Logo Design Master Class With Will.i.am
I dare you to watch this all the way through; I still haven’t made it. Is this a joke? If so, who’s in on it? I have to imagine that someone at WSJ, at some point between filming and uploading the video to Youtube, realized this man was completely insane but just decided to roll with it. Either that or Will.i.am has an incredible sense of humor and this is just the first in a series of hilarious lectures where he just fires off random thoughts from the top of his head about various topics ranging from foreign policy to automotive design.
Who thought it would be a good idea to interview Will.i.am about logo design in the first place? What was that whole thing about India? So many questions…
To make it easier on you I’ve distilled the wisdom of this video down to some key concepts you need to be familiar with when developing a logo: “The New World”, “What India is going to do to the world”, “English, but with a different alphabet”, “Problems”, “Don’t use the word brand”, “New types of fonts”.
Best of luck.
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Ldom says:July 19, 2013 at 12:00 am
I must say I had a good laugh. They should definitely legalize what he has been smoking. Life would be so much funnier.
Lau says:July 19, 2013 at 4:20 am
Damn he is sharp !
The Marketing Design says:July 19, 2013 at 7:16 am
If a logo… if a logo… if a logo… if a logo…
LAU, LOL! It would make a lot more sense if that dude from Ancient Aliens was in the video.
Matthew Curry says:July 19, 2013 at 7:20 am
HH says:July 19, 2013 at 7:47 am
I refuse to hit play. SMDH. This is akin to when he was hired as a Director Of Creative Innovation @ INTEL right?? Like you said – this may be looked @ as the greatest comedy skit ever… but I still can’t hit play. LOL.
Dav.i.d. says:July 19, 2013 at 9:11 am
I think I get it! No honestly.
Giusto says:July 19, 2013 at 9:28 am
This must be a SNL proposal.
Jordan says:July 19, 2013 at 10:24 am
As soon as he started talking about India I guffawed.
RC says:July 19, 2013 at 11:27 am
This is hilarious
Jim says:July 19, 2013 at 1:39 pm
Related: remember that time he spewed a bunch of nonsense on Top Gear about reinventing the automotive industry, based on his weird customized DeLorean? https://vimeo.com/40789483
And then said DeLorean was “stolen” in a publicity stunt? http://jalopnik.com/5935312/williams-700000-delorean-found-in-what-sounds-like-a-publicity-stunt
Anonymous says:July 19, 2013 at 3:07 pm
Dude, there is nothing new about the Chinese characters that have been used for thousands of years. Its just new to you. But yeah there will always be a market here for historical global concepts abroad because we live in a bubble called USA; entertaining to listen to though..
Stan says:July 19, 2013 at 3:54 pm
That is frightening on a level that I can’t comprehend… somehow I did make it through the whole thing. But as I told my studio mates- I think I wet myself and I had a blackout for a second or two trying to figure out what he meant.
And now I am craving curry. Odd.
Anonymous says:July 19, 2013 at 10:08 pm
Don’t judge so soon, people.
He seems to be describing Blissymbols.
But he’s just a few decades late.
Anonymous says:July 19, 2013 at 11:48 pm
jarson says:July 20, 2013 at 3:25 am
Zach says:July 20, 2013 at 8:14 am
He MIGHT be on coke , but I can’t tell.
Melvin Hoyk says:July 20, 2013 at 8:53 am
Not wasting my time on this. I will watch it if he make it to TEDxTalk, so the crowd will make him into a stand-out comedian. :)
Anonymous says:July 20, 2013 at 4:18 pm
Why don’t you artists understand this artist? Or do you, only too well…
josh says:July 21, 2013 at 10:18 am
Somehow his music now makes sense…
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patrick says:July 21, 2013 at 4:11 pm
This is hilarious.
“If your logo collapses when you blow it up, then there is a problem.”
I think the WSJ editor tore a new one laughing after they posted this.
Joe Snodgrass says:July 21, 2013 at 5:15 pm
I was trying to take a shit while I was watching this.
Now I can’t.
Marc says:July 22, 2013 at 7:50 am
This must be a direct quote from a Miss America pageant.
Nick Hess says:July 22, 2013 at 12:45 pm
My worst fear is that is isn’t a joke at all. Will I Am makes my brain hurt every time I hear him speak. WSJ probably had an obligation to post it, and hopefully they’re laughing along with us.
Paweł Durczok says:July 23, 2013 at 4:17 am
I think I need to lay down…
Felix says:July 23, 2013 at 1:24 pm
Have you seen Richard Branson’s?
“If you start a business from scratch you can see whether it’s working or not and if it’s not you can move on to another business…”
I’m assuming that’s true if you have the billions of dollars behind you that Richard Branson and Virgin have behind their ‘startups from scratch’ because otherwise, you’ve invested everything you have in a startup.
Jordan says:July 23, 2013 at 4:05 pm
After a long day, I needed some comic relief. And nobody wants a collapsed logo – the horror!
Tom says:July 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm
It’s ok, he’s clearly high.
Dav.I.D. says:July 24, 2013 at 5:39 pm
This makes perfect sense to me.
You all need to start smoking more weed.
Marco Lüscher says:July 25, 2013 at 8:06 am
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Mike says:July 25, 2013 at 8:30 am
Actually he’s right about the logo design, it should work black and white, it should work large, small, and cropped…look at coke for an example.
The India stuff is anyones guess though.
Chris says:July 25, 2013 at 11:44 am
I was a little heartbroken when I found out my friend thought this was a good interview. I died laughing during this video.
B says:July 25, 2013 at 12:37 pm
captain obvious but I’ve seen worse tips of the day.
one love for “tabloid star makes comments on iso alive” experience :D
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Nick Dogulin says:August 1, 2013 at 11:07 pm
Very good post! this article is very helpful, it may help those young designer on what would be the proper conceptualizing technique when it comes from logo designs.
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Not everyone has the ability to make logo first you need to learn the things well.
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TC says:September 4, 2013 at 3:59 pm
I think I have seen someone like this who is tripping. It’s not the visual part but it’s when your mind is racing and you can finish a thought clearly but your thinking about so many different things at once and how you think they correlate with one another. Another observation and might be evidence to the tripping theory is the fact he cant sit still or keep looking at the camera like he feels like he should be looking at the person who asked the question. Only a theory.
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angiladie says:September 28, 2013 at 4:18 am
Actually he’s right about the logo design, it should work black and white, it should work large, small, and cropped…look at coke for an example
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