Skip to main content

Can you spot the design references in this fun poem?

First hitting the newsstands in 1995, print magazine Computer Arts quickly became the 'Bible' of the design and illustration industries, a role that it's retained ever since. Now this week, it's celebrating its 300th issue and a quarter of century of publication. And some of the leading lights in the profession are coming together to help mark this landmark occasion.

In the issue, which is available to buy on Friday 6 December, famed designers such as Milton Glaser, Paula Scher, Noma Bar and more share their recollections of the last 25 years in design and the biggest creative milestones that have shaped the industry along the way. And of course, it's not just about the best logos.

To mark the occasion, Greg Quinton, chief creative officer at Superunion, has written a special poem for Creative Bloq and Computer Arts readers. In it, he looks back on his design highlights from the last 25 years, with help from some magic wordsmithing by John Shaw. How many do you remember?

Side view of Apple iMac

(Image credit: Apple)

How many of them do you remember...?

A letter sized Apple Mac, tiny byte, 

So rare that we share it. Worth the fight. 

Kalman’s Colours mag, watches and data, 

Charts of weird flotsam. Wonderfully beta. 

Jony’s pink iMac’s freeze parallel motion. 

A shocking new order: the RA’s Sensation

Saatchi, Hirst, Hume and Emin’s dirty bed, 

All the YBA’s. Frieze. Quinn’s bloody head. 

Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman in Se7en

(Image credit: Cecchi Gori Pictures; Juno Pix)

The titles of Se7en, all scalpels and tension,

Sin-crafted frames. Skin-cracked emulsion.

Sagmeister’s cronies, helmets shot bare.

No idea why. Just giggle and stare.

Why not? cut acres of pure granite letters,

A comedy carpet. From laughter’s big hitters.

Stefan Sagmeister headshot

(Image credit: Photo by Victor G. Jeffreys II )

MySpace & Vine, Insta & Pinterest,

The doodles of Google. Infinite interest.

The greatness that stands out from visual diarrhoea

With one true essential. A big fat idea.

Issue 300 of Computer Arts will be available on Friday 6 Dec in all good booksellers and direct from My Favourite Magazines.

Read more: