The other day, I heard a very interesting fact. The logo for the “Ghostbusters” film is among the most recognized symbols in the entire world. Now, I have no idea if that is actually true or not, but it did inspire me to look into who designed the “no ghost” logo. Much like the ‘Busters’ battle with Mr. Stay Puft, this one was more difficult than I anticipated.
Searches on “ghostbusters logo” and “who designed the ghostbusters symbol” proved depressingly fruitless. Likewise, IMDb and Wikipedia, didn’t seem to mention the genius behind the symbol. I was beginning to feel that this anonymous artist would never get the recognition that he or she deserved when I came across a Ghostbusters fan site, appropriately called “Spook Central.”
The site explains that it was writer and star Dan Aykroyd who actually came up with the symbol. It was later “refined by artists,” but Aykroyd (aka “the heart and soul of the Ghostbusters”) created “the idea for the logo when he dreamed up the original concept for the film.”
I usually like to get two sources on a question before I call it a day. Fortunately, I found a video clip on Amazon.com that backs up the Aykroyd claim. The art designer for the 1984 film, John DeCuir, Jr. explains that he takes credit for having “art directed” the original symbol, but he “did not conceive it.” That honor belongs to ol’ Danny boy.
So, there ya have it. Mr. Aykroyd not only starred in and co-wrote the screenplay, he also came up with one of the world’s most recognizable symbols (maybe). He’s got the tools and he’s got the talent.
What symbols and logos do you guys find to be most memorable? Coca-Cola? Adidas? The Red Cross? Please chime in with a comment below.
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