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I’ve always been down with the Expos of the 60s and 70s. Great, great logos, wayfinding and materials.

Dig into the Spokane World’s Fair ‘74, and think about a different time, graphically.

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HERE YOU GO: There goes the day. The virtual Expo Museum. Go right to the 1958-1975 section, and be happy.

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SOME SMARTS TO START THE WEEK: Words of Wisdom from Tom Waits.

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NOT A BAD SHOWING: Naz’ refrigerator, and the DDC riff-raff that shows up.

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EVERY TOWN HAS ITS REDEEMING FACTORS: Even Ogden, Utah does, and this treasure of a link proves it, people. Keep those signs alive, Ogden. Great. The best.

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FOR MARK AND DALE: What it looked like to “go to the record store” back in the day. And make sure you see the “full size image” too, so you don’t miss out. Man.

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Thought this looked like something you’d like:

Posted by: jonjohnson on 07/22/08 at 7:45 AM

I lived in Spokane thru the late 80s, early 90s - there was a guy there, in his … 20’s? at the time - who I met who had the most complete collection of Expo shit EVER. It filled his apartment: covered the walls with schlok made with that mobius-strip ooking logo. And had it tattoo’d on his arm - he was the complete package.

Posted by: KenS on 07/31/08 at 12:00 PM

Hey, my dad had a month off in 1986, and we all piled into the motor home and went to Vancouver for the Expo, with cool stops all along the way. I was 16, so I remember quite a bit.

I have the commemorative Swatch! Somewhere….

Posted by: Cattypex on 07/31/08 at 7:32 PM

Thanks for the link to my site.

As a graphic designer myself, the Expo ‘74 logo has always been a favorite of mine. One of my treasured world’s fair items is a plastic Expo ‘74 sign.

Take a look at the logo that Milan’s Expo 2015 has been using for their bid. It’s horrible! I haven’t gotten confirmation yet that it will be replaced with a “real” logo yet:

It’s like someone’s nephew did it for a neighborhood newsletter: bad clich├ęd choices, bad cohesiveness, bad font choice, bad leading, and no relationship with the theme… and this in Milan, a city known for good design!

Perhaps we can take some comfort that America isn’t the only country suffering from bad design.

Posted by: Urso Chappell on 08/06/08 at 10:48 AM
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