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Rule, Britannia!


Earlier today, the International Olympic Committee announced that the 2012 Olympic Games were going to be held in London, ruining the hopes and dreams of millions of Parisians, roughly 32 New Yorkers and 1 billionaire mayor. To mark the occasion, the Sun published a collection of ha-ha-you-suck-France photos and illustrations which range from mildly amusing to, well, not very funny at all. We’d make fun of the poor Photoshopping but we just admitted that we read the Sun, so consider it even.

Newspapers, Newspapers and More Newspapers

Our eyes hurt. We just looked at hundreds of newspaper front pages from across the globe at the Newseum site. The front pages are updated daily and there are 44 countries represented (although the bulk of the newspapers are American). We’re fans of The Guardian, which has one of the sexiest, most modern newspaper designs today:

While most of the newspapers shared a similar style, this Brazilian paper stuck out from the rest with its large photos and minimal text:

Update: Logo

Our friend Anonymous Tips wrote in and had this to say about yesterday’s Logo post:

The LOGO logo has already been changed, twice. The version you are showing is not the oldest version but it’s also not the latest. The new one has the same shape but new colors. The green is gone which makes it less eco-looking. I also think the comparison to OGO is a bit of a stretch. It’s 3 circles, what do you expect?

That’s odd–we took the logo from their official website yesterday. We checked the site again today and the same green logo is still being used, although they’ve unleashed this clock (which we thought was a parking meter):


Which colors did they use for the final logo? Has anyone seen the previous, pre-green version? Whatever happened to Martika? All serious questions we’re hoping someone will answer (okay, skip the Martika one). Please email kenny AT mediabistro DOT com if you can help.


Our sunnier, more-tanned brother mentioned something about MTV’s new gay-themed cable channel Logo yesterday, so we went to the Logo website to find out what all the fuss is about (plus, we’re nosy).

The first thing we thought of when we saw Logo’s, um, logo was OGO’s, um, logo:


The second thing we thought of was: Where the hell did MTV put all the gayness? Sure, they get points for not using the rainbow flag and bonus points for not using the color pink, but the website and the new logo seem so…eco-friendly? The logo is too safe and bland, and it seems more suited for a European recycling/environmental ad campaign than a gay-themed network. Maybe they’ll have a show about 2 butch queens from Brussels who work for Greenpeace or something.

My Bad #451


Oops, oh my! I must be really out of it today, folks. Jilly-Jill-Jill just told me she did a post about the visual trends report ALL THE WAY BACK ON JUNE 8TH. Err, I was out sick that day? My Internet was broken?

It’s All Starting To Look The Same

Were we too harsh on Sprint?’s visual trends report is out and made us start thinking about how it can be really difficult to come up with an original concept and design something completely fresh. Are most designers really designing, or are they just appropriating what’s already out there? A couple of popular trends from the report:


Wicker Ball

Choo-Choo Choose A New Design Already*

nycsubway_socks.jpgWe stumbled across a collection of NYC subway maps and thought it was interesting that the MTA has produced close to 50 variations of the same subway map design since 1998. Perhaps they’re either too busy trying to get robots to drive the L train, or they’re too broke because they’re lying about their budget, but either way, we’ve been stuck with the same dreary map since 1998. Perhaps the MTA should do something about it?

They’re much more dreary when you view them all together. We’re sadists, so check them out in big and/or bigger sizes:

ooooh, that’s huge
get that fucking thing away from me!

The past few MTA designs have been pretty dull and tended to look like those subway maps tourists would actually buy in Times Square. We did like a couple of designs, especially this 1958 map and Massimo Vignelli’s elegant redesign from 1972:

Here’s Vignelli’s 1972 map compared to the current MTA map:

*Sorry, I’ve always wanted to use that Ralph Wiggum reference.

Sprint Sleeps With Both Nextel AND Deutsche Post


In the biggest corporate design orgy since, well, ever, it turns out that the new Sprint logo is actually…the bastard step-child of Deutsche Post?!?! It’s true, all too true, Brent! It never belonged to Nextel! Those long nights at the office? Just a lie to cover up the affair! And Dr. Wentworth knew all this time!!!

(Thanks to Foreign Policy designer Sarah Schumacher for going all Hiroshima and dropping this bomb on us. Good catch!)

Mr. Met Gets a Mortgage


The first rendering of the new/revised Olympic/Mets Stadium was unveiled/shown today, and it’s not horrendous, especially compared to this uninspired, toilet seat-esque nightmare. Sorry about the tiny pic, but if you look really, really, really closely, you can still see Mets pitcher Braden Looper choking.

Unbeige @ Giant Robot

This weekend, Unbeige went to check out the opening of Giant Robot New York, the magazine’s first retail outpost on the East Coast. They threw a party from 6-10 pm to celebrate, but we missed out on the festivities because we had to haul-ass to Chelsea for an opening at 7 pm (which we couldn’t even cover because the “artists” were “afraid” of cameras). All sweaty and tired, we thought the GR store would have been packed, so we decided to go the nearest bar to drink our night away instead.

First published as a photocopied ‘n stapled zine in 1994 by Eric Nakamura and Martin Wong, Giant Robot covers everything from “movie stars, musicians, and skateboarders to toys, technology, and history” with an Asian-American twist. The design itself has evolved throughout the years but has always remained fresh and energetic. Covers have been designed by everyone from KAWS to Takashi Murakami to Geoff McFetridge, and content has covered everything from Thai horror movie posters to pharmacy labels in Cambodia to Japanese concentration camp art.

The store has a little bit of everything–books, toys, shirts, posters–it’s an impressive collection with something for everyone (we were tempted by several things but remembered the cable bill was due, damn you Time Warner!!).

Make sure you check out the store if you’re in the neighborhood. Just promise to ignore us while we stare longingly at all the great stuff from outside. Giant Robot New York is located at 437 E. 9th St. (bet. 1st & A).