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Evolution of the Modern Campaign Logo

December 8, 2017

 

Political logos have the task of visually simplifying a candidate and all that they stand for down to a small rectangle with a 3:2 ratio (though, currently I find those designed in a 1:1 square ratio more appealing). The logo also must be as impactful on a quarter-sized button as it is on a yard sign view out the window of a car going 50 mph.

 

Over the years, the thought behind and effectiveness of political logos have evolved and increased. But some elements, like the recurrence of a red/white/blue color scheme, have stayed the same over decades. Below are some examples of the evolution of political branding over the years:

Mid-century, Simplicity

Gone were they days of elaborate illustrations featuring a range of values and hues. Mid-century political design featured the now standard red/white/blue palette, san-serif type, and often flat imagery.

 

 

80s/90s: Return of Serif

Serif typefaces would remain the most popular choice for campaign branding until the late 90’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'08: Obama Changed the game

 

Obama ‘08 logo was nothing like we had seen in political design before. The focus was no longer on a full name, but on a single initial. Furthermore, Obama's ‘08 logo managed to do something that previous logo did not- convey the ideal of a campaign in a single image.

 

 

Predictions for the future:

Obama's impact on political branding will remain- I predict we will continue to see strong initial branding, however, I feel traditional serifs will be making a come-back come 2020.

 

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