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  1. Toronto Star new logo (?)

    About a week ago, I was reading an article on The Star's website about how the paper is expanding its brand nationally. At the top was a logo I've never seen before: it featured "THE STAR" written in black in a font similar to the current one, though much thicker. Instead of being contained within the outline of the banner, the word mark was bookended by the banner's edges (and thus there was no blue on top or below the words, only to the left and right -- picture this: >THE STAR< ). I thought the paper had rebranded (especially in light of the content of the article), but when I checked back the next day, the old logo was back. I haven't seen the "new" once since -- any idea what was up with that?
  2. Arena Rafters & Banners

    Nice. I know they got the number font wrong initially, but was there anything else?
  3. Arena Rafters & Banners

    The Blue Jays retired Roy Halladay's number yesterday and added a banner for him: Nice, but not a fan of how it's in the team's current branding, especially since Alomar's (the one beside it) is era-specific. I get that they probably didn't want to bring the Black Jays look (which Halladay wore for the majority of his tenure with the team), but they could have at least gone with the late '90s/early 2000s style which he still wore for a few seasons and is pretty similar to the team's current look. I'd have even preferred if they used the '70s/'80s/'90s look (the one used for Almoar's banner) because at the very least he was drafted with that look and wore it for a preseason or two. Also, the team added two new banners last year (which I just found out about while watching last night's game and researching this post because I didn't watch or attend a single game last year). On opening day 2016, they unveiled a "2015 AL East Champs" banner and re-arranged their pre-existing ones so that they were sorted by accomplishment, not year (which I thought was dumb). Then, last year, they swapped that for the one pictured above (AL East + ALDS Champs) and added a Wild Card/ALDS "Champs" banner -- two additional dumb moves. Thankfully, however, they removed the 1991 All-Star Game banner and put them all back in chronological order. They also added Halladay's name to the team's "Level of Excellence" (they have two tiers for honouring players; retiring is the "upper" one and this is the "lower" one). I haven't cared about the team for a few years now, but it still irks me how an organization that was always so good about honouring its history properly has resorted to anachronistic designs and consolation prize banners.
  4. Political Logos

    Illinois's state flower is a violet, so perhaps that's an abstract representation of one? (Similar to the Ontario PC Party's atrocious abstract trillium.) ----------------------------- Speaking of the PC's, their recently-ended leadership race produced some lacklustre graphics. Mind you, it was a short, ad-hoc race for a provincial opposition party, so I suppose there wasn't the time/money/need to invest in creative graphics. Caroline Mulroney: (With her last name notably absent) "Let's get it done" and "New and different"...real inspiring... Christine Elliott: Two periods was really necessary. Doug Ford: He didn't really seem to have a logo or even a wordmark; he seemed content just writing "Ford" wherever he could (with obvious emphasis on the last name, just as he and his brother did during their runs for Mayor of Toronto). Tanya Granic Allen: Another generic (and very thin!) wordmark
  5. Yes, as is typically done during debates. MOD EDIT
  6. A clear-cut straw-man if you'll ever see one.
  7. Words do evolve. But many don't. "Redskin" has only one meaning in the English language with which I am familiar -- and it refers to a racial stereotype. "Bignoses...C'mon, Steve, we're not making fun of Jews, words evolve! Don't think of it as 'Big noses', think of it as 'Bignoses'. See, different!"
  8. I think the "C" makes a great cap logo. It just sucks as a primary logo. "Yeah, I know our team is named the 'Flaming Queerz,' but just try not to think of it as meaning anything other than 'someone who plays for my beer league baseball squad.'" The "C" forms the abdomen.
  9. Logos associated with failure.

    Perhaps because failure isn't an emotion?
  10. Cinnamon Toast Crunch new box

    Oh hell no. I've always lover the anthropomorphic cereal pieces. Too bad they got rid of one of them.
  11. New Cedar Point logo

    Very much devoid of character (which is the last thing you should use to describe the logo of an amusement park!), although the current (now old) logo is hardly any better. I've always resented how all of Cedar Fair's parks use the same generic, cookie-cutter wordmarks: Look, I understand the desire for consistency, but you can do that without sucking the character out of each one. My hometown Canada's Wonderland (which I visited all the time growing up and still visit at least once per summer) changed their logo slightly last year: The park made attempts last year to become more Canadian-themed, so I'm fine with the addition of the maple leaf (it's what I call the Blue Jays principle -- if you're going to slap a maple leaf into your branding cuz CANADA, that's lazy pandering (like McDonald's)...but if you're actually going to make "Canadian-ness" part of what you do (like the Blue Jays' efforts to grow the game across the country and like Wonderland's efforts to return to its roots and become a Canadian theme park) I think it's justified). Still, while I support the change, the execution is pretty poor. I would have preferred it if the leaf were slightly larger and came up from behind the wordmark, like the Molson Canadian logo (although perhaps that might be stepping on Molson's toes too much). Better yet, modernize this beauty: ---- Point is that some character is a welcome improvement, although it doesn't go nearly far enough. To my knowledge, most of these parks have their own histories (i.e. they weren't originally owned by Cedar Fair), and so they should be allowed much more creative freedom in their branding. Many of the parks (including Wonderland) were turned into living advertisements for Paramount products when they were owned by Viacom. Even now, Cedar Fair seems to care all about adding high-intensity rides branded with generic names ("Behemoth," "Fury 325," "Banshee"), with little regard to each individual park's identity. I'd much prefer to keep the "theme" in "theme park" and let the logos reflect that.
  12. Political Logos

    As the New Democrats finally start getting the ball rolling... Not entirely sure Julian even has a logo, but that wordmark is also what he uses on his website. None of the three are remotely inspiring, although I like Caron's use of purple.
  13. Ontario 150 (anniversary logo)

    Saw this for the first time during the World Juniors. I keep seeing a bicycle. Also, to my knowledge, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Qu├ębec don't have 150 logos. -------- I know we went over all the proposed logos in the Canada 150 thread, but holy crap did they pick literally the worst-possible design. I think this one's beautiful: Granted, you'd probably run into trouble when scaling it down, but I'd buy a t-shirt with that on it in a heartbeat.