“What is it that induceth you, what stirs you up to believe, or who told you that white signifieth faith, and blue constancy? An old paltry book, say you, sold by the hawking pedlars and balladmongers, entitled The Blason of Colours. Who made it? Whoever it was, he was wise in that he did not set his name to it. But, besides, I know not what I should rather admire in him, his presumption or his s...ottishness. His presumption and overweening, for that he should without reason, without cause, or without any appearance of truth, have dared to prescribe, by his private authority, what things should be denotated and signified by the colour: which is the custom of tyrants, who will have their will to bear sway in stead of equity, and not of the wise and learned, who with the evidence of reason satisfy their readers. His sottishness and want of spirit, in that he thought that, without any other demonstration or sufficient argument, the world would be pleased to make his blockish and ridiculous impositions the rule of their devices.” - Rabelais
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Monday, June 25, 2012
Another Logo Adopted
The city of Duncan, British Columbia, after six whole weeks of public input and ideas, has decided to adopt a logo – pardon me, a “bold new brand” – to “complement” the use of its coat of arms. Which arms, I feel it incumbent for me to point out, were designed by former resident Sir Conrad Swan, quondam Garter King of Arms of the College of Heralds in London.
According to Councillor Michelle Staples, head of Duncan’s tourism committee, “the brand illustrates — with a touch of artistic motion — city symbols such as the Cowichan River, Native heritage, and city hall's historic spire tower” over Duncan's name.
Sigh. They have a perfectly good coat of arms with which they can "brand" themselves. Why they felt the need to supplement it, with something chosen following only six weeks of public input, is, I'm afraid, a bit beyond me. I guess I must be a stick-in-the-mud reactionary. Or maybe not.