Smithsonian’s “innovation” logo features completely dysfunctional gears

The Smithsonian has a new blog called “The Innovation Department.”

In an unfortunate oversight, this blog about “human ingenuity” is represented by an image of 3 gears that can’t possibly operate because they’re interlocking. Even if they could move, the teeth on the larger gear aren’t equally spaced, which means the machine would likely be jammed before it makes a complete rotation.

And then, of course, there’s the general aesthetic of the thing…

(via Michelle Malkin)

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12 responses to “Smithsonian’s “innovation” logo features completely dysfunctional gears”

  1. Laura says:

    Actually, the “Department of Innovation” under discussion here is just the name of a Smithsonian blog, not the department of the Irish government that you’re referring to.

  2. Nancy says:

    Typical of Government is what the uproar is about. They have no concept of innovation nor have they any concept of how to actually make things or create jobs.

  3. Doug says:

    This should be the logo of the entire Federal Government.

  4. Ava says:

    Right? This is just terrible. A bad oversight in graphics and design. Wonder how much they paid that moron?

  5. Chelsi says:

    ?! I’m not an engineer or mechanic and I can clearly see that this would not work.I am a biochemist though, and am continually astounded by how often scientific journals draw DNA incorrectly in their logos.

  6. Lizz says:

    Is there someway to “like” your comment?

  7. Michael Lynch says:

    I went to Malkin’s blog and was amazed at all the uproar about this logo. It’s not a literal representation of actual gears; so what ? I don’t get it. FYI this “new” department has existed for years under various names: The present Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation was established in 2011, however, the department has existed in many forms over the years: Department of Trade and Commerce (1919–1922) Department of Trade (1922) Department of Industry and Commerce (1922–1977) Department of Industry, Commerce and Energy (1977–1980) Department of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (1980–1981) Department of Trade, Commerce and Tourism (1981–1983) Department of Industry, Trade, Commerce and Tourism (1983–1986) Department of Industry and Commerce (1986–1993) Department of Enterprise and Employment (1993–1997) Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (1997–2010) Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation (2010–2011) Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (2011–present)

  8. buford says:

    2 words: Space Station.

  9. Graystone says:

    They’re not hands, they’re the two ends of the siren’s tail.

  10. trailsnet says:

    How inadvertently Monte Pythonesque!

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