Ten of the worst logos to ever be designed

Evan Bartlett@ev_bartlett
Monday 01 June 2015 18:45
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From the golden arches of McDonald's to the swoosh of Nike, a memorable logo is an all-important part of a business's brand identity.

Sadly, not all companies quite get it right, and some - as shown by this thread on Quora - get it spectacularly wrong.

Here are 10 of the worst logos ever created:

1. Office of Government Commerce


Despite a reported outlay of £14,000 in design fees, this branch of the Treasury had to scrap its logo after someone pointed out what it looked like when rotated 90 degrees...


2. The Institute of Oriental Studies, University of Santa Catarina


"Hey, it's supposed to be a pagoda in front of the rising sun," we hear the designers say.

3. Arlington Paediatric Clinic

Probably not the most popular paediatric clinic in town.

4. Catholic Church’s Archdiocesan Youth Commission


This was reportedly the logo of the youth commission back in 1973.

5. Megaflicks

The video store that wishes it used a different font.

6. Mont-sat

This Polish satellite looks particularly pleased with himself.

7. Junior Jazz Dance Classes

This one might take a while to get. As one commenter notes on Quora: "Focus on the negative space."

8. State of Vermont pure maple syrup

The kind of syrup no one wants on their pancakes.

9. 2012 London Olympics


As well as being likened to Lisa Simpson doing something rude, some commenters said the London 2012 Olympics logo looked like a broken swastika. Iran even threatened to boycott the games because they thought it spelled out the word 'Zion'. The worst part: they spent £400,000 on the design.

10. S--t Yourself

Although not a logo per se, an honourable mention must go to this unfortunate magazine spread.

Did we miss any out? Let us know in the comments...

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