Originally, this poster was included as a bonus in a CD compiling the best of Dylan's songs. It was back in 1967. Since then, this image and the "I love NY", has entered the graphic design Pantheon. Credit given to Milton Glaser. To make a long story short, Dylan was ending his contract with the record company at that time, so he couldn't care less for Milton. Actually, he didn't even give him feedback at all. A project without client feedback! What a blast! On a side note, Milton Glaser took inspiration from a self-portrait from Marcel Duchamp to create this poster. Moody Lisa For April's fool last year we already had fun with the Louvre logo. Spare the rod and spoil the child. This logo is a cornerstone in graphic design, signed by the Grapus collective.
It's a rare example of a logo which highlights nothing about the place itself, but poetically embodies the silver lining fostered by the Louvre, opening our minds on culture. For the record, and thanks to the client for once, we owe this logo to a client feedback ! During the creation process, Grapus Atelier had designed a logo with a stylized pyramid, in a "Centre Pompidou" style. Hopefully, the megalomany of architect Ieoh Ming Pei made things shift. He didn't stand that someone else could draw his pyramid. He thus prohibited the museum to use it in the logo. While gaving the logo a second try, Grapus found this bright idea.
A little while ago now.
We started a series of articles entitled "Graphic design around the world". The idea was to take a look at other graphic design cultures, to travel to background remove service meet colleagues, to discover the history of graphic design in their countries. It is indirectly about questioning globalization, standardization and the conditions of exercise of our profession.
The first country we explored was Turkey.
Oday, we are taking a leap of faith to visit the genius of Iranian graphic design. We are talking about real genius here, for its extraordinary creative faculties, and by analogy with the genius of the lamp: endowed with great power, who only asks to be freed from his chains to shine.It is certain that the recent international tensions are not for nothing in our desire to meet Persian design. Faced with the American embargo and the terrifying idea of yet another war, it seems essential to us to go and meet the other, his culture, his history. And what an incredible story that is the history of Iranian art and design.
We will of course add our sincere thoughts to the Iranian people, also heavily affected by the Coronavirus. May this article give them a modest reason for optimism and pride in these troubled times. For our part, we have taken great pleasure in travelling through the graphic history of their country. Thank you to all the designers who expand the boundaries, even if they are only imaginary.