Snippets: Last week of February version

We wrap up February with a 99designs epiphany, the new Cleveland Brown logo looks awfully like the old one, some logo nostalgia, Oscar graphics, Lego Oscars, logo design tips and a couple of llamas go on the lamb. Running a little behind with this, but sticking with our better late than ever philosophy, still publishing this round-up on Monday night rather than on the weekend like we’re supposed to. The last week of February was a busy week, lot’s of stuff to cover, so we’re going to forgo our usual intro and get right down to it. Welcome aboard. Well, yeah, that’s kinda been our point all along.. Not impressed by @99designs telling you there's a money back guarantee and then telling you get better designers if promise to not use it — Hadley Wickham (@hadleywickham) February 21, 2015 Design contest sites – 99designs in this instance – are being kinda disingenuous with their click-baity “get a logo you love or 100%, no-questions asked, money back guarantee” starbursts. See, they’ll tell if you want GOOD designers via the platform, you should waive the guarantee and promise to pay said designers. Which is what other designers have been saying all along. Because while you may get free design work by not guaranteeing your contests, no designer worth their salt are going to supply you with said artwork, cause they’re too busy selling their artwork, like professionals are supposed to do. Thus, the contests that don’t get guaranteed – when you can still get your money back – feature designers who aren’t making a living anywhere else and aren’t professional designers,...

Snippets: Our weekly recap of all things logo & design

Photoshop turns 25, a load of new logos, great design resources, creepy emoji for introverts, Obama’s kumbia Terror-Busting logo, how the gig economy is either doomed or the end of us all, history of Warner Brothers’ logos and a pre-Oscars look at the Oscars logo. Etc. It was a busy week around The Factor (with apologies to Bill O’Reilly, who’s in a spot of bother of his own so he probably won’t mind) what with Valentine’s Day, Canada’s Maple Leaf 50th Anniversary, a couple of snow storms and some of the coldest weather this winter. Still, we managed to shamelessly troll 50 Shades of Grey and explain why you see things in logos that aren’t really there. Now, it’s time for Snippets, our weekly look back at the week that was. Without further adieu.. It’s not all sparkles and Unciorns… Some Valentine’s Day history is pretty grim. And has an awful lot to do with sex.. The history of the heart symbol and what the "logo of love" actually means http://t.co/HQ3C7pMeAs pic.twitter.com/cfE9mFcvfz — The Logo Factory (@TheLogoFactory) February 15, 2015 You had one job.. One. Try Harder pic.twitter.com/L6sIZlHwEe — Adland (@adland) February 15, 2015 Two fonts. Two. Any more and your logo looks like a ransom note. This will help.. This useful guide to font pairing helps you make happy typographic marriages http://t.co/cdX09A4Zem pic.twitter.com/girlulZhcW — TAXI (@designtaxi) February 15, 2015 99 Designs, Crowdspring, Fiver, Fourerr, Threer, Whateverer.. The former labor secretary would like a word. Former secretary of labor: The "collaborative" or "sharing" economy should be called the "share-the-scraps" economy http://t.co/GNBYJIPXZh — The Logo Factory (@TheLogoFactory) February 16, 2015...

Snippets: Another weekly round-up of design & logo goings on

Staples does logos because of course they do, Jumpman 30th, some movie logos, new logos, a free book, some cool infographics, Adobe gets some competition (maybe) and some Valentine stuff.. Posting on the blog was relatively light this week, not because we didn’t have anything to write about, but because we’re working on something pretty nifty and that took all our attention and time. Look for some news about that soon. But first, let’s take a look at the big story from last week (that ironically, nobody seemed to catch.) It involved Disruption. Disruption. Disruption. You got your Fiverr (who are awful,) Schmiver, 99designs (these guys,) Zillion Designs (yeah, that’s a thing) and sure, even your humble servants at The Logo Factory. These days, seems everybody and their dog is into the logo design business (which is why you’re going to hear the term “branding” an awful lot more in the upcoming months.) And then this happened: Staples does logos.. Never been a huge fan of Staples TBO, but hey, an office supply store’s gotta do what an office supply store needs to do. Shouldn’t really be surprised that the chain announced this week it was getting into the business of designing logos and shiznet because, of course they are. Simply a matter of hanging out a “logo design” shingle and off to the races.. Did you know that Staples offers logo design services where you can pay for rip-offs? Call of Duty Elite, people. pic.twitter.com/B62Jz5hRA3 — Chris Rugen (@rdesign) February 8, 2015 The Elite Adventure logo is kinda neat, even if is is kinda fake. It’s all ambigrammy...

Snippets: Logos & design week in review

Left Shark gets famous, Aston Martin gets ticked, some vaccine art that gets to the point, Game of Thrones played out in logos, drones on rugs, another controversy about design that looked like penis and other random stuff from the first week of February. Hard to believe we’re already a quarter of the way through the second month of 2015 and just a few days shy of Valentine’s Day. You know what that means – yet another installment of Snippets, our sometimes snarky weekly round up of design and whatever random stuff that strikes our fancy. This episode is a little more laid laid back than usual – nothing terribly dramatic or earth-shattering on the design front – so we’re serving up some funky and quirky goodies that (hopefully) makes for an interesting read. Without further adieu, let’s hop in the Delorean, fire up the Flux-capacitor and time-travel back to February 1 for our weekly Twitter and design news.. First there was Jaws.. Then there was Left Shark from Katy Whatshername‘s Superbowl halt-time show. Left shark, right? pic.twitter.com/jTIbvW0qHg — D.E.Uhlig (@deuhlig) February 2, 2015 You do know.. They make James Bond‘s car, right? Aston Martin sues supplier for stealing designs, including logo http://t.co/47gEiQVYjf #AstonMartin #design #logo #copyright #IP #law — Logo-Designer.co (@logodesigner_co) February 2, 2015 Tipper will not be pleased. The logo was supposed to warn parents about the evils of Rap. The hijacking of a logo. @BBCNewsMagazine looks at misuse of the Parental Advisory icon: http://t.co/2qniOoXVPo pic.twitter.com/8ObrEOeHM8 — Design Week (@Design_Week) February 2, 2015 Jonesin’ for some TGOT? April’s around the corner, but these will help tide you...

Snippets: Weekly wrap up

The best, notable and interestingly dubious happenings of the week. 99designs vs. Fiverr, the Canada 150 freak out continues, a couple of new logos, a particularly brilliant one, some slam poetry and other random stuff. The holidays are but a distant memory, our best of, worst of lists put away for another year. We’re now officially in the doldrums of January and not too much happening on the design front. But it’s still EOB Friday, time for another Snippets and a look back at the week’s events. And Tron fans squee! The Boston Olympics bid logo just is. Unless this were true.. LOL RT @FastCoDesign Let's hope Boston's Olympic bid logo indicates that we're finally getting a light-cycle event: http://t.co/XysQ70761X — The Logo Factory (@TheLogoFactory) January 18, 2015 Hated these as a kid. New packaging is nice though.. The iconic OXO cube has a new look – coming soon to your kitchen cupboard: http://t.co/55GtT1gls1 pic.twitter.com/achnlAoVgy — Design Week (@Design_Week) January 19, 2015 New logo for Jacob’s Better make that Jacobs.. Biscuit brand Jacob's is launching a new identity (and losing its apostrophe…): http://t.co/PuyORFsPvL pic.twitter.com/wZldIIWH3h — Design Week (@Design_Week) January 20, 2015 With a rebel yell.. And the Canadian Feds ask for “moh, moh, moh..” Canada's design industry rebels against Ottawa's Canada 150 logo contest http://t.co/U1fD5lYgLn — The Logo Factory (@TheLogoFactory) January 21, 2015 In totally unrelated news.. Unlike most of our previous whiny screeds against logo contests and what-not, this one took a look at them from a buyer’s angle. You know, actually running one. It’s long and detailed but can be summed up thusly: Yes, biohazard symbol. We...

Snippets: Best, notable & dubious of the week

A strange logo design contest from people who really shouldn’t, new logos for Ziploc, Electrolux, Walgreens, Pitney Bowes and the Maritiem Museum. Design students not happy about this Canada 150th logo thing and some “best of 2014” countdown stragglers. The week usually ends on Sunday. Except around here. When it ends on Friday. And Friday means time for a new round of Snippets. Here’s a look back at some notable logo and design stuff from the second week of January. The 2014 year-end lists keep on coming. We did ours. This one is for sports logos. Best, Worst New Logos of 2014: http://t.co/8WvIEySWKN Readers Choice Awards http://t.co/gPLo2W9mbU pic.twitter.com/eUwv9ocbhT — Creative Market (@CreativeMarket) January 9, 2015 Time management. It’s a thing. Unless you’re creative. Then it looks like this.. The messy minds of creative people. This illo says it all http://t.co/uLt3VNG9Bx pic.twitter.com/BLAzURiI44 — The Logo Factory (@TheLogoFactory) January 9, 2015 Old school. It’s no doubt a passing fad. But a nice one while it lasts.. Yes! RT @printmag: The Explosive Hand Lettering Rebellion http://t.co/H11YyFQ0eZ pic.twitter.com/c3abUIfuAn — The Logo Factory (@TheLogoFactory) January 9, 2015 Squeeeee! Cartoon monsters. In a logo. Delightful design. The Nickelodeon Animation Studio logo is sorta awesome. pic.twitter.com/9FVgMWqDDr — The Logo Factory (@TheLogoFactory) January 9, 2015 New Ziploc logo. More glam for sandwich bags.. New Logo for Ziploc: http://t.co/nMtFnns5i6 #logo #design pic.twitter.com/ZtlnLDjuzE — Kevin Burr (@KevinBurr) January 9, 2015 Another 2014 list. Best fonts this time.. Top 10 fonts of 2014 ☞ http://t.co/sCi10YmjpL pic.twitter.com/urE6QdPmed — HypeForType (@hypefortype) January 2, 2015 Good question.. The answer is yes. Let us explain why.. Does a logo need to work in black...

Snippets reboot #1: The first week of 2015

A look back at some notable logo and design happenings of the past week. New logos for Seagate, Covington City, Alaska Air, Jazzercise and Atlantic Records. Premature design trends of 2015, some lovely rebrands and a terrible tragedy in Paris. Fridays are always a slow day for logo and design related stuff, so we usually don’t post or write much at all. That seems a shame really and at odds with one of our 2015 quasi-New Year’s resolutions – to blog a little more frequently. Accordingly, we figured a good way to bring the week to a close is to revive our old snippets format and review the goings on from the previous. We actually started doing this years ago, but kinda sucked in the regularity department and stopped after a whole bunch. We thought it was a pretty good idea back then, remains so now, so let’s give it another go.. The New Year begins Seems like only yesterday we were trotting out our Christmas logo so it’s hard to believe that 2015 is well and truly underway. We were pretty good with the year-end stuff this time, putting together a major 50 top rebrands feature and a snaky best and worst of the logo and design world, 2014 edition. Those are both still worth a read in case you missed either. You may also have missed this – a look at the top 100 most valuable brands and their logos – and that’s worth a looksee too, if you’re into such things. Anyhoo, upward and onward.. Our first tweet of the New Year.. Because Play-Doh. And penis....

Randy Johnson has a dead bird for a logo

When baseball legend Randy Johnson settled on a logo for his photography company, he picked a dead bird. Because why not. Retired baseball legend (and MLB hall of famer) Randy Johnson (nicknamed Big Unit) is also an accomplished professional photographer. His website certainly displays some wonderful photography. I particularly like his rock concert work including that of some of my own personal music heroes, Canadian rockers Rush. Might be showing my age here, but unless I’m mistaken, this scary guy is from heavy metal band Slipknot: That’s not what people are talking about this week though. It’s his logo. A dead bird. Yep, Johnson’s logo icon is very much an ex-bird that’s shuffled off this mortal coil (vague Monty Python dead parrot reference.) Anyway, here it is again: Most baseball fans get the joke right away: it pays homage to the bird Johnson killed with one of his trademark 100 miles per her fastballs back in 2001, when pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks against the San Fransisco Giants. Here’s the moment when the poor bird exploded in mid-flight, feathers all over the place: While a dead bird logo is certainly an unorthodox way to market your photography skills, it’s good for buzz on the interwebs, and the logo got a lot of that with articles in The New York Daily News and Sports Illustrated to name a few. Here’s what Johnson had to say about his start in photography: While attending USC in Los Angeles for three years on a baseball scholarship, I majored in photojournalism. At the same time, I got hands-on experience in the art and craft...

50 top rebrands & logo redesigns of 2014

When it came to high-profile rebrands and logo redesigns, 2014 was very busy indeed. As a New Year begins, we figured it’s a good time to take a look at 50 of the more notable examples. Almost any advice you’ll get on logo design (including our own) will invariably include the word “timeless.” As in your logo can never, ever change. Overall it’s sage advice, but only partially accurate and a rule that can be broken. While it’s certainly true that a logo only manages traction from repeated and lengthy use, you can still (once in a while) change things up a bit to reflect a different corporate culture or as a response to changing markets. To be sure, major corporations change their logos all the time, and a new logo release can actually be a fantastic marketing gimmick in of itself. To illustrate this point, here’s 50 top rebrands and logo designs from last year. As opposed to a “best to worst” list (far too difficult a task,) they’re presented in chronological order (the dates may not be exact, depending on when the logo was officially announced, noticed by accident or rolled out on product shelves and storefronts.) In any case, let’s start way back in January of 2014.. January Made in Britain Agency: The Partners The year started with a new identity for the Made in Britain campaign, an initiative to promote British-made products. The new logo replaced a previous design that was selected from a student competition. Brut Agency: Beardwood Brut‘s new logo (combined with rejigged packaging and product line) represent the line’s response to increasing...

Battling Blue Jay logos

The Toronto Blue Jays take issue with Creighton University’s trademark application for their Blue Jays logo. Back last September, Creighton University held a press conference in front of 3,000 students at which president Timothy Lannon and men’s basketball head coach Greg McDermott unveiled the new Creighton Blue Jays logo and court design at the CenturyLink Center Omaha. Designed by Thornton, Colorado’s Mongoose Graphics, the new logo was part of a university-wide rebranding initiative for Creighton’s first year in the Big East Conference and a radical departure from the earlier versions of the Creighton Blue Jays’ script and angry Jay marks. A successful launch Don’t get me wrong – the new logo is nice. Very nice. And reaction was deservedly positive at the school and on social media, with the design eventually winning the Best Sports Logo of 2013 on Chris Creamer‘s highly respected SportsLogo.net. Got to be honest though, I missed this one – if I had’ve noticed at the time, I certainly would have predicted the legal wrangling we’re about to discuss, and have to wonder now, why it took so long for lawyers to start squawking. See, as wonderful as the new logo is, it does kinda look like the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team logo. At least one of them. You see, the Toronto Blue Jays logo has changed many times since the original 1977 design – with various tweaks, redesigns and returns to older versions – as illustrated below, and while the Creighton Blue Jays logo isn’t a carbon copy of the Toronto version, it’s reminiscent of bits and pieces from several: Toronto cries fowl....

New City of Mississauga logo

With Mississauga approaching its 40th birthday, the city decided it was time for a new logo and brand. Rolled out a few weeks ago, the design has received mostly positive reviews, while others compared it to Melbourne’s logo and a paper clip. The City of Mississauga’s old logo design had been featured on official documents, billboards and buildings for 25 years, but when challenged in focus groups, many city residents couldn’t remember what it looked like. When reminded, and then asked to describe the old logo, participants referred to it as “industrial,” “conservative” and “boring.” The old design also featured some weird typography work that I always found kind of jarring. The city has now discarded the arguably outdated logo (featuring the Mississauga Civic Center and the 90’s era tagline “Leading today for tomorrow”) and launched a new design as part of a complete rebranding campaign. Designed by an in-house team, the new logo is a linear rendering of an M, created with 3 triangles and features the city name in a sans serif, mixed-case font. The cost of creating the new logo and “brand story” was $170,000. Reaction to the logo has been mostly positive but some wags have compared the design to an office paper clip, while others claim a striking resemblance between the new mark and Australian city Melbourne’s logo (a bit of a stretch methinks). Mississauga is now Canada’s sixth-largest city with a population of 745,000 and is home to 54,000 businesses, 62 Fortune 500 companies and a pair of hospitals and post-secondary institutions. “The time is right for Mississauga to review, revitalize and refresh...

HP shutting down Logoworks

After ten years of selling logo design services, Utah-based Logoworks announces that it’s closing up shop. Arguably one of the first crowdsourcing design sites, and since its inception in 2001, Logoworks was one of the top-ranked and successful logo design websites of the internet era. Purchased a few years back by Hewlett Packard for a princely sum (rumored to be in the neighborhood of $9 million) Logoworks was undeniably one of the largest purveyors of internet-driven logo design sales, so this announcement, posted on the Logoworks’ home page comes as a little bit of a surprise – Dear Valued Logoworks Customers, Recently HP has made a strategic decision to focus its web resources on non-design related projects. As a result, Logoworks will no longer be taking on new projects. If you have a design project in process, we will continue to work with you until you receive a logo or website that you love. You can continue to log-in and review your project using the link above. We want to thank the tens of thousands of customers who have worked with us over the past ten years. In that time we worked on more than 200,000 different logo, website, and other design projects. We also want to extend our thanks to our partners, affiliates, and suppliers who helped us grow and become the world’s premier online design agency. Most of all we want to thank the many designers, account managers, and developers who created so much outstanding work—winning recognition from AIGA, Communication Arts, and other industry notables. We couldn’t have done anything without these incredibly talented people. We anticipate...

Human Rights logo design contest winner

After four months and a global online campaign that netted 15,000 submissions, Serbian designer Predrag Stakic has been announced as the winner of a design competition to find a logo for human rights. My opinion on logo design contests notwithstanding, gotta admit this is a pretty nifty logo, designed as part of a contest to design a universal logo for human rights. The logo, entitled “free as a man,” beat out over 15,000 other submissions and earned Stakic 5,000 Euros (about...

New JCPenney logo

Retail giant JCPenney rolls out a new logo in an attempt to rebrand themselves as a “modern retailer.” Prior to the official roll-out during Oscar commercials, giant retailer JCPenney announced yesterday that the company was rebranding themselves with a new logo (above right). Following GAP’s new logo debacle from a few months ago, internet critics were quick to pounce on the new design (as has become the trend), bemoaning the new design’s lack of oomph. Personally, I don’t find the new logo terribly disagreeable – the ‘jcp’ portion of the logo is a natural avatar for social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, though I could be convinced that the logo reads J.C.P. enney. due to the placement of the red box. In any case, the logo is interesting for a couple of reasons – apparently the company is going to rebrand as jcpenney (ever-so-trendy lower case only) and it represents the first time in 40 years that they’ve decided to shake things up a little. I also find it interesting that this is yet another retail chain that seems to think they can shake off sluggish sales – the result of a protracted economic slowdown – by changing their...

Starbucks’ new type-free logo

In one of the first major brand roll-outs of 2011, Starbucks unveiled their new logo today. Missing is any reference to Starbucks, with the new design dropping the words encircling its iconic sea nymph, and the mermaid figure given a bit of a graphic facelift. The new logo was announced to employees today, with plans to bring the new design into stores in March, coinciding with the coffee giant’s 40th...