Inspiration: NBC logo history

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  1. The first one looks like it was designed by Shepard Fairey, the ’75-’79 logo looks kinda cool in a way. I could see them using it now, but rendered in 3d with a really glossy look. It looks like it’s from an alternate universe.

  2. Paul, you were right about the first logo being very Shepard Fairey, but I managed to track down the original version as it appeared onscreen (the previous was a a re-creation). Good call on the 1975 logo being from an alternate universe, it is probably the biggest departure in the NBC timeline yet even though not as effective as the peacock, remains quite timeless.

  3. Did you visit 30 Rockefeller Plaza when you went to NY? If you take the NBC Studios tour, those old-timey posters are peppered throughout the building. Very cool.

  4. Hello! I love the NBC logo :) I was wondering if you had the logo from 1956 or the present logo in high quiality.. thanks!

  5. Actually the 1975 was an offshoot if not the original of a logo designed by Lippincott and Margulies design firm around 1970. Unfortunately, the Nebraska Educational Television Network came knocking on NBC’s door. Seems it was an exact copy of the Nebraska network’s logo. Ultimately NBC had to buy the rights to the logo. Wonder if they ever got their money back from Lippincott and Margulies?

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