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Nov 08 2011

For Crommunist

Crommunist put a call out this morning for a new banner for his blog. As much as I liked the minimalist design of his old banner, I’d had half an idea in my head since a back-channel discussion about hammers (don’t even bother to ask). So I jumped at the chance to play around a bit.

Crommunist Soviet

The style is inspired by old Soviet propaganda posters, particularly in the choice of colors. I wanted to get a very stylized picture of Crommunist himself in there too, but the man is always smiling. It just wouldn’t do. Nobody smiles in Soviet propaganda posters.

Whatcha think?

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  1. 1
    heather-lynnsiemens

    I like it a lot, though I think the red and mustard-yellow is not enough of a contrast for my complete liking. I still find it a bit hard on the eyes. If the colors were more completely separated, it would be perfection.

  2. 2
    sithrazer

    In Soviet Russia propaganda smiles in you?

  3. 3
    Nentuaby

    That’s a fantastic design! I’m with heather-lynnsiemens on the colors, though. Maybe invert them and/or choose more gold-and-crimson type shades?

  4. 4
    meeotch

    I think a red background with yellow writing (a la the Soviet and Chinese flags) would look better. But I love the design!

  5. 5
    Katy

    I agree with you that the simplicity suits him, but I do love your propaganda poster style banner! Red and gold are perfect, I second (or third?) the idea of inverting them or coming closer to the USSR flag colors. I love the lettering style. Throw in a Cyrillic letter? Fantastic.

  6. 6
    julian

    In Crommunist freethought social commentary informs you!

  7. 7
    Grady

    Why would you like to revel in Soviet Style Propaganda? Those atheistic mass murderers killed MILLIONS of believers.

    Oh, wait…maybe that is not a problem for you?

  8. 8
    julian

    Those atheistic mass murderers killed MILLIONS of believers.

    In Soviet Russia entirely inane point trolls you!

  9. 9
    julian

    *makes* you. That should read entirely inane point makes you. Damn I suck at this funny thing.

  10. 10
    Paul Lamb

    Nice fist, but I would use the double-thumbed Freak Power Party fist that Hunter S. Thompsom used in his campaign.

  11. 11
    HennaHonu

    I love it! I actually prefer the red on yellow. I have no trouble reading it, but would be fine with more contrast.

  12. 12
    Crommunist

    There are lots of pics of me not smiling out there. I will see if I can dig one up out of Facebook for you.

  13. 13
    meeotch

    To bounce off what Katy said, yes, change the Ns to Иs.

  14. 14
    Nentuaby

    Meeotch:

    Gratuitous cyrillic characters might look good to a 100% latinate eye, but they drive anyone who actually knows the alphabet batty. ‘И’ is no substitute for ‘N’, for instance, it’s closest to ‘I’.

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