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Comments (4) Posted 12.08.13 | PERMALINK | PRINT

John Foster

Japanese Municipality Logos


In Japan, city municipalities are identified by some of the most forward-thinking, abstract logos I have seen in a long time. In contrast, American cities are overwhelmingly identified by pale interpretations of trees, the town square, fountain, or other more literal representations, like a city landmark. In Japan, it’s almost like each city has tried to outdo the other with the better abstract symbol — colorful and distinctive marks to identify their place.


Japanese Municipality Logos

Japanese Municipality Logos

Japanese Municipality Logos

Japanese Municipality Logos

Japanese Municipality Logos

Japanese Municipality Logos

Japanese Municipality Logos

Japanese Municipality Logos

Japanese Municipality Logos

Japanese Municipality Logos

Japanese Municipality Logos

Japanese Municipality Logos

Japanese Municipality Logos

Japanese Municipality Logos

Japanese Municipality Logos

Japanese Municipality Logos

Japanese Municipality Logos

Japanese Municipality Logos

Japanese Municipality Logos

Japanese Municipality Logos
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This post is most helpful for me to rise up my color and shape knowledge about logo design. Thank you all of admin of http://observatory.designobserver.com
Noor Alam form Bangladesh
naznul
12.08.13 at 01:02

Beautiful images. Can you also post the city for each image?
Tom Buhrman
12.09.13 at 09:39

This is presented as though it is a collection of logos compiled by John Foster. But, when I click on the logos to learn more about the cities each represents, it takes me to a different blog: koikoikoi. The blog post there, written by Rubens Cantuni, appears to be the source for John Foster's post. If this content is not original to Design Observer, then it would be proper, and courteous, to acknowledge the source form which the content has been taken.
Rob Henning
12.13.13 at 05:18

Rob, I acknowledge that this comes from koikoikoi by providing the link for the source on each image. I found these images there, and basically linked to the site—they should love it because it drives traffic to their site. Perhaps I should have been more obvious in the source by writing "from koikoikoi." Point taken.
John Foster
12.15.13 at 04:29



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John Foster and his wife, Teenuh, have been longtime collectors of self-taught art and vernacular photography. Their collection of anonymous, found snapshots has toured the country for five years and has been featured in Harper’s, Newsweek Online and others.
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