A New York-based independent fashion brand is suing Nike and Michael Jordan for using its logo without permission. Rocco Giordano, founder of Faded Royalty, is seeking a whopping $30M in damages for the unauthorised use of his own 'six-point star' symbol.
The star appears on several items in Nike's Jordan Chicago Collaborators' Collection, revealed in January. Giordano claims that the symbol is almost identical to his own, created as far back as 2000, and trademarked in 2012. If Nike's designers were stuck for ideas, they could have tried some brain storming with team or other exercises for breaking the ice.
According to Fox Business, Giordano only discovered Nike's design after he received "congratulatory messages from friends in the fashion industry". In his complaint, Giordano says Faded Royalty's logo is well-known throughout New York, and he was "flabbergasted to learn that the fruits of his labour were being used without his consent for profits by one of the largest apparel companies in the world".
In a news post introducing the line, Nike says it was designed by Chicago-based creative director Cody Hudson, who was inspired by "his fascination with motion-inspired graphics." The offending star is said to be "a reimagining of the six-point star from the Chicago flag".
There's no denying the striking similarity between the two stars, and we're not surprised that Giordano's fashion pals mistook Nike's new line for a collaboration with Faded Royalty. Whether or not there was any deliberate foul play on Nike or Cody Hudson's part, we can't help but admire Giordano's audacity for trying to take the world's largest sportswear brand to the cleaners.
This isn't the first time a lifted logo has landed a fashion brand in hot water. The Canadian rapper Drake recently took luxury accessories brand Bellroy to court for using an unbelievably similar owl logo to his own clothing brand, OVO. For any brands that might need reminding: none of the best logos of all time are easily mistaken for another.
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In graphic design, having typography skills is not easy—it’s a hybrid of art, science and math that may feel intimidating at your first sight. While grasping the nuances of thoughtful typography comes with practice, but the good news is that honing your type chops doesn’t have to consist of rote, painful typography exercises.
There’s a wide range of typography games and online activities available to discover that will help you flex your typographic knowledge. Here are five of those handful interactive skill enhancers to help you learn and appreciate the state of being subtle that can make your masterful typography shine. Whether you’re a seasoned creative graphic designer, a ux/ui designer or just getting started with designing, brush up on your type knowledge with these five exercises.
Fretting about kerning—the spacing between individual pairs of letterforms—can be daunting when you’re first learning design. Thankfully, you can sharpen your typographic skills in a fun way with Kerntype . This game gives you a series of increasingly challenging kerning situations, in which you have to keep a keen eye on the spatial relationships between letterforms. The game scores your attempts against an ideal spacing solution, so you can see how even a few nudges in either direction can make a big impact
Being able to identify typefaces on command is one of the best perks of being a designer that also doubles as a neat party trick. Typewar is a fast-paced game that tasks you with identifying common typefaces based on a single sample letterform. It sounds easy, but you’ll quickly see how easy a typographic curveball can be thrown your way.
Whether its Helvetica versus Univers, or Garamond versus Didot, Typewar’s typographic calisthenics will keep you on your toes and help you recognize the discreet, individual traits of different typeface’s letterforms. You’ll see how small changes can change the entire personality of a design, and you’ll bring your typographic appreciation to the next level. Plus, with Typewar you’ll see statistics on how you stack up compared to other players, so you’ll be able to leverage some competitive spirit in buffing up your design process.
3. Shape Type
From the same folks that bring you Kerntype, Shape Type is another interactive tool that gamifies typography—this time its focus is the ofttimes arcane skills of typeface design itself. In Shape Type’s exercises, you’re challenged with using Bezier curves to complete the shapes of various glyphs from a series of typefaces. It’s a fun way to absorb the fundamental differences in the DNA of various typeface styles—from sans serif, to old style, to slab serif. You’ll quickly get a deeper appreciation for the skill of type design!
4. Type Connection
The ability to successfully pair typefaces is an invaluable tool for any designer working with type—whether you’re working in logo and brand design, web design, publication design or anything applicable in-between.
Type Connection is a game which frames this task as a dating compatibility test, and puts you in the role of typographic matchmaker. Your job is to not only pick designs that harmonize together, but understand why certain pairings make for the perfect date. This abundance of information is a great way to appreciate why some typeface designs excel as body copy with excellent readability, while others are strongest as bold display faces. Type Connection is also chock-full of informative typographic history; you’ll get background details on each typeface featured, as well as colorful samples of each font pairing in-use.
5. Typeface Anatomy
If you’re nervous about knowing the difference between leading and letterspacing, x-height versus cap height, or all caps and small caps, you can spend some time brushing up on your basic typographic anatomy and terminology. Ellen Lupton’s Thinking With Type is an excellent online companion to her printed typographic primer. A quick Google search will also reveal a plethora of interactive guides on typpgraphy to help you learn more about the basics of type anatomy.
There you have it! We hope you enjoy playing around with these typographic resources while also improving your skills—no matter the skill level you’re at.