In 1988, GSD&M caused a sensation by painting a Southwest Airlines' plane to look like Shamu, Sea World's killer whale icon. Shamu is still flying (in fact, there's more than one). This year, GSD&M teamed the NBA with Southwest to launch Slam Dunk One, a new custom painted aircraft, this one with all 30 NBA team logos blazoned on overhead compartments. In the interim, GSD&M kept its hand in the custom plane painting business by designing several Southwest planes inspired by destination state flags: California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Maryland.
All specialty designs are created by Tim McClure, founding partner of GSD&M and president of Mythos Branding; Dale Minor, associate creative director/design, GSD&M; and Liz Hamel, senior studio artist, GSD&M.