Good Design Thursdays - Entry #64

I’m a few days late getting this week’s entry up. Last week I looked to the past with the historic entrance sign for the Paris Metro. This week will be a kind of companion piece about a current project running in the London Underground. For the Underground’s 150th anniversary, artist Mark Wallinger was commissioned to create an art series. Inspired by the 2009 Tube Challenge, he created 270 unique labyrinths, one for each station in the London Underground and are on permanent display for travelers to view.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2013/feb/07/tube-150-birthday-labyrinth-art-project

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Good Design Thursdays - Entry #63

This is a really nice recent article about the origin and history of the entrance signs for the Paris Metro. The design styles used span three major art movements, based on time period when the signs were installed - Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Minimalism. Many of the original signs still exist and are now protected historic sites.

https://mymodernmet.com/paris-metro-entrances/

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Good Design Thursdays - Entry #59

As the saying goes...imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. The more famous and well-known something is, the more likely it is it will be imitated, either consciously or unconsciously. Sometimes the connection is obvious and sometimes not so much. The connection between the Deadpool poster and the Norman Rockwell painting is clearly obvious. The connection between the Toys poster and Magritte's "Bowler Man" painting is not as obvious, but is still implied. Least obvious is the connection between the last two images, however the design of Paul Ballard's Star Wars print is very reminiscent of the style of painting Gustav Klimt used for his images.

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