Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top 10 NBA Preseason Plays: October 20th, 2014

Check out all the best highlights from the 7 games on Monday night. Which was #1 for you?
Quincy Acy | #4 | 6' 7" 233 lbs | F | New York Knicks

Top 10 NBA Preseason Plays of the Night: October 19th, 2014

See where Alec Burks' cross-over on Kobe Bryant ends up in Sunday's Top 10 plays.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Jahlil Beats Lists His Top 10 Produced Singles

The other week we got producer Jahlil Beats to do some of our work for us, and list his Top 10 producers of all time. It was an interesting glimpse into the mind and the influences of the young producer, as he cited plenty of seasoned producers and let us know his favorite to ever do it was Swizz Beatz. 

Now that we know where his inspiration for being a producer comes from, we're following it up with Jahlil's list of his Top 10 singles that he himself produced. Of course, given that Jahlil's career got a kick start when he began working with Meek Mill, a relationship which has continued to this day, the list is pretty Meek-heavy. Can you guess what Jahlil puts as his #1 record though? Watch him count them down above.

Jahlil Beats

Jahlil Beats breaks down the ten favorite singles he's produced.

As a producer, Jahlil Beats has had the pleasure of working with everyone from Jeezy to Meek Mill to, most recently, Bobby Shmurda, and has made beats for a number of singles along the way. While he was in our office recently, the Philly-based beatmaker broke down his personal favorites from his arsenal of singles. Watch him count down the top ten above.
Cluing us into which songs exceeded his expectations, put him on, and featured performances from rappers that wowed him, Jahlil gives a humble and eye-opening look into his stacked catalog as a producer. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Jason Williams a.k.a. White Chocolate — Retired NBA-Star Still Got It

Jason Williams showing out at the Orlando Pro Am.

38 Year Old Jason Williams Still Has It | White Chocolate Summer Mixtape

The video starts off with a 38 year old Jason “White Chocolate” Williams at the Orlando Pro-Am shouting “I ain’t travel since I was 6.”

Don’t you miss him?

When he was 18, he was named West Virginia Player of the Year by USA Today for leading his team to the state championship with teammate Randy Moss.

When he was 22, he set a Florida Gators record with 17 assists in a game.

When he was 23, he was selected 7th overall in the NBA draft to the Sacramento Kings and quickly became one of the most exciting players in the league. If it wasn’t for a shortened lockout season and this guy called Vinsanity, William’s rookie season would have been even more memorable.

When he was 31, he won a NBA championship as a member of the Miami Heat.

Jason Williams a.k.a. White Chocolate
When he was 33, he announced his retirement (although he came back and retired again 2 years later) but has been showing up in pro-ams and international tours all around the world for the past few years reminding basketball fans that he was the guy who could make elbow passes and leave Gary Payton stuck in cement.

So here we are watching him at 38 and acting like he’s still that exciting whiteboy we fell in love with 15 years ago. — 
David Astramskas | Ball Is Life

Spandau Ballet — Soul Boys Of The Western World

Soul Boys of the Western World is a journey through the 1980s and beyond; the story of a band, an era and how one small gathering of outsiders in London shaped the entire world's view of music and fashion.

At the heart of it all was Spandau Ballet, five friends who epitomised the early 80s London scene and became one of the decade's most iconic bands with the world at their feet. The film is not only a fascinating, often hard hitting social and cultural document of the time, but a brutally honest story of how friendships can be won, lost and ultimately regained.

Spandau Ballet in 1985

Soul Boys Of The Western World

After a couple of decades of royalty squabbles of epic proportions, the members of cult-classic 80s band — Spandau Ballet have come back again and hit the reunion circuit.

Spandau Ballet
Brothers in arms — Martin and Gary Kemp in Spandau Ballet’s heyday.

 Director George Hencken's documentary about the band,  follows them from New Romantic roots at the Blitz club to the present day reunion tours around the globe.

Spandau Ballet
Take a bow — Spandau Ballet lap up the applause following the premiere of Soul Boys of the Western World at the Royal Albert Hall in London. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Top 10 Best Dunks In NBA Slam Dunk Contest History via GIFs

NBA Slam Dunk Contest Legends
Top Ten Best Dunks from NBA's annual Slam Dunk Contest — compiled by USA Today:
10. Cedric Ceballos, 1992: "The Blindfold"
We don't know how thick that blindfold was. But the creativity wins Ceballos some points. This is the greatest moment in Ceballos' career, which is saying something because he was a pretty good NBA player for years.
9. Dwight Howard, 2008: "The Superman"
It may not be a dunk, technically speaking. But it also may be more impressive than a dunk, visually speaking. Howard gets up high enough for long enough that he can throw the ball through the hoop with the velocity of a decent fastball. The dunk contest, when push comes to shove, is all about the spectacle of the event. What better embodies that than a Superman cape?
8. Vince Carter, 2000: "The Elbow"
This dunk is so vicious, even if it unfairly gets forgotten because of the more memorable Carter dunk in his 2000 title. It seems insane Carter only participated in one dunk contest because he goes down as one of the greatest in the event's history.
7. Dominique Wilkins, 1988: "The Backboard"
On one hand, the off-the-backboard dunk isn't really anything special. It wasn't, even back then. Then you watch this dunk. Wilkins gets high enough that he could rest his chin on the rim, and he throws the ball down with such authority that it looked as though he might tear the rim down. Wilkins is the greatest dunker in NBA history, and this was his finest contest moment.
6. Jason Richardson, 2004: "The Up-and-Under"
The between-the-legs dunk is a staple these days, but two-time champion Richardson put unique spins on it. This one is particularly impressive, as he kissed the ball off the backboard, grabbed it and put it between his legs for the dunk. Richardson probably deserves to go down as the greatest dunk contest champion ever, and this won't be his last entry on this list.
5. Andre Iguodala, 2006: "The Answer"
Iguodala got robbed because Nate Robinson is short. Let's just get that out of the way now. Because this dunk is one of the best ever. Allen Iverson puts up a perfect pass off the back of the backboard, and Iguodala finishes with grace and authority. The combination of AI to AI was awesome, but the degree of difficulty really wins the points here. Just look how close he comes to hitting his head on the backboard.
4. Vince Carter, 2000: "The In-Betweener"
This was the dunk that made every kid dream of doing a between-the-legs dunk. Though Kobe Bryant and J.R. Rider executed the dunk in previous contests, Carter did it with an effortlessness that can't be topped. He soars and throws down. It's tragic that the 1998-99 lockout eliminated the All-Star Game in Carter's rookie year because it's easy to imagine him winning back-to-back contests.
3. Spud Webb, 1986: "The Bounce"
Even the beginning of this dunk brings a smile to any old-school NBA fan's face. The 5-7 guard entered the dunk contest against heavily favored Wilkins, his Atlanta Hawks teammate, and told Wilkins he hadn't even prepared. Lies. Webb threw down a series of impressive slams to make the final round against Wilkins, then finished him off with this fatality, slamming the ball against the ground with all his might, catching it mid-jump and spinning around for the reverse slam. We repeat: This guy is 5-7.
2. Michael Jordan, 1988: "The Free Throw"
Before Jordan was the game's greatest player, he won the game's greatest dunk contest. The 1988 event already features a Wilkins dunk on this list, but this was the one that sealed it for Jordan in the final round. He needed a 48 to tie. It suffices to say he received a 50 for one of the sport's most iconic moments, when he took off from the free throw line and buckled his knees just right and gave everyone who hadn't experienced his greatness an understanding of where things were headed.
1. Jason Richardson, 2003: "The Everything"
It'd be easy to say any of these dunks could be No. 1, but we aren't so sure. This dunk, after all, was every other dunk combined. Richardson does the lob off the court, grabs the ball midair, puts it between his legs then does a one-handed reverse dunk. It's perfect. It's absurdly perfect. It's the best dunk we've seen.
All GIFs by USA TODAY Sports' Tim McGarry, using YouTube videos.

Nate Robinson — theKONGBLOG™'s Certified Favorite

One of the most explosive players in the game, take a look back at Nate Robinson's amazing career as we count down the 10 best plays from it!

theKONGBLOG™'s Certified Favorite: Nate Robinson

"Nate Robinson is a NBA star originally from Seattle, WA, known for his explosive scoring and leaping ability. Nate has served as a successful combo guard for the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets. Nate is the NBA's first three-time slam dunk champion.

5' 9" Nate Robinson dunking over 5' 6" Spud Webb

NBA: Nate was chosen with the 21st pick in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns and traded to the New York Knicks. The diminutive yet explosive scoring guard averaged 9.3 points, 2.0 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 22 minutes during his rookie campaign. He recorded a career-high 34 points vs. the Sixers on March 31, 2006, marking the highest-scoring game for a Knicks rookie in 20 years.

Nate is the first three-time Slam Dunk champion in the NBA. He electrified a worldwide audience by winning the 2006 Slam Dunk Contest. His signature dunk came in the second round, when he leapt over the 1986 Slam Dunk winner, Spud Webb for a one-handed slam off a Webb bounce pass. He went on to win his second Slam Dunk title after jumping over Superman Dwight Howard, as he donned his green jersey and green Nikes representing Kryptonite (KryptoNATE).

COLLEGE: Nate led the Washington Huskies to two straight NCAA basketball tournament appearances, including a trip to the sweet sixteen his junior year. Nate was named Third Team All-American by AP and NABC as a junior. He earned First Team All-Pac-10 honors his sophomore and junior seasons.

Nate originally signed with Washington to play football before deciding to concentrate on basketball prior to his sophomore year. His college football career is most remembered for his interception in the final minutes of regulation of the 2002 Apple Cup against Washington State Cougars.

PERSONAL: Nathaniel Cornelius Robinson was born on May 31, 1984, and is the oldest of seven siblings. Nate played all 13-football games of 2002 season and started the final six games as a cornerback on the Husky football squad, including the Sun Bowl. His father Jacque Robinson played running back at Washington and in the NFL.

Nate dunked for the first time (a volleyball) in the eighth grade. His vertical leap is 43.5 inches. Nate loves to play video games and enjoys communicating with his fans over Twitter."

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

History Of Funk — Finding The Funk Documentary

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Nelson George’s Finding The Funk film is an in-depth exploration of the funk bloodline — take a walk down memory lane and learn about the history of funk; a funky project 6 – 7 years in the making...

"What Funk is for me, is making something out of nothing. Funk is deep within what we have been taught. Funk for me is our life, Funk for me is the word that was spoke and this is what Funk is, we became flesh and we walked this planet and we started making this stuff outta nothing. And that’s what we did then and that’s what we’re doing now".Bootsy Collins

Bootsy Collins & Nelson George with Sly Stone
Bootsy Collins & Nelson George with Sly Stone

About Finding the Funk

Inspired by an idea from legendary record producer Arthur Baker, Finding the Funk is a road trip in search of the past, present and future of Funk music. We start in Dayton the birthplace of so many of Funk's originators, then onto Detroit where from the ashes of Motown, P-Funk's Mothership arose and then to LA where a new crop of musicians, like Dam Funk, are creating their own Funk history. Among those featured in the film are Sly Stone, Bootsy Collins, Mike D of the Beastie Boys, D'Angelo, Marcus Miller, Mtume, Nona Hendryx, Vernon Reid, Maceo Parker, Bernie Worrell, Steve Arrington, Reggie Hudlin, Sheila E, Shock G, Sade's Stuart Matthewman and Diplo. Hosted by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the Roots. Vh1 is hoping to air Finding the Funk next spring.
Sheila E & D'Angelo
Sheila E & D'Angelo
After a whirlwind summer of filming concerts, outdoor festivals and intimate backstage jam sessions with some of the Funk's most notable performers, Finding the Funk is headed into post-production. $20,000 is what we need to take our film to the next level.
We'll be posting two other trailers for the film, right here, on our Kickstarter page during the pledge period, giving you all a deeper look into what we've shot and why this film will be worth your time!

Bernie Worrell & Nelson George
Bernie Worrell & Nelson George
Nelson George, Director/Producer
Nelson George is an author, filmmaker, television producer, and critic with a long career in analyzing and presenting the diverse elements of African-American culture. Queen Latifah won the Golden Globe for playing the lead in his directorial debut, the HBO movie Life Support.

The critically acclaimed drama looked at the effects of HIV on a troubled black family in his native Brooklyn, New York. He recently co-edited, with Alan Leeds, 'The James Brown Reader (Plume)', a collection of previously published articles about the Godfather of Soul that date as far back the late '50s. Plume published the book in May '08. Nelson has been on a roll in 2012 with completed documentary projects: Showtime's Brooklyn Boheme (which was supported by Kickstarter), ESPN's The Announcement and the short All Hail the Beat for the Focus Forward campaign. He hopes to continue that success with Finding the Funk.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats Stacked w/ Nine McDonald's All-Americans

Kentucky Players Versus NBA Players

Which NBA players do Kentucky players most resemble? Let's take a look

On Friday, Kentucky hosted an NBA-style combine for its fleet of possible draftees. John Calipari has nine McDonald's All-Americans on another stacked Wildcats team that could be the unanimous No. 1 team in the country once the preseason polls are released.
It was an unprecedented event for a program that continues to lure an abundance of pro talent to Lexington.
The following players all have pro potential, although that possibility ranges from definite NBA future to slight chance. About 90 NBA personnel -- from scouts to general managers -- were there to assess the program's top players.
Which NBA players might those on Kentucky's roster remind them of? Let's take a look:

Willie Cauley-Stein/Tyson Chandler

Willie Cauley-Stein, Tyson ChandlerGetty Images, NBAE via Getty Images
Cauley-Stein suffered an ankle injury during his team's 2014 Sweet 16 victory over Louisville, but he's healthy now and positioned to log major minutes for the Wildcats this season. Like Chandler, a former NBA defensive player of the year, Cauley-Stein could make millions at the next level as a shot-altering, shot-blocking big man who runs the floor well and commits to defense. The 7-footer was ranked 12th in block percentage (12.3) per Ken Pomeroy last year.

Alex Poythress/Kawhi Leonard

Alex Poythress, Kawhi LeonardGetty Images, Icon Sportswire
Leonard, the MVP of the 2014 NBA Finals, has proven that there is a place for tweeners at the next level. At 6-8, 238 pounds, Poythress isn't really an NBA power forward or small forward. But Kentucky is so loaded inside that Poythress probably will play a small-forward role for the Wildcats, and that'll be a key audition since that'll be his likely slot in the NBA, too. He has the strength and grit necessary to find a place in the league, but it's important to note that Leonard shot 42 percent from the 3-point line during the Finals (Poythress has connected on 33 percent of his 3s in two years at Kentucky).

Dakari Johnson/Anderson Varejao

Dakari Johnson, Anderson VarejaoGetty Images, USA Today Sports
He was flabby, out of shape and raw early in his high school career, but Johnson has molded his body and game since he arrived at Kentucky last year. He has to work on his footwork and poise in the post, but he could be a Varejao type in the NBA -- a big man who won't get a ton of credit for his skill set (although he continues to add post moves) but will always find a way to make an impact and stay active on both ends of the floor.

Karl Towns/LaMarcus Aldridge

Karl Towns, LaMarcus AldridgeSam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images
Towns, ninth in RecruitingNation's rankings for the 2014 class, is the true prize Friday. He's the Kentucky prospect pro scouts covet most. He's a 6-11 power forward/center who's tough enough to work around the basket, but he also possesses a versatile attack and uses his midrange game as a weapon, too. Aldridge is one of the best players in the NBA, and it's unfair to suggest that Towns will be that in the NBA, but it's also imprudent to dismiss the similarities.

Devin Booker/Danny Green

Devin Booker, Danny GreenIcon Sportswire, AP Photo
Booker, the 6-5 shooting guard, struggled to find a rhythm during Kentucky's six-game exhibition tour this offseason in the Bahamas, but he did make 43 percent of his 3-point attempts (6-for-14). He was also a superb defender. That's how he'll help Kentucky this year and, possibly, an NBA team in the future. Much like Green (48 percent from the 3-point line in the NBA Finals), Booker is a dependable perimeter shooter and trustworthy defender who must work on his midrange game.

Tyler Ulis/J.J. Barea

Tyler Ulis, J.J. BareaIcon Sportswire, NBAE via Getty Images
Ulis (7.6 per game points, 4.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 9-for-15 from the 3-point line) played as well as anyone on Kentucky's roster throughout that Bahamas tour. He's a quick, aggressive point guard who can knock down shots from outside and get buckets when he penetrates. Calipari is comfortable with a platoon rotation system because he knows he can trust Ulis as a facilitator off the bench. The 5-9 point guard is similar to Barea with his ability to minimize his physical disadvantages because he's usually the smartest guy on the floor.

Trey Lyles/Ersan Ilyasova

Trey Lyles, Ersan IlyasovaIcon Sportswire, NBAE via Getty Images
Lyles, a 6-10 forward ranked as the No. 6 prospect in his class by RecruitingNation, has a European vibe to his game. And that's a benefit for a young player who will have to fight for minutes in a crowded frontcourt. He's unique because he's so comfortable outside the paint that Calipari could decide to go big and throw him at the 3-spot in specific lineups. His range should make him a pick-and-pop nightmare for collegiate defenders. Ilyasova's multidimensional Euro game should be the prototype for Lyles.

Andrew Harrison/Deron Williams

Andrew Harrison, Deron WilliamsIcon Sportswire, NBAE via Getty Images
It's easy to compare Harrison to Tyreke Evans because they're both big guards who exploit mismatches against smaller defenders. But Harrison actually resembles Williams. Harrison has a deceptive burst off the dribble. He'll never be the quickest guy on the court, but he's always assertive and strong. He's a fluid distributor and a solid shooter from beyond the arc (35 percent last season). And he was a reliable leader for the Wildcats last season. His teammates will follow him.

Aaron Harrison/Arron Afflalo

Aaron Harrison, Arron AfflaloAP Photo, USA TODAY Sports
Aaron Harrison was a hero in last year's NCAA tournament. He hit clutch shots against Wisconsin and Michigan that led the program to the national title game. He's an effective scorer and shooter from the 3-point line. He showed the world that he can be trusted to make big plays on big stages. But he's also one of Kentucky's top defensive players. Calipari matched him up against the best players the Wildcats faced throughout the NCAA tournament. He can guard multiple spots because of his size. Offensive mojo and impressive defense have been beneficial for Afflalo at the next level, and that combo is the reason that Aaron Harrison has cracked the first round in various mock drafts.

Marcus Lee/Jordan Hill

Marcus Lee, Jordan HillUSA TODAY Sports, AP Photo
Lee was the proverbial energy guy for the Wildcats during their NCAA tournament run last year. He didn't log significant minutes for the bulk of the season, but he played hard and used his length to get putback buckets, rebound and swat shots in the postseason. There might be a place in the NBA for an athletic big man who competes with that edge each night. Ask Jordan Hill. Plus, Lee is only a sophomore, so there's still time for him to develop and add some muscle to his frame. — Myron Medcalf | ESPN

Corporate Brand Logo Evolution

Corporate Brand Logo Evolution

01. Apple

Best Corporate Brand Logo Evolution
It is one of the biggest consumer electronics and Software Company, best known for products like Macintosh, iPod and iphone. Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne had together setup Apple in 1976, to sell their hand-built computer Apple I. They had offered their product to HP first but were declined by them. I think HP would still be regretting this today.
The road to success wasn’t easy for Apple, and Wayne liquidated his share in the company for a mere $ 800. After the launch of Apple II in 1977, things started to look up for Apple and we all know what heights the company has reached since then.
Apple II was successful mainly because it had colored graphics. Great and simple design, has always been the USP (Unique Selling Proposition) for Apple, and their logo is no exception. When Apple was started, the logo was a complicated picture of Isaac Newton sitting under a tree. This had been designed by Jobs and Wayne, with the inscription: “Newton … A Mind Forever Voyaging Through Strange Seas of Thought … Alone.” Frankly, I don’t think it was just a coincidence that Apple had slow sales during this period.
However, Steve Jobs hired Rob Janoff to simplify the logo, which turned out to be a great idea. Rob created the ‘Rainbow Apple’ which was the logo for company till 1998. There are many rumors as to why Rob had chosen to create such a logo. One of them says that the Apple was a tribute to Newton (discovery of gravity from an Apple), and since the USP for Apple at that time was colored graphics, it had the rainbow colors. Another explanation exists that the bitten apple pays homage to the Mathematician Alan Turing, who committed suicide by eating an apple he had laced with cyanide. Turing is regarded as the father of computers. The rainbow colors of the logo are rumored to be a reference to the rainbow flag, as homage to Turing’s homosexuality.
Janoff, however, said in an interview that though he was mindful of the “byte/bite” pun (Apple’s slogan back then: “Byte into an Apple”), he designed the logo as such to “prevent the apple from looking like a cherry tomato.”
When Apple launched the new iMac in 1998, they changed their logo to a monochromatic apple logo, almost identical to the rainbow logo. Now, the Apple logo comes with nice gradient chrome silver design. It is one of the most recognized brand symbols in the world today, and the shape is what identifies the company more than the color.

02. Shell

Best Corporate Brand Logo Evolution
Back in 1900, when the company was started the logo was a realistic and simple shell which lies flat on the ground. This was a pectin or scallop shell, but today the company has a logo which is bold, colorful and much more simplistic.
The evolution of the logo began after 1915, when rendering enabled the company to reproduce its identity easily. This is visible in the 1930 logo for the company. When the company started a project in California, it added the red and yellow colors to the symbol. The colors help Shell to stand out. Additionally, these are the colors of Spain, where many Californian settlers were born, which might have helped the company to create an emotional bond with the people.
With the advent of internet and fax machines over the later years, it became necessary for the company to simplify their logo, which would prevent it from being distorted in small images. The 1971 logo designed by Raymond Loewy is very simple as compared to the earlier logos.
This has helped the company because this logo is more memorable and recognizable, accountable to the simplicity of the logo. The 1971 logo is still used by the company albeit with minor changes, but it has become so recognizable that it often appears without the company name now.

03. Xerox

Best Corporate Brand Logo Evolution
The Xerox Company used to be known as the Haloid Company almost 100 years ago. But in 1938, Chester Carlson invented a technique called xerography which we today call the photocopy technique. Unfortunately no one was willing to invest in his invention, and many big giants like IBM, GE, RCA and others decided not to finance this invention.
But Haloid Company decided to go with Chester and made the first photocopying machine named Haloid Xerox 14. As can be seen in their logos, the original Haloid word which was prominent in the company’s logo before 1961 was completely replaced by Xerox due to the immense success of this idea.
They retained almost the same logo from 1961 to 2004. But in 2004 there was a problem with the Xerox books and it tried to reinvent itself with a new logo. People associate the company only with photocopy machines, and that has been a major problem for Xerox.
The company changed its logo in 2008 to get away from this stereotyped image, by changing the font of the word. They also added a ball which has a stylish X instead of their ‘boring’ X in earlier times According to Anne M. Mulcahy, Xerox’s chief, that little piece of art represents the connection to customers, partners, industry and innovation.

04. BMW

Best Corporate Brand Logo Evolution
BMW or Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (Bavarian Motor Works) was originally founded as an aircraft company. The aircrafts manufactured were painted with the colors of the Bavarian flag, which is the color of BMW logo. Another explanation is that when the pilot used to sit in the plane he would see alternating segments of white and blue due to rotation the plane propeller (blue being the sky).
The major business of BMW was to supply planes to the German army during World War I. But after the war they were forced to change their business. It made railway brakes, before making motorized bicycle, motorcycles and cars.
The logo itself hasn’t changed a lot during the years, but now has a more stylish look due to the different gradients. The unchanged logo has made it easier for people to remember and has given the company more recognition.

05. Nike

Best Corporate Brand Logo Evolution
Nike probably got the best deal amongst all companies when Caroline Davidson designed its logo for just $35 in 1971. The main part of the logo hasn’t really changed with time. However, I don’t understand why they waited for 7 years before they realized that the text and the swoosh were overlapping each other.
As the brand gained recognition, the company name was dropped from the logo, which made it more simplistic and memorable. The company has different variations of this logo for its various departments like Skate, Soccer etc.

06. IBM

Best Corporate Brand Logo Evolution
As you would observe from the logos above that IBM was earlier known as The International Time Recording Company (ITR), whose major products were mechanical time recorders, invented and patented by Willard L. Bundy in 1888. So in the earlier periods the logo of the company had ITR inscribed on it. Later in 1911, ITR was merged with the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company, which is why you will see that both ITR and CTR are there in the 1911 logo.
In 1924, the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company adapted the name International Business Machines Corporation. The ornate, rococo letters that formed the “CTR” logo were replaced by the words “Business Machines” in more contemporary sans-sarif type, and in a form intended to suggest a globe, girdled by the word “International.”
In 1947, IBM decided to drop the globe from its logo, which was by then quite familiar amongst the people. The logo was not the only change in 1947; it was accompanied by a change in business from the punched-card tabulating business to computers. The typeface of this logo was called Beton Bold.
In 1956, before Thomas J. Watson, Sr died he appointed Tom Watson, Jr. as the CEO. Tom Watson, Jr. decided to project the beginning of a new era in the company, for that he changed the company’s logo as well as the actions. Paul Rand designed the new logo which represented that the changes in the company would be subtle and will not disrupt the continuity. Also, the new logo looked more solid, grounded and balanced.
Another change in the logo was designed by Paul Rand which had stripes instead of the solid font. It depicted ‘speed and dynamism’. Since, then the logo has more or less remained the same, and the design has been recognized and replicated all over the world.

07. Canon

Best Corporate Brand Logo Evolution
The company had always wanted a global perspective, and the logos reflected the same as early as 1934. A specialized advertising designer had created the logo which included typeface never seen before in Europe or North America.
The first camera launched by the company in 1934, was named as Kwanon, after the Buddhist goddess of mercy. The logo included the wordings and a picture of the goddess with 1000 arms and flames.
As the years went by, like all other logos we have seen above, the company strived to make the logo as simple and memorable as possible. The logo had only been trademarked in 1935, and after that a lot of designing work went into making the logo more balanced. After 1956, the logo hasn’t been changed, but the designing effort is clearly visible in their simple but classic logo.

08. Google

Best Corporate Brand Logo Evolution
The clarity of thought is visible in the company’s logo right from the very beginning, when in 1996 two Stanford University computer science graduate students Larry Page and Sergey Brin built the search engine.
The name of the search engine is derived from Googol (meaning one followed by 100 zeros). Google’s first logo was created by Sergey Brin, after he taught himself to use the free graphic software GIMP. Later, an exclamation mark mimicking the Yahoo! logo was added. In 1999, Stanford’s Consultant Art Professor Ruth Kedar designed the Google logo that the company uses today.

09. Kodak

Best Corporate Brand Logo Evolution
Interestingly, Kodak was the first company to integrate its name and looks into one symbol in 1907. After 1935, Kodak predominantly used yellow and red colors and the complete name of the company. First time the Kodak name was completely written in the logo in 1935, which began the use of yellow and red colors as well.
In 1960, they tried to show a flip page as a logo, but was changed to a box and graphic “K” element in 1971. I think the logo in 1971 was quite trendy, but it might have been a little complex. Retaining the 1971 concept, there was a slight variation in the font in 1987. The new font looked contemporary.
Again, like other companies, Kodak decided to simplify their logo in 1996, and removed the boxes. The red color gives a more brighter and structured feel of the company. In 2006, again a slight variation was made in the logo with a rounded ‘a’ and ‘d’, to give a contemporary look.

10. Microsoft

Best Corporate Brand Logo Evolution
The Microsoft story began in 1975, when Bill Gates and his friend Paul Allen coded the first computer language for a PC and named it BASIC. Soon they named their partnership as Micro-Soft which explains the first logo of the company.
They changed the logo in that year itself and dropped the hyphen too. For the next 12 years, the logo had a distinctive O. The employees called this as “Blibbet”. It is said that at that time, the Microsoft cafeteria even had a double cheeseburger named “”Blibbet Burger”.
When a new logo came on in 1987, there was a campaign within the company to “Save the Blibbet”. But, this couldn’t stop the company from adopting a new logo. The logo designed by Scott Baker, came to be known as “the Pacman logo” due to the distinctive cut in the O.
In 1994, they integrated their tagline ‘Where do you want to go today?’ within the logo. This was widely mocked and the company kept trying different taglines like People Ready, Start Something, Making it Easier etc.
The new 2008 logo has all the text in Italics (including the tagline), but the look of the logo has remained pretty much the same. Basically, the company is so well renowned already, that I don’t think the logo needs to change, since people already recognize and connect with it worldwide.

11. Volkswagen

Best Corporate Brand Logo Evolution
Volkswagen means ‘People’s car’ in German. The history of the company is tied with Adolf Hitler.
Before the rise of Hitler, the German economy was in a very bad shape; as a result people couldn’t afford to buy cars. In 1933, Hitler raised the idea of an inexpensive car in the Auto show.
In 1934, Ferdinand Porsche met with Hitler to design the car. Hitler gave him all the specifications of the car and Porsche promised to deliver the design. In 1937, the Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens mbH was created (it became simply Volkswagenwerk GmbH a year later). In 1938, Hitler opened a state funded Volkswagen factory in Walburg. It was suppose to produce commercial cars, but it was used to churn out military cars. It was only later found that Hitler had intended to use the Porsche car as a military vehicle only, which could carry 3 men and a machine gun.
After the WWII, Britishers took over the company. They renamed the car as Beetle. Surprisingly all the car makers like Fiat and Ford declined to take ‘free control’ of the Volkswagen factory. So, it was returned to the German government, and went on to become one of the world’s bestselling cars ever.
The first logo was designed by Franz Xavier Reimspiess, a Porsche employee during an office logo design competition. The main part of the logo hasn’t changed much, but understandably after the WWII, they got rid of the design around the circle which seems to be inspired from the Nazi flag. I love the colors that were added in 2000, to the logo which was built after WWII, it depicts a positive change in the company and the ability to adapt to the new millennium.

12. MasterCard

Best Corporate Brand Logo Evolution
In 1966, seventeen bankers formed a federation for the reciprocal acceptance of their credit cards. They called this federation as Interbank and hence, the first 1966 logo. The ‘i’ was used to identify the participating members of Interbank Card Association.
In 1969, the name was changed to Master Charge. The new logo had the two familiar intersecting circles which make sense when we think about the interbank card business. Also, the ‘i’ was retained at the bottom to show continuity and also to make it easy for people to recognize their earlier familiar logo.
Finally, in 1979, the name MasterCard was adopted and they lost the ‘i’ from the logo. In 1990, bold colors were adopted which also made it easier to recognize the 23 horizontal bars between the two circles, which I think denoted the idea of multiple simultaneous interbank relationships. The logo looks more contemporary and simple, with an italic, sans-serif typeface.
In 1996, a more prominent font replaces the old font, and the number of bars was also reduced, resulting in a simple and powerful logo. The Brand Mark’s visibility, recognition, and overall brand image are improved, with new features including larger lettering highlighted with a drop shadow, fewer interlocking bars within the red and yellow circles, and a new dark blue background for use on decals and signage.

13. Mozilla Firefox

Best Corporate Brand Logo Evolution
An open source web browser, created by Dave Hyatt and Blake Ross, was first of all named as Phoenix, which is visible in their first logo in 2002. Due to some trademark issues, the name had to be changed to Firebird, but the name was chosen so that they would be able to retain the same logo.
Unfortunately, this name also had trademark issues because of existing software. Then, they finally got lucky and chose the name Firefox, which has become one of the favorite and most used browser worldwide. In 2003, the now famous logo was designed by professional interface designer John Hicks.
The logo depicted a Firefox engulfing the whole world, which also signifies the global reach that the company strived for. There has been a minor change in the logo since then, with the colors of the continents using a lighter blue color, just to differentiate them better from the oceans.

14. Pepsi

Best Corporate Brand Logo Evolution
Today, one of the biggest soft drinks company, was first started by Caleb Bradham in 1890’s. Initially named as Brad’s drink the name was quickly changed to Pepsi-Cola, which is visible in the first 1898 logo. Finally in 1903, the name was trademarked and hasn’t been changed till date.
In the early years, Brad made custom logos for the brand as it became more famous. In 1933, the company was bought by Loft, Inc. The company changed the bottle size from 6 to 12 oz. and came up with the ‘Refreshing and Healthful’ logo.
However, the major breakthrough in the Pepsi logo design came in 1940’s. Walter Mack, the CEO of Pepsi came up with the idea of a new bottle design, with a crown having the Pepsi logo. The ‘Pepsi Globe’ emerged when USA was in WWII, and to support the country’s war efforts, Pepsi had a blue, red and white logo.
This logo became hugely popular, and went on to be the identifier for the company. As a result, in 1950 and 1962, this bottle cap with the swirling blue and red became prominent in the company logo. During the 1960’s when it became even more popular, the script was changed from the curly red, and the main attraction was on the bottle cap in the logo.
We see the first appearance of the Pepsi Globe instead of the bottle cap in 1973. The typeface was made smaller so as to fit in the globe. The Pepsi Globe was “boxed in”, with a red bar coming in from the left and a light-blue bar coming in from the right.
In 1991, the typeface was moved from inside the globe. The red bar was lengthened and the typeface came on the top of the globe. In 1998, the white background in the logo was replaced by the blue color, which also resulted in dropping the red horizontal band. The globe now had 3D graphic and larger than earlier versions. It might be that since, Pepsi and the globe touch each other for the first time in the logo, the name ‘the Pepsi Globe’ was given to the logo.
After 1998, it seems that Pepsi had decided to give the globe more prominence than the script itself. So, the globe came on top of the script in 2003, and in their current logo they have done away with the script altogether.

15. LG

Best Corporate Brand Logo Evolution
LG was formed from two different companies named Lucky (chemical cosmetic company, 1947) and Goldstar (radio manufacturing plant, 1958). Though, these were different companies they were essentially owned by one person. In 1995, Lucky Goldstar was renamed to LG Electronics.
Actually, LG is a chaebol (a South Korean conglomerate), so there’s a whole range of LG companies that also changed their names, such as LG Chemicals, LT Telecom, and even a baseball team called the LG Twins. These companies all adopted the “Life is Good” tagline you often see alongside its logo. LG denies that their name now stands for Lucky Goldstar. They’re just “LG.”

16. Mercedes-Benz

Best Corporate Brand Logo Evolution
The Mercedes-Benz was formed by the merger of two car companies – DMG (Daimler-Motored-Gesellschaft, founded by Gottlieb Daimler) and Benz & Cie, founded by Karl Benz. Both the companies were similar in their work and were situated in close proximity.
It was after the World War I, when the German economy was shattered, that both these companies decided to from a syndicate in 1924, and then finally merge in 1926, called Diamler-Benz.
In 1902, the logo for Mercedes was nothing more than the simple company name. However, it was changed to a 3 pointed star in 1909. The origin of this star came from a postcard by Diamler, where he had drawn a 3 pointed star which represented ‘making vehicles in land water and sky’.
After 1926, a new symbol for Mercedes-Benz came into picture, where the original logo of both the companies was merged into one. It combined the 3 pointed star of Mercedes and the laurel wreath of Benz.
Over the years, the symbol has been improved vastly in design and simplicity. It has been recognized as a symbol representing luxury and top tier cars.

17. General Electric

Best Corporate Brand Logo Evolution
The company has a great history. It was formed in 1892 by the merger of Edison Electric Light Company (founded by Thomas Edison to sell his invention, the light bulb) and Thomson-Houston Electric Company.
The basic logo font face is still quite similar to what it was in 1892. Over time, a circle engulfing the company name has been added to the logo, which might be due to the increasing global presence and vision of the company. The current logo, which was designed by Wolff Olins, adds blue color to the logo instead of the black color which had been used in all the previous logos. Accompanied with the logo change was also a change in the tagline of the company from “We bring good things to life” to “Imagination at work”.

18. Nokia

Best Corporate Brand Logo Evolution
‘Nokia’ in Finnish means means a dark, furry animal we now call the Pine Marten weasel. However, this has little to do with the current business and brand image. The origin of the company name, can rather be attributed to the setting up of the wood pulp mill (set up by Knut Fredrik Idestam), on the banks of Nokianvirta river in the town of Nokia.
The Nokia Corporation was formed as a merger of Finnish Rubber Works (which also used a Nokia brand), the Nokia Wood Mill, and the Finnish Cable Works in 1967. The company has sold a variety of products in the past including television, shoes, car tires and others. The evolution and the meaning of the logo is unclear due to the changing business over the years.

19. Ford

Best Corporate Brand Logo Evolution
Henry Ford used to work for Thomas Edison. He founded two companies before settling on Ford. His first company went bankrupt after just two years, and he left the second company after just one year. However, the second company became Cadillac later on. His third company, founded in 1902, was called Ford & Malcomson, Ltd.
He was unable to pay the bills for parts in his third company, but some investors agreed to put money in the company, and it was renamed as Ford Motor Co. This is the company name in the first logo of 1903. The 1909 logo, which has a similar font as today’s logo was borrowed from Childe Harold Wills, who had made this font for his business card.
In 1912, the Ford logo was given a complete makeover, as compared to the earlier simplistic design. When a car was launched in 1927, called Model A, the famous blue oval was introduced in the logo. This was the shape and color, on which all future Ford logos have been made.
The company has experimented with different shape going from ellipse to circle, and even a diamond like shape in 1957. The 1976 logo was essentially, the last major change in the symbol, and is very similar to their current logo. Finally, in 2003, the company released a new logo, which came to be known as “Centennial Blue Oval”.

20. Wal-Mart

Best Corporate Brand Logo Evolution
The company has tried out various colors and variation of the word Walmart over the years. In 1962, when Sam Walton started, the company, the logo had simply the word spelled in a very basic design.
The logo was changed in 1964, when a hyphen was added and the color was also changed from blue to black. This came to be known as the “Frontier Font Logo”. The 1968 logo shown here is the discount city logo, which was mainly used for uniforms, in-store signing etc, but it was never used to advertise or even in annual reports.
The 1981 logo changed the curly font to a more solid font, giving the company a more stable, established and balanced look. The hyphen in this logo was replaced by the star in 1992, and the familiar blue color of the logo returned for the first time after the company’s inception.
Walmart is probably one of the few companies, who have tried so many logos, but their current logo is more like the original logo, other than any other intermediate logo. The font differs a little from the original and is indeed more stylish, but the ‘Walmart’ word without a break appears for the first time after 1962. They have kept the star from 1992, but moved it to the end.
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