Thursday, March 20, 2008

Peace Symbol Turns 50!

Before barcodes, RFID, Magnetic Stripe and other encoding technologies, there was Semaphore. The peace symbol was born from the flag positions that represent the letters “N” and “D” used to communicate nuclear disarmament. Gerald Holtom, a graphic designer who figured that the British anti-nuke movement would gain more traction if it had a logo, settled on this final approach and the symbol was developed. Image Credit: Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament via BBC NEWS

Peace Symbol Turns 50!

That's right, one of the most recognizable symbols of this modern era ... almost as recognizable as the yellow "Happy Face" ... turns fifty years old today.

Symblogogy generally focuses on processes that help to automate our lives. Most postings have evolved through developments in automatic identification, and the systems that aid solution delivery and communication.

Peace Symbol Buttons - Image Credit: jnhkrawczyk

The Peace Symbol, however, needs to be noted because of its recognizability and awareness impact.

This excerpted from BBC NEWS -

World's best-known protest symbol turns 50
By Kathryn Westcott, BBC NEWS – Last Updated: Thursday, 20 March 2008, 10:49 GMT

It started life as the emblem of the British anti-nuclear movement but it has become an international sign for peace, and arguably the most widely used protest symbol in the world. It has also been adapted, attacked and commercialised.

Good Friday march for disarmament to Aldermaston. Image Credit: BBC NEWS

It had its first public outing 50 years ago on a chilly Good Friday as thousands of British anti-nuclear campaigners set off from London's Trafalgar Square on a 50-mile march to the weapons factory at Aldermaston.

The demonstration had been organised by the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War (DAC) and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) joined in.

Gerald Holtom, a designer and former World War II conscientious objector from West London, persuaded DAC that their aims would have greater impact if they were conveyed in a visual image. The "Ban the Bomb" symbol was born.
Holtom later explained that the design was "to mean a human being in despair" with arms outstretched downwards.

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Some mistakenly think the three-pointed star symbol of Mercedes-Benz logo as the Peace Symbol ... this, of course, is not the case.

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