Francois Robert

David Star

Crescent Star

Zhu Yi Yong

Family Memory No 4

Family Memory No 15

Vincenzo Montella

The man of the stars, 2005

Star Temple, 2007

James Rosenquist

B. 1933, APERTURE ANCHOR, 36 1/4 by 75 in., Acrylic and pencil on paper

Lyndal Hargrave



Alexander Calder

Black Moon, 1970
Star and Stripes, 1975

Paul Fryer

Bhakti Baxter

Robert Indiana

O Sonho Americano I, 1961
The Museum of Modern Art, New York

James Sterling

Photo: Panos Davios © ATOPOS collection, Athens

Hans Haacke

Star Gazing, 2004

Mission Accomplished, 2005

Chris Ofili

The Adoration of Captain Shit and the Legend of the Black Stars, 1998

Megan and Murray McMillan

Olafur Eliasson Starbrick

Olafur Eliasson

Ian Monroe

Terrorist organization logos

by David Friedman
"Terrorist groups, like any organization, need brand identities. With so many groups claiming credit for terrorist acts, and so many videotapes being put out featuring men in ski masks, it’s hard to keep track of which group committed what violent act. So terrorist organizations have logos. It recently occurred to me that someone had to actually design those logos. But how did they decide who gets to do it? Did the job go to whichever terrorist had a copy of Adobe Illustrator?
I did some research and rounded up as many logos as I could find from terrorist groups past and present. While I hate to give terrorists any more attention, I still think it’s interesting to see the various approaches they took in their logos, and wonder what considerations went into designing them. Does the logo successfully convey the organization’s message? Is it confusingly similar to another group’s logo? Does it exhibit excessive drop shadows, gradients, or use of whatever font is the Arabic equivalent of Papyrus?
Quick Disclaimer: I picked these terrorist groups from a list of designated terrorist organizations on Wikipedia. Since Wikipedia is a user-edited website, I can’t verify who decided these groups are terrorist organizations. So if it turns out one of these groups is an actual army or a legitimate non-violent organization, don’t blame me.
I decided to group the logos roughly by their dominant design elements:
1) Stars
2) One Gun
3) Two guns crossed
4) Other weapons crossed
5) Crossbones
6) Animals with multiple heads
7) Other
Note: This weekend, an Al Qaeda suicide bomber killed 150 people in a market north of Baghdad. Another 250 were wounded. When this news broke, I had already begun working on this blog entry, and thinking of those victims made it hard to finish. So I just want to be clear that, although this entry focuses on a relatively trivial aspect of terror organizations, it is in no way intended to make light of terrorism. The guns, the blades, the maps of Israel, and other elements in these logos do effectively communicate with painful clarity what some of these groups intend. While my overview of terrorist logos is meant half-seriously as an examination of graphic design in a place we might not think to look, I don’t want to minimize"

Dianna Frid

In 1572 Tycho Brahe discovered a new star in the constellation Cassiopea. What he had seen was in fact the explosion and subsequent expiry of a dying star that faded from view within months. In Stardeath (2009), a one of a kind cloth book, Frid alludes to this event in a twofold way. First, she establishes an intricately stitched sequence in which a densely sewn astral pattern gradually breaks down into the simple structure of lines underlying the star shapes. Above the pattern, using sewn and collage elements, Frid reveals a second sequence of events: the transformation of a dot into a blast, and a blast into a void.

Echo Eggebrecht

Stars and Stripes, 2003

Doug Jarvis

The poster of Los Angeles 1984

The star is a universal symbol of the highest aspirations of mankind, the horizontal bars portray the speed.
Sixteen renowned artists designed 15 posters for the Games. The subsequent posters were signed by John Baldessari, Jennifer Bartlet, Jonathan Bofsky, April Greiman abd Jayme Odgers, Raymond Saunders and Garry Winogrand.

Thorsteinn Star

Einar first discovered Kepler's stars in the Kepler Museum in Weil der Stadt, Germany in 1973.

Huang Gang


Star, Star (Two Works), 2007