Sue Apfelbaum and Laura Forde drop an extra dope bit of anecdotal graphic history in a post for RedBullMusicAcademy. They dig up some fantastic tales behind some of the most epic logos in Nyc music history, the kind of logos that just have that instantaneous recognition and hit you in the chest like “pow!”
Who is that in the P.E. crosshairs? What logo was supposed to look like a guy getting his head punched in from behind? Which testosterone driven Hip Hop group’s logo was actually designed by an English woman?
Just from the mash up above, you know you need to check this out, HERE.
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Photo by Sharon Cantillon / Buffalo News
Preparing myself for the whatever-whatever that is the annual Grammy Awards, I came across a nice little story. A coupla guys who call their band Geneseo, after the upstate New York town they hail from (not far from a couple places I call “home”), were up for a Grammy for album art, against David Bowie, Jay Z, Metallica. They’re not a household name yet, but they partnered with a couple of local visual artists, Annie Stoll and Brian Gunert of White Bicycle to create a unique-sounding package with scratch-off surfaces. Looks like Geneseo got together an Indiegogo campaign to travel to the awards ceremony.
The article that I learned a lot of this from was from The Daily News, a local-to-Geneseo newspaper.
Excellent work, all.
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Back in the 40s Langston Hughes annotated a melting pot map created by Emma Bourne for The Council Against Intolerance in America.
The Blank on Blank series has animations synced with interviews and is pretty informative and entertaining.
Check out this interview with 2-Pac
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