Hey! Tag Savage here, Tumblr election correspondent and graphic designer by trade. I spent the last two weeks researching the visual and logistic aspects of the conventions, interviewing design consultants, chatting with locals, taking it all in. Here now: a guide to the logos, scenes, and set designs of both the DNC and RNC — and my grades for how the respective parties stack up.
The logo for the Democratic National Convention is flawed in frank and obvious ways. At even a small distance its figures blur into a jammy smudge.
These figures, these silhouettes, why are they so precisely drawn? You can make out the thick-rimmed glasses on figure number two, you can see the flyaway hairs on number five. Number one looks to be Bill Nye, whose appearance here lends scientific credibility to the Obama campaign.
I suppose the idea is that the Democratic coalition is a diverse one, and this loopy level of detail makes that diversity fairly apparent without having to actually spell it out, or to reduce it to potentially offensive stereotypes. So, on a certain strategic level, it “works.” Also, the circle is kinda pretty.
But still: there’s no getting around the smudge. Nor the Pepsi-ness. Walking around the arena halls one couldn’t help but suspect that Pepsi sponsored this whole affair. Pepsi did not.
Logo Grade: B–
Tag’s feature was worth the wait! Read on to find out how a designer and political outsider grades the US political parties up on logo design, set design, and host cities at their Conventions.
“Patinkin only recently began opening up in interviews about that departure. “The biggest public mistake I ever made was that I chose to do Criminal Minds in the first place,” he says. “I thought it was something very different. I never thought they were going to kill and rape all these women every night, every day, week after week, year after year. It was very destructive to my soul and my personality. After that, I didn’t think I would get to work in television again.” Even though Homeland has its own share of violence, Patinkin sees its message as antithetical to shows like Criminal Minds. “I’m not making a judgment on the taste [of people who watch crime procedurals],” he says. “But I’m concerned about the effect it has. Audiences all over the world use this programming as their bedtime story. This isn’t what you need to be dreaming about. A show like Homeland is the antidote. It asks why there’s a need for violence in the first place.
Amen, Mandy. I <3 Homeland, and Mandy Patinkin is one of the reasons why. Can’t wait for the new season to start!
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