The National Basketball Association (NBA) unveiled the commemorative NBA 75th Anniversary Season logo, which will appear throughout the 2021-22 season on courts and official NBA merchandise, inside arenas and in original broadcast, digital and social media content.
The new logo is a fresh take on the league’s iconic Logoman identity, based in the classic 75th Anniversary symbol – the diamond.
NBA Finals 2021 presented by YouTube TV continues on July 8 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC. Additional details regarding the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Season will be shared on an ongoing basis in the coming months.
While brands have been forced to redesign marketing material after being alerted of (seemingly accidental) X-rated imagery, confectionery maker Haribo has been confidently putting its packaging on view by filthy-minded, voyeuristic consumers. For years, customers have been pointing out “compromising” positions displayed by characters on its Maoam candy wrappers, and for years, the company has lived in sweet, sugary indifference.
Gripes of the cheeky packaging go as far back as 2009, when Haribo received an angry letter from a British man who was “shocked” at the imagery after buying the chewy candy for his children. The customer said his wife “became quite distressed” after a spat with the store manager and “had to sit down” in the parking lot to cool off.
The wrappers’ amusing illustrations were brought to the attention of the internet once again after TikToker @mitchxllt hinted at their allegedly sexual poses in a video that has since amassed 2.9 million views.
In an image shared by the user, Maoam’s green mascot can be seen getting playful with fruit. The character enjoys tickles, but seems particularly exhilarated with cherries up his mouth.
Haribo hasn’t responded to the jokes now, though a representative ambiguously commented in 2009, “This jovial Maoam man is very popular with fans, both young and old.”
Over a decade on, it seems like the imagery on the fruit candy wrappers is simply too juicy for the brand to give up.
We’ve seen plenty of logo disputes over the years, with most of them involving a huge brand going after the little guy. But every now and again we see two biggies go head to head – and this time it was a giant of fashion against a titan of tech.
Chanel was unhappy with Huawei’s new logo, arguing that the design, made specifically for Huawei’s computer hardware, too closely resembles its own. Sure, both consist of two interlocking curves inside a circle – but they’re essentially opposites of one-another. We’ll go out on a limb here and say Huawei probably didn’t take logo inspiration from the French fashion house.
Somewhat unsurprisingly, Chanel has just lost an EU court battle over the logos. According to the BBC, the EU General Court in Luxembourg ruled this week that the logos “share some similarities but their visual differences are significant”.
Not only do the curves face a completely different direction, but Chanel’s logo features more rounded curves and thicker lines. Oh, and they are, of course, completely different brands in completely different sectors. Let’s be honest – nobody is going to see Huawei’s logo on a computer and assume it was made by a perfume company.
After 105 years, the Ohio-based baseball team is changing its name, which has been criticized for being racist, the team confirmed in a statement provided to PEOPLE.
“In our statement in June 2020, we acknowledged the importance of taking a leadership role in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across the community and enhancing our support for underserved and under-represented groups,” the statement said. “As part of that commitment, we heard from individuals and groups who shared a variety of views and opinions on the issue. We are deeply grateful for the interest and engagement from Native American communities, civic leaders, leading researchers, fans, corporate partners, players, and internal teammates devoted to these formal and informal conversations.”
The statement said, “After reflecting upon those discussions, we believe our organization is at its best when we can unify our community and bring people together – and we believe a new name will allow us to do this more fully.”
The team said the change will be a multi-phase process, and that “future decisions, including new name identification and brand development, are complex and will take time. While we work to identify a new and enduring franchise name, we will continue using the Indians name.”
The name change comes after the Cleveland team removed the Chief Wahoo logo from game jerseys and caps two years ago. The league said that the logo, which features a smiling Native American, is not appropriate for field use.
“Major League Baseball is committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement at the time. “Over the past year, we encouraged dialogue with the Indians organization about the club’s use of the Chief Wahoo logo. During our constructive conversations, [Indians owner] Paul Dolan made clear that there are fans who have a long-standing attachment to the logo and its place in the history of the team.
“Nonetheless, the club ultimately agreed with my position that the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use in Major League Baseball, and I appreciate Mr. Dolan’s acknowledgment that removing it from the on-field uniform by the start of the 2019 season is the right course,” Manfred added.
Earlier this year, the Cleveland baseball team announced that they would look into the changing of the name, hours after the NFL’s Washington Football Team announced a similar move in July. Similar to the Washington team, Cleveland has faced pressure for years to change its name.
“We are committed to making a positive impact in our community and embrace our responsibility to advance social justice and equality,” a statement from the MLB team said on Twitter at the time. “Our organization fully recognizes our team name is among the most visible ways in which we connect with the community.”
Elbee’s unveiling comes after Prospector Pete, the university’s former mascot, was retired in 2018 after years of controversy. According to the student-run campus publication, The Daily 49er, a resolution passed by Associated Students Inc. kickstarted the retirement process by pointing out prospectors’ ties to the colonization of Indigenous communities. The university sits on top of Puvungna, a sacred site for the Tongva people, native of the land.
The Prospector Pete statue was erected in 1967 in the Liberal Arts 5 Plaza and was removed in late June 2020 and there are plans to relocate it to a courtyard in the new alumni center as reported by the Daily 49er.
The university’s team names will not be affected by the change in mascot and intercollegiate athletics program will continue as “Beach Athletics.”
The cult skater brand is dropping a bold red lipstick in partnership with renowned makeup artist Pat McGrath — the brand’s first-ever beauty collaboration in its 26 year-history.
For anyone who plans on actually wearing the lip color rather than just collecting the limited-edition tube emblazoned with the iconic Supreme logo, it comes in McGrath’s signature MatteTrance formula, which means it has a velvety opaque matte finish that’s still hydrating for the lips.
Kyrie Irving’s Nike logo is nice. The letter I is split into two halves. It was intended to symbolize a Roman numeral 2. #2 was unavailable when he was a Celtic, and he settled for #11 (high school) which still works since the two halves in the logo also look like a number 11.
Some internet users expressed their frustrations on Twitter where one commented, “Me trying to enjoy some music but noticing the Spotify logo is slightly crooked when opening the app.” Another user chimed in with the question, “The new @Spotify logo color made me realize it’s horrifyingly unsymmetrical. Why? Why would you do this? WHY?”
Many Spotify users have reached out to the company, urging it to fix the logo. Brown’s colleague explained that the tilted lines prevent the logo from looking like a Wi-Fi icon. Another colleague added that if the lines were tilted more, the logo would look like an RSS symbol.
In a 2013 interview by Gizmodo with Spotify employees Christian Wilsson and Andreas Holmström, the duo explained that the tilted logo offered “more personality” and looked “more organic.”