Insects on the March

The Sam Noble Museum in Norman has been infested with bugs. Giant bugs!

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Jackie ponders the giant insects.

Two exhibits opened February 2nd that feature larger than life insects. Either one is definitely worth a visit- the two together make for an entomology overload!

Bugs: Outside the Box features giant, highly detailed replicas of butterflies, beetles and a cool dragonfly. Each one is a handmade work of art- accurate in every detail. The display showing how Lorenzo Possenti creates these gigantic creatures was almost as interesting as the final product!

Beautiful Beasts: The Unseen life of Oklahoma Spiders and Insects is an exhibition of macro photography by Thomas Shahan. His surreal images of spiders and insects look staged or enhanced but he actually shoots them without trickery- or even a very fancy camera! Most of the photos were taken in Norman and Tulsa, although they look like something from another world.

beastsOutside the Box exhibit is on display through May 12, 2013 and Beautiful Beasts can be enjoyed until September 8, 2013. For more information visit www.snomnh.ou.edu.

 

The AA Logo Blandishment Project

Another iconic logo falls by the wayside.

American Airlines unveiled its new logo yesterday to mixed reviews. It replaces the iconic AA brand designed by Massimo Vignelli over 40 years ago.

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To call this new “flight” design generic is almost a compliment.

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Typeface Hell

Here’s a hot tip: DON’T USE PAPYRUS!

Since its creation in 1982 this stylized font has graced everything from nail salons to the logo for the movie Avatar.

What began as rub-off characters from Letraset eventually made its way on to computer screens and now has become the latest salvo in a barrage of overused fonts. Even the designer who dreamed up the Papyrus typeface has complained that it’s gone too far.

Let’s stop the madness.