25 Jan

More of that PBS guy

Chermayeff & Geismar Collection. Public Broadcasting System. Box 33, Folder 21. n.d., ca. 1984.

So last time we looked at a slide I’d happened upon by chance in the Push Pin slide library, for the font used in the PBS logo by Lubalin Studio. In the end of the post, I briefly mentioned that Chermayeff & Geismar updated the logo in 1984, taking the “P-head” from Lubalin’s logo…

Lubalin Studio’s 1971 logo for PBS. Image from Wikipedia.

C&G flipped him around and multiplied him with additional silhouettes, with the intention of making the institution seem more public. The P-letter everyman became, with some “cosmetic surgery,” everybody:

Chermayeff & Geismar Collection. Public Broadcasting System. Box 33, Folder 21. n.d., ca. 1984.

In the loose identity suggestions that C&G proposed, they also indicate another point of continuity—along with the guy, they specify the type set in Lubalin Graph DemiBold (replacing the previous Avant-Garde).

Chermayeff & Geismar Collection. Public Broadcasting System. Box 33, Folder 21. n.d., ca. 1984.

Chermayeff & Geismar Collection. Public Broadcasting System. Box 33, Folder 21. n.d., ca. 1984.

Chermayeff & Geismar Collection. Public Broadcasting System. Box 33, Folder 21. n.d., ca. 1984.

Chermayeff & Geismar Collection. Public Broadcasting System. Box 33, Folder 21. n.d., ca. 1984.

Chermayeff & Geismar Collection. Public Broadcasting System. Box 33, Folder 21. n.d., ca. 1984.

The PBS Some other C&G logos

… And a bonus preview of our next display of archival work, here at the SVA Library.

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