*Warning* Video contains inappropriate language.
This is a must watch video if you are a supporter of all things Detroit. Between this video–soon to be released on his concert dvd– and his world-famous Superbowl halftime commercial for Chrysler, Eminem has shed a much brighter light on the city of Detroit. Read more on the video and the people involved in its production in this Detroit Free Press article.
Its videos like these, and the people shown here that inspire me to be a part of Detroit’s transformation. How do we do that? Take Phil Cooley for example. Cooley, the founder and owner of Slows Bar BQ in Detroit (love the logo by the way), created his bar and restaurant with the help of his dad, brother, and friends.
Detroit is a very delicate situation. Yes, the school systems are poor, past city government regimes have screwed us over, and I don’t even want to talk about public transportation. But the thing that frustrates me the most, are people outside of the city of Detroit who are immensely misinformed. So how do we change this perception that people have on our city?
We need more people like Phil Cooley and Mike Archer of Archer Record Pressing (seen in video). These guys are doing double the work load. They are preserving a lifetime of history, and building a future. We should all be following their footsteps and doing a small part.
Check out this interview by Channel 7 ABC Detroit on Slows Bar BQ and Phil Cooley. Amazing story.
In the News
I find it amazing that a branding campaign introduced four years ago is still making headline news. It is not good news, it is not even a good logo *cough. BUT this just proves how much impact a design can have on the world. The London 2012 Olympic logo, which looks like something out of a Saved by the Bell episode, is making controversial news this week. The country of Iran has threatened to boycott the 2012 summer Olympic games because they are offended by the logo (you’re not alone). Iran claims the logo does not read “2012″ but instead reads “ZION” which Iran says represents a veiled pro-Israeli conspiracy.” (full article found at guardian.co.uk article.)
How did we get to this point? Did Iran just now realize–four years later–that this resembles a symbol in which they dislike? Why wait four years to voice your opinion?
I wonder how the branding specialists at Wolff Olins came to the conclusion of a logo that looks like something Zack Morris and the gang whipped up for a school dance. I found a breakdown of the logo by the design firm that had strategically filled the spaces of the logo with different outlines of fields that would seen at the Olympic games (i.e. tennis court, basketball court, swimming pool, etc.) To say the least it was a stretch. I interpreted it as if the designers intended people to realize on their own that the shapes created by the numbers “2012″ were representations of these different fields. Interesting concept, but poorly executed.