Saturday, September 13, 2008

"The Call" Logo

With less than 60 days to perhaps the most world-watched, life-changing, decision-making election of my generation, I can't help but share a bit of my graphic designer's perspective on this:

The logo for The Call, self described as a "divinely initiated, multi-racial, multi-generational, and cross-denominational gathering to corporate prayer and fasting." The group is calling for fellow christianists across the United States to fly into San Diego, clog its empty Manchester Hyatt suites, and join each other at Qualcomm Stadium to fast for the nation and appeal to God to end Gay Marriage. Judging by the ultra-swank video they've posted on their website and youtube, they've got some talented people working for them.

Now, I'm not going to say anything about my opinion of their organization or my belief that what they are doing is not only morally reprehensible as they fundamentally seek to enact their own belief systems into law, but just plain nonsensical [Because not eating is going to make they gays straight? (wait . . . there I go again with the editorializing. Damnit.)].

I'm simply going to offer my two cents on their design choices.

:: ahem ::

An arrow pointing up, inside of a circle, for an organization hell-bent on destroying the right for to all Californians to marry who the choose?

In a word: Sub-tle.

I think their designer was thinking "I'll just shove a bit more penis into this vagina by complementing it with a neat-o sans-serif type treatment."

Way to go, right-wing America. Brava.


Matt Click said...

Good Lord, that's completely ridiculous. Why do people waste all this time and energy on a backwards cause like "The Call" when we have an illegal (not to mention completely immoral and illogical to boot) multi-billion dollar war grinding on and on across the pond? For God's sake, get your heads out of your asses and think about the fact that you're spending your lives hating and a demeaning human beings based solely on that damn Leviticus 18:22.

Sorry... crap like this just makes my blood boil.

Bitchyssoise said...

"To the victor goes the soul of the nation."

That was my favorite. I wonder what the "Day of Humility" will entail. Perhaps they will all get off their high horse and just shut the fuck up and leave us alone. That would be humble.

Dmitry said...

So Wow. Some people, I'll say. I just can't believe some people can be that organized and that funded. But I guess crazes and cults work like that. But also who wouldn't want to be in the position of the person in charge of this who surely employs a squadron of slim, blond "poolboys" to serve him martinis while he reads the account statements of the "support" he's got rolling in.

Anonymous said...

The very idea of this "call" is reprehensible. I hate it when people call themselves Christians, yet refuse to believe that He loves all people and He made all people. They are the reason people hate most Christians.

Now, a little bit more about the logo, from a graphic designer's point of view. From what I hear, you've been given a pretty free lead in your own design — unfortunately, this is not the case. When working with others (companies, clients, etc), often times they control the direction of the design more than the actual designer, relegating the his job of creating to the less-awesome position of "flunky with photoshop," doing what he is told. The organisation might have had more control over the actual design.