I wasn’t disagreeing with any of you. I was simply wondering aloud why the designer did it? Of course it would be better for them to do research. But then, where do you draw the line? Is it alright then, that April Greiman “appropriately” appropriated the design of Herbert Matter? It strikes me strangest, as Nick pointed out, that the design says nothing of Chile.
It doesn’t say “hippie” me either. But, to people that don’t truly understand history and culture (this one in particular), visual history especially, I think it would be easy to confuse it. Griﬃn’s logo is not near as eponymous with the so-called rock subculture as is that of Parkinson.
Yes, I’ll parrot John’s comment. Jim Parkinson has more ability to work with letters than most. …the ball terminals evoke… I was thinking more of psychedelia and smoke and hookahs…but I can see the music now. ;^)
Wow. Thanks Mark. Jim, can we coax you to elaborate?
We’re taking the opportunity at TypeCon2004 this July to explore the work of some of the artists who helped shape the San Francisco aesthetic of the 60s-70s. Jim Parkinson will give a presentation which will include a look at his early work — Jim’s talks are always a lot of fun. Roger Black is going to speak… Carl Rohrs, a talented NoCal calligrapher, will give a presentation about Rick Griﬃn. Carl’s talk will showcase the work Rick did for RS, and also his other contributions to the scene — Haight Ashbury posters for the Grateful Dead, his work with Surfer mag, etc. It’s going to be a treat to see what these guys were up to back in the day, as well as the great work they’re doing now.
I recall seeing the 1974 version at Rick Griffin's house in the late '70s. I didn't realize that it was a cleaned up version of the 1967 original. Thanks to Mark for the evolutionary samples.
Hippy is almost perfectly goofy. Nothing wrong with that.
Chile had a very rich counter-culture which survived the US-backed dictatorship, but which isn't proving to be sufficiently resilient to survive World Bank and International Monetary Fund policies. Perhaps Hippy reflects that reality rather well.