Rolling Stone logo, Hindu Gods, Twitter copyright angst, Obama’s missile logo (again) & crowdsourcing blog content edition..

rolling-stone-la-restaurant-logoRolling Stone LA, a 10,000-square feet blend of restaurant, bar, and private event space slated to open later this summer in Los Angeles, needed a new logo. And who better to tap for the gig than Jim Parkinson, the renowned designer of the original Rolling Stone magazine version. Parkinson has been designing logos and letterforms for over four decades, beginning his career as a lettering artist for Hallmark Cards before redesigning the Rolling Stonelogo in 1977, and designing lettering for bands Rolling Stones lips logosuch as Creedence Clearwater, Taj Mahal, The Doobie Brothers and Kansas. We’re not talking about the Rolling Stones band logo here but I suppose it wouldn’t hurt if we did for a bit. It’s often claimed that the famouskali lips design was created by Andy Warhol (I was told this in an art school class, by a teacher no less), the “tongue and lips” motif was actually created by British graphic artist John Pasche back in 1970. While it’s true the logo was inspired by Mick Jagger‘s famous mouth, it also owes a little inspiration from the Hindu goddess Kali (photo: Piyal Kundu). What’s her story? She’s a ferocious form of the Divine Mother and Goddess of time and change. From Rolling Stone restaurants to Hindu Gods in one paragraph. The kind of stuff you don’t get on just any design blog, huh? [PR Newswire]

While we still grapple with what exactly crowdsourcing is, whether it’s the evolution of the creative industries or The Devil incarnate, more and more websites are jumping on the term to take advantage of the phrase that everyone’s using, but many don’t have the foggiest about what it means. Next to the increasingly crowded table is Grogger, a web platform that claims you can “crowdsource your content” by allowing blog readers to post their shiznet alongside yours. I recall liking this a few years back. When they were called forums. [Grogger]

snippets-note-left-SMPresumably in keeping with his “Hope & Change” vibe, President Obama wants to hear from artists regarding copyright protections for said artists’ work. If you Hope to have your work protected, and copyright-thiefwould like Barry to Change some of the legislation, here’s a chance for you to pipe up. Or forever hold you peace and all that. Tara Reed tells you how. [Art Licensing Blog]

Speaking about content (yes, we were), and copyright (that too) seems some folks are wondering about the ramifications about copyright as it applies to Twitter. While “tweets” (gawd, still I hate using that word, feel like a seven-year-old every time I do) consist of a scant 140 characters or less, are they still protected by typical intellectual property provisions like copyright and what have you? Do Twitter aggregators infringe on copyright by the very nature of their, ahm, aggregating? If you post someone’s twatter on a blog, are you treading on copyright toes? obama-change-logoI have absolutely no idea, and this intellectual topic is way too, well, intellectual for us to sort out in a snippets edition. Luckily, the good folks at The Blog Herald do an excellent job at trying to answer the question. [The Blog Herald]

Speaking about Obama, and logos (hey, we’re always talking about logos) seems some folks on Twitter (and purveyors of some right wing blogs) need to bit struck with a clue stick very, very hard. Almost a month after the story broke, and later retracted by the people who broke it, some people are still claiming that “Obama’s Missile Defense Department” logo features an Islamic Crescent, is cribbed from Barry’s campaign logo, or a combination thereof. Just a couple of things. The logo isn’t a logo, was created during the Bush administration, before Obama’s campaign logo and doesn’t feature a crescent, Islamic or otherwise. For the rationally impaired, we’ve included an airline safety card version of what probably went down below. {Twitter]


logorama-logoA collective “hooray” was heard throughout the graphic design community last month when the animated short Logorama won an Oscar. Almost like it legitimized logos somehow, or design, or something to do with graphic designers (gotta admit, it was pretty cool and I did feel kinda, well, validated). The creators of the flick aren’t resting on their laurels though, hopping on another gig for video game maker Ubisoft. Producers Francois Alaux and Herve de Crecy have signed on to a 20-minute live-action film for Ubisoft’s glasgow-2014-commonwealth-games-logouber successful series Ghost Recon, based on the work of uber successful author Tom Clancy. The movie, tentatively entitled Future Soldier, is due out, shortly before the Christmas holidays, no doubt to encourage the kiddies to add the shoot-em-up game to their lists for Santa. [Reuters]

Speaking about sports logos (oh wait, we weren’t), and now that the 2010 Winter Olympics are behind us (we are now), and the 2014 Russian Winter Olympics logo has been introduced, we need another sports logo to carp about. No sooner said than done, as the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games logo has just been unveiled in, well, Glasgow. Created by design agency Marquee, the project is rumored to have set back organizers 95,000 quid. Before you get all “could’ve had a two hundred dollar logo design contest for that” the price tag included brand guidelines, animated work, visual language, typography, photographic style, and art direction.

You know, the stuff that you don’t get with a $200 logo design contest. [Logo Design Love]