Friday, 15 July 2011

Fun Friday! - Part 5: 10 Graphic Design fun facts

Graphic design is not only known for its creative element, but also acclaimed for its trait of being an attractive and enjoyable field. While some stories are heard more often, some still remain unknown to many people. Here are some interesting graphic design facts:
  1. Claude Garamond, the person who created several contemporary typefaces such as Garamond and Sabon, died in poverty at the age of eighty-one.
  2. The first ever website hosted on a web server, launched in 1992, still exists today. The first website of the internet was launched in 1992 by Tim Berners-Lee. It is still active.
  3. Sony Vaio’s logo has a hidden meaning. The first two letters form to look like the analogue signal. The last two letters, looking like 1 and 0, represent the digital signal.
  4. Woody Allen uses the same typeface—Windsor—in nearly all of his movies’ titles and credits.
  5. The Nike swoosh was created by Carolyn Davidson. She designed the icon as a college student back in 1971, and was paid only $35!
  6. The creation London Underground sign became an inspiration for the development of graphic design. Design ideas for things such as font types drew inspiration from the famous signage.
  7. Adobe Systems got its name from Adobe Creek in Los Altos, California, a river that ran near the house of one of the company’s founders.
  8. John Callcott Horsley designed the first Christmas card in 1843. But it was originally commissioned as the world’s first commercial Christmas card by Sir Henry Cole.
  9. The Georgia typeface, created by Matthew Carter, was taken from a tabloid headline reading ‘Alien Heads Found in Georgia’.
  10. The “Michelin man” appearing in the Michelin logo design is originally named “Monsieur Bibendum”. He also featured as the hero in the Oscar winning movie, “Logorama”.

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