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The Story Behind the Bonkers Logos in Idiocracy

If you look closely in Mike Judge's under-appreciated (albeit slightly cruel) masterpiece, Idiocracy, you'll notice countless little logos from the future. These are the handiwork of graphic designer and former advertising professional Ellen Lampl. Read More >>

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The New Branding for Rio 2016 Looks Like a Very Friendly Amoeba

Hundreds of thousands of people attend the Olympics, and millions more watch them. So there's a lot riding on the way a city presents them, from advertising to stadia. Rio just revealed what its 2016 Games will look like, and they've done a great job. Read More >>

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The Evolution of Google’s Iconic Logo

It may feel like Google's colourful lettering has been with us since the dawn of time, but it's been a long, bumpy road getting there. Read More >>

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RIP Massimo Vignelli: The Iconic Designer Who Shaped a Century

We'd known that legendary designer Massimo Vignelli was sick: his son issued a plea to designers who were influenced by him to send him a letter, which surely flooded his home with well-designed well-wishes over the past few weeks. This morning, Vignelli passed away at the age of 83. Here, we've collected a handful of his most iconic contributions to design. Read More >>

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What City Has the Best Brand?

When we think about cities and branding we might think of a logo on a T-shirt, or perhaps a slogan that's slapped onto banners. But a city brand now encompasses much more—it's selling a lifestyle. The Guardian has ranked 57 global cities with the best brands. The winner might surprise you. Read More >>

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The New Oscars Logo is Illuminati Catnip

Trying to "fix" the Oscars with branding is a fool's errand—just you try and put lipstick on a grotesquely excessive, four-hour-long pig. But local creative agency 180LA has done an admirable job, giving the Academy a new look that's as smart as it is simple. Read More >>

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You’ll Appreciate the Brutal Honesty in These Updated Brand Slogans

Since advertising is all about the power of suggestion, it's fun to see what happens when the conceits of well-known campaigns are totally undermined. Honest Slogans takes well-known advertising and turns the slogan into some real talk about the product, or at least designer Clif Dickens's take on it. Read More >>

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This Giant Submarine Destroying a City Street Is Actually an Advert

Life is strange and unpredictable. Some things have to be seen to be believed, and even then it can be tough to trust your own peepers. Take Milan’s Piazza Mercanti, for instance. It recently became home to what appears to be a submarine bursting through the asphalt. Wait, what? Read More >>

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Coke Had to Cancel a Contest After a Bottle Cap Called Someone “Retard”

It's no fun to be called names, but usually you only have to worry about it from people. That's not always the case, as a Canadian woman learned when she cracked open a refreshing Vitamin water and was met with "YOU RETARD." That's one hell of a glitch. Read More >>

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6 Cities and States Reinventing Themselves Through Branding

Is it possible to distil the character of a city into a single, striking logo? In some ways it seems crass to (re)brand a place, reducing the complexity of a locale into to what is, essentially, a marketing campaign. Done well, however, the efforts can unite locals and lure leisure travelers, who bring with them a major financial boon (check out the World Bank’s map of international tourist dollars from the past four years—there’s a lot of cash involved). But have we reached peak branding? Read More >>

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How the World’s Most Recognisable Band Logo Got Its Shape

The Black Flag logo is sort of like the Coca-Cola script: it’s been subverted and remixed so many times, it’s become bigger than its original intended use. Now, thanks to a mini-documentary produced by Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art, we know the fascinating story behind the creation of the iconic mark—which, according to Henry Rollins, “every cop in LA remembers.” Read More >>

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The Logos of Terrorist Organisations Predictably Love Using Guns

In a book called Branding Terror, Francesco Trivini Bellini and former United Nations counter-terrorism analyst Artur Beifuss compiled the logos and brand identities of terrorist organisations "from al-Qaeda to the Real IRA" and analysed them as they would any logo. It's fascinating to approach the identity of the terrorists from a graphic design perspective. Read More >>

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How Famous Logos Have Changed Over Time

All the logos you see around you? They're eventually going to change some day. It might be because they get outdated, or it might be because of a new CEO's quirky taste. It might even be because the company has some vain hope to rebrand itself as more modern, more friendly, or more whatever it is to get you to buy more of its products. Just take a look at some logos of famous brands. Even those that still look the same have added some embossing or shading. Read More >>

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The Walking Dead: Season 3 on Blu-ray Comes In This Creepy Cabinet of Zombie Heads

If you're thinking about starting a collection of limited edition Blu-ray sets for your favourite movies and TV shows, you better make sure you've got ample shelf space in your home entertainment centre for a bunch of disembodied zombie noggins. Read More >>