EYE-BEE-M (Rebus)Artist(s)Paul RandArtist NationalityAmerican (North American)Object Creation Date1991Medium & Supportoffset lithograph on paperDimensions
36 in x 24 in (91.44 cm x 60.96 cm)Credit LineGift of Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo and Maria PhillipsSubject matter
This poster EYE-BEE-M (Rebus)
is part of IBM’s century-long THINK
promotional campaign. IBM executives were initially displeased with the design because they felt it projected a negative image of the company. Rand cleverly transforms the letters of IBM’s logo into pictures (known as a rebus): the “I” as a lidded eye and the “B” as a winged bee. The “M” maintains the style of the iconic blue-striped IBM logo, which Rand also designed. The design of EYE-BEE-M
compels viewers to think
in order to comprehend the company’s message. The tactics are unorthodox, but they critically communicate that IBM is a company that values “insight,” “industriousness,” and “motivation.” These values characterize IBM’s corporate identity. As Rand himself stated, it is the designer’s task to convey a company’s identity to the viewer.
EC 2017Physical Description
A black poster featuring an image of an eye, a bee, and an 'M' with lines dividing it. The bottom left offers a textual explanation of the symbols.Primary Object ClassificationPrintCollection AreaModern and ContemporaryRights
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eyes (animal components)