In homage to April Fool’s day (sorry we’re a little late on this one) the theme for the month of April is HUMOR!
To get us started, here is a great interview with Paul Rand from 1990 in which he discusses the role of humor in design and quotes his famous essay “Design and the Play Instinct.”
“There are designers with a sense of humor and there are those without. Given the same content, the success is in the delivery. Groucho Marx can make anything funny, while others with similar material might just be tiresome. Still, something can be funny without being humorous-with irony. It helps, of course, if the material is amusing, but someone with a sense of humor can make almost anything funny. How something is done or delivered is often more important than what.”
It’s interesting to think about what makes some design work “funny” and is “funny” even the word to describe it? Do we really mean playful or clever or unexpected?
Here are some of my favorite examples of humorous design. More to come.
Paul Rand IBM logo, 1981