Fast Company (via The Verge), has an interesting article that details Sony’s efforts to redesign its logo in 1981.
Sony decided for its 35th Anniversary to launch the “Sony International Logotype Design Contest” – a competition that gave anyone and everyone the chance to redesign the company’s logo. 30,000 people submitted their designs from across the world, with Sony cutting that down to 59 of the best. From those, they had planned to choose one design to replace their current one, but decided against it. You’ll understand why by looking at 3 of the best, shown above.
What they did do in the end, to their embarrassment perhaps, was split the prize money between those three and publish an ad in Time Magazine thanking all of the contributors. The article is an interesting look into a future that could have been. A future with very bad logos.
For a number of us tech heads, we all like to take a trip back to the good ol’ days of dial up internet and reminisce on how things used to be. Whilst many sites – such as Google – can into the world much later than the 80’s some people wonder what things would have been like back then. Well fear not as Google has been ported to the old BBS style courtesy of the guys over at masswerk.at.
It is worth noting that this is not an official page from Google themselves, but instead a third-party creation that ports Google into the style of the 80’s desktop. Whilst there is no real function of this page and when compared to today’s standards is a millions miles away from the layout, it is a great tool in some respects for teaching the children of today what computing in the past was like.
It’s simple & fun and I’m sure there is a likely hood you’ll spend a good amount of time having fun with the image search. Do you remember what things were like back then? Can you think of any other sites that would be interesting to see in an 80’s format? Let us know below.