Graphic design facts

13 Amazing Facts About Graphic Design!

While doing a casual research on the history and origins of graphic design, I found the following 13 Amazing Facts About Graphic Design! They're little known and worth sharing.

1. Claude Garamond, the publisher and legendary type designer after whom Garamond font was named died of poverty at age 81. Talk about artists being paid poorly, huh?

2. Peretz Rosenbaum was the brainchild behind the IBM logo, the old UPS logo, and many other corporate identities. Don’t be surprised; Peretz Rosenbaum is the birthname of Paul Rand.

3. 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”.

4. The Coca-Cola logo design was not made from a typeface but was originally prepared using a handwriting style, now known as Spencerian Script.

5. The famous “Uncle Sam” recruitment poster “I Want YOU for the U.S. Army”, designed by James Montgomery Flagg, was actually an inspirational version of the British poster by Alfred Leete.

6. The boy silhouetted in the logo design of Hollywood studio Dreamworks SKG is William, the son of Robert Hunt (the illustrator hired for the design).

7. Georgia typeface designed by Matthew Carter, was named after a tabloid headline reading “Alien heads found in Georgia.”

8. “The Nike swoosh was created by Carolyn Davidson. She designed the icon as a college student back in 1971, and was paid only $35.”

9. “Having the job as a graphic designer is on the list of the top twenty-five jobs that young people want to have.” (Of course it is!)

10. Woody Allen uses the same typeface in the titles and credits of nearly all of his movies. The typeface is Windsor.

11. The worlds first website (as we know them today) was launched in 1992. You can still visit the URL here.

12. The Red Cross is known as The Red Crescent in Muslim countries. Its logo also changes from a cross to a crescent.

13. Facebook uses a modified version of the typeface Klavika for its logo.

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Which of the above facts is the most surprising/interesting to you?