Archive for May, 2009

+Eurovision Logo for 2009. The Best Yet?

This Year’s Eurovision logo uses the usual generic design as the official identity complete with Russian flag.  The interesting design this year comes from the sub logo, a “fantasy bird” which takes full advantage of color.  It comes from Red Square Productions, a company the host Television Channel One recruited to take care of the contest’s graphics.

Raising the bar?

It is definitely the most interesting sub logo yet and comes after last years interesting design from Serbia which some might say raised the bar a little.  Like Serbia’s Confluence of sound logo the Russian design takes its origins from its host Country.  The Serbian logo was based upon the Confluence of two rivers meeting in Belgrade, a convenient confluence of sound.  The new Russian “fantasy bird” logo could be a reference to Russian folklore and the stories of prophetic bird people such as Gamayun, Alkonost and Sirin.

Versatility is Key
The logo has been widely distributed already and is fast becoming a hit amongst fans.  It can be applied on various colors and surfaces both in parts or in complete form.  It will of course be seen during the Eurovision Song Contest this year as well as on the official website and various other associated media.  One definitely to watch out for!


Generic Eurovision Song Contest Logo for 2009


Eurovision Song Contest Sub Logo for Russia 2009.


Prophetic Bird Gamaun from Russian folklore.


Eurovision Song Contest Sub Logo for 2008, Serbia.

May 13 2009 | Xtra | Comments Off

+6 Great Eurovision Song Contest Logos

I always look forward to checking out the new Eurovision Song Contest’s graphical approach year on year and this May is no exception.  It is wonderful looking back at the various logos which have represented each contest throughout history.  From the very first logo right up to Russia’s wonderful graphical approach this year and Belgrade’s Confluence of sound logo in 2008, Eurovision logo design has always been a good indicator of the trends and styles present in graphic design at the moment.

A Confluence of graphics?
Belgrade’s logo for the Eurovovision Song Contest in 2008, featuring an artistic and colourful musical cleft splashed with paint is a great example of methods and common approaches popular in design studios today.  It worked well as a static object but also held its own with the various moving imagery and melding graphics associated with the postcard screens during the contest.

The future of the Eurovsion Logo
Things have become very graphical and illustrative for the Eurovision logo and this year’s design from Russia is no exception.  It is definitely quite similar to last year’s  logo and will undoubtedly become  a cutting edge example of what is possible in logo design for 2009.  So what will happen to the Eurovision logo in the future?  It will still be around but I can’t say or even speculate how it will look.  One thing is certain though.  It will probably continue to reflect the methods and styles being showcased and experimented with by various designers as time ultimately progresses.

5 great Logo Designs from Eurovision


One of the original Eurovision Logo Designs.  A good indicator of how long this contest has actually been running for!


1993 Logo for the contest in Ireland.  Manipulation of lines and simplicity are key.


1997 Eurovision Logo.  The star is becoming a common element.  Musical intruments inspire the logo design.


Back to basics with the logo for the Denmark contest in 2001.



In recent years the Eurovision Logo has become standardised.  It features the words “Eurovision” and a heart in the middle with the host country’s flag.  Various countries still like to stamp their mark on the contest and hence unique logos such as Serbia’s in 2008 surface and become popular.


The Russians have approached the logo design for the contest equally as vibrantly for 2009.

May 10 2009 | Xtra | Comments Off

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