Presidentially Speaking on Design Favorites
There have been many reasons as of late to love, or not like very much, all things Presidential. Don't get me started on the current Administration - as the countdown has begun. I wanted to pay homage to some of our past Leaders in honor of Presidents' Day - especially where graphic design is concerned.
What would our past Presidents favor or choose for their own in things graphic design that weren't available to them in their time? I think that the Father of our country, good ol' George Washington,
would've been happy with a logo similar to the straight-forward Westinghouse moniker and the typeface, Bickham Script (it has that quill-pen-type quality to it).
Abraham Lincoln, on the other hand, would be all about a simple and clean look when it comes to design.
He would go for a simple "Abe" logotype and would be partial to Din as his favorite typeface. He also would've been a Mac user.
Some of the other Presidents down the line shouldn't be forgotten when it comes to their probable design sensibilities. Jimmy Carter wouldn't be able to get away from the "peanut" icon,
Richard Nixon would have an ironic fondness of the Constructivist movement and Times typeface,
and Bill Clinton would like anything Muny - Kid Robot and adopt the Moonglow typeface (you can sort of see right through it).
Then there's Dubbya. He would be happy with any shape, as long as it's round, like a bouncing rubber ball, and not too complicated. He would go for Frutiger or maybe Helvetica, 'cuz it's easy to read, and really like the Bauhaus movement. He couldn't spell it, but he'd like it.
That's just my take on a few of the graphic design choices or likes of our past Presidents. I think it's always good to get the word out about graphic design and its merits in any way possible. So, on this President's Day time of year, let's focus on them. What are your ideas on our past Leaders that I have missed? Please share them here and let's have some Presidential fun.