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In May of 1973 this ad ran for the “Day-Glo Goes Anywhere Contest” which offered the winner Two Tickets to Anywhere!

Here’s how it worked:

Send Day-Glo your “Ticket to Anywhere” (green ticket bottom right) and “You’ll receive a free Day-Glo Design Kit, complete with color charts, felt tip markers, layout paper, and complete rules . . . Entries may be in any artistic medium, as long as Day-Glo color is part of the design.”

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subwaymapnewThe next installment of our 50th Anniversary “readers choice” survey is now at the printer. (C’mon, you remember: ink, paper, presses.) The first installment listed the great designers. There was controversy, of course, but a consensus built nicely around Milton Glaser, Saul Bass, and Paul Rand. Now the focus turns to great design projects. Here there is less accord, in part because of the “apples and oranges” quality to the question. How do you compare the 1984 Olympic Signage to Massimo Vignelli’s NYC Subway Map to Shepard Fairey’s Obama Hope poster? And did you vote for your personal favorite or the most historically influential? Consistency aside, it should again be fun when the next installment arrives by mail. (C’mon, you remember: postman, stamps, something real in your hands.) You can see all 20 of the Top Design Projects here and  you can see the Top 25 Logos here. We always love to hear from our readers so let us know what you think in the comments section.

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In honor of our 50th anniversary, GDUSA conducted a nationwide survey of the graphic design community. Our first issue of the year focused on the most influential designers of the past 50 years. Our next issue features your favorite design projects and logos and will be in the mail and online in the next few weeks. Just to whet your appetite here are your top 10 favorite album covers of the past half-century.

 

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1. Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon | Storm Thorgerson, Hipgnosis

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PSYCHEDELITYPES!!

We thought you’d dig this groovy type ad from April 1968.

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