Categories: Graphic Design, Logo Design News, LogoBlog
Written By: Nora Reed
Some blog posts get a lot of views and a lot of comments, and then there are others that donâ€™t. I got to thinking, what makes a blog post popular, or in some cases, not?, It seems that most posts that deal with current events or topics that people feel strongly about get the most hype. Since I am still a new writer on staff here, I decided to check out some of our older posts that were written by, Kevin. Turns out, his recent post about Barack Obamaâ€™s logo about Obama and the new Pepsi logo seemed to receive a lot of comments and mostly from people who disagreed.
I think that a strong opinion is great and isnâ€™t that why blogs exist? Everyone wants to express themselves and no one should be denied their opinion. I thought I would follow up on that blog post and write an opinion of my own. As we all know, the economy is just plain awful right now and we are all suffering in some way, however President Obama inherited this mess along with countless others. Itâ€™s hard to ignore the fact that is has been over 35 days since his inauguration and things seem to be getting worse. The stock market dropped again recently, roughly 834.31 points within the last month, resulting in a roller coaster of ups and downs since the year started and even before. No one knows where to make investments and a daunting credit freeze has paralyzed the world economy. Obamaâ€™s stimulus plan is another attempt to fix things, but how can it fix anything in the long term when all it is doing is bringing down the value of the dollar by printing more money and driving up the threat of inflation. According to US News and World Report, the plan will ultimately cost 3.3 trillion dollars, only bringing the country further into debt. Itâ€™s obvious that changes are being attempted but are they really intelligent or effective changes? So far, the public is still unhappy. According to Fox New polls (I know, I know) Recent polls show that Obamaâ€™s approval rating has dropped 5 points in the past 3 weeks. We know that changes are not going to happen overnight, but where is all the hope and optimism the nation felt in the weeks following the election? It seems these concepts have given way to frustration. Are the American people starting to lose hope in our new president?
So after the political update, letâ€™s get back to the point. This is Logo Blog and here we discuss logos, no matter what form or situation they may be involved in. Logos are everywhere and we love them, so letâ€™s take a closer look at the logo surrounding the politics of our country. As Kevin posted before, the Obama logo is an iconic design both among graphic artists and most Obama supporters. It implies a flag-like path leading to hope and happiness and a rising â€œOâ€ in the dawn of a change filled horizon. Since we are in the early days of the Obama administration and in the heart of a recession, does that path still mean the same thing? Have the people turned their back on this originally hopeful design? I donâ€™t think anyone has yet, but there sure is possibility.
How might a revised version of the Obama logo look to reflect these uncertain times? Designers, letâ€™s see what you think. Has anyone seen a less optimistic version of the Obama logo? Would you be willing to go as far as to create your own? What are your opinions on this topic? Share it with Logo Blog Time to speak up designers! Letâ€™s get a discussion going!