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Oct 1, 2010, 11:29 AM
 
The FBI's Cyberbranch logo is so ridiculously bad, it's just... well, it's funny. My only guess is maybe they held a contest for elementary school students, and this was the one they picked.



Anyone know of any other horrible government department logos? Not political parties, but government departments.
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Oct 1, 2010, 11:37 AM
 
this one has always bothered me.


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Oct 1, 2010, 11:53 AM
 
I know the 2012 London Games logo is pretty bad, but I don't know if it's an official Government group just for handling the games or not.
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Oct 3, 2010, 07:11 PM
 
This caused quite a stir when it was announced. If you can't see the problem, click the link.
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Oct 3, 2010, 07:30 PM
 

Like the earth split its seams, revealing a giant peach-colored ass. Classic. In terms of most governments, probably fairly accurate as well.
     
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Oct 7, 2010, 05:32 PM
 
I just dislike that it is so geographically inaccurate. WTF, Western Australia? Someone's got a pretty high opinion of themselves.

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Oct 7, 2010, 06:29 PM
 
I recently spent 6 months in Perth; The audacity of that logo certainly sums up the attitude of late.
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Oct 7, 2010, 07:24 PM
 
Not logos, but the government of Greece has some odd department combinations in their names.

Ministry of the Economy, Competitiveness, and Shipping. Ok.
Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs. So much for separation of church and state. (Wait. There is none in Greece).
Ministry of Health and Social Solidarity. Um, What does "Social Solidarity" have to do with health?

and my all-time favorite Greek Government department name, simply because it sounds so silly to me:

Minister for Rural Development and Food.
     
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Originally Posted by Person Man View Post
Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs. So much for separation of church and state. (Wait. There is none in Greece).
Look, the world doesn't submit to US norms, believe or not there are quite a few countries in Europe that have no seperation between church and state. It's not like it's 'the best system' or a natural law to seperate church and state (though I do approve of it, in general). I've seen it work quite well in many countries - it's really just abused in states like Iran or Saudi-Arabia. But then, that is to be expected.
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Oct 7, 2010, 08:08 PM
 
(It's not like the US has it on anything other than paper, either)
     
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Oct 7, 2010, 08:12 PM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
(It's not like the US has it on anything other than paper, either)
Very true
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Oct 7, 2010, 08:56 PM
 
Heck, in real life, there is more separation of Church and State in Germany, where this is NOT an official policy or law.

It's all very relative.

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Oct 7, 2010, 09:24 PM
 
Originally Posted by voodoo View Post
Look, the world doesn't submit to US norms, believe or not there are quite a few countries in Europe that have no seperation between church and state. It's not like it's 'the best system' or a natural law to seperate church and state (though I do approve of it, in general). I've seen it work quite well in many countries - it's really just abused in states like Iran or Saudi-Arabia. But then, that is to be expected.
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Oct 7, 2010, 09:54 PM
 
OTOH, here is a great government logo.

     
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Oct 8, 2010, 03:51 AM
 
Not corporate, but utterly stupid, nonetheless:


"Look, we've updated our brand image to make it clear that we stand for - whatever everybody else on the internet stood for two years ago! Hooray!"
     
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Oct 8, 2010, 06:25 AM
 
Gruber characterized their explanation of the logo change as "say-nothing corporate horseshit".

Score one for alliteration.
     
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Oct 8, 2010, 07:56 AM
 
Excellent description, but how is that alliteration?
     
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Oct 8, 2010, 08:11 AM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
Excellent description, but how is that alliteration?
‘Cor-’ + ‘hor-’, I’m guessing?

Ministry of Health and Social Solidarity. Um, What does "Social Solidarity" have to do with health?
Yes. This one puzzled me to no end the first time I saw it. I checked and re-checked five times, ’cause I was certain I must have mistranslated it or something. But I couldn’t make κοινωνική αλληλεγγύη mean anything else, so I accepted defeat and carried on, convinced that the Greek are in fact utterly batshit insane.

A general stance that has worked quite well since then.
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Oct 8, 2010, 08:38 AM
 
Georgia Department of Transportation. Ugh.

     
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Oct 8, 2010, 08:44 AM
 
Originally Posted by Oisín View Post
‘Cor-’ + ‘hor-’, I’m guessing?


Yes. This one puzzled me to no end the first time I saw it. I checked and re-checked five times, ’cause I was certain I must have mistranslated it or something. But I couldn’t make κοινωνική αλληλενγύη mean anything else, so I accepted defeat and carried on, convinced that the Greek are in fact utterly batshit insane.

A general stance that has worked quite well since then.
I must say that adopting the stance that EVERYBODY YOU MEET is utterly batshit insane until proven to be otherwise has been rather useful in day-to-day life.
     
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Oct 8, 2010, 09:05 AM
 
Most Texas state organizations use a logo based in one way or another on our relatively distinctive flag, or featuring the shape of the state. Here's one that's a little different:


I've yet to see a government logo (city or state) around here that was too wacky. Maybe over-the-top logos come with being less than conservative, which is certainly something you can't charge most parts of the state with being...

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Oct 8, 2010, 12:22 PM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
I must say that adopting the stance that EVERYBODY YOU MEET is utterly batshit insane until proven to be otherwise has been rather useful in day-to-day life.
Fixed.
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Oct 8, 2010, 01:19 PM
 
Originally Posted by Doofy View Post
Fixed.
Your fix, while technically correct, is irrelevant. Why would you care whether someone you'll never meet or ever hear about is batshit insane? (Note that I said "ever hear about." Most people never meet their government officials but you would obviously care if they were batshit insane).

     
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Oct 8, 2010, 01:22 PM
 
Originally Posted by Oisín View Post
Yes. This one puzzled me to no end the first time I saw it. I checked and re-checked five times, ’cause I was certain I must have mistranslated it or something. But I couldn’t make κοινωνική αλληλενγύη mean anything else, so I accepted defeat and carried on, convinced that the Greek are in fact utterly batshit insane.

A general stance that has worked quite well since then.
Yes, my father, who was born and raised in Greece, will be the first to admit that the Greek are batshit insane.

The only other thing I could suggest would be to look up αλληενγύη in a Greek Dictionary (i.e. one that defines Greek words in terms of other Greek words, as opposed to a translation dictionary) and see if the definition matches up as well.
     
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Oct 8, 2010, 06:16 PM
 
Let me just say that I really, really like the term "batshit insane".
     
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Oct 8, 2010, 10:03 PM
 
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Looks like a gun.

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Oct 8, 2010, 10:31 PM
 
Originally Posted by -Q- View Post
Georgia Department of Transportation. Ugh.

I like how the connection between the D and the O forms a knot. very appropriate for a department of transportation.
     
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Oct 9, 2010, 01:58 AM
 
Originally Posted by Oisín View Post
‘Cor-’ + ‘hor-’, I’m guessing?
Ummm... score one for assonance?

Or would it be consonance? To my untrained ear it's got both.
     
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Originally Posted by Wiskedjak View Post
I like how the connection between the D and the O forms a knot. very appropriate for a department of transportation.
I'm not sure if you're being sarcastic here.

Either way, I actually like the concept, but the color choices are pretty ghastly, and the "D" seems improperly sized compared to the other letters.

Edit: the Illinois one isn't bad technically, but there's a bit of WTF is that supposed to be? Chainmail?

     
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Oct 9, 2010, 06:21 AM
 
^ Looks more like a deformed recycling logo to me …
     
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Originally Posted by Eriamjh View Post
Looks like a gun.
A bit, yes. You can see the "express movement with the logo elements" part of the design quite easily, but the secondary impression is indeed "automatic pistol," without a doubt.
Originally Posted by Oisín View Post
^ Looks more like a deformed recycling logo to me …
Or a pile of tires mixed with a Celtic trinity knot. (That would almost make sense from a socio-historic standpoint for Chicago - but not the rest of the state.)

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Or a pile of tires mixed with a Celtic trinity knot. (That would almost make sense from a socio-historic standpoint for Chicago - but not the rest of the state.)
Oh, I'd say a big pile ot tires applies to the whole state.

Transportation related too. Hats off to you, IDOT.
     
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Oct 9, 2010, 09:52 AM
 
I suspect the only common factor between all these awful logos is the vast amount of money spent and committee time consumed in creating them.
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Oct 9, 2010, 11:10 PM
 
I dunno, the FBI seems to use someone's kid brother with a copy of MS Paint.

     
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Oct 9, 2010, 11:37 PM
 
I'd say:

Internet Crime Complaint Center


     
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Oct 10, 2010, 02:06 AM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
Not corporate, but utterly stupid, nonetheless:


"Look, we've updated our brand image to make it clear that we stand for - whatever everybody else on the internet stood for two years ago! Hooray!"
Not corporate? Huh?
     
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Oct 10, 2010, 02:12 AM
 
He probably meant to write "not government".

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