Late last year I worked on a brand identity for Hilton & Hyland, a leading luxury real estate agency in Beverly Hills. Its principals are Jeff Hyland and Rick “Paris’ Dad” Hilton. My friend Gary Gold is one of the associates at Hilton & Hyland; Gary introduced me to Jeff Hyland and their VP Marketing Charles Black as a prelude to this project.
Carrie Underwood’s weapon of choice.
I have been exploring design clichés for a couple weeks now. In making lists of the kinds of symbols I would like to draw, I realized that we do not have a common icon that represents “the Internet.” So I took it up as a challenge to create an internet symbol.
The internet upended the way the world interacts and understands itself. And it continues to affect change worldwide. At its best, our interconnectivity allows for greater understanding and sharing of news, information, and personal details.
So my symbol is meant to indicate connection and change. It borrows from a couple existing symbols: the triangle or delta that represents change; and the location pin popularized by Google Maps. Those pins also represent connection by meeting in a common place. The three pins are also abstract C’s – citizens, congress*, and commerce. The concept is that individuals, governance, communities, industry, can come together and share this space – and at its best can work for the common good.
I would wholeheartedly encourage its use for the Open Internet and Net Neutrality movements.
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*Note that’s congress not Congress. More meeting, organization, and community. Less partisan obstruction and stalemate.
Red, iron, roads, fit, word, talk, Criss, David, Christopher, St Andrew’s, sign of, stations of, Swiss, sum, plus…
This version of a five pointed star has been co-opted by nations, armies, ideologies, an a US state you shouldn’t mess with.
What’s your wattage? The traditional lightbulb profile is harder to draw than you might think.
With this one I tried to outdo both the Toronto Hockey team and the Canadian flag to create an Adirondack maple leaf. One for the hometown – and my brother’s maple syrup.