Show Me a Hero (HBO)

Done in: 2015 / Customer: HBO / Task: Logo for American Miniseries based on the 1999 nonfiction book by NYT writer Lisa Belkin, which chronicles a white middle-class neighborhood’s resistance to a federally mandated scattered-site public housing development in Yonkers, NY

What the client needed

This 6-part miniseries is an American alternate history drama created and written by David Simon and Ed Burns, based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Philip Roth. It premiered on HBO on March 16, 2020. The show needed a logo with a sense of the dangerous nationalism of nazi Germany, but any use of the swastika was off limits.

My part of the project

We tried a few options including a kind of chaos iteration and then one in a similar vein using the actual Yonkers street map of the time dropped into the lettering. A lot more challenging than chaos, but I think it worked well on screen.