I think one thing about America is it really it is far more receptive environment to business success than most other western nations. Those of us who reside in the others really have to work so much harder to achieve success,
Wait, what?? Did I read that right? You're not going to win many points by saying non-US liveries are bolder because non-Americans work harder. I think you might want to look up the statistics on worker productivity and number of hours worked per worker per year in other countries worldwide vs. the US, and then tell me who has to work harder for success.
There is way, way more competition in all businesses, and even within businesses, in the US than probably anywhere else. There are more airlines here than in Europe (or Australia), there are more designers vying for jobs at these airlines, and there are more designers on the airlines' staff competing for these projects. This "theory" of yours doesn't make any sense.
I don't see any "boldness" in the European and Asian designs shown here. Let's look at Easyjet again, since, to me, it's very easy to beat up on. This is a livery that Europeans seem to like and Americans seem not to. To me, it has nothing to do with boldness - an orange tail and a white plane is not bold, it's just ugly and simplistic. Why not just paint their tails hot pink or neon green or something? There are some colors that don't belong on a corporate design, and this particular shade is one of them.
The design itself is something a five year old could have come up with. The best designs are simple, yes, but there's a difference between "simple" and "simplistic", as I said this livery was earlier.
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The typeface, the logo, the design elements on the tail, the tasteful colors of the JetBlue livery set it apart. JetBlue's livery was obviously designed by a designer; I'm not so sure about Easy's. (Let's not forget there are four distinct JetBlue designs as well, each consistent with the corporate color scheme. I've only showed one.)
btw, I am not a fan of Frontier's livery, as some others here apparently are. To me, it looks like the kind of livery someone who's just discovered Photoshop would come up with (including the tails). It's not really even a livery; it's just a photo stuck on a tail and the corporate name with a gradient applied.
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