Drool. The folks at Container List posted some photos of a PBS Identity Manual created by Chermayeff & Geismar back in 1984. The manual is part of the Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. I wonder if non SVA folks can get access to the archives. Would love to study this manual in person.
The timeless CN mark was designed by Allan Flemming in 1959. The story goes that Fleming came up with the design while traveling on a New York-bound airplane, where he sketched the idea on a cocktail napkin.
Graham Smith put together a great write-up on the history of the logo, with some links to more resourceful information.
The 1972 and 1976 Olympics are often referred to as having the best graphic identity systems, but the one for the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico is often overlooked. It’s right up there, in my opinion. The excellent site, Graphic Ambient, has a great visual overview of the identity system, including a list of the design team.
14/41 – 14 Years, 41 Logos is the first book from Mash Creative founder Mark Bloom. Produced as a limited run, the book showcases 41 of his favourite logos designed during a 14 year career. Includes five golden rules of logo design and an insight into how he approaches an identity brief. 148mm x 210mm, 100 pages, P.U.R bound with white foil debossed logo to the cover, this beautiful soft back book has been printed with an enticing mix of GF Smith Colourplan and Olin rough papers.
Available to buy from here.