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Lesser-Known Projects Created By Some Of Design’s Greatest Legends
By Mikelle Leow, 11 Aug 2017
Composite image by DesignTAXI. HBO logo via Wikimedia Commons, Pepsi logo via Wikimedia Commons
People often identify famous designers by the grand projects they deliver, forgetting about the other assignments that brought them to where they are now.
Speckyboy has found 30 understated masterpieces from leading creatives and put them together in a list. You might be surprised to know, for example, that Susan Kare—designer of the classic Apple Macintosh icons—oversaw a Microsoft project.
Have a look at six designs below and head over to Speckyboy for 24 more.
Max Miedinger (famous for Helvetica)
Image via Shekina Niko
The forefather of good typography, Max Miedinger, has created 15 other typefaces in his lifetime, one of which inherited his name—‘Miedinger’.
Jonathan Ive (famous for Apple products)
Image via Latife Hayson Wine Country Properties
The Chief Design Officer of Apple, Jony Ive, has revealed that Apple’s earbuds were inspired by the ‘Stormtroopers’ in Star Wars—but did you know the ‘EarPods’ and ‘AirPods’ aren’t the only inventions related to music that he can take credit for?
Ive had joined forces with acclaimed designer Marc Newson to customize a Steinway & Sons red limited edition piano, along with other limited edition products for the ‘(RED)’ auction in 2013. The piano was sold for US$1,925,000.
Susan Kare (famous for Apple icons)
Image via HBVideoGames
The card deck in Microsoft Solitaire, the game that kept you distracted as you waited for the internet connection to get back up, was actually the baby of Susan Kare, designer of the classic Apple Macintosh icons.
Andy Warhol (famous for ‘Campbell’s Soup Cans’ and ‘Marilyn Diptych’)
Image via InadeBree
Aside from prints and paintings, Andy Warhol was doing films, sculptures, multimedia events, and more. His interactive ‘Silver Clouds’ art installation, for example, was created to challenge the idea that art was not to be touched.
Michael Bierut (famous for Benetton and Mastercard)
Image via Raul Aguila
Pentagram partner Michael Bierut is famous for spearheading design for major brands like Verizon and Mastercard, but his underrated ‘Light Years’ poster for the Architectural League of New York was not nearly as known until Steven Soderbergh featured it in Side Effects.
Gerard Huerta (famous for ACDC and HBO logos)
Image via Lisa Kent
The famous rock band logo you doodled on your school desk was the work of American typographer and graphic designer Gerard Huerta. What many people don’t know is that he was also behind the iconic Pepsi typeface.
Check out Speckyboy for 24 more underrated projects created by famous designers.
[via Speckyboy, images via various sources]
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