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Vintage logo book scans

Vintage Logos - a photoset on Flickr

Wow, this is fun for you design and identity nerds -- 120 scanned pages from a book of logos that appears to be from the mid-70s or so (nb: the logos for the U.S. bicentennial and Montreal olympics are included).

I'm immediately struck that you could present this many logos in literal black and white; it's amazing how many logos today fall apart if you remove the colors or (God forbid) the gradients.

Kinda Related: if you're a logo nerd, monitor (43f site designer) Chris Glass's "design" tag for running coverage and commentary on the (d)evolution of logos over the years. Highlights: "Accepting change," "roundy, 3d, swoosh and twirl," "dog eared," "Another one bites the dust," and "CBS, 2007."

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TOPICS: Design

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Merlin Mann is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster. He’s best known for being the guy who created the website you’re reading right now. He lives in San Francisco, does lots of public speaking, and helps make cool things like You Look Nice Today, Back to Work, and Kung Fu Grippe. Also? He’s writing this book, he lives with this face, he suffers from this hair, he answers these questions, and he’s had this life. So far.

Merlin’s favorite thing he’s written in the past few years is an essay entitled, “Cranking.”




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