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Logolounge the 2011 report

Vibrate

What was a mark of poor printing craftsmanship for generations is now rearing its head to remind us of the medium. That slight misregister that caused visual vibration that could blind a reader halfway through a paragraph is now a confusing part of some logo specifications. Registration was once considered a CMYK printing issue only. Now the issue of focus is a part of the 3D movie experience when a patron removes his or her special glasses to wipe them clean of hot buttered fingerprints.

Either of these experiences reminds the consumer that there is a technical reason that great work looks great. These logos pull back the curtain to reveal the magic pre-primetime. There is no contesting their confrontational aspect. Much like an optical illusion demands, the consumer must give them a second look. But will the audience get the inside joke? The question may be, is the design mishap blatant enough to keep the consumer from simply believing that the designer was inept.

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