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.

Fun with Tumblr

A couple of years ago I started a photo album on Facebook called I Saw Art Today.

It started out as a repository for unusual paintings I discovered in thrift stores and resale shops. Eventually it grew to contain dozens of snapshots of strange and unusual works- sculptures, prints, etc. It seemed perfectly suited for a Tumblr project.

Tumblr is essentially a photo-blogging platform. Not to say you can’t post words- you can. But the main attraction is image sharing.

Unlike typical blogs Tumblr does not support comments. Instead users are urged to Like or Reblog a post to show their approval. By reblogging one user’s post it spreads it around the Interwebulars. Plus it’s very easy to post photos from your smartphone!

To see what I have managed to cobble together take a look at…

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Pictionary Extreme

If you have ever done an image search on Google you probably realize the results can be a little jumbled.

Dictionary Based on Google Image SearchNow imagine creating a dictionary based from the first image you found for each and every word. What would it look like? Well, it just so happens Ben West and Felix Heyes have the answer: it’s a 1,240 page tome with over 21,000 images representing all the words found in your basic dictionary.

Now just how useful such a dictionary might be is… well, questionable. But it does offer a unique insight into our current culture. Maybe we can make another one in ten years and compare.

Google Image Dictionary