The CIA's Hip New Logo Was Not Actually Designed by Grimes and Kanye West Collaborator Ryder Ripps

BY Josiah HughesPublished Jan 5, 2021

It's only Tuesday somehow, but this incredibly long week has already given us multiple absurd controversies online. In addition to the annoying Bean Dad thing, Twitter has been obsessed with a new rebrand from a little intelligence agency called the CIA.

The company's new logo, available above, has been likened to the design aesthetic of Montreal's MUTEK, the dance music blog Resident Advisor and Unknown Pleasures-era Joy Division, among many other things. And there's a good reason it looks like a piece of musical ephemera — it was supposedly designed by the same guy who made Grimes' initially released cover art for Miss_Anthropocene

Ryder Ripps is a controversial modern artist who, in addition to Grimes, has worked with the likes of Kanye West, Pusha T, M.I.A. and Mike WiLL Made-It, among many others. Earlier today, he took credit for redesigning the CIA branding and their website.

UPDATE (1/5, 3:15 p.m. ET): In a statement written to Exclaim!, CIA spokesperson Nicole de Haay said that Ryder Ripps did not have anything to do with the new design. She writes, "As CIA's new website states, we're looking for people from all backgrounds and walks of life to work at CIA, but this individual had absolutely nothing to do with our website redesign."

Ripps has since deactivated his Instagram and made his Twitter private, but some screenshots of his comments are available below.


Ripps has faced plenty of outrage over his projects in the past, including a 2014 piece entitled "ART WHORE" that saw him hire two escorts from Craigslist to complete a painting project on his behalf at the Ace Hotel.

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