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Accidentally designing "offensive" logos...?

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Humor and Spoofs' started by RyanT, Jan 9, 2018.

  1. RyanT

    RyanT Director of Entropy

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    Have any of you accidentally designed a logo or graphic element that looks like something it wasn't intended to be?

    I was recently working on a design for a customer when someone happened to glance at my screen and said "That looks a lot like the KKK logo". Well, not knowing what that logo looks like I searched and found, yup, I basically redesigned their logo and nearly put it on a sign. This probably would not have helped my google review status, as you can imagine.

    I know "offensive" is a subjective word, but is there some sort of design database or image list of things to DEFINITELY AVOID? Sometimes it's obvious, but in this case I barely dodged a bullet.

    An example below (not my design): you might not want to use Waffen SS design elements...

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  2. AKwrapguy

    AKwrapguy Active Member

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    I too have not seen the KKK logo but that looks more like the SS from WWII
     
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  3. ams

    ams Very Active Member

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    I really don't care how customers see my graphics, if the customer is happy, I am happy.
     
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  4. Rick

    Rick Certified Enneadecagon Designer

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    I always make sure my logo work passes the genitalia test, last thing I want is something I designed showing up on some site because it looks like crotch...
     
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  5. Pauly

    Pauly Colour Guru

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    I thought the idea was to see how many penises you can get into an image with out anyone noticing?
     
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    You work for Disney?
     

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    JTBoh I sell signage and signage accessories.

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    I'd be lying if I said I don't have a few wangs scattered about on signage.
     
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    Johnny Best Very Active Member

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    They also give that test for green card applications during immigration processing.
     
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    check out the shadow that this thing casts.
     

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    Kerning is also a VERY important part to the layout

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  12. ADuke

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    I have not had this issue (that I know of) with accidentally designing something offensive with a logo. I did design a vehicle wrap for a customer where the first two letters in their name overlapped the wrap graphics and they came back with "it looks like it says ***" (the word being CLASS), which I didn't notice until they pointed it out and I had to redesign. Ops of a beginner in wrap design.
     
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    We used to do this in college assignments for kicks, there is an art to hiding penises.
     
  14. brian oliver

    brian oliver head cheese

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    "Accidentally..", heh.
     
  15. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    I haven't had that issue (yet) but when putting static cling sponsor decals on golf carts for a tournament for my biggest client I almost made a big error.
    The course's carts were fine, but the extras rented for the event had a manufacturers decal that I was partially covering. I forget just what it was but somehow the letters that were left uncovered were "a*s" .
     
  16. signmania

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    Reminds me of an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond. His mom tried her hand at sculpture and came up with a 6' tall vagina. Everyone saw it but her.
     
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    Ridgeracer24 New Member

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    lol I love that episode.
     
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    Handel Sans! That was the typeface I used for some of my first personal signage!
     
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