I M F 1988 Logo by Christopher Bunye

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When I put up the two film-based IMF logos, something dawned on me: the TV series they are based on need to be shown respect as well.

And so I set out on a mission that I decided to accept – recreate the logos from those series to the best of my abilities. This is my way of honoring the revival series, which I remember was very technology-centric, but nevertheless compelling.

Not only that, but the revival series was my first exposure to the concept of Mission Impossible.

I also wanted to do this since there have been some criticisms of the film series breaking away from what the television series established. Whether you believe it’s one and the same universe, or an alternate timeline, I didn’t want to exclude the mission fans from the television series.

Starting in 1966, in the midst of the spy thriller era, one television series focused on a team of highly skilled operatives that was tasked with taking on corrupt government officials, evil organizations, and crime syndicates. Most notably led by team leader Jim Phelps for all but the initial season of the show’s run, “Mission: Impossible” became one of the better known series of its time and ran for seven seasons, with elaborate schemes that focused on disguise and misdirection in order to achieve a seemingly impossible task.

Fifteen years after the classic series was cancelled, the series was resurrected, with Phelps returning to lead a new team of IMF agents, although this series ran for only two seasons.

But Mission: Impossible was not forgotten. In 1996, a movie version of the series was released, and spawned two sequels, with a third to be released in December 2011.

I recreated this logo based on the 1988 revival series. As to how I got the look of the letters, I extrapolated from a YouTube screen capture on one of the episodes, and filled in the rest with a font that looked like it was out of the 1980s computer age. Also, I am aware that it was originally the Impossible Missions Force, but if you think about it, the extra “s” disrupts the flow of the IMF’s full name, so I dropped it.

Don’t worry: this shirt will NOT self-destruct in five seconds.

Chris is a roguishly handsome and seemingly well-dressed defender of truth and justice that just happens to be a freelance web and graphic designer.

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