Due to my busy schedule and all-consuming job search, Hand It! will be on hiatus for an indeterminate period of time.
I am also currently developing the next iteration of this project, which will not live on WordPress and will be centered around user-submissions to get this project closer to becoming a true “Wikipedia for hand gestures.”
In the meantime, feel free to email handitbandit[at]gmail.com with any ideas, submissions, questions or concerns.
Farewell and keep gesturing!
Being at a loss of words is like reaching into one’s pocket at a cash register only to feel deep, vacant cloth. It can blindside you. Shake you up from top to bottom until you start foaming over.
Oftentimes people will say they can’t properly “articulate” themselves in these moments. When you can’t articulate, you need to gesticulate. Let your hand gestures do what they do best by expressing the thoughts and feelings that your vocal chords cannot.
Guitarists let their fingers do the talking. Painters lash their hands in all directions. We all fill the wordless void with some form of expression, which often involves hand gestures.
This is frustration, disappointment, and hopelessness; tensed fingers try to squeeze these feelings out of the mind.
Hands and hand gestures form the basis of an effective logo. How so? Firstly, they are instantly recognizable. For example, this gym uses the culturally-accepted thumbs up in their logo because it’s widely seen as a positive gesture which is encouraging, motivating, and reiterates the company’s message that they are a “judgement free zone.” Their ability to form letters can spice up text, which assists the logo of one of TV’s most popular shows. The “L” also invokes the Loser gesture which riffs on the old stereotype of glee members being considered “losers.” Some companies take a more straightforward approach with the hand, but check out the following to see how a little imagination can take hand and hand gesture logos a long way:
Here’s a collection of 70 hand-inspired logos.
Want some more? Here are 60 more hand-based logos.
Still not satisfied? Well screw you, you hand logo addict. Just kidding, here’s a final list of 33 more logos.
For your next design project, use all of this inspiration to play around with the form of the hand.
“Hey Bandit, what’re you going to do with your life after graduation?”
Moments of stupidity are sometimes so great, so unfathomable, that there is nothing else to do except Facepalm.
When your nemesis is afoot. Newman!