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PlayStation’s Early Logo Concepts Prove That If You First Fail, Try Again
By Mikelle Leow, 04 Jun 2019
Image via Djordje Novakov / Shutterstock.com
It’s difficult to hit the jackpot at the first try, and there’s perhaps a good reason for it. Luck doesn’t last, but experience, rejection, and the repeated challenge of coming up with new possibilities help polish your skillset.
A compilation of rejected PlayStation logo iterations has surfaced online, revealing the numerous attempts required to perfect the logomark. All of the concepts were created by Japanese designer Manabu Sakamoto, who also worked on the brandings for Sony’s other projects including VAIO.
The concepts show a variation of colors and typefaces before Sony settled on the minimal one that gamers know and love today. Many of the illustrations were also set in red, yellow, and black, and for the most part, PlayStation was stylized as “Play Station.”
Design enthusiasts on Reddit have remarked at how “clumsy” the rejected designs were, reflecting that the inspiring transformation shows how perseverance leads to perfection.
The current logo, which comprises the letter ‘P’ standing over the letter ‘S’, has persisted since PlayStation’s inception in 2004, though it now largely remains in black.
[via r/graphic_design, images via various sources]
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