Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Unearthed treasures in Pompeii, ICA's environmentally friendly future, the rise of plant-based eggs and more

Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles Will Shift to Solar Energy With the aid of funding from Kickstarter Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (once the Santa Monica Museum of Art, before its move downtown) intends to rely entirely on solar energy. ICA hopes “to raise $25,000 to install 206 solar panels and six inverters across the museum’s 12,000 square feet of rooftop …

The Resiliency of the Smiley Face

Originally designed by Harvey Ball in 1963, the Smiley Face has become an immediately recognizable symbol the world over. In the early ’70s two Hallmark reps copyrighted the design and later a French journalist claimed it through the Smiley Company—that same company made $420 million in 2017 by licensing the logo, claiming it’s more than an icon, it’s “a spirit and a philosophy.” In recent …

Bauhaus Versions of Famous Logos

Honoring the Bauhaus centennial (Walter Gropius founded the German art school in 1919), 99designs opened a competition asking designers to reimagine famous logos in Bauhaus style. This saw Burger King morph into a minimal, more formal presentation, and Google’s simple logo transform into a stream of half circles, among  many more alterations. The designs not only commemorate the school, but also shed light on its …