In our daily work we have all had the opportunity to employ, study, criticize, or exercise our talents or authority in the use of the IBM logo.
The IBM Logo is the IBM Look
In 1956, Paul Rand would begin his landmark work for IBM, and over his three decades with the firm would fulfill his modern vision for graphic design. Rand was brought into the firm by acclaimed architect Elliot Noyes, who was hired to move the historic IBM identity in a modern direction. Thomas J. Watson, Jr., founder of IBM stated “[G]ood design must primarily serve people, and not the other way around. It must take into account human beings, whether they be our employees or our customers who use our products” and it was this foundation upon which Watson, Noyes and Rand would develop the groundbreaking design ideology for the firm. While Noyes focused on the products and architecture, Rand began to develop the enduring visual identity. From his transformation of the iconic IBM logo to the revolutionary Eye, Bee, M rebus design in the 1980s, Rand's designs for IBM left not only an indelible mark on the company, but would forever alter the approach of modern graphic design.
Stripes have appealed to people of dramatically different persuasions and cultures. Stripes evoke exciting images of Romanesque architecture, African ornament, and Parisian fashions. They are part of a geometry which decorates and animates. Stripes are indelibly linked with the IBM image, and serve a useful function as a background pattern.