Thursday, August 04, 2005

Separated at Birth: Logo/Graphic Design Edition

Admittedly I'm no expert on semiotics or graphic design, but I've always thought that the Tiger Woods "TW" logo borrowed heavily from, or was at least inspired by, the Hartford Whalers logo.

Doesn't this:

Remind you of this (even if just a little)?

Both logos feature a bottom 'W' as anchor, with similarly proportioned top parts. The Whaler logo is softer and rounder, whereas Tiger's logo is "edgier," more angular. The two parts of the Whaler logo are intentionally separated to produce the 'H' within (gray area); but if you were to connect them (or separate the T and W in the Woods logo), the logos would look even more strikingly alike. Of course the color schemes are different but, from the standpoint of basic design elements, they look pretty similar to me.

There must be some sort of graphic arts taxonomy to explain their similarities but I don't speak the language. One evokes the other, is all I'm sayin'...

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