“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, July 14, 2014
People Who Don't Know Much About Heraldry ...
... shouldn't try to design a "coat of arms."
Of course, that's just my opinion, and I could be entirely wrong.
But I don't think so.
The HAC! team of Zitec, a Romanian software/web solutions company, has decided to celebrate the company's 10th anniversary by designing a new coat of arms (which incorporates Zitec's "coat of arms" as a major element). Here's their design, and a brief explanation of each of the charges:
As you can see, they apparently decided to go with the "everything but the kitchen sink" school of heraldry in their design.
And though the elephants are described as "supporters," they look to me like not only are they not supporting the Zitec inescutcheon, they appear to be attacking it and are about to crush it under them.
I'd go into more detail about why this is poor heraldic design, but I probably don't really have to, do I? (The fact that I ran across this image posted on Facebook in the "Heraldry Hall of Shame" group probably says as much or more about it as I can.)