Cube logo before SGI (maybe...)

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Cube logo before SGI (maybe...)

Unread postby o2ric » Tue Jul 31, 2007 11:16 am

Go to the home page of AllMusic (http://www.allmusic.com/) and look at the Album of the day (and if you are reading this message on a different date, look for A Wizard, A True Star, by Todd Rundgren).

Now, everybody that knows the music of Todd knows also that he has always been heavily attracted by computers, and he used them extensively. But look closely at the album cover, in the bottom left corner: do you see something familiar? Hey, the album was published on 1973, long before SGI was born.

Was Jim Clark a secret fan of Todd? :mrgreen:

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Re: Cube logo before SGI (maybe...)

Unread postby nekonoko » Tue Jul 31, 2007 11:34 am

o2ric wrote:Was Jim Clark a secret fan of Todd? :mrgreen:


Scott Kim created the original SGI logo:

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Re: Cube logo before SGI (maybe...)

Unread postby o2ric » Tue Jul 31, 2007 11:42 am

nekonoko wrote:Scott Kim created the original SGI logo

Well, thanks for pointing out the original logo designer, who I wasn't aware of. Yet, the similitude with the cube in the album cover I hinted to is not too far. Nevertheless, I don't think anybody would care of right now: it was just out of curiosity.

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Unread postby zizban » Tue Jul 31, 2007 1:03 pm

That's pretty cool none the less.

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Re: Cube logo before SGI (maybe...)

Unread postby cicero » Wed Aug 01, 2007 2:55 pm

Yes the ornament in the lower left corner looks similar to the Silicon Graphics cube logo.
Maybe the cover art reflects the album title (... A True Star) and uses the star shape in different geometric forms.
Surrealism ;)
The cover designer used the Penrose triangle to form that star?
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Re: Cube logo before SGI (maybe...)

Unread postby R-ten-K » Thu Aug 16, 2007 11:17 pm

The shape itself was generated long before SGI used it :-), one of the qualities of the hypercube like shape is that it can be replicated infinitively, this is the cube can be replicated as the germ for larger cubes that have the same shape. Pretty neat.

I saw that in a math visualization demo from the 70s, so I assume that may have served as some inspiration for the original bug...

In any case, I think SGI's was one of the coolest logos for any corporation, and you had to leave them to screw that too.
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