I’ve been working on a historic project that required recreating a ton of vintage University logos (mostly athletics) that’s been a lot of fun; so I decided to share. Some of these were created by myself and some by Mike Mahle. Please note that all dates are approximate. We didn’t begin regulating identity usage until the early ’90s, so it’s difficult to say with any certainty when a majority of these were created and died out. Some even went in and out of use frequently. And some, like the Cubist rendition of the Redbird from the ’70s, were just a flat-out awful idea. Some of these suckers were tricky to remake, so enjoy!
1970s, Picasso designing athletics logos?
The original University seal (left) and the current seal (right).
Merry Christmas Happy Holidays from the University Marketing and Communications crew. A new spin on the boring company Christmas card, or holiday card for those of us that work for politically correct universities. I’m the one on the right that looks like an old man crying; but Mike Mahle, the designer on this project, assures me that I’m supposed to be an infant version of myself. The holiday tale was written by our copy editor Steve Barcus. Click on the image to enlarge. Enjoy!
Oh God, The Aftermath is a generative video experience I created as a final class project using Max/MSP/Jitter. The Max patch (Max project file) overlays 4 separate video files into a dynamic video presentation that is ever evolving and indefinite in length. The videos are divided into their red, green, and blue channels by a random control that also filters their individual opacity levels, resulting in a unique playback experience with each use.
The above 3 minute clips are a random sample of 10 recordings I made to showcase the varying experience created each time the video is run. For those experienced in Max, you can download a screen shot of the patch here, showing how the piece functions.
Due to the bleak nature of the overlapping video clips—The piece includes video of man-made effects on nature, military bomb testing footage, and clips from a documentary on the Chernobyl fallout—and ominous soundtrack, I named the finished experience after the album by Norma Jean and novel of the same name by detailsofthewar. The final video experience, in my opinion, shares many thematic similarities with both.
The project, however, is intended as a tool as well, with the capability to play any videos (2–4 at a time) with the ability to edit the playback/overlapping functions and create any number of thematic, random video experiences.
This project was my first experience with video and the Max software. Special thanks to artist Owen Lloyd for answering my emails, so I knew I was on the right track with the patch functionality.
This is a project I’ve wanted to work on ever since I saw Invisible Creature’s package design for Ivoryline’s There Came a Lion (Read more about my admiration for Invisible Creature here.) And you can definitely tell where my inspiration came from for the first one.
I started with some abstract, free-form watercolor paintings, using the shape to guide the direction of the main imagery. I had intended to pursue different animal themes for each, but my partiality for bird imagery as decoration kept swaying my subconscious to see birds in each shape. After the watercolors were scanned in the rest was done digitally with found imagery, sticking with a vintage collage theme for all three including handwritten letters, postmarks, old newspaper clippings, etc.
Whereas the paintings used for the CD packaging were much more representative of the final imagery, I wanted to keep these more abstract and open for representation. You can view the original watercolor abstracts side-by-side with each finished piece below—with the third being, obviously, the one I took the most liberty with the shape of the abstract. Aside from the watercolors, I gave myself an hour per piece to finish each as a fun exercise.
I’m pretty happy with the way these turned out, and think I was successful in creating something that appears hand-made with digital technology. I haven’t decided what to call them yet, though. All suggestions welcome.