A short history of the Star Wars logo

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Everyone at Hotfoot towers (along with the rest of the world) is getting super excited about the forthcoming Star Wars movie. We enjoyed this story about the evolution of the Star Wars logo:

As it turns out, the famously “spacy” typography featured in the now familiar logo wasn’t finalized on all print media until a while after the first movies release, and some early versions slipped through becoming quite familiar in their own right. […]

Above is the earliest example of the Star Wars logo by Ralph McQuarrie, produced well before filming when the crew was working on costumes. It depicts a character somewhere between Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, with the logo in a font similar to Futura Display. It was produced when George Lucas requested as a symbol to go on film cans and letters.

In the second rendition of the logo, featured below, effects artist Joe Johnston revamped the logo using the Precis font family and dropping “the” from the title. The picture features a young Mark Hamill (along with a now priceless t-shirt) at San Diego Comic Con 1976.

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