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Illustration of a smiley face with the mouth made of letters on a bright green background

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A ferry is a type of vessel that carries people or items between two places. A famous ferry is the Staten Island Ferry which travels between St. George on Staten Island and Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan daily.

The I heart NY logo was created in 1977 by Milton Glaser for an ad campaign created by advertising agency Wells Rich Greene. The marketing campaign was sought by then-Deputy Commissioner William S. Doyle to increase tourism in the state of New York. The campaign was a wild success. The original sketch of the logo is permanently on display at the MOMA.

The logo has become iconic in pop-culture and has been imitated in many forms around the world.

The classic yellow smiley face is comprised of a yellow circle, two black dots for eyes, and a black arc ending in serifs for a mouth. It was designed in 1963 by commercial artist, Harvey Ross Ball. Ball was commissioned by The State Mutual Life Insurance Company to create a happy face to raise the morale of their employees. His version was created in 10 minutes. The design was printed onto more than 50 million buttons. Neither Ball nor the company copyrighted this smiley, so it was continually used by other businesses in their promotions.
The design and concept is quite simple and was definitely used before Ball’s 1963 version. However, his has become the most iconic. Variations have been used for advertising campaigns and in popular culture ever since.


About Harvey Ball. (n.d.). Retrieved September 12, 2020, from https://www.worldsmileday.com/index.php/article-index/item/380-about-ha…

FERRY (verb) American English definition and synonyms: Macmillan Dictionary. (n.d.). Retrieved September 24, 2020, from https://www.macmillandictionary.com/us/dictionary/american/ferry_2

(n.d.). Retrieved September 19, 2020, from http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/emblems/iluvny.htm

The Staten Island Ferry. (n.d.). Retrieved September 24, 2020, from https://www.siferry.com/

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