I Love New York

The “I love New York” logo is an iconic symbol, displayed on coffee mugs, t-shirts, and everything in between. You may look at it and think, it’s so simple, anyone could have come up with that. Or you may look at it and realize what pure genius might be behind it. Either way, what’s most interesting to me is that the logo wasn’t intentionally created to become a symbol of the city, it was originally meant to serve as an advertising piece for a brief amount of time and then fade away.

So who invented it? I Heart NY was designed by graphic designer Milton Glaser in 1975 when he was recruited by New York State Department of Commerce Deputy Commissioner to develop a unique but attractive design based on the marketing campaign conceptualized by Wells Rich Greene. Glaser expected that the logo would be used for a brief stint as it was meant to be introduced to the public for a couple of months. “I did the bloody thing in 1975, and I thought it would last a couple of months as a promotion and disappear,” said Glaser in a 2009 interview for Big Think.

Now the logo hangs on shop walls, in coffee shops, and goes home with hundreds of thousands of visitors and tourists every year. Its timeless simplistic design might be one reason for its longevity.  But one thing’s for sure, it’s become an iconic image of one of the world’s most famous cities. Although it has changed slightly over time, the basic elements still exist today.

Read more details about the design here: http://www.whoinventedit.net/who-invented-i-heart-ny.html