The New York Cosmos are back or at least back playing exhibition games while they work behind the scenes to reestablish themselves as an official franchise of the Major Soccer League. Once again Pele is acting as the ambassador for the team, a role he first took on back in 1975 when he joined a football team in its infancy. At the moment the team have to make do playing friendly matches (think Harlem Globe Trotters), while being managed by Eric Cantona and offering games to ageing stars. All the same, they are a cool 'brand' and there's some really nice imagery... check out the supporters club - Borough Boys site and a fans perspective here. It's a really iconic badge too... designed by Wayland Moore, a sports artist from Atlanta, the concept behind the Cosmos was to be as accessible to as many people as possible.
Absolutely love the new away kit for the French national football team, taking its cues from the 'mariniere', the shirt is a reference to the uniform of sailors in the navy in the 19th century and then adopted by civilians in the early 20th century. A symbol of French culture, the new shirt is simple and potentially really iconic... surely a classic.
These images were created in 1953-54 for Asahi Picture News - a Japanese television station - the artists made sculptural environments incorporating the letters of the channels English language acronym, APN. Not quite sure who was responsible for the ident's but I saw them at an exhibition in Tokyo a couple of years ago and thought they were pretty cool, and considering they were created in the 50's still seemed relevant.
Below is Channel 4's latest offering from Rudd Studio. Nice to compare the two...
Seen these images doing the rounds on the usual design blogs and it turns out they're for Ikea's new cookbook. Each recipe featured has been shot twice; one for the ingredients and one for the finished item. Great idea and nicely tied in with the flatpack/DIY concept behind of the brand. Shot and styled by Carl Kleiner.